National ice hockey player Moritz Seider has been 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 at home with my parents. Just sit outside and a have some great conversations. Everything is going very fast at the moment.”
National ice hockey coach Toni Söderholm reacted with pride to national player Seider’s award. “He showed a remarkable presence in his first year and played well all year. Of course I’m very happy for Moritz, he made all ice hockey in Germany proud,” said the Finn on Wednesday.
Seider well ahead of Zegras and Bunting
Seider (1853 points) clearly won the election. Second was Anaheim Ducks’ Trevor Zegras (1191) ahead of Toronto Maple Leafs’ Michael Bunting (877).
Meanwhile, the award for Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the season was secured by superstar Auston Matthews of the Leafs. The 24-year-old led the scoring charts with 60 goals, beating Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) and goalie Igor Shestjorkin (New York Rangers).