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Moritz Seider was voted Ice Hockey Rookie of the Year

Enational ice hockey player Moritz Seider was the first German to be voted Rookie of the Year in the North American professional league NHL. The 21-year-old from the Detroit Reds Wings received the Calder Trophy on Tuesday for his strong performances in his debut season. Overall, he had 50 points and gave 43 assists. He led the rankings among rookie defenders.

“It’s crazy,” said Seider, who trained at the Adler Mannheim: “I’ll definitely have some time to reflect and I’ll probably do that when I’m home with my parents. Just sit outside and have some great conversations. Everything is going very fast at the moment.”

Söderholm: “He works very hard”

Seider (1853 points) clearly won the election. Second was Anaheim Ducks’ Trevor Zegras (1191) ahead of Toronto Maple Leafs’ Michael Bunting (877).

The Leafs’ superstar Auston Matthews secured the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award of the season. The 24-year-old led the scoring charts with 60 goals, beating Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) and goalie Igor Shestjorkin (New York Rangers).


In evening wear for the award: Moritz Seider at the NHL Awards
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Image: AFP

Meanwhile, national ice hockey coach Toni Söderholm reacted with pride to national player Seider’s award as the best newcomer in this year’s NHL season. “He showed remarkable presence in his first year and played strongly all year. Of course I’m very happy for Moritz, he made all ice hockey in Germany proud,” said the Finn on Wednesday.

“Moritz has again shown an enormous development this year. First and foremost he is very ambitious as a person, he works very hard for what he wants to achieve and stays focused,” added Söderholm.

The Palatinate Seider was on the ice in all 82 games of the season and played more minutes than any other rookie. “We are very proud that Moritz Seider was the first German to receive the Calder Trophy at the age of 21,” said DEB President Peter Merten.

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