I followed hockey when I lived in Colorado. It was pretty easy. We had a Cup winning team. Twice in less than a decade. As a matter of fact, a lot of Denver residents didn’t even KNOW we had a hockey team until they won the cup and we got to have a parade!!! I was not that girl. I grew up in Vail. There was an AWHL hockey team there when I was a kid. I went to games with friends. I never learned SQUAT about the game and hockey was not the preferred sport in my house (FOOTBALL) but I tried to follow as best as any busy teenager could.
I came to the Bruins in the best way. My current BFF was ALWAYS going on about them at work. “Bruins, this. Bruins, that.” WHATEVER. Halfway through the 2010-2011 season, she convinced me to turn the TV on. A love affair was born. I wanted to learn more, watch more. When the playoffs started we were at her wedding in Newport, Rhode Island and we HAD to make sure that we found a bar that was playing the game. Hockey became exciting for me for the first time in a long time after leaving Colorado.
The most exciting part of watching hockey again after so many years, was the rookie, #19, and his AMAZING speed. I couldn’t believe how fast he was. And the impossible goals. BEAUTIFUL goals. My favorite player of all time is Peter Forsberg, a left shooting center. Not the fastest but certainly one of the best. And then here comes this right shooting wing, completely blowing my mind. This kid made things happen. Who is he? What is his name? I’d never seen anything like him. Not that it means much, given my limited knowledge. If he had been covered as much as Terrell Davis, maybe I would have had a bit more info?
I watched him. Game after game. I spent my youth with figure skaters in Vail. I can tell what fancy footwork looks like on ice, even if I am no hockey ingénue. This kid had it ALL. He was the kind of player that made the game so exciting to watch, even for someone just trying to learn more about it. His style and talent made hockey even more fun than it already was.
We won the Cup in 2011 and my BFF bought me a Seguin shirt. She knew that he was a huge part of why I was so excited about hockey again. His goals, his skating: BEAUTIFUL. Something anyone could appreciate.
Despite the Bruins’ shortened playoff run in 2012, he had proven himself so worthy, so talented, that he earned a GIANT contract worth nearly $5.75 million a year for 6 years. During the Lockout, he was the highest scorer on his EHC team. Not hard to believe. He had 67 points (29 goals, 38 assists) in an 81-game season in 2011-12. Via SportsDayDFW: “He has played 203 regular season games, tallying 121 points (56 goals, 65 assists) and is plus-53 in that span. What’s more, he has played 42 playoff games, already and has gone to the Stanley Cup Final twice, and already has won one Cup.”
To say that I was DEVASTATED when he was traded from Boston to Dallas on July 4th is the understatement of the century. I believe in the Bruins organization and I know that they are always doing their best to build the strongest team to win another Stanley Cup. I also believe that threatening a trade, taking it back and then making it happen, all while telling the media that there are other “issues,” is a cold, bull shit, way to do business. I don’t think you are allowed to publicly throw anyone under a bus unless you plan on trying to pick them up on the next bus. Humiliating Tyler Seguin in public right before trading him, made the Bruins GM look like he was making excuses for trading a quality player that he needed to get rid of due to salary cap issues. You can’t afford him? Fine! Be man enough to admit it. Don’t let us all believe that you’re going to keep him, just as long as he cleans up his act (which as a 21 year old includes going to parties. OH MY GOD THE HORROR).
I have a feeling that Tyler Seguin is just getting started. I’m not an analyst or a professional sports writer but I can tell you that this guy has a ton of talent and, one ‘less than great’ playoff run will not be the end of his career. Despite some immaturity, Seguin will move mountains and will be a player who will be talked about for years to come. I cannot wait for the rest of the NHL fans to witness his skill on the ice.
Seguin has a lot of fans that love him because he is pretty to look at. So many that it has become tiresome. He is gorgeous, yes. Very true. That is something that cannot be denied. HOWEVER, I will continue to follow his career, knowing and hoping that he will have success on any team he plays for.
I am a Boston Bruins fan first and foremost. But I will never be ashamed to tell anyone that Tyler Seguin is one of my favorite players. I hope he finds all of the success in Dallas, playing first line center, as well as I believe that he can. His gorgeous skating and mind blowing goals will impress many more, I am sure.
He has a very pretty face. But all of his points look even better.