If you haven’t been on social media, you’ve been missing out on the whirlwind summer Dallas Star Tyler Seguin has been having. From appearing in the buff in ESPN’s annual Body Issue to attending parties at the Playboy Mansion, Seguin’s social calendar has kept him very busy this summer.
After the regular season ended with the Stars missing the playoffs, Tyler Seguin and a few of his teammates headed to the Czech Republic to play for Canada, and eventually win gold, at the World Championships. Since then Seguin’s Instagram has been flooded with pictures of him hanging out at the Eiffel tower, partying with Wayne Gretzky in Toronto and appearing on the red carpet at the ESPY awards. Keep in mind this is the same Tyler Seguin who two years ago was traded to the Stars because he was focused more on partying than hockey. The difference between then and now? Seguin’s keeping his hockey career in the forefront.
“People might look at it like I’m just going to parties, but I’m meeting LeBron James and Kobe Bryant and Derek Jeter. I get to pick their brains, and they are superstars who have made it, and that’s where I want to be some day,” Seguin recently said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News. They say sometimes a change of scenery can do a world of good, and there is no better example than Seguin’s transition from immature underachiever to offensive superstar since arriving in Dallas.
When the Boston Bruins traded him in 2013, Tyler Seguin’s image around the NHL was in need of repair. After a disappointing loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final, Boston media was eager to find a scapegoat for the team’s failure, and easily found one in Seguin. Reports surfaced suggesting Seguin spent too much time partying and even went as far as to claim the team had to hire a guard to babysit him. A once-promising player who was supposed to help lead the Bruins to greatness was now being scorned as a washout and sent packing.
Although some of the criticism about Seguin was likely warranted, what those rumors failed to take into account was a much larger team issue. By the time the finals started, the Bruins were plagued with injuries, and it was obvious to anyone watching the tank had run out of gas. Placing the blame for a team wide collapse on one player was absurd, and largely ignored the deeper problems the Bruins were facing internally. But Boston media has made a national sport out of vilifying sports heroes who don’t meet their expectations, and so, Tyler Seguin was run out of town.
That was two years ago. Nowadays, Seguin is flourishing in Dallas. When he joined the Stars, General Manager Jim Nill made it clear what the team expected of him, and Seguin rose to the challenge. He took a break from social media and doubled down on his training. He went back to playing center, his natural position, and found chemistry with captain Jamie Benn. He’s the type of personality that seemingly thrives on being in the spotlight, and Dallas has given him the opportunity to do so in a way Boston never could have.
For Seguin, it’s about being the best. “In the offseason, I’m thinking about what the other best players in the world are doing right now. I think about how much I want to be better than those guys. That thought is always going around in my head,” he told ESPN.
It’s the ultimate redemption story. And he’s doing it all while having the time of his life.