For Tyler Seguin
, tonight's game in TD Garden against the Toronto Maple Leafs is more than just an intra-division game featuring two original six teams.
|Boston Bruins top draft pick Tyler Seguin is introduced for the Bruins home-opener NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Boston, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. The Bruins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) |
Tonight, the Boston Bruins talented young center faces off against the very team he rooted for growing up in Brampton, Ontario.
Seguin, who played in the Ontario Hockey League with the Plymouth Whalers for two years during his time in Juniors earned OHL player of the year and was named to the OHL First All-Star team during the 2009-10 season.
Thus far this season, Seguin has turned heads in Boston and tonight he hopes to turn some heads in Toronto, as well.
“All I [wanted] was for Toronto to win a cup” said Seguin on Wednesday. "I mean, that’s what everyone wanted.
“They were just my local team.
"Now, you know, I’m going against them," he said.
And now, Seguin said being in the big leagues with Boston has been more than he could have expected.
“It’s been amazing," said Seguin. "You know, you have expectations for what it can be, and I think it exceeds all of those expectations.
“I feel like I have a part of this locker room and a part of this team.”
Thus far, Tyler has earned his keep with the Bruins and the Boston fans. Drafted second overall in last summer's Entry Draft, Seguin has scored a goal and added two assists for three points.
But as he prepares to face his hometown team tonight, Seguin was asked if he still enjoys support from back home in Ontario.
“Everyone is pretty excited," said Seguin. "Hopefully, I’m still around...and everyone is excited for that.”
Seguin hopes that support is still there when the teams meet in Toronto next month.
“I’ve got some buddies back home who say they’re [still] Toronto fans, but they’re going to be wearing Seguin jerseys,” he added.