Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie is mourning the recent death of former Detroit Red Wings popular player Henry Boucha.
NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti wrote a story over the weekend explaining how Boucha played a role in helping Oshie reach the NHL. Boucha guided him spiritually and as a hockey player. Boucha is technically Oshie’s cousin, but he called him “Uncle Hank.”
“I lived with Hank for the first three, four months when I moved to Warroad, so he was very instrumental,” Oshie told Gulitti . “If I don’t move to Warroad, I don’t know if I play in the NHL, honestly. Hockey, it was very difficult where I lived in Washington to get to and from the rink and really get all my skills to the level they needed to be at to make the jump. Not only that, but just seeing someone from our family that had made that trek and made it to the NHL. (He) came from Warroad and played high school hockey. It kind of just showed me it could be done.”
Boucha was a member of the Ojibway tribe, and he made sure Oshie understood the importance of his native American heritage. Bob Duff wrote a Boucha obituary on Detroit Hockey Now.
Red Wings’ Next Game
After a final practice today in Traverse City, the Red Wings will come back to Little Caesars Arena to play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. Bally Sports will televise the game.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
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- Red Wings hoping to see defense contributing more to the offense in 2023-24.
- Bulked up Lucas Raymond hoping to become a more powerful force this season.
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