|Bergeron and Seguin practice at Ristuccia |
For Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin
, he’s had the luxury of playing along side guys two of the best teachers – future Hall of Famer Mark Recchi and B's alternate captain Patrice Bergeron
, who’s been an integral part of the Boston organization since he started skating with the club at age 18.
“[Recchi and Bergeron] certainly led by example on the ice,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said. “Even Mark, at age 43, was a guy working hard at practice.
"He went in front of the net, he didn’t stay away form the dirty work, and we know Bergy is one of the hardest workers as well. He had two great examples.”
Julien also talked about the two veteran’s ability to influence Seguin off the ice.
“I’m sure some of the chats Rex had with Seggy over his career [were about] as [being] a young player, you think you have a lot of time and before you know it, it’s done so cherish the moment,” Julien said. “And when you look at Bergy, [Seguin can] see how he prepares himself every day.”
Seguin, 19, who leads the team with 17 goals and 38 points in just his second year with the Bruins, had plenty of praise for Bergeron, whom he said rarely makes any mistakes in his game.
The sharp-shooting forward said he’s not copying exactly what Bergeron does on the ice, but he’s watching closely, learning everything he can from the veteran who’s in his ninth season, but is only 26 years old.
“He really is the complete hockey player, starting right from the d-zone,” Seguin said. “You know he’s a tremendous player and he’s a great leader as well, and he’s a great guy that I idolize.
“I give him so much credit for my success, obviously not only for how he plays and how many opportunities he gives me, but just being the guy that I can really follow.”--- Anthony Gulizia