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Who is T.J. Oshie? Five facts about U.S. hockey's Olympic shootout hero

T.J. Oshie rose to superstardom in an instant thanks to his shootout heroics in the United States' Pool A win over Russia. Here's five things you may not know about the man the U.S. put their faith in as their "lone shooter."

1. Going by the name T.J., T.J. Oshie's given name is Timothy Leif Oshie

2. T.J. Oshie was born in Mount Vernon, Wash., but cites Warroad, Minn. as his hometown. Oshie moved to Warroad during high school in order to play more competitive hockey. The hometown of 1960 Olympic hockey brothers Billy and Roger Christian, and Billy's son, 1980 Olympian Dave Christian, the U.S. men's hockey team has never won an Olympic gold medal without a Warroad native on its team.

3. T.J. Oshie graduated high school alongside 2014 U.S. women's hockey Olympian Gigi Marvin in 2005. He then played at the University of North Dakota, where one of his teammates was Canadian Olympic standout Jonathan Toews.

4. At the NHL level, Toews (Chicago Blackhawks) and Oshie (St. Louis Blues) have been bitter rivals. Oshie has spent his entire six-year NHL career with the Blues, who are currently enjoying the best season in the franchise's 47-year history.

5. 2014 is Oshie's first Olympics. However, his second cousin, Henry "The Chief" Boucha, won a silver medal playing for the U.S. at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics.


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