St. Louis fans have loved him for years, but Blues forward T.J. Oshie wasn't exactly a "star" around the rest of the league. Before the end of this season, his best year was 19 goals and 54 points. (He bested that by a few points this year.) And although he brings much more to the Blues than points, it's fancy stats that gets one special attention around the hockey universe.
|Even the dogs love TJ.|
That all changed ever since Oshie became America's favorite hockey player. And now, he might get one of hockey's greatest -- or at least one of its coolest -- honors: the cover of EA Sports' NHL 15.
The transformation from skilled forward to superstar happened when Team USA played Russia. Due to turmoil in Ukraine, Russia's anti-gay laws and Vladimir Putin's ability to strike fear in Americans' hearts with just the sight of his oft-bare chest, the Cold War had seemed all but reignited, which wasn't helped by the fact the games were being held in Russia. And when Team USA and Team Russia took the ice, there was much more on the line than a gold medal -- at least for the U.S. audience.More »