One year ago, Tyler Seguin
was preparing to enter an NHL team’s training camp for the first time. He had no idea what the year ahead would hold. Seguin didn’t know that the City of Boston would become his home. He didn’t know that, with the other men in Black & Gold, he would be part of a remarkably close, tight-knit team. He didn’t know that he would explode for three goals and three assists in two games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
didn’t know that at the end of his rookie season, he would be a Stanley Cup champion.
But even after all that, after a rookie year that ended on the ultimate high note, Seguin isn’t complacent. He still looks to grow and improve as a player.
“Hopefully [I’ll be] a better player,” Seguin said as he reflected on the upcoming season. “Obviously, that was my first feel up and down, you know, and I learned so much, so I feel like I got a lot more experience and I want to take that into next year.
“Definitely have [want to] a good start and I'll see what I can do.”
At age 19, Seguin has already shown what he “can do” on the ice. The center was thrust into a pretty unique situation- playing for the Cup in his rookie season- and refused to crack under the pressure. He posted 11 goals and 11 assists during the regular season, and carried his speed and agility into the postseason. In addition to his clutch performance in the Eastern Conference Final, Seguin added an assist in the Stanley Cup Final, finding Michael Ryder in Game 4 for the second B’s goal of the game.
And so, after a season that endeared him to Boston faithful and cemented his value as a member of the Bruins, Seguin prepares to don the Spoked-B again. The faces in the dressing room will be, for the most part, familiar, and the forward finds it hard to overstate the meaning of keeping the team together.
“Well, I mean, we won the Stanley Cup,” Seguin said, allowing the significance of returning the Cup-winning team to speak for itself.
“It doesn't look like there are many changes, and obviously I think everyone wants a repeat,” he added. “I'm really looking forward to seeing the boys again and seeing what we can do again next year.”
When Seguin looks to next season, and the seasons ahead, he’s got one thing on his mind- a repeat. After a taste of lifting the Cup, he understandably wants to do it again, and with just a year in the NHL under his belt, he’s got time.
He’s feeling a little more prepared as he heads into training camp this year.
“I think you can definitely relax a little more and expect it a little bit,” Seguin said. “I've been fortunate enough and lucky enough to win the Cup my first year, I know what it takes to get there and I want to do it again.”
Before he can think about a postseason, however, Seguin and his fellow B’s have a training camp and a regular season to push through, taking them back to the ice at TD Garden.
And he can’t wait.
“I’m really excited to get back to Boston,” Seguin said.
“I feel like it’s my home now.” ---Elizabeth Traynor