T.J. Oshie and Kevin Shattenkirk are two vital cogs for Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the weight of the moment doesn’t seem lost on either of the young players. Any time you’re able to represent your country, it’s special. Playing in the Olympics is an incredible opportunity though, especially on a team with Gold medal aspirations like the USA.
The duo sat down with the official site of the St. Louis Blues recently to discuss the opportunity and how they felt about wearing the Stars and Stripes.
Oshie was outstanding for the Americans against Slovakia in the nation’s first contest of the tournament. American head coach Dan Bylsma raved about his play on the fourth line, and Oshie made something happen each and every time he stepped out onto the ice. Whether that was with physical play or a slick pass, he was constantly visible and active.
Shattenkirk wasn’t quite as noticeable against the Slovaks, but he still managed to come up with an assist in the contest.
They’re both gearing up for a massive game against Russia on Saturday, and it’ll be fun for Blues fans to see how the two players rise to the occasion in what is their biggest game of the year to this point. Play big in the Olympics and you can play big during a Stanley Cup run.
That logic makes sense, right?