ARLINGTON, Va. - T.J. Oshie faced his friend Addy Flint's challenge head on Saturday then passed it on to some of his Washington Capitals teammates.
Flint, an 11-year-old two-time cancer survivor from Alexandria, Virginia, challenged Oshie and his wife, Lauren, to take the Cake it Like a Kid Challenge earlier this week to raise awareness during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September.
Actor Kevin Bacon's foundation Six Degree is leading the social-media initiative, which involves challenging six people to have a piece of cake smashed in their faces and make a $6 donation to two organizations that support pediatric oncology patients, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and the Children's Inn at NIH. In a video Oshie posted to his Twitter account, his daughters Lyla and Leni laughed while they placed and rubbed cake in his hair and on his face.
"We were really happy she included us," the Capitals forward said. "Anything Addy we want to be associated with. So it's pretty cool she reached out and did that, and hopefully we can get this thing rolling."
Oshie and Flint became friends after they were paired at the Capitals' Hockey Fights Cancer skate for children from Make-A-Wish's Mid-Atlantic chapter in November 2016. At the time, Flint's kidney cancer was in remission, but it returned in 2017 and she had to go through further treatments before she announced on June 7, 2018 that her latest scans came back clean and she was cancer free.
Hours later, Oshie and the Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to win their first championship.
"She's probably the strongest little girl I've ever met, so just to see her doing well makes you feel good," Oshie said. "After what she's been through when she was pretty young, beating it and then having to go through it again, she's a warrior."
Oshie said he was also challenged by former Capitals teammate Karl Alzner, now with the Montreal Canadiens, to take the Cake it Like a Kid Challenge. He then called on his sister Tawni, Washington teammates Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson, former NHL player Jeremy Roenick and fellow University of North Dakota hockey alumni Brad Miller and Danny Kristo to complete the challenge next.