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Ojibwe Native is a Key Player for Team USA Men’s Hockey

Ojibwe native T.J. Oshie became a star in the 2014 Winter Olympics as he led the USA men’s hockey team to victory over Russia in a dramatic overtime win. The current forward for the St. Louis Blues shined in overtime, scoring on four of six tries during an eight-round shootout. Oshie, whose Ojibwe name is “Keeway Gaaboo,” meaning “coming home,” comes from a hockey family. His cousin, also Ojibwe, is Henry Boucha, who also won an Olympic silver medal in hockey for Team USA in 1972.

Oshie began his hockey career in his hometown of Warroad, MN, near Red Lake Nation Reservation. He led Warroad High School’s hockey club to two Minnesota State Class A Championship Titles and became the lead scorer in Minnesota with more goals scored than any other high school player. During the off season of his senior year, he was drafted 24th overall in the National Hockey League entry draft. Three years later he signed with the St. Louis Blues; where he still plays today. Congratulations to T.J. Oshie and the USA men’s hockey team for their success in the 2014 Winter Olympics!

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