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Don’t text your bro: Tyler Seguin, Patrick Kane saving talk for handshake line

06.11.13 at 7:42 pm ET
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Patrick Kane and Tyler Seguin, teammates in Biel during the lockout, are on opposite sides in the Stanley Cup final. (AP)

CHICAGO — When Tyler Seguin was in Switzerland for EHC Biel during the lockout, he tweeted a screenshot of his phone, showing a text message from a girl named “Don’t Text Her Bro” in his phone. Now, it’s only of his lockout teammates he isn’t texting.

Seguin played with Blackhawks star wing and 2007 first overall pick Patrick Kane for EHC Biel in Switzerland, and in addition to both having success (both players had more than a point per game, with Seguin racking up 40 points in 29 contests), the two became friends. They lived in the same building, where Kane’s mom — who was staying with the occasional troublemaker — was rumored to do Seguin’s laundry. For the record, Kane denied that. He did have high praise for his former Biel teammate, though.

“Just watching him in Switzerland, at first I thought for sure this kid’s one day going to lead the NHL in goals or maybe in scoring because of the skill he has and his shot, his speed and his smarts for the game, too,” Kane said. “I think you’ll see some special things from him in the future.”

Yet right now, anything that’s said will be about one another, and not to one another. With the Stanley Cup on the line, the two youngsters — who were teammates in a different league months ago — are now opponents on the biggest stage.

After the Bruins and Blackhawks clinched their berths in the Stanley Cup finals, Seguin got text a couple mass texts from Biel teammates. He saw that they were sent to Kane, too.

“He didn’t say anything and I didn’t say anything,” Seguin said. “We’re keeping the friendship to the side now.”

Said Kane: “We haven’t talked since we knew we were matching up. I thought a few times about maybe texting him, but I knew it probably wasn’t the right thing, especially when you’re playing in the Stanley Cup finals, but he’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.”

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