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Warroad cheers on as T.J. Oshie raises Stanley Cup

Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in game five of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on June 7, 2018. Stephen R. Sylvanie / USA TODAY Sports1 / 2
T.J. Oshie fans watch Thursday, June 7, 2018's Stanley Cup Final at Izzy's Lounge in Warroad, Minn. Brad Schlossman / Forum News Service2 / 2

WARROAD, Minn. — The picture from the 2005 Warroad High Frosty Festival keeps resurfacing on NBC broadcasts and national newspapers.

It's Gigi Marvin and T.J. Oshie, the queen and king of the festival.

"That weekend, I won Miss Hockey and his team won state," Marvin said, standing in the lobby of the Gardens on Thursday. "It's crazy how our careers have paralleled."

In 2014, Marvin and Oshie both were U.S. Olympians together.

In 2018, they both reached the pinnacles of their sport together.

Marvin is an Olympic gold medalist.

Oshie is a Stanley Cup champion.

Oshie won the grand prize on Thursday night as the Washington Capitals rallied for a 4-3 victory in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Warroad has had enough hockey success — state championships, four Olympic gold medalists, NHL stars — to dub itself Hockeytown USA.

But Oshie is the first former Warrior to win the Stanley Cup.

Chants of "Oshie!" and "We want the Cup!" filled Izzy's Lounge — the same bar where fans flocked to watch Marvin's Olympic run.

It erupted when Oshie lifted the Cup high over his head for the first time.

If the fans weren't wearing old Warroad shirts, most had Capitals shirts on. One fan even brought one of Oshie's old blankets to the bar for good luck.

These are the fans who have been around long enough to remember the Sunday night open skates — the Copper Queen and Copper King sessions — when the Zamboni driver had a tough time getting rid of Marvin and Oshie.

In fact, one night, the Zamboni driver gave up on them, shut off the lights and told them to close up themselves.

These are the same fans who for years held a secret from former Warrior coach Cary Eades.

Eades sometimes requested that Oshie get off the ice to rest a little bit the night before the game.

Oshie would just go across the street to Tony Selvog's house and wait for Eades leave the rink. Then, they'd sneak back over and skate with the seniors. Nobody told on him.

All of that time on the ice helped Marvin and Oshie develop skills that were put on the world stage this year.

Olympic Arena sits adjacent to the Gardens in Warroad.

The Gardens is where the games are played.

"Olympic is where the champions are made," Marvin said, alluding to the open skates.

Marvin is an Olympic champion. She's spent the last three months celebrating all across America.

Now, it's Oshie's turn to celebrate.

"It has been such a fun experience, because so many people watched us and cheered us on," Marvin said. "Now, I come back, and we still get to celebrate. And it doesn't stop now because of T.J.

"We had a state title with the PeeWees. We had a gold medal with myself and my teammates. And now T.J. (won) the Stanley Cup."

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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