The Tyler Seguin Era officially began in Dallas with an introductory press conference with the Dallas Stars media corps, and an introduction in his new No. 91 jersey alongside fellow newly-acquired center Shawn Horcoff.
Seguin’s No. 19 has been retired in honor of former Minnesota North Stars player Bill Masterton, so the 21-year-old will be going with the inverse digits for his new hockey club, No. 91.
The first few questions out of the gate weren’t about his number, his transition from right wing to center, or his thoughts about joining up with the Dallas Stars organization, however.
Instead Seguin was asked about a since-deleted tweet from his since-shuttered Twitter account that was quoting a line from the move “Full Metal Jacket”, and had a decidedly homophobic tone.
He continues to claim that his account was taken over during the incident, but didn’t really elaborate on what he thought actually happened.
The tweet was sent out around the same time period as he allegedly hosted a “trade party” on Cape Cod after he learned that was dealt by Boston to Dallas. Seguin had a conversation with Dallas GM Jim Nill, and both agreed that shutting down his Twitter account was the best first step.
“Jim and I talked about it. We thought it was the right decision to shut down my Twitter account. It was very unfortunate with the time period of when it was all happening,” said Seguin. “My twitter was, in fact, taken over along with a couple of other things that are with my name. It definitely didn’t feel good that my name was out there with saying negative things. I definitely want to apologize to anybody who was hurt by what I said, and I’m happy to be moving on.”
Seguin was also asked if one of his friends took his phone and delivered the tweet as something of an ill-conceived prank, and Seguin once again indicated that he felt his phone was hacked in some way, shape or form.
“I don’t believe it was one of my friends that used it. I do think somebody got a hold of it. I’m not sure how,” said Seguin. “Both times when it happened, my phone was in my pocket and I was nowhere out in public. But it’s behind me, and I’m more than happy to be starting with a new organization and trying to earn the respect of everybody.”
With that, Seguin has his first brush fire as a Dallas Star in his rearview mirror, and he should be moving forward toward working hard this summer to change some of the opinions that are beginning to form about his on and off ice commitment to hockey.