As the Washington Capitals prepare Friday tilt with the Dallas Stars, they also took the time on Thursday night to hit the books with teammate T.J. Oshie.
Oshie ran into some trouble while helping his daughter with her second-grade math assignments, and reached out to his teammates and social media for help.
“Welp… got stumped by my second grader’s math question tonight,” Oshie wrote on Twitter. “Stumped a couple of my teammates, too.”
The problem was a subtraction question, with the teacher providing five integers and asking the students to fill in the blanks and solve the equation.
Welp… got stumped by my 2nd graders math question tonight. Stumped a couple of my teammates too. Can you figure it out? 1 number per box. No repeats. #humbled
— TJ Oshie (@TJOshie77) January 28, 2022
Oshie explained on Twitter that John Carlson was one of the Capitals to chip in, FaceTiming the Oshies to check over the problem. However, he couldn’t crack the code, and suggested that Oshie write a comment to the teacher saying the question was incorrect. Ultimately, Daniel Sprong saved the day, solving the problem.
“Spronger solved it and saved my daughter’s weekly homework packet,” Oshie wrote, adding, “I erased the comment.”
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Oshie’s no stranger to homework and comes from an academic background, having attended the University of North Dakota from 2005-08. He was one of the top players at the NCAA level and majored in general studies.
The 34-year-old is currently on the injured reserve as he recovers from an upper-body injury. A number of ailments, as well as bouts with COVID-19 and the flu, have limited Oshie to 18 games this season. However, he has still made quite the impact with five goals and 13 points.