T.J. Oshie is headed to the NHL All-Star Game for the first time in his career.
The former Warroad High School and UND star and current Washington Capitals forward was voted in by the fans as the last man for the Metropolitan Division team, beating out fellow former Warroad High and UND standout Brock Nelson of the New York Islanders.
The NHL All-Star Game is scheduled for Jan. 25 in St. Louis, which also has a special significance for Oshie. That's where he started his NHL career after turning pro in 2008.
Oshie has 18 goals and 33 points in 46 games for the first-place Capitals.
Oshie is on pace to challenge for his career high in points of 60, which occurred during the 2013-14 season with the Blues.
"It almost makes it more special," Oshie said of being voted in to the All-Star Game by the fans. "It's probably the coolest way to go to the All-Star Game -- getting voted in by the fans. Fans have always been so good to me, my entire NHL career, and even going back to high school and college."
Oshie is in his 12th NHL season. He has 230 career goals and 551 points.
He spent the first seven years of his NHL career with St. Louis, which drafted him No. 24 overall in 2005. This is his fifth year with Washington, where he helped win a Stanley Cup in 2018.
That summer, Oshie brought the Stanley Cup back to Warroad, where he helped the Warriors win state prep titles in 2003 and 2005.
The following year, Oshie's old team, the Blues won the Stanley Cup.
"I'm not sure how All-Star Games work, but I'm hoping the St. Louis training staff is there, so I get to say hi to all of those guys," Oshie said. "Just a lot of people there who were really good to me over the years. It will be good to go back in a little bit more of a laid-back experience and just have some fun and get some more quality time to catch up with everyone."
UND has had at least one participant in seven of the last eight NHL All-Star Games. Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks was the most recent in 2017-18, when he won MVP.
Recent UND All-Star Game selections
2019-20 -- T.J. Oshie
2018-19 -- none
2017-18 -- Brock Boeser (named MVP)
2016-17 -- Jonathan Toews
2015-16 -- Jonathan Toews
2014-15 -- Jonathan Toews
2013-14 -- no game due to Olympics
2012-13 -- no game due to NHL lockout
2011-12 -- Jonathan Toews
2010-11 -- Jonathan Toews
2009-10 -- no game due to Olympics
2008-09 -- Zach Parise and Jonathan Toews
2007-08 -- none
2006-07 -- Jason Blake