Tyler Seguin called reports out of Switzerland that he trashed his apartment while playing for EHC Biel unprofessional, and said the story was largely a fabrication for a Swiss tabloid looking to make a splash.
According to a Deadspin piece put together from the Swiss report, Seguin left his team-paid apartment in squalor when he left and, among other things, that the bathroom was in a shambles and that it took a cleaning company a full day to return it to normalcy. The information was gleaned by one of the members of the cleaning service provided by the Biel team.
The Deadspin piece also incorrectly paints Seguin as living by himself for the first time over in Switzerland when he lived on his own during his rookie year in Boston as an 18-year-old.
The now 20-year-old Seguin said that the report was 100 percent untrue and wondered if the Swiss media came after him when they learned that a cleaning service was one of his contractually-agreed perks a rarity in the Swiss League.
Maybe they went after me because I was one of the only guys on the team that asked for a cleaning service? But thats something that Ive always had and I didnt think asking for it was a big deal, said Seguin. Apparently weve got Photoshop over here than over there in Switzerland, I guess. I was blown away with everything. I thought it was very unprofessional. I dont want to talk about it too much, but everything in the report was 100 percent untrue.
Seguin indicated that he took everything with him when he returned to Boston shortly after Jan. 1, and took issue with the details about his inability to use the washer and dryer. According to the Bs puck prodigy, he washed all of his clothes at NHL teammate Pat Kanes apartment downstairs. So there was no reason for him to use the washer or dryer at his temporary residence.
Between the bogus reports about hip issues and the tabloid piece on his Swiss living space, its a crying shame that those things are leaving Seguin with a bad taste in his move after he was truly embraced by the Biel fans in Switzerland. Incidents like that that also makes Seguin grateful to be back in North America ready to crank up NHL hockey in the next couple of weeks.
Tweet hunters dug up an old message from a Charlie McAvoy proclaiming his hatred for the Boston Bruins. McAvoy, of course, was drafted 14th by the Bruins in the 2016 NHL Draft.
The tweet read, "I hate the bruins so much" before it was quickly deleted.
I'm sure this will go over well for Bruins fans, even though you really can't blame McAvoy. He was just 15 at the time and a fan of the Rangers, who went down 3-0 in the playoffs against the Bruins.
As fans, we can all relate to that feeling.
BUFFALO – The Bruins took their highest-rated defenseman when the pick came to them at the No. 14 spot, and they selected Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who tore up Hockey East as the young player in college hockey last season.
The 18-year-old Charlie McAvoy had three goals and 25 points in37 games for the Terriers while skating in a pairing with Bruins prospect Matt Grzelcyk, and showed off the kind of elite skating and offensive skills that will play well at the NHL level. It was thought the Bruins would take McAvoy or fellow BU-recruit Dante Fabbro at the 14th spot when they held onto the pick, but that was perhaps shaken a little bit when Jakub Chychrun fell all the way down to their spot.
The Bruins stuck with their scouting instincts and took the offensively gifted McAvoy, who profiles as a next generation NHL player with his sturdy six foot, 208-pound frame and ability to skate like the wind. He was understandably excited, and even said that he’s come around from hating some of the Boston teams as a native New Yorker after spending the year at Boston University.
“I’m at a loss for words. It’s an unbelievable feeling, and I’m just so happy to be a part of the Bruins. I’ve gotten close to [the Bruins] in the past year. I’m sure some of my friends back home aren’t happy I’m cutting the ties with New York sports, but Boston is an unbelievable city with great sports and great people. I’m glad to be staying there,” said McAvoy. “You grow up and taught not to like [Boston teams] because of the rivalry. But I've got a Red Sox hat and that’s the first step. Now I'm got that Bruins jersey and it’s pretty cool. I’ll just keep going, but I don’t know if I could ever be a Pats fan, but we’ll see."
Give McAvoy a little time and perhaps he’ll come around to the right side of the New England Patriots argument after some years spent with the Black and Gold.
Joe Haggerty can be followed on Twitter: @HacksWithHaggs
The NBA will have more of a Northeastern flavor this season.
The Huskies' star guard David Walker is joining the Miami Heat for the NBA's summer league in Orlando and Las Vegas, according to Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer.
Walker averaged 17.9 points and 4.0 assists per game as a senior at Northeastern.
Quincy Ford is heading to the Utah Jazz with a partially guaranteed three-year contract after averaging 16.4 points, 7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game as a senior. That deal was first reported by The Vertical's Shams Charania.