It's called a "Welcome to the NHL Moment" and most players have at least one of them during their rookie season. Basically, it's a specific point in time they'll never forget and will look back on with great affinity once their career is over.
For some it's lining up against a childhood hero, while for others it's getting crushed with an open-ice hit coming through the neutral zone with their head down. Then again, it could be skating out for warm-up only to realize you're the only one on the ice after the rest of your teammates remained in the tunnel for a practical joke. Or just simply, one's first goal or fight.
Either way, Tyler Seguin swears he didn't have one this season. Well, at least until a couple a weeks ago, anyway.
It came early in the first period of the Bruins' 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.
"I heard before that players have that one thing, but mine would have to be a Welcome to the Playoffs Moment," said Seguin, following the Bruins practice at UBC's Thunderbird Arena on Friday. "On my second shift, Tampa scored two goals against my line."
A sly smile splashed across the 19-year-old Brampton, Ont., native's face as he recalled the memory, before adding it wasn't all bad as he scored a goal on his next shift in what was his NHL post-season debut. He then followed it up with two goals and two assists in Boston's 6-5 victory two nights later in his second playoff game.
One year ago, Seguin was in Toronto among the dozens of top junior prospects at the NHL's combine. He and Taylor Hall were the two big names, with one of them making history only a few weeks later.
Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin's real welcome to the NHL a welcomed playoff moment
Vancouver Sun | Jun 4