National ice hockey player Moritz Seider is the first German to be voted the best newcomer in an NHL season. The 21-year-old from the Detroit Red Wings was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy for strong performances in his freshman year on Tuesday (local time) by an overwhelming majority.
Only 25 of the 195 voting journalists did not see him in first place. Second place went to Trevor Zegras of the Anaheim Ducks.
Seider had 50 points as a defender and had 43 assists, more than any other NHL rookie last season. The man from the Palatinate, who was trained at Adler Mannheim, was also on the ice in all 82 games of the season and played more minutes than any other rookie.
At the gala in Tampa, Seider thanked those who supported his career and made a little joke about his absent parents, “who just got back from Croatia and thought it was more important to take a vacation.”
The journalists’ most valuable player of the season award went to Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The attacker scored 60 goals and was also voted the NHLPA Players Union’s Pro of the Season. Matthews beat Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid, who won the MVP award a year ago for the second time in his career. Leon Draisaitl took ninth place in the vote. He was the first German to win the Hart Memorial Trophy for MVP two years ago.
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