The 10 best Tyler Seguin photos

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Tyler-Seguin-Dunkin-DonutsAs we mentioned Monday, new Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin doesn’t just have a penchant for homophobic tweets — he also reportedly likes to party.  (If you haven’t noticed, he’s also my new favorite player.)

In fact, some say the Boston Bruins traded Seguin to the Stars because Seguin has simply refused to grow up — and his immature lifestyle was impacting his play. According to CCSNE.com, in the first round of the playoffs in Toronto this year, Seguin reportedly went out partying in his hometown. He was confronted by members of the Bruins organization when he showed up at the rink wearing the same clothes for three straight days.

The Boston Herald later reported that the Bruins were so frustrated with Seguin that they ordered him to stay in a hotel in the playoffs and posted a guard outside his room to keep him in there. Seguin’s mother denied the reports, but based on some of the photos we’ve found floating around the interwebs, there is at least some truth to the rumors. It’s not that we’re judging — aren’t hockey players supposed to be bad boys anyway?

And at least Seguin has managed to maintain his good looks despite getting beat up nightly on a hockey rink. It’s no surprise he has a whole legion of female fans called “Seguinistas,” and while in Boston, he did a Valentine’s Day date auction promotion for Dunkin Donuts (right) as well as a speed-dating promotion with a minor league baseball team. And with that, we bring you the rest of the 10 best Tyler Seguin photos on the Internet …

—  John Wright

Dallas Stars bring pricing down to earth

If you’re a hockey fan, and I am (especially of the Dallas Stars), you’ll be excited by this news. I first saw it last night on a billboard and wondered, “Why haven’t I heard of this?” The answer is, because it starts today.

The Stars have set their lowest ticket price at $9.

Nine bucks.

Less than a 10-spot. For that matter, less than a matinee movie price at most theaters in town, and a cut of 40 percent from the previous low of $15. (Seats in 85 percent of the upper level is now $25 or less, and even the priciest, $70-mezzanine seats are now $40.)

For sports fans, this is huge — you could actually pay more for parking than to see the game. (OK, OK, with $75 parking at Cowboys Stadium, that might not be so surprising.)

The new prices go into effect immediately. You can get them for upcoming home games including Dec. 19, 21, 23 29 and New Year’s Eve at DallasStars.com or calling 214-GO-STARS.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Coming out as a gay hockey fan

Via OutSports and the brilliantly named gay hockey blog Puck Buddies comes this charming account of a gay Dallas Stars fan’s recent trip to a game at the American Airlines Center with his boyfriend. An excerpt:

After our hockey game (he bought the tickets as a surprise), it got me thinking – will there ever be a time when I can go to a Stars game and not be afraid to kiss my boyfriend in between plays or periods? I think this is something every gay hockey fan has thought about at one point or another, and I’m curious to hear from other guys around here if they’ve been in the same position. 

I had an amazing time watching hockey with Jon and I can’t wait to go back and do it again and again and again, but wonder if I’ll feel more comfortable and a little less self-conscious the next time. The concern is Jon is my first REAL boyfriend, we live in Dallas, TX, and the typical hockey crowd mayyyyyy not be the most tolerant towards fans like us. I really do hope that one day we’ll be able to take in a game and not feel odd, judged or so rare. There’s no way we’re the only gay guys who go ape for the Stars. No way.

Saturday night was great. These past two months have been great, and Jon is great because he’s not only willing to put up with my hockey obsession but he encourages it as well. Oh yeah, the Stars beat the visiting Blue Jackets 4-2, and the night only got better after the final horn.

—  John Wright

Rangers ‘It Gets Better’ petition gains steam

A while back we mentioned that online petitions had been launched at Change.org calling for both the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys to record “It Gets Better” videos.

At the time, the Rangers petition had only 124 signatures, but thanks in part to Equality Texas, which shared the link on Facebook earlier today, it’s now up to more than 1,700. (For those who are keeping track, that’s about 1,000 fewer than a recently-gone-viral petition at Change.org calling for Sesame Street‘s Bert and Ernie to wed. )

The Cowboys petition isn’t faring so well, languishing at only 57 signatures. Still, that’s better than the three people who’ve signed a petition — launched since our previous report — calling for the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks to record an “It Gets Better” video. (It would help if the folks starting these petitions would at least include the team logo.) We were unable to find any petition related to the Dallas Stars.

Anyhow, we’ve put a message in to John Blake, the Rangers’ executive vice president of communications, to find out whether the Rangers are aware of the petition or plan to record an “It Gets Better” video.

Meanwhile, the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Tampa Bay Rays will become the ninth Major League Baseball team to film an “It Gets Better” video later this month. (And, by the way, those teams include the one with the very best record in the league, my Philadelphia Phillies.)

—  John Wright

Ex-Dallas Star Sean Avery comes out for marriage equality — but Big D doesn’t make his gay list

While he was with the Dallas Stars in 2008-09, Sean Avery was quick to make gay friends in Big D and even took his teammates to a Nieman Marcus fashion show.

Now that Avery is with the New York Rangers, he’s gone a step further — speaking out in favor of marriage equality in the video above.

In an interview about the video with The New York Times, Avery doesn’t reference his brief, controversial stint in Dallas:

“The places I’ve played and lived the longest have been in West Hollywood, Calif., when I played for the L.A. Kings, and when I moved to New York, I lived in Chelsea for the first four years,” Avery said in a phone interview. “I certainly have been surrounded by the gay community. And living in New York and when you live in L.A., you certainly have a lot of gay friends.”

—  John Wright