Spinners to host 'Speed Dating with Tyler Seguin'

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Spinners to host 'Speed Dating with Tyler Seguin'

The Lowell Spinners are masterminds at marketing and promotions, and theyve rediscovered a classic with the Boston Bruins best and most in-demand young player.

Speed Dating with Tyler Seguin will take place during a Lowell Spinners game at LeLacheur Field on Aug. 15.

Seguins teammate Dennis Seidenberg was part of Champions Night at a Lowell Spinners game earlier this season along with former Red Sox closer Keith Foulke, but Seguin gets his own night for a speed dating promotion during a game against the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

While ardent Bruins fans will probably want to know what Seguins involvement will be in the power play next season, there will also undoubtedly be star-struck female sports fans ready to swoon over one of Bostons most eligible bachelors.

Fans will have the opportunity throughout the evening to win a chance to spend time with the Bs All-Star during the game, and each winner will be allowed to bring their family to spend five minutes with Seguin in a private suite at the ballpark in Lowell.

The five-minute dating session will allow fans to ask Seguin questions, take photos, get autographs, enjoy the game and according to the Spinners release who knows, even score a phone number.

Who knows? Perhaps some intrepid Seguin fanatic can even get to the bottom of why the former No. 2 overall pick was late to the team breakfast meeting in Winnipeg last season, or try on Seguins Stanley Cup championship ring for size.

When we asked the question, Who would be the one person in the Boston area that a speed dating event planner would want more than anyone? the answer to us was Tyler Seguin, said Spinners Vice President of Corporate Communications Jon Goode, who also plays host to the Milan Lucic Rock & Jock Softball Classic on Aug. 22. He is one of Bostons most sought-after bachelors.

There wont be any rose ceremony, which should be a disappointment to Seguin as a big fan of The Bachelor television show. But winners will be picked throughout the evening via Spinners Game Day program, social media sites, online auction and gameday contests.

Tickets to the game are available now at www.LowellSpinners.com or by phone at 978-459-1702. The Speed Dating contestants will be selected before and during the game on Aug. 15.

Backes: Bruins were ‘wounded’ after ugly Detroit loss

Backes: Bruins were ‘wounded’ after ugly Detroit loss

BRIGHTON, Mass – It certainly sounded like there were some things that made the Wednesday night loss in Detroit a little different for the Bruins.

The Bruins media corps conducted postgame interviews in the hallway rather than in the visiting dressing room after what must have been a combustible atmosphere immediately following the shootout defeat. 

There was also evidence of anger in the visitor’s dressing room at Joe Louis Arena, according to reports, with a door off its hinges when the media was able to get a look inside the dressing room area.

David Backes confirmed something was different about the loss after blowing a pair of three-goal leads, and failing to follow up their dreadful no-show vs. the Islanders with a winning performance against another bad team in Detroit. The B’s forward said the plane ride home from Detroit was solemn and quiet, and that it was clear the Bruins team was “wounded” after a crushing loss.

“Both [losses] can be great lessons if we learn from it, and neither was very enjoyable. That was probably the quietest I think our guys were all year on that plane ride home from Detroit,” said Backes. “To me, that’s a great sign that it hit us in the heart, and it hit us where it really mattered. We’re thinking about how we can turn the tide and thinking about we can be victorious the next time out.

“We had the lead, and in a lot of instances you’re expecting, as you should, to come out of there with two points. We’re at the time in the season where wins need to be garnered and taken home.

“There were a lot of aspects where we should have grabbed the game back. When you feel like you’ve had a lot of opportunities to take the game and you don’t do it, it’s not a good feeling. I was reflecting on that during a very quiet team plane ride back from Detroit, and it seemed pretty clear that the whole team was feeling wounded. I think it’s a good sign that guys were feeling that way, and that means they’re going to do everything in their power to not have that feeling again.”

The words are encouraging from a 32-year-old natural leader in Backes, who has seen good times and bad as captain of the St. Louis Blues in his 10-year NHL career. But the proof is ultimately on the ice where the Bruins have games against the Blackhawks and Penguins coming up and face some very stiff tests coming off a couple of losses against the worst teams in the East that exposed Black and Gold fragility at this point in the season. 


 

After knee injury, Beleskey set to return for Bruins vs. Blackhawks

After knee injury, Beleskey set to return for Bruins vs. Blackhawks

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins, looking for a spark after terrible, back-to-back losses to the New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings, are hoping the return of Matt Beleskey from a knee injury can help provide the inspiration. 

The blue-collar left winger has missed the past 23 games with a torn MCL in his right knee suffered in early December against the Buffalo Sabres, but now he’s easing back into the lineup on the fourth line in Friday night’s showdown with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Beleskey was skating with Dominic Moore and Austin Czarnik on the fourth line at morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena and should be expected to throw a few hard hits and play with some intensity in his return.

“I’m ready to go and excited to get back out there,” said Beleskey, who has been skating with the team for roughly a week after giving the knee sufficient time to heal. “I’ve just got to keep it simple and do what I do well: Be hard on pucks, take the body and just try and find your groove. You don’t want to expect too much in your first game back, but you just want to be able to contribute.

“’I’ve been saving [the pent-up energy] for a while, so I’m ready to get back out there and hopefully provide a spark for us.”

The Beleskey return also provides the player with a bit of a reset button after a slow start to the season that saw him with two goals and five points along with a minus-6 rating in 24 games played for the Black and Gold prior to his injury. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairs against the Blackhawks based on morning skate today:

Marchand-Bergeron-Vatrano

Schaller-Krejci-Pastrnak

Spooner-Nash-Backes/Hayes

Beleskey/Blidh-Moore-Czarnik

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Morrow-Liles

 

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