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Seguin, B's Strike Six-Year Extension

by Evan Sporer / Boston Bruins — Tyler Seguin burst onto the scene in Boston in 2011, when his strong play helped the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup. Now, just over a year later, the 20-year-old forward who continues to shine has signed a six-year contract extension worth an average of $5.75 million annually with the Bruins.

"It’s a dream come true," Seguin told "Playing here in Boston for another seven years, being a part of this organization is exactly what I was looking for.

"Since the first day I came into this city I knew this is where I wanted to live and have a life and now I can actually start it if I haven’t already, and I’m definitely very ecstatic about it all."

A native of Brampton, Ontario, Seguin has proven himself an offense force in his first two seasons at the NHL level.

Last year, Seguin led all B’s with 29 goals and 67 points. His plus-34 rating was second in the entire league, only trailing teammate Patrice Bergeron. His banner season was good enough to get him voted into the 2012 NHL All-Star Game.

During the Bruins Cup run in 2011, Seguin was third among rookies in postseason scoring, only trailing teammate Brad Marchand and San Jose’s Logan Couture. Seguin accomplished the rare feat of scoring a playoff goal as a teenager—he was 19 when he scored his first.

"[Seguin is] very skilled, has terrific shot, and is a young player who’s going to be with us—counting this year—seven more years," said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. "A commitment by Tyler, a commitment by us, and when you can lock up a player—like the same thing I said for Brad—when you lock up a player that’s in our top six forwards and is still getting better it’s an exciting thing."

Seguin was drafted by the Bruins with the second overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. The Bruins acquired the pick in a trade with the Maple Leafs that saw Phil Kessel land in Toronto.

After Edmonton used the first pick to take Taylor Hall, Seguin didn’t have to wait long to hear his name called.

Hall also signed a contract extension earlier this summer, while the Bruins have continued to lock up their core players, with Seguin making the sixth Bruin from last year’s squad to ink an extension, joining Marchand, Gregory Campbell, Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, and Tuukka Rask.

When visited with Seguin in Toronto earlier this summer, Seguin talked about his Stanley Cup memories and how Bruins fans really left a great impression.

"I really enjoy the people in [Boston], they’re very respectful and they’re nice," Seguin said. "The best example I can give is after we won the Cup, around Toronto, around my tome town everyone said congrats, and my family said congrats.

“Around Boston, even to this day...even this weekend when I was just there, people still constantly say 'Thank you' instead of congrats, and every time they do you feel like you won it for yourself and the team, but you not only won it for your whole city and that’s just something I love about the character of the people in Boston.”

Now, signed with the Bruins through 2018-2019, Seguin will have plenty of chances to replicate the team’s magical 2011 Cup run and bring Lord Stanley back to the city of Boston.
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