Since there isn’t a lot of Victory Green on the ice this week and I’ve been watching the Olympics to fill the void, I’ve seen a lot of human interest stories about the athletes who are competing in South Korea. In honor of that, let’s take a look at a great piece that Sean Shaprio wrote about Tyler Seguin’s philanthropic efforts.
When Tyler Seguin came onto the scene with the Bruins, he was able to check one item off of his bucket list. Next, he wanted to make some noise on the ice - win a Stanley Cup, go to the Olympics, etc. After a while though, he started to realize maybe there was more to life than just being a hockey player:
But he also began to realize there was more to being a professional athlete. During his time with the Bruins he noticed the work that veteran players Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron put in away from the rink. How they were involved in growing the game and reaching out to the local community.
Following a tragic accident that left one of his closest friends paralyzed, Seguin found his off-ice calling. Shortly after being traded to Dallas, he started Seguin’s Stars, a foundation that helps disabled people, specifically those who still want to play hockey. Since then, his charitable efforts have grown, and he is now involved in a myriad of foundations and has received recognition for his work:
In addition to working with the Dallas Sled Stars, Seguin now works with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club of Collin County, and After School All-Stars.
It’s been a rewarding experience for Seguin, who was recently named the Stars ambassador for Hockey Is For Everyone, a month-long initiative across the NHL that supports inclusion and acceptance in hockey.
See more about Seguin’s amazing contributions at Sean’s place. [The Athletic]
Mike Heika answered some questions in a chat that touched on Radek Faksa, weak links, surprises, and more. [SportsDayDFW]
Just going to put this here and not say anything:
Marc Methot is expected to play Friday unless there is a setback.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) February 13, 2018
Last night was Casino Night for the Stars. Here is a sampling of the festivities:
In case you’re jonesing for the soothing tones of one Ralph Strangis:
Wake up with me tomorrow morning. USA Men’s Hockey v Slovenia. 6:00 am Central. Then later in the day - USA Women v Canada at 9:00 pm central.— Ralph Strangis (@RalphStrangis) February 14, 2018
Click the link and click listen here to take you to the broadcast site. https://t.co/oJzCv7RlII pic.twitter.com/Tat5dRQQTP
Practice update if you need a fix:
Practice tomorrow is at noon at DPSC Frisco. All practices here are open to the public and keep this link handy as we update our practice schedule weekly.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 13, 2018
Last but not least, support my wife and sister’s alma mater! The University of North Texas is trying to raise money to go to regionals. Donate here.
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And a little throwback from DGB:
As we wait on the Phaneuf deal, a reminder of my all-time favorite forum thread: Flames fans finding out in real time about the trade with Toronto and losing their minds: https://t.co/8bx3TgQPfH— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) February 14, 2018
Down Goes Brown builds a roster of big names that Toronto Maple Leafs fans thought would come to Toronto:
New post: No, not every single NHL star gets linked to the Maple Leafs. It's, uh, only almost all of them. Introducing the all-time Almost-a-Leaf team. https://t.co/fPm0hs9qVr pic.twitter.com/jHXmCdGCTG— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) February 13, 2018
Seattle is officially in the mix for an NHL expansion team:
Seattle makes official application for NHL team https://t.co/zlIpvs2leQ— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 14, 2018
I don’t want to sit here and bask in schadenfreude, but it definitely doesn’t make me sad to see the Chicago Blackhawks struggling (cue 20-game win streak):
The NHL is looking to increase diversity in its coaching and referee ranks. Hopefully they can actually accomplish it and not just pay lip service to it like some other leagues:
Here’s some Olympics coverage if it strikes your fancy: