As a 20-year-old playing in the NHL, Tyler Seguin is in a much different situation than most of his Bruins teammates with families and children. Barely a decade ago, Tyler remembers going to see Adam Foote with the Stanley Cup - a fond memory for a young hockey player. But just last June, the forward was bringing Lord Stanley to his hometown of Brampton to share with friends and family.
When visiting Segs in his offseason home of downtown Toronto, BostonBruins.com got the chance to see "Tyler the friend" when we sat down at Real Sports in Toronto with him and his buddies - Matt Azevedo, a friend who grew up with him in Brampton, Ontario, along with professional hockey players Jesse Blacker and Tyler Brown.
Amidst laughs and pats on the back, the trio of friends shared how they've all grown together and matured - both on and off the ice.
All three men said that they were thrilled to see Seguin achieve major goals over the past three years and were excited to celebrate with him when Boston brought the Stanley Cup home for the first time in 39 years.
"I mean, when I planned on going down there it was, he actually wanted me to go down there earlier in the playoffs, but I wasn't able to, so I was like, 'If you make it to Game 6, I'll come down and hopefully you win it," said Flyers prospect Brown, a former teammate on the Plymouth Whalers. "I was only supposed to stay there like two days, but it turned out that I was there like a week and a half."
"And yeah, I got the privilege to get on the Duck Boat and see the millions of fans that were out there -- it was surreal and I was proud of him, because I've always been a close friend with him, and just seeing him win the Stanley Cup -- even when I got to pick him up from the rink when he got back after the flight, just seeing how happy he was and how happy everyone else was -- was definitely a big moment in my life to see that happen.
"It's just something I want to work towards so I get that chance," added Brown. "So it was definitely an experience."