Addy Flint loves cotton candy, sparkles and rainbows. She’s a big fan of T.J. Oshie, too, and she just might be the Capitals forward’s new lucky charm.
Addy, 8, attended her first Capitals game on Thursday and cheered the loudest during two moments in particular: when Oshie scored a second-period goal in Washington’s overtime win, and when Oshie described her successful battle with metastatic cancer in a video that played on the Verizon Center scoreboard. The following day, Addy, who has been in remission for three years, and several other Make-A-Wish kids were waiting for Capitals players when they returned to the locker room after practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Addy was paired with Oshie, and after introductions, the kids joined the players for an hour-long skate on the ice.
“He taught me how to skate backwards,” Addy said. “We talked about all sorts of things. He was so nice.”
Saturday brought more thrills, as Addy and her Make-A-Wish friends attended the Capitals’ game against the Panthers. Players wore lavender “Hockey Fights Cancer” jerseys during warmups; Oshie’s featured Addy’s last name and sold for $2,600 in the Capitals’ subsequent auction, which raised more than $125,000 for charity.
“I was so excited, I was jumping up and down a lot,” said Addy, who was wearing ladybug earrings — “because ladybugs are good luck” — just as she was for Thursday’s win. “I went very crazy.”
Oshie scored again in the third period to put the Capitals ahead for good in a 4-2 win, and Addy said she got a kick out of the way he skated on one leg and swung his arm in celebration of his sixth goal of the season. Addy knows a little something about showmanship; her wish, which was granted when she was almost 5, was to be a pop star in a music video. Addy’s rendition of Katy Perry’s “Roar” to celebrate her overcoming cancer has been viewed more than 12 million times.
After the game, players welcomed Make-A-Wish kids into the locker room. Addy’s assessment: “It was very big.” (She was used to the smell, she said, because her sister plays soccer.)
Oshie took Addy back out to the ice to see the bench. He showed her the Capitals’ stick room and the players’ lounge, all the while teaching her a little bit about hockey. Before it was time for Addy to leave, Oshie signed one of his game-used sticks and gave it to her. She’s slept next to it the last two nights.
“What an amazing little girl,” Oshie told CSN. “Got to spend some time together the last two days and I gave my family their number so we can keep in touch. Amazing what she went through and how positive and how happy she is. It was fun.”