ST. LOUIS -- Last summer, a video of a little girl, devastated her favorite player was traded from her favorite team, went viral.
On Saturday, Libby Lu, 5, turned her frown upside down when she got to meet right wing T.J. Oshie, who was traded to the Washington Capitals by the St. Louis Blues, and whose departure from the Blues led to a video of a crying Libby getting more than 450,000 views on YouTube.
Oshie returned to St. Louis on Saturday for the first time since since the trade when the Blues hosted the Capitals. Before Washington's optional morning skate, Oshie and Libby met for the first time, as Libby jumped into Oshie's arms before presenting him with a hand-made sign and a picture she drew of herself and Oshie.
"I just saw Libby and her family," Oshie said. "I think I got four big hugs.
"It's great. It means a lot to me that they're able to support me through the move. It just shows how good the support is, how good the hockey community is here in St. Louis. Tough to leave, but great to have the support for sure."
Oshie spent Friday night with former Blues teammates who were in his wedding party last summer.
"It's great, it's great to be back," said Oshie, who had 110 goals and 200 assists with the Blues. "It's a little weird, but really, really cool to see a lot of good faces that I miss quite a bit. Got to go out with some of [his former teammates] at dinner last night and got to see all the trainers and bunch of the staff here. So it's really cool [and] weird, but great to be back.
"... A lot of positives from being here, lot of life-long friends. Fans seemed like they supported me extremely, extremely well, even from before I got here and through to now too. Very grateful for my time here, lot of really important people, lot of important role models that I met here that have guided me to where I am now."