Ojibwe hockey star excited for transfer to team in nation's capital

T.J. Oshie. Photo from Facebook

Ojibwe hockey star T. J. Oshie is headed to Washington, D.C.

Oshie, who played for the U.S. Olympic hockey team last year, just got traded to the Washington Capitals. He's looking forward to the move after playing with the St. Louis Blues for nearly seven years.

“My initial reaction was a little bit of shock, even though I knew it was a possibility,” Oshie told The Washington Post. “Then after a couple minutes I started getting excited. I’m just really excited to go onto the next chapter of my career."

Oshie, 28, moved to Warroad, a town near the Red Lake Nation in northern Minnesota, to attend high school. The small community has produced a slew of hockey greats, including Henry Boucha won a silver medal at the 1972 Olympic games. Boucha and Oshie are cousins.

Oshie's Ojibwe name is "Keeway Gaaboo," which means "Coming Home," according to Peter Richmond at Sports on Earth.

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