Oshie, Parise named to Team USA
GRAND FORKS — Four years ago, T.J. Oshie found himself in Grand Forks, watching Team USA win a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
This time around, he’ll be in Russia trying to make that a gold for the Americans.
The former Warroad High standout has been selected to play for the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Games, an announcement that was made after Wednesday’s NHL Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Former University of North Dakota standout Zach Parise also will be there, USA Hockey confirmed while listing off its 25-man roster.
Once Jonathan Toews is inevitably selected to play for Team Canada, it will mark nine former or current UND hockey players headed to the Winter Games — three on the men’s side and six on the women’s.
USA Hockey also introduced Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux in front of the 100,000-plus crowd at Michigan Stadium along with the rest of their U.S. Olympic teammates on Wednesday. One of those teammates, defenseman Gigi Marvin, is from Warroad, giving the Warriors a representative on both the men’s and women’s side in Sochi.
“I was in shock a little bit,” Oshie told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “But very happy, very proud to be named to the team. Very, very excited to get to Sochi.”
The American men have never won gold without a Warroad player on the roster.
In 1960, brothers Bill and Roger Christian led the Americans to a surprise gold in Squaw Valley, Calif. Twenty years after that, Warroad’s Dave Christian was a member of the 1980 Miracle on Ice team in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The Americans haven’t had a former Warrior on the men’s team since 1980.
“Couldn’t be more proud to wear the Red, White and Blue sweater,” said Oshie, who also represented the Americans in the World Junior Championship while he was at UND. “Thanks to my family, friends, coaches and teammates that have gotten me to where I’m at in my career. Couldn’t have made this team without you.”
For Parise, this will mark his second Olympic Games. He was one of the Americans’ top players in Vancouver in 2010, memorably scoring a dramatic, game-tying goal in the gold-medal game to force overtime. Canada ended up winning in overtime.
“That’s something I’ll never forget,” Parise told NHL Network. “Scoring that goal was awesome, the feeling after scoring that was incredible. Unfortunately, about 20 minutes later, it was about the worst feeling I’ve ever had.”
The U.S. men’s 25-player roster features 20 college players, including 12 from the old Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
The U.S. women’s roster was set after its exhibition game in Grand Forks on Dec. 20, but wasn’t officially announced until Wednesday.
The Lamoureux twins and Marvin will all be making their second trip to the Olympic Games.
“Proud to put on the jersey and go to battle with this group,” said Jocelyne, who won a silver medal in Vancouver.
The Americans and Canadians are expected to be the top two teams on the women’s half. They played seven pre-Olympic contests. The U.S. won four times, Canada three.