selection camp

Hello! So today we are learning about soft frat bro Tyler Paul Seguin aka Segs or Seggy. He is a 6’1” 24-year-old Canadian forward for the Dallas Stars and wears #91. He was drafted 2nd overall in 2010 to the Boston Bruins. He made the roster the first year and his rookie season went on to win the Stanley Cup with the Bruins.

After his rookie season, the next year he lead the Bruins in scoring and then there was a lockout where he played in Switzerland. When the lockout ended, he resumed play with the Bruins who went to playoffs but were eliminated by the 2013 Stanley Cup champions - Chicago Blackhawks. In July of 2013, Seguin was traded to the Dallas Stars.

He’s played for Team Canada in 2009 for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (Gold) and in the IIHF World Championships in 2015 (Gold). He made Canada’s selection camp for juniors (U18 & U20) but he didn’t make it past camp. He’s been to the NHL All-Star Game 3 times (2012, ‘15, and ‘16).

Tyler Seguin was known as a really big party boy in Boston. In fact he was a bit of a disaster. He missed team breakfasts that he would be scratched for (it’s a meme). There are pics of him partying after the Cup victory and he’s a mess. That’s why Boston included him in their trade to Dallas. However, when moving to Dallas, Seguin calmed down slightly and his partying antics were mainly contained to offseason and team holiday parties, and he’s kind of a hoe too but it’s chill. His friendship with now team captain and shy awkward boy extraordinaire Jamie Benn helped calm him down in my opinion and a lot of other people’s speculation.

He has a very flamboyant and flashy personality but he also has a very big heart. He has 2 labrador retrievers named Cash (black lab) and Marshall (chocolate lab). In 2012 one of Segs’s best friends suffered from a spinal cord injury, so when he moved to Dallas, he started Seguin’s Stars. This foundation is for people with spinal cord injuries and their family to enjoy a luxury suite at the American Airlines Center in Dallas and after the game, Seguin meets with them for autographs and pictures. One time this girl made a poster for warmups that said “it’s my 16th birthday” or something along those lines and she was wearing a Seguin jersey. He flipped her a puck and then after the game met her to tell her happy birthday.

While he knows he’s hot and takes pride in his appearance, Seguin is actually a huge softie and loves his dogs, his mom and sisters, his friends, and Jamie. He doesn’t fight in games most of the time and is very good at scoring goals. He’s also very sassy and boyish and high maintenance but he makes enough money to be high maintenance so that’s fine. He is the epitome of basic white girl, and he’s also really good with kids. In the past he’s been very problematic, but he was literally a teenager and has actually grown up quite a lot and I think there’s still hope for him to be less of a fuckboy because he is growing out of that. He also has an unhealthy love for Justin Bieber. He loves him almost as much as he loves Jamie Benn.

TEAM CANADA JUNIOR NAMED THE PLAYERS FOR THE SELECTION CAMP

OHL: 9 players
QMJHL: 9 players
WHL: 12 players
NCAA: 2 players
*Returning players

(Age / Current team / Drafted by)

Goalies:
- Carter Hart (18 / Everett / Philadelphia)
- Conor Ingram (19 / Kamloops / Tampa Bay)
- Michael McNiven (19 / Owen Sound / Montreal)

Defensemen:
- Jake Bean (18 / Calgary / Carolina)
- Guillaume Brisebois (19 / Charlottetown / Vancouver)
- Thomas Chabot* (19 / Saint John / Ottawa)
- Kale Clague (18 / Brandon / Los Angeles)
- Dante Fabbro (18 / Boston University / Nashville)
- Samuel Girard (18 / Shawinigan / Nashville)
- Noah Juulsen (19 / Everett / Montreal)
- Jérémy Lauzon (19 / Rouyn-Noranda / Boston)
- Victor Mete (18 / London / Montreal)
- Philippe Myers (19 / Rouyn-Noranda / Philadelphia)

Forwards:
- Mathew Barzal* (19 / Seattle / NYI) C
- Anthony Cirelli (19 / Oshawa / Tampa Bay) C
- Dillon Dubé (18 / Kelowna / Calgary) C
- Pierre-Luc Dubois (18 / Cap Breton / Columbus) LW
- Julien Gauthier* (19 / Val d’Or / Carolina) RW
- Brett Howden (18 / Moose Jaw / Tampa Bay) C
- Mathieu Joseph (19 / Saint John / Tampa Bay) RW
- Tyson Jost (18 / U. of North Dakota / Colorado) C
- Michael McLeod (18 / Mississauga / New Jersey) C
- Nick Merkley (19 / Kelowna / Arizona) RW
- Nolan Patrick (18 / Brandon / 2017) C
- Taylor Raddysh (18 / Erie / Tampa Bay) RW
- Nicolas Roy (19 / Chicoutimi / Carolina) C
- Zach Senyshyn (19 / Sault Ste. Marie / Boston) RW
- Blake Speers  (19 / Sault Ste. Marie / New Jersey) RW
- Sam Steel (18 / Regina / Anaheim) C
- Mitchell Stephens* (19 / Saginaw / Tampa Bay) C
- Dylan Strome* (19 / Erie / Arizona) C
- Austin Wagner (19 / Regina / Los Angeles) LW

