T.J. Oshie pulled at the heartstrings of sports fans everywhere after his Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup this past Thursday. Oshie was brought to tears in nearly every post-game interview he did that night whenever he would speak about his father, Tim, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2012.
“My dad’s here in the crowd,” a teary-eyed Oshie told Hockey Night in Canada’s Scott Oake in an emotional interview you can watch at the top of the page. “He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and he doesn’t remember a lot of stuff but you bet your ass he’s going to remember this one.”
The Caps posted a behind-the-scenes video over the weekend chronicling a thrilling Game 5 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights and on Monday an isolated clip of a mic’d up Oshie and his father embracing on the ice began circulating.
The two hugged and cried and at one point (starting at around the 6:25 mark) you can hear Oshie say, “I love you, dad. We did it. You’re not going to forget this one, eh?”
Anyone that has had a relative or loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can relate to what Oshie is going through and with Father’s Day right around the corner, footage like this becomes even more powerful.