The Dallas Stars are headed to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, which means Tyler Seguin is going with them. This will be Seguin’s third time playing for the Cup, the first being in 2011 when he became a champion with the Boston Bruins at only 19 years old.
Back in 2009, the Bruins traded Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 2010 first-round pick which was Seguin, a 2010 second-round pick (Jared Knight) and a 2011 first-round pick (Dougie Hamilton). Can I get a “thank you Kessel” chant, anyone?
Seguin was a hit with the ladies and a larger-than-life superstar in the making. Many fans thought he’d be a Bruin forever. That changed in 2013, however, when he was traded to the Stars along with Rich Peverley and Ryan Button. In return, the Bruins acquired Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, and Joe Morrow. To this day, some fans are still devastated about the trade and others believe it was necessary. No matter what you think, Seguin made an impact for the black and gold, and that’s just a fact.
First NHL Goal
Seguin scored his first NHL goal in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes in Prague. He came down on a breakaway assisted by Michael Ryder and put the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov. At that moment, a star was born.
First Career Hat Trick
Seguin’s first-ever hat trick came against the Maples Leafs. So fitting and so glorious, even to this day.
Four Points In Second Playoff Game
Seguin sat out the first two rounds as a healthy scratch during the 2011 postseason. After all, he was a rookie, and former coach Claude Julien did not believe he was ready to play just yet. With Patrice Bergeron battling a concussion during the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Julien put Seguin in for Game One of the series. Seguin scored his first-ever playoff goal in his first-ever playoff game that night. He also assisted on Johnny Boychuk’s goal in the third period. Then, in game two, he racked up two goals and two assists. This performance solidified his spot in the playoffs for the rest of the Bruins Stanley Cup run.
Not All Bad
Although Seguin was in Boston for just three seasons, he was talented enough to make the Bruins the laughingstock of the NHL when they shopped him. There are rumors to this day regarding the “real reason” he left, but rumors aside, it was a trade that shook the hockey world.
At the end of the day, the Bruins wouldn’t be where they are today without the Seguin trade. Things could be worse, as the Bruins have made one Stanley Cup Final appearance without him and have done significantly better than the Stars ever since (except for this year, of course.)
Thanks for the memories, Seguin, and best of luck on your quest for the Cup!