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Saturday, June 09, 2018 1:00 am

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Oshie shares Cup with ailing father

LAS VEGAS – T.J. Oshie found his father on the ice amid the jubilant madness of the Washington Capitals' postgame celebration and wrapped him in a fierce hug.

Five years after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Tim Oshie's memory is inconsistent and cloudy.

Anyone who saw the depth of emotion in his Stanley Cup-winning son's eyes Thursday will never forget it.

Right after Oshie won his first NHL title in the Capitals' 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, the veteran forward's thoughts were on his family – particularly his father, who fostered his son's love of the sport as a coach and a hockey dad in Everett, Washington.

“My dad, he doesn't remember a lot of stuff these days,” Oshie said, his voice choking with emotion. “He remembers enough. But I tell you what, he's here tonight. I don't know where he's at, but this one will stick with him forever. You can guarantee that.”

Moments later, Oshie found him. Tim had watched the game alongside his sister and daughter in the T-Mobile Arena stands. 

The Capitals' Stanley Cup victory was a crowning achievement for the 31-year-old Oshie, a 10-year NHL veteran with stops in St. Louis and Washington after beginning his pursuit of the sport in the Pacific Northwest.

Oshie said he couldn't have done it without Tim, who served as a coach for one of T.J.'s childhood teams in Everett. They both later moved to Minnesota for T.J.'s high school career. 

– Associated Press