Players eligible if their NHL teams let them go:
- Mitch Marner* (19 / Toronto) RW
- Travis Konecny* (19 / Philadelphia) RW
- Anthony Beauvillier* (19 / NYI) LW
- Lawson Crouse* (19 / Arizona) LW

2020 Olympics Team Members?

I did a little looking back at the junior podiums at US Nationals throughout the years and I noticed a very intresting trend I thought I would share with everyone. Turns out, of the past four olympic teams; one gymnast who made the junior podium during an Olympic year would make the team the following Olympics. Here’s a (slightly) more in depth look:

2000 US Nationals Juniors Podium

1. Kristal Uzelac- short lived senior career, ended up retiring from due to injury in 2002. Went on to compete in collegiate gymnastics for Penn State. 
2. Terin Humphrey- 2004 Olympic Team Member (2x Olympic silver medalist)
3. Tabitha Yim- Made a run at the 2004 Olympics but fell just short of making the team after injuring her Achilles tendon just prior to the last selection camp.

2004 US Nationals Juniors Podium

1. Nastia Liukin- 2008 Olympic Team Member (5x Olympic medalist, 2008 AA Olympic Champion)
2. Shayla Worley- Made a run at the 2008 Olympics but was forced to withdraw from the final selection camp due to injury. Went on to compete for the University of Georgia in collegiate gymnastics.
3. Jana Bieger- Named alternate to the 2008 Olympic team.

2008 US Nationals Juniors Podium 

1. Jordyn Wieber- 2012 Olympic Team Member (2012 Olympic gold medalist)
2. Samantha Shapiro- Senior career largely limited due to injury, retired from elite in 2011 and went on to compete for Stanford University. 
3. Cassie Whitcomb- After a somewhat short senior career, Whitcomb went on to compete for UCLA in 2012, and then retiring the following year due to injury. 

2012 US Nationals Juniors Podium 

1. Lexie Priessman- After a fantastic junior career, Lexie Priessman was forced to retire from elite gymnastics due to recurring injuries. She now competes for the LSU gymnastics team. 
2. Madison Desch- After three years of competing for the US as a senior (which included being named alternate to the 2014 Worlds team) Desch retired from elite gymnastics in early 2016 and has now started her freshman year at the University of Alabama. 
3. Simone Biles- 2016 Olympic Team Member (4x Olympic gold medalist)

2016 US Nationals Juniors Podium

1. Maile O’Keefe
2. Riley McCusker
3. Gabby Perea

If history repeats itself, which one of the 2016 juniors will be part of the 2020 Olympic team? 

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National Team Selection Camp Begins and Shang Chunsong Wins the 1st Challenge

Today marks the start of two week selection camp for the National Team.  Over 40 young girls and their coaches from all over the country were invited to the camp. The youngest gymnast invited to camp being only 9 years old as part of the identified training group for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Head Coach Huang Yubin has set new training targets for the National Team members where trampoline trainings will be incorporated in their daily training.  All male gymnasts are expected to complete 4 twists on trampoline where female gymnasts are expected to complete 3.5.  An internal test will be given at the end of the winter training; all gymnasts will be tested on their training results and the gymnast(s) who fails the training target then will be eliminated from the training squat for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

During Monday’s weekly team meeting, Shang Chunsong was awarded a new cellphone for being the 1st gymnast to complete the training goal of 3.5 twists on trampoline. ^_^

(Photos via Che Li’s Weibo)

JDT Selection Camp

For those of you that don’t know, JDT stands for Junior Dream Team. The JDT Selection Camp is exactly what you call it. You travel to California, stay for a week at the Olympic Training Center training like crazy, and at the end of the week, the coaches select who makes JDT. I had planned on trying out next year, but my coaching recommending me to try this year. With little knowledge, I sent in an application. On Saturday, I received an email, and was overjoyed to find out that I was not only one of the 50 people to attend, I was apart of the 26 able to stay on campus. On November the 17th, I will be heading to California to attend the camp! I am excited to have such an amazing opportunity, and I see these as baby steps towards making the 2020 US Olympic Team. I hope you are taking those steps to fulfilling your dreams. So, have a lovely day, and Shoot Straight my friends!