When the Dallas Stars traded for Tyler Seguin back in the summer of 2013, there were several concerns about the young center’s character. He had a reputation as a young partier, which was one of the few reasons the Boston Bruins had chosen to move on from their former second-overall draft pick.
Seguin never wanted such labels to be attached to him, so when he moved to Dallas, he wanted things to be different. In particular, he wanted to have a much larger impact on the local community:
“I don’t like the words ‘give back,’ but I wanted to interact with that community. That’s why it was important for me to find a way to do more with the community and do something with the spot I’m in as a professional athlete.”
One of the more notable ways Seguin has tried to make an impact is with the local youth. He gives Stars tickets to charity so kids can see their very first hockey game, and has also helped refurbish and build ball hockey courts and learning centers. But he doesn’t simply write a check; he makes sure to engage with the kids as much as possible:
“He’s very, very engaging when he talks to the kids. Some athletes will just come out and do their thing and be done with it. He’s just got a great way with young people. He’s very, very involved with people and relates to them.”
You can read more in Sean Shapiro’s piece on The Athletic Dallas’ 2018 Person of the Year here.
It may not sound glorious, but serving as the Stars’ PA announcer is a dream come true for Jeff Kovarsky:
Here’s a quick video on one of the more fun parts about home games — the fan signs.
None of the teams in the Central played last night. I’m not even going to post the division standings. I only included this section so I could highlight this:
Around the League
Who are the most surprising players this year (both good and bad)? The ESPN crew discusses this in their recent roundtable: [ESPN]
Vancouver Canucks’ rookie sensation Elias Pettersson headlines this past week’s Three Stars:
Many would assume the Calder Trophy race is all but wrapped up, but don’t sleep on the rest of the rookie class, such as Stars’ defenseman Miro Heiskanen:
Who's your pick for the Calder? pic.twitter.com/OoPZvO1XhT— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) December 10, 2018
Latest news in the world of “cool hockey technology I didn’t know was a thing:”
Well this is new: The pucks at the NHL Winter Classic are going to have a coating that "turns purple to clear when a puck’s temperature is above freezing, providing a visual indication to officials that the puck should be replaced." pic.twitter.com/AENDuZrCzn— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) December 10, 2018