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TJ Oshie's emotional interview about his father and their embrace was one of the most memorable moments of the Washington Capitals' on-ice celebration of their Stanley Cup championship in 2018.
Tuesday morning, Oshie announced that his father, Tim, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2012, had died.
"It’s with a heavy heart today that my family mourns the passing of my Dad 'Coach Oshie,' " the Capitals forward tweeted. "Coach lived life to the fullest and was unanimously loved by everyone who met him. Thanks to all the family and friends for their support. Heaven received a legend today. #RIPCoachOsh"
Oshie had missed Monday's victory against the New York Rangers.
The 2018 championship was the first for the Capitals and for Oshie, who was drafted in the first round by the St. Louis Blues in 2005 and came to Washington in a 2015 trade.
Interviewed by NBCSN on the ice after the Game 5 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights, he teared up as he mentioned his father being there to celebrate with him.
“My dad. Oh boy. He doesn’t remember a lot of stuff these days,” he said. “But he remembers enough. 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.”
Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said Oshie would return to action Wednesday night against the Rangers.
The team will wear special helmet decals to honor Oshie's father.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Capitals' TJ Oshie announces father's death