7-Year Old Seth Gets Surprise of a Lifetime from T.J. Oshie

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T.J. Oshie has been known to make an impact on the American hockey fan. Whether you were marveled by his shootout performance in the 2014 Olympics or his quote after that game saying, “The American heroes are wearing camo. That’s not me”, Oshie has helped inspire young hockey players that grew up in our great country. Today, seven-year old youth hockey player Seth Parrish got the surprise of a lifetime. 

Parrish, as part of TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), was invited by Oshie himself to join the team on the ice at the end of practice. He was even presented with his very own custom jersey.

From the organization’s website: “The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.”

TAPS has assisted over 60,000 surviving family members, casualty officers and caregivers.


After observing practice, it was finally time for Seth to hit the ice!


The TAPS organization will be back on Thursday as Capitals American players Taylor Chorney, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Oshie and Nate Schmidt and MSE Foundation will host a skating party this Thursday, Dec. 22 at Kettler from 5-6 p.m.

By Michael Marzzacco


About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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