Thursday, May 15, 2008

Statement on the T.J. Oshie signing.

Here is a statement from Tim Oshie (T.J.'s father) on T.J. Oshie's signing with the St Louis Blues of the NHL. For Sioux fans this is both a sad day but yet a happy day as well. One of my favorie Sioux players is going to be playing in the NHL very soon. Good luck in the NHL T.J. Oshie.

Dear Friends & Family:

May 13th, 2008, marked a great day for T.J. Oshie, the Oshie Family, Seattle Junior Hockey Association, Warroad HS Warriors Hockey and the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux.

T.J. signed his first professional contract with the St. Louis Blues organization. T.J., along with his agent Matt Oates and Blues President John Davidson, were part of the signing group assembled at the ScottTrade Center in St. Louis, MI.

A very special thanks goes out to Tina Oshie, Taylor Oshie and Tawni Oshie for all the years of running to the arena's throughout North America. The support and time you've given to T.J. as a mother, brother and sister is unparalleled. Hockey seems to bring our family closer together even when the 1,800 miles separates us. And to Aleah Oshie-Hangsleben, for always supporting her big brother at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Also, to the entire Oshie Family from Everett, WA; Stanwood, WA; Warroad, MN; Bemidji, MN, Minneapolis, MN, and abroad, thank you for your support over the years.

The Oshie Family would like to personally thank these incredible individuals who made this possible through their guidance, mentorship and leadership to T.J. Oshie:

Mike Murphy, SJHA; Rick Ellison, SJHA; Gord Whitaker, SJHA; The Beadle Family, SJHA; Cary Eades, Warroad HS / UND Fighting Sioux; Dennis Fermoyle, Warroad HS; Albert Hasbargen, Warroad HS; Craig Oftedahl, Warroad HS; Warren Keller, Warroad HS; Ramona Janzen, Warroad HS; Bill Kirkeby, Warroad HS; Scott Knutson, Warroad HS; Henry Boucha, Warroad; Dave Hakstol, UND Fighting Sioux; Dean Blais, UND Fighting Sioux; Brad Berry, UND Fighting Sioux; Dane Jackson, UND Fighting Sioux; Dino Grillo, MN Hockey Camps / O2K Worldwide Sports Mgmt; Chuck Grillo, MN Hockey Camps; Eustice King, O2K Worldwide Sports Mgmt.; Steve Reich, O2K Worldwide Sports Mgmt.; NW Admirals (SJHA) teammates and coaches; Warroad HS Warriors teammates and coaches; UND Fighting Sioux teammates.

I realize there are scores of other incredible individuals who've led the way for T.J. in his journey. To those people, a sincere thank you.

I've included a collection of URL links to simply click and enjoy. Thanks for helping make a dream come true!

T.J. Oshie Signs With St. Louis Blues ( / Dan Benson):

Blues Reach Deals With Oshie, Eller (St. Louis Blues Web Site):

Blues Agree To Terms With Oshie (Andy Strickland of Hockey Buzz / ESPN Radio):

Oshie Signs With St. Louis (GF Herald / Brad Schlossman):
Oshie, St. Louis Closing In On Deal (GF Herald / Brad Schlossman):
Oshie Press Conference May 14, 2008, @ 10:30 AM (CDT):

Oshie Dons A Blue Note (St. Louis Dispatch / Jeremy Rutherford):

Oshie Signs With Blues (College Hockey News Reports):

Kindest Regards,

Timothy Oshie
c/o Oshie Sports & Entertainment


  1. Wow.

    Arrogant much?

    And I'm not talking about TJ.

  2. Not arrogance .. simply thanking the people via e-mail who were instrumental in TJ's hockey career up to now.

    Goon is on my e-mail list and asked to include it on his site.

  3. Runnin- sometimes you're funny, sometimes you're a douche. try to guess what you are now....?

  4. RWD- I still love ya and your that's all that really matters:)

    Remember, some that wear the kelly green glasses can't handle all that much honesty. many comments to say on this entry that I'll just bite my tongue for now:)

  5. Also, here's hoping that the Super Classy Mr. David Backes teaches Mr. Oshie (as in TJ) how to act like a mature adult.

    The kid has talent and brains on the let's see it off the ice.

    Yea Backes:)

  6. Well, the first part of the letter was cute and sweet, but the second part was just PR.

    And dear Archie, I wasn't trying to be funny. Just mean. But I'm glad that even though you hate me, you still find some of my writing funny. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes.

  7. Tim Oshie is a friend of the blog and regular reader and I get emails from him on various things I liked his family release that he had written/emailed to me.

    I felt it would be good for Sioux fans that are interested to read it. The links are cool because it covered all of the links to this signing.

  8. I grew up with TJ in our younger days of elementary and middle school. I can tell you that in no way is his family arrogant. TJ and his family have poured hours of hard work and sacrifice into this sport. TJ deserves to be where he is at today. I wish him the best in his endeavors and am sad that we lost contact over the years. However, leaving the northwest was part of what it took for him to get where he is today.

  9. Emilee good point If you read my blog you will know that I am a big fan of T.J. Oshie and wishe only the best for him in life and his NHL career. I am proud to have watched him play at UND for three season.


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