WASHINGTON - T.J. Oshie began his career in St. Louis, spending seven seasons with the Blues before a trade in the summer of 2015 rejuvenated his career in Washington.
Oshie is headed back to his old home. Capitals and Blues fans on Saturday combined to make him one of the last four players voted to the NHL All-Star game, which will be in St. Louis on Jan. 25. He returns as a Stanley Cup champion. And the fans he left behind saw their team win the Cup, too, when it dethroned Washington by winning the title last spring.
"It makes it a little bit more special that it's voted on by the fans," said Oshie, who has 18 goals and 15 assists through 46 games to earn the final spot on the Metropolitan Division team. "Always had a lot of really great support throughout my career here and in St. Louis especially. So to be going back to St. Louis there is a pretty cool story."
Oshie is joined by ex-Blues teammates David Perron, who was also voted to the All-Star game in the NHL's Last Man In contest as a representative of the Central Division. Oshie was chosen in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft by St. Louis. He played seven seasons with the Blues.
Perron was their first-round pick in 2007. He left the franchise for the first time in 2013 after a trade to Edmonton, re-signed with the Blues as a free agent in 2016, but was taken by Vegas in the expansion draft the next year. Perron was actually on the Golden Knights team that lost to Oshie and the Capitals in the Stanley Cup Final in 2018. Perron then re-signed with St. Louis a third time. He and Oshie were teammates for five seasons, but the Blues won just one playoff series during that era.
Oshie hadn't heard yet after the Capitals lost 5-1 to the New Jersey Devils at Capital One Arena on Saturday night. But he was thrilled Perron would be joining him.
"I saw a couple tweets out there. I haven't heard. Did Perry get in there?" Oshie asked. "Awesome. Yeah, that's great. Obviously, really great fans there…It feels really good. It's special for me and my family to be named, especially when it's voted by the fans."
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T.J. Oshie headed back to St. Louis as a first-time NHL All Star originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington