Chris knew his most heartfelt wish would be to meet his true hero, TJ Oshie. Growing up watching UND hockey, Chris has been a huge TJ Oshie fan his entire life.
Chris’s wish took flight when he traveled to St. Louis to meet his hero. When they arrived, Chris and his family went to the Ice Zone, the official practice facility of the St. Louis Blues, and watched the team practice. Once their practice concluded, it was time for Chris to meet TJ and get a little ice time of his own. Chris had his own personal hockey stick made and then he and TJ both hit the ice for some fun. Oshie suggested a shooting competition where Chris ended up beating the NHL celebrity. When asked, “Who is the better shooter?” Chris says smiling, “No comment.”
After sharing time on the ice together, Oshie took Chris and his family out for lunch. "We had some good talk about being in North Dakota, where he's from and what he likes to do. We talked the Sioux a little bit, the Blues - it's been a good 24 hours," said Oshie. The next day Chris and his brothers played two-on-two hockey with Oshie. Their game was a short warm up for Oshie as the St. Louis Blues played against the Montreal Canadiens at Scottrade Center later that night.
Chris gave the players good luck fist-bumps as they went out on the ice and went to watch the game from the press box. The highlight of the game was watching Oshie score a goal in the second period.
“This is definitely his dream,” said Chris’ mom, Denise, “He sat and watched TJ Oshie during the Olympics. Chris will play floor hockey in my basement and so there’s black marks all over those wall and everything. So this is phenomenal. This is surreal for him.”
After the game TJ gave Chris his signed, game-worn jersey and the puck that he scored with. Before saying goodbye TJ told Chris, "I had fun hanging out and getting to know you," and "You're an inspiration, and I want you to stay positive."
I still feel like a kid but this is really cool and I’m thankful for the Blues and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.