This year’s Stanley Cup Final brings with it many storylines: the first Original Six meeting in 34 years, evenly matched goaltenders, Selke Trophy finalists who could find themselves eye-to-eye at the faceoff dot. But another storyline has to do with two star players from the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins and a friendship that was born in the throes of the lockout.
When Patrick Kane decided to play with EHC Biel in October, he wasn’t the only NHL player on the team. Tyler Seguin had been playing there for a few weeks and was doing well. The two became friends in their mutual exile, living in the same apartment building (Kane and his mother lived one floor below Seguin) and hanging out together almost every day. They each scored over 20 points while they were in Biel: Kane scored 23 points in 20 games, while Seguin scored 29 points in 25 games.
“It was a lot of fun,” Seguin recently told the Boston Herald. “I became friends with him. He was a fun player to play with. Definitely can bury (the) puck, can create opportunities for his linemates. It was definitely fun over there.”
The last time they saw each other, they played on opposing teams in the Spengler Cup tournament, with Seguin playing for Canada and Kane playing for HC Davos. Seguin left Switzerland after that, while Kane stayed with Biel until the lockout ended. With the lockout shortening the season, their respective NHL teams didn’t play each other until now.
“He [Seguin]’s a great kid. I had a lot of fun playing with him in Switzerland, and I’m looking forward to playing against him now,” Kane said during the Stanley Cup Final media day. “We haven’t talked since we knew we were matching up. I thought of texting him, but I probably knew it wasn’t the right thing.”
The friendship may be on hold, but Kane still has high praise for Seguin. “Just watching him in Switzerland, I thought ‘He’s one day gonna lead the NHL in goals because of the skill he has.’ I think we’ll see some special things from him in the future.”