Capitals’ T.J. Oshie Meets 8-Year-Old Hockey Player MaKayla Russell at Practice

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It was a heartfelt moment between Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie and eight-year-old MaKayla Russell, who was at Friday’s practice.

MaKayla, originally from Roanoke, Virginia, attended today’s practice and met Oshie afterward. She is battling cancer, but loves to play hockey and said that scoring is her favorite part.

“What hand are you?” Oshie asked. “Righty or lefty?”


“You’re a lefty? Ok. There’s a lot of really good lefty players out there.”

Oshie signed a jersey for her and the two hugged and got a picture together.

From all of us at NoVa Caps, we are rooting for you, MaKayla!

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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