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Not long after Tyler Seguin was traded from the Boston Bruins to the Dallas Stars in Thursday's blockbuster, seven-player deal, stories of his hard-partying ways -- presumably withheld until now -- hit the Boston media.
Joe Haggery of CSNNE reported that Seguin had been confronted by members of the Bruins' organization after showing up to Round 1 playoff games in Toronto wearing the same outfit he wore on the previous day.
The Boston Herald reported that the Bruins were so frustrated with Seguin that they ordered him to stay in a hotel in the playoffs and posted a guard outside his room to keep him in there.
On Friday, with the city of Boston burying Seguin, someone finally rose to his defense: His mother.
“That’s not true,” Jackie Seguin told the Toronto Star, in response to the report about Seguin's guarded hotel room. She went on:
"I know that for a fact. The whole team lived in the hotel. That’s crap. Oh, my God. That’s stupid stuff. That’s very unfair to say that. He’s a professional. That makes me very angry.”
[...] “You know what is happening?” Seguin’s mom said. “Boston is now trying to justify why they’re getting rid of Tyler. Obviously, they don’t want a fan backlash against (general manager Peter) Chiarelli,” she said. “Now they’re making up stories.”
According to Mrs. Seguin, Tyler was either at the hotel or with his Dad. Maybe his dad parties too?
We would point out that the Boston media isn't pulling this stuff out of thin air. Peter Chiarelli did nothing to dispel the notion that the trade was related to off-ice issues when he told media members, "No, it’s not a strictly on-ice decision. He carefully prefaced this statement with, "There are no strictly on-ice decisions on any decision you make with a hockey player," but still.
We would also point out that the first thing a young man learns when he starts partying is how to hide it from his mother. Just saying.
But Jackie Seguin is confident that Seguin's a good boy. He's a “professional in capital letters,” she told The Star.