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Seguin’s “missed breakfast because alarm was on Boston time” excuse has some holes

Dec 7, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

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Interesting piece here from CBS Boston’s Matt Kalman on the ramifications of Tyler Seguin missing a Bruins team breakfast. Specifically, the reason Seguin gave for missing the breakfast:

That he offered a lame excuse about setting his clock on Boston time (he would’ve been early had that been the case), wasn’t the best start on the road to accountability. However, as we all know, he has plenty of time, starting now, to show not only that he’s learned his lesson, but maybe to teach the lesson to others.

He can take the initiative to be early or exactly on time, and maybe even rally many of his teammates to do the same, going forward.

Seguin operates primarily in Boston (Eastern Standard Time) but missed the team breakfast in Winnipeg (Central). For those without a world clock handy, allow me to explain: Setting your alarm for, say, 6:30 a.m. “Boston time” means it would go off at 5:30 a.m. “Winnipeg time” — ergo, you’d be an hour early for whatever it is you had to wake up for.


In addition to the Seguin thing, Kalman had some other choice nuggets about Boston’s breakfast ritual:

Head coach Claude Julien put on the breakfasts, which one former Bruins player said typically takes place early on game day and lasts during a brief window of around an hour, in order to take stock of his players’ frame of reference (i.e. are they hung over?)

I can just see Julien grilling the waiters to see who ordered what. “Which guy got the plain toast and ginger ale? Was it Marchand?”

It takes discipline to not only get down to breakfast, but do so in your formal travel clothes.

I  knew a guy that used to counter this by sleeping in the clothes he planned on wearing to breakfast, giving himself the six extra minutes of sleep that would’ve otherwise been wasted getting changed. The only problems were that 1) he’d sleep terribly and 2) his clothes would be more wrinkled than a Shar Pei. Wasn’t the smartest guy I ever met.

Veterans might make it down to breakfast just before the time window closes. On rare occasions, they might even pass on breakfast for a reason they have to provide.

Shawn Thornton: “I’m not going to breakfast tomorrow.”

Claude Julien: “What’s your reason?”

Thornton: “My reason is I don’t want to.”

/uncomfortable pause

Julien: “See you at the rink.”

[Update: CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty weighs in. “So Tyler Seguin didn’t set his alarm clock for the proper time on Tuesday morning. Or so he says. But if you have a shred of common sense, you realize that if his alarm clock was set to Eastern Standard Time, it would have made him an hour early rather than an hour late.”]

  1. canucks18 - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    You are wrong if the alarm is set and doesn’t change time zones automatically

    • Mike Halford - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:42 PM

      I’ve thought about this long and hard and I cannot come up with a scenario where you go from EST to CST and have the alarm go off late. Please explain.

      • tridecagon - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

        (I’m not saying this is what actually happened, but I think it’s a plausible scenario).

        You think, hey, my cellphone’s on Boston time, so I can set the alarm an hour late. If I want to get up at 6:30, I should set the alarm for 7:30, that way I don’t have to switch the time zone on my phone.

        However, your phone detects that it has traveled to Winnipeg and changes its own time zone for you. Your alarm is now going off at 7:30 central.

  2. 187onsandusky - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:35 PM


    Think about what you said. If the phone doesn’t change time zones automatically it will still go off at 630 Eastern. Which translates to 530 central.

    If it does change it would go off at 630 central. In any case it is a glaring mistake in an attempted excuse.

    Most likely he owns a smartphone, I can’t imagine a 20 something with anything less let alone one on an NHL contract, and those do automatically change time zones.

    Me thinks youve been too in touch with the BC Bomber.

  3. govtminion - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Me, I know that I’ve left my work alarm (on Eastern Time, as I live in D.C.) on when I’ve visited relatives back home in Denver. It’s still going on Eastern time- so it goes off now at 4 AM instead of 6. And my reaction is to shut it up and go back to sleep.

