““There are going to be some of those things that you need to happen in a game, just to get the confidence with your body. Especially after major surgery like I had. It’s a weird time. I feel like I’ve gone through everything in my career and now I’m in this new spot. There’s going to be (an) adjustment of obviously not playing for a long time and then an adjustment of just trying to get the confidence in the mechanics and the structure of all of these surgeries and new movements and new quad. I’ll kind of go from there and do everything I can.”Tyler Seguin
It’s been 6 long months since we’ve seen Tyler Seguin play with the Dallas Stars. But tonight it seems like the boy is back.
Seguin’s journey since Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on September 28th, 2020 has been treacherous. To get the full, in depth, and incredibly interesting scoop, please read Saad Yousuf’s story about Tyler’s recovery on The Athletic. We all heard the news as it came out “We’ll it’s his hip”, “he’s going to have surgery”, and “it will be a while before he’s able to play”. We knew that at the surface level but what actually happened went six levels deeper than that.
Not only did Tyler have to deal with surgeries, setbacks, and rehabbing, he had to deal with that mental side of fighting an injury this serious. I mean the guy was literally wheel chair bound and he had to regain all the muscle he had lost. That kind of thing, especially for pro athletes, takes a toll. I think one thing this pandemic has taught us all is that staying at home, not being able to go out and do the small things you love or make you happy, that shit hits really hard.
But he kept battling, kept healing, and kept kicking ass. Because of all that hard work, it looks like he could be back tonight. There hasn’t been official, official word but Tyler tweeted this about an hour ago so *sus eyes emoji*
I don’t know about you but after watching that, I’m ready to run through a brick wall. This guy has been through so much shit but no matter what happens, win or lose with Dallas, I’m just happy he’s finally back out there. Tyler Seguin is such a key part to this team that when he was dealing with the injury during the COVID bubble, I think we could see how every player on his bench felt it. He’s bubbly, he generates points and morale. When he’s not feeling it, the Stars all feel it.
It might take a game or two for him to be fully back but I can’t wait to just see him out there with the boys. He’s a leader on and off the ice, a great guy on and off the ice, and I think we’ll all breath a little easier seeing 91 back out there.
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