T.J. Oshie Has Warroad High School #19 Retired

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This weekend was the annual alumni weekend for the renowned Warroad High School hockey team. The annual event typically includes a golf outing and banquet, but this year’s event had and extra special addition on Saturday night – the retirement of Washington Capitals right winger T.J. Oshie’s Warroad high school number 19.

Oshie moved from Everett, Washington to Warroad, Minnesota following his sophomore year in high school, in order to continue his hockey career. Oshie’s uncle, Max and second cousin, Henry Boucha, also had excellent careers at Warroad.

Only three other numbers have ever been retired by the Warriors — Bill Christian’s No. 3, Dave Christian’s No. 10 and Boucha’s No. 16.

“I don’t think this is why you start playing hockey as a kid, but just very excited to have my number sitting up there. Moving to Warroad, my dream was just to fit in with the varsity players on the high school team, to have my number going up there is super special,” Oshie told the The Rink Live Podcast earlier this week.

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“It was the coolest thing to come from a large town where hockey is the last thing on everyone’s mind, to come to Warroad where hockey is just a way of life, where everyone rallies around not just the hockey team, the youth in general. Playing in this rink here, this was kind of my NHL…”

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“Two of those yellow banners — the state title ones — those are the banners that are a little more important to me, because obviously, it was winning the state championship with my boys, my buddies. But having No. 19 up there will be pretty special.”

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Warroad was the first stop for Oshie and his family when he held his day with the Stanley Cup. T.J. And his family flew from Eden Prarie to Warroad early on the morning of July 24, 2018, for an opening event at the Warroad Gardens and Olympic Arenas, the same place where his number was retired tonight.

Upon arrival on his day with the Cup, the Oshie family was driven from the Warroad International Memorial Airport to the Warroad Gardens and Olympic Arenas in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential car from 1933.

Photo: @TimNHL

Today’s alumni events began with the usual alumni golf tournament in Warroad.

Just minutes before the shotgun start of the annual Warroad Celebrity Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 30, officials from Bally Sports North announced that Warroad will host Hockey Day Minnesota for the first time.

T.J. Oshie’s Day With The Stanley Cup

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to T.J. Oshie Has Warroad High School #19 Retired

  1. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Osh! But what were they waiting for?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t know he also wore #19

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