    If Seguin did the same, his alarm went off, he sleepily shut it up and tried to doze that extra hour, and… well, slept a little longer since he probably (in his sleeping state) didn’t think to re-set the alarm.

    Or he’s full of crap. Either way, what’s done is done, and he’ll just have to remember it for next time.

  4. muttbolts - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Phones changed over automatically 10 years excuse

  5. betrayedbylife - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    hahaha @ the thornton scenario

  6. cliverush - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    The boy is know to have few now and then. Following the Stanley Cup win he tore up the town for days.

  7. revansrevenant - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    I read Jordan Caron was his roommate that night. Any chance of the possibility that Caron, instead of seeing his roomie sleeping through his alarm and saying, “I should wake him up”, instead thought, “If he doesn’t wake up, he’ll be scratched, and I’ll get some ice time” and decided that he’d just leave him there?

    • nhlbruins90 - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:30 PM

      No way. If this was the first time, he wouldn’t have been sat out. If he were in his bed, if Caron didn’t drag him to the meeting, somebody else would have gone upstairs and dragged him out of bed. Either he wasn’t even at the hotel, or the team collectively said ‘screw him’. This is the culmination of a lot of behavior unbecoming a professional. Teams don’t publicly discipline star players unless they really have to. They really had to.

      If I were his parent, I’d be on the phone now reading him the riot act. I know that doesn’t always work (hello, Wayne Gretzky), but he’s in that freshman/sophomore college phase where he lives for the parties, and the bookwork is becoming tedious. I’ve seen lots of these kids party themselves right out of school. Some of them get serious again in their junior/senior years, if they get that far. Some don’t.

  8. petriskriko - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Can’t blame a guy for waking up in Winnipeg and going back to bed.

    • nhlbruins90 - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:38 PM

      What if the Bruins figure this guy isn’t planning to mature anytime soon. He could find himself waking up in the Peg on a daily basis. Would you take Evander Kane for Tyler Seguin? Maybe.

      I’ve never been to Winnipeg, and I don’t mean to disrespect them, but I would much, much, much rather have a nice condo in the North End of Boston, with its 200 Italian restaurants and as many bars than to freeze my ass off up there.

      • petriskriko - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:46 PM

        Kane might like that idea, but I doubt Chiarelli does.

  9. robertterwilliger - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    a 19 year old was late for work. call the papers.

    • petriskriko - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:37 PM

      And his room was a mess.

    • nhlbruins90 - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:40 PM

      19 year-old making several million bucks a year for part time work. Different thing. He’s making that kind of money because we love our hockey ’round here. Call the papers!

      • cshearing - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:52 AM

        Part-time work? That’s hilarious. You think NHL guys only put in a couple of hours a day?

  10. stakex - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    He was hung over and blew off breakfast. Hes not the first and certainly won’t be the last hockey player to have to sit for a game becasue he was too drunk to make it to a team function on time.

  11. danphipps01 - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Well, it’s already been covered that, theoretically, he could’ve set his alarm late assuming it was on Boston time. This would require, however, that A) he has no idea how smartphones work (he’s nineteen – he knows how smartphones work) and B) didn’t actually look at the time displayed onscreen at any point after switching time zones.

    In other words, he’d have to be both inattentive and ignorant in the extreme for this to be an accident – and which would you sooner believe, that he’s an idiot or that he’s a kid and a bit immature? Probably the latter, right? In any event, the likely case is that he concocted this after knowingly missing the thing, which adds to the worry about his team effort level somewhat. No-one should be getting too leery just yet, obviously, but trying to pass it off as an honest mistake when it almost certainly was not is just making the commentary on his character worse. Not really the kind of thing you want to see from your future superstar.

  12. neelymessier - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    200 Italian Restaurants in the North End??? ROTFLMMAO. North End Itlalain Restaurants are geared towards tourists. The better Italian Restuarants tend to be in the NorthEast burbs. No Restaurant in Boston can touch the best 20 in Providence.

    Glad you can afford a condo in Boston. Some would take the mansion and 10 acres in Winnipeg.

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