Oshie, Capitals make new fan after trade
STATELINE — Trades are commonplace in any sport, and when a star is traded away, emotions can run high. That was the case when T.J. Oshie was dealt from the St. Louis Blues to the Washington Capitals on July 2.
One of Oshie’s biggest fans was 5-year-old Libby Lu, who had a meltdown when she found out that her favorite player was leaving. She ran into a closet and cried and cried, and cried some more. It was shown on the monumentalnetwork.com website, and was seen by more than 300,000 viewers. She told her mom that she couldn’t root for Oshie anymore because he was on a different team.
Oshie and the Caps heard news of it, and the team sent Lu a Capitals jersey and sweatshirt, both with Oshie’s name on the back.
Lu was interviewed by ESPN on July 5, and she got a pleasant surprise. She was able to speak with Oshie on the phone and even got an invitation to swim in his new pool — and wore an ear-to-ear grin when she received her new gifts.
“That was great of the Caps’ organization to do that,” Oshie said. “They got wind of it and we sent her gifts.”
Oshie, an Olympian, admits that he had mixed feelings when he first heard about the trade.
“When I first heard about the trade I was kind of shocked even though I knew it was a possibility,” he said after scoring 10 points in the first round of the 26th annual American Century Championship on Friday. “I had a lot of pride playing for St. Louis, and when that happens you feel you let the team down. St. Louis deserves a Stanley Cup.
“After a few days, I was all excited about the trade. They are a great organization.”
Paired with Steve Young and Herm Edwards, the young right-winger was happy with his first-round effort at the ACC. He finished with 10 points, which equaled his 54-hole total of a year ago. He capped Friday’s round with a nice birdie at the par-5 18th.