“It’s crazy” – Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider won Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year

Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider won the Calder Trophy as NHL’s Rookie of the Year after leading first-year players in assists.

Moritz Seider wins the Calder Trophy
Moritz Seider wins the Calder Trophy

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider was named the winner of the Calder Trophy as National Hockey League’s Rookie of the Year after leading first-year players in assists. He is looking forward to the off-season break to help him digest being named the Calder Trophy winner on Tuesday. The 21-years-old defenseman had 50 points with 7 goals and 43 assists in 82 games this season.

Furthermore, Seider led the first-year rookies in assists, power-play points, and time on ice per game. He commented at the 2022 NHL Awards at Armature Works, “It’s crazy. Sometimes you’ve got to flinch to realize that. Pinch yourself,”. “I’ll definitely have some time to reflect, and I will probably do that when I’m home with my parents, just sit outside and have some great talks. For now, everything is going really fast.”

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Moritz Seider wins the Calder Trophy as NHL’s Rookie of the Year

Moritz Seider wins the Calder Trophy
Moritz Seider wins the Calder Trophy

Moritz Seider was thrilled to take the trophy back and show it off to his parents who were unable to attend the ceremony. He stated, “Overall, very excited just to share that moment with my significant others and my agency and just very, very grateful for everything that happened tonight”. “[My parents] just got back from vacation and they scheduled their vacation differently so there were just not any more days to escape from home. They definitely watched. Very happy and very proud to bring something back.”

From the beginning of the season, Seider contributed vastly to the Detroit Red Wings. During his debut, he had 2 assists in a 7-6 OT loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning and scored his first NHL goal in a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres on November 6. Seider further noted, as per nhl.com, that he believes that it’s only his beginning in NHL and he has a long way to go.

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He commented, “It’s still a long road and you’re just hitting the highway”. “I’m very looking forward to, not just myself but the whole Detroit organization, I think we have a very bright future. I’m just excited.” Seider continued, “I think we want to aim for that [playoff] spot 100 percent but you always have to be realistic,” he said. “Don’t look too far ahead but other than that, what it comes to is just proving people wrong. A lot of people are doubting us and that’s what keeps us motivated.”

Moritz Seider got 1,853 points in the voting, where he received 170 votes out of 195 from the members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and was 4th  or higher on ballots. The Calder Trophy was one of his happiest achievements which he didn’t think of, but now he has a further long way to go down the line.

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