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A 'Crazy' Night For Moritz Seider

06/22/2022 at 1:23am EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"It's crazy," Seider said on a Zoom call with Detroit media afterward. "But you're thankful and honored. I'm very happy to bring something back to Detroit. I know it's been a while."

Seider's teammate Lucas Raymond was fourth overall with 499 points. Raymond had one first-place, 10 second-place and 40 third-place votes....

"The locker room," said Seider, saying his teammates were a key reason for his rapid development. "Once you gain confidence, it's a lot easier to go out there. Every single night teammates were pushing me hard and I just enjoyed every single moment, so it was very easy to come to the rink and try to get better."...

Chris Ilitch, governor, president and chief executive officer; Steve Yzerman, executive vice president and general manager; alternate governor Jimmy Devellano, and Dylan Larkin were among the Red Wings representatives who flew to Tampa for the presentation.

"Real cool surprise," Seider said. "The whole organization flew (down) here and it's real cool to see not only your captain and teammate has your back, but the whole organization. I'm very happy Larks sat next to me. It's real cool to have him."

Said Ilitch in a statement: “Congratulations to Moritz Seider on his well-deserved Calder Memorial Trophy as the National Hockey League’s Rookie of the Year. Mo immediately became an impact player and set numerous Red Wings rookie records this year, and I’m proud to join our team, fans and the NHL in saluting his accomplishments.

"We’re thrilled for Mo and his family, and look forward to his bright future as we all work towards our goal of bringing the Stanley Cup back to Hockeytown.”...

“Moritz had a tremendous season for the Detroit Red Wings and is very deserving of the Calder Memorial Trophy," Yzerman said in a statement. "He played his way into the role of a top-pair defenseman in the National Hockey League as a 20-year-old which is extremely difficult to do. He had a profound effect on our team during his rookie campaign and we look forward to his continued development.”

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