OTTAWA, Ontario -- Tyler Seguin
has only been here one day and has already enjoyed his All-Star experience.
"Yeah, I’m very excited," said Seguin, an Ontario-native, who was selected to Team Chara on Thursday night. "It’s only been a day and a half but it’s been a great event so far.
"The [people] of Ottawa have been tremendous supporters – great fan base here – so it’s been a lot of fun."
And officially the fun hasn't actually even begun.
Seguin will take on Accuracy Shooting and the Elimination Shootout during Saturday's All-Star Skills Competition and will certainly see time during Sunday's All-Star Game.
But Seguin said he didn't have much say into which events he was slotted to tackle tomorrow.
"I texted Zee, ‘You know what I’m doing?’ and he goes hardest shot. And he texted me back, said, 'Fastest skater.' Then he texted me back and said, 'You’re going to do everything.' So I said, 'Okay,'" explained the forward with a laugh.
There was some good-natured fun at Seguin's expense on Friday as Chara, Seguin's captain in Boston, waited until nearly the last minute to take Tyler to join Team Chara along with Boston Head Coach Claude Julien and goaltender Tim Thomas
"I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t getting nervous back stage - a little hot back there," said Seguin. "But it worked out in the end – I didn’t know what Zee was going to do, but I’m happy he picked me."
Asked if he felt like he owed Chara a favor for taking him before the forward could've been the last pick of the night, Seguin smiled (again) and said, "Absolutely not.
"I don’t owe him anything now.
"I guess he felt bad for me when he offered the hug," added Seguin.
However, Chara might have already made up for picking Seguin so late when he put Tyler into the last event of the evening on Saturday.
The Elimination Shootout, analogous to a slam dunk competition in basketball, has been an even that has traditionally been where Alex Ovechkin brings crowds to their feet. But with the Washington Capitals forward opting out of this year's All-Star Weekend, there is a chance for other skaters to bring fans to the edge of their seats.
"I don’t know if you’re asking me to be that showman or know if I can pull it off – I know I’m supposed to be tweeting during the competition so maybe I’ll do something there," said Seguin. "I think it’s a good gig with the guys here – everyone here likes to have fun.
"If someone wants to step up and fill the shoes - Ovie does a great job when he comes here for the fans so I’m sure someone will," he said.