Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2011, 18

Tyler Seguin hoisting the Stanley Cup outside the Hospital for Sick Children.
Tyler Seguin hoisting the Stanley Cup outside the Hospital for Sick Children.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
There is a heavy burden to carry when you've been labelled a "can't miss" star in the National Hockey League. Some wear the mantle proudly. Others buckle under the weight. After starring with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, Tyler Seguin was the second overall selection in the NHL Entry Draft, and got tagged with that "can't miss" label.

Tyler made the leap straight from junior to the Boston Bruins this past season, and as a 19-year-old rookie, contributed to Boston's first Stanley Cup championship since 1972.

Tyler Seguin brought the Stanley Cup Chinguacousy Park. (Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Tyler Seguin brought the Stanley Cup Chinguacousy Park.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
The Bruins tend to ease their rookies into the line-up, which can be a blessing and a curse, depending on which side you're on. Tyler was a healthy scratch for the first two rounds of the post-season, watching and absorbing. But when Patrice Bergeron suffered a mild concussion against Tampa, Seguin was inserted into the lineup and made an immediate impression. In his first game, he potted a goal and added an assist, and in his second playoff contest, he doubled that with two goals and two assists!

Tyler Seguin closed out July with his Stanley Cup celebration. He received the Cup on July 31 at 8:00AM and took it to his downtown Toronto condo. Then it was up University Avenue to The Hospital for Sick Children. There, Tyler met youngsters in Marnie's Rainbow Lounge, an area where the kids can play with computers, watch movies and play pool. The kids were all over Tyler and the Stanley Cup like ugly on an ape, asking him questions about being a hockey star.

Tyler Seguin and Lord Stanley arrive at Westwood Arena.
Tyler Seguin and Lord Stanley arrive at Westwood Arena. (Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
He then took the Cup to Brampton, just north of Toronto, where he honed his immense hockey skills. More than 2,000 greeted Tyler and the Cup in Chinguacousy Park, where an official ceremony took place, officially congratulating him on his monumental achievement, and for bringing added pride (and the Stanley Cup!) to Brampton.

Another crowd waited for Tyler at the Westwood Arena in Rexdale, another Toronto suburb. A thousand waited their turn to greet Tyler and get photos with the Stanley Cup.

A limousine then took Seguin and Stanley to a friend's home in Georgetown. The backyard party featured a pig roast, hotdogs and hamburgers as friends and family milled about, enjoying the celebration.

There was one final stop for Tyler before the clock struck 12, and that was to Club Embassy in Toronto's Entertainment District. The beats pumped, the music rocked and Tyler and his friends shared Lord Stanley's legacy with an appreciative crowd.

Tyler Seguin helping a family friend enjoy a drink from the bowl of the Stanley Cup.   Tyler Seguing be presented the key to the City of Brampton.
Tyler Seguin helping a family friend enjoy a drink from the bowl of the Stanley Cup.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
 
Tyler Seguing be presented
the key to the City of Brampton.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)

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The Stanley Cup Journal heads east of Toronto to Peterborough, and you'll find out how Marc Savard celebrated when we return on Tuesday.

Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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