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Seguin Stars in Northern Ireland

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Belfast, Northern Ireland -- Tyler Seguin scored two goals against the Giants Selects squad in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday night, but by the sound of it, the young forward is keeping his focus on his teammates and his overall game.


Boston Bruins' Tyler Seguin (19) celebrates after winning the Man of the Match award against the Belfast Giants Selects during the preseason NHL hockey game in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. (AP Photo)
"Right now it's just bonding with the boys," said Seguin from the victorious locker room. "I think it's a little too early to be talking about expectations or anything like that.

"I've been saying for a while now, I've been expecting to come in here and have the opportunity to make this roster.

"And that being said, it's not done yet. So right now I'm still working my hardest to try and do all the little things right."

Two goals will help that notion for sure. But the already well-traveled Tyler talked about the unique experience of playing in the UK.

"It's definitely my first time playing a team from Northern Ireland," said Seguin. "I never thought I'd be visiting a place like this, but it's been an awesome tour so far."

Seguin, who was named "Man of the Match" on Saturday,  said that there would only be one thing he'd change.

"Probably just have some more down time here," said Seguin of the whirlwind tour. "It's a great place here and I've loved seeing everything.

"I have a cousin in Ireland, but I know this is Northern Ireland, so it's a little far away.

"But it's definitely nice here," he said.

Travel-wise, there seems to be only thing the rookie can't handle, the accent. Tyler was asked the question 'How have you handled the local accent' and answered, "What?"

After the laughter died down, Tyler said, "I guess like that. (More Laughter) But I think it's kind of cool. (Michael Ryder) has (a similar accent from Newfoundland)...and he said to come to him if we need a translator."

Seguin doesn't need a translator to understand the writing on the wall as training camp wanes.

"We travel to Prague...and we have one exhibition game," continued Seguin. "Then the season opens up and we have to get ready."
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