Detroit Red Wings’ super prospect Moritz Seider will need some time to become the leading German-born scorer in the team’s history.
Most older fans would probably guess defenseman Uwe Krupp currently holds that distinction with six points in 30 games wearing a Detroit sweater. They may not know former Red Wings defenseman Willie Huber (1978-83) was born in Strasskirchen, Germany. When he was an infant, his family moved to Hamilton, Ontario.
The late Willie Huber was born on this date in 1958. Willie was a 1st round pick of the Wings in '78 & immediately joined their blueline, thus becoming the tallest player at the time to lace 'em up in the NHL. pic.twitter.com/X9GPPRhItg
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Huber owned dual citizenship. However, he played for Canada in international competition. Huber had a good scoring touch for a 6-foot-5, 230-pound defenseman. He registered 68 goals and 208 points as a Red Wings player.
“He was really a gentle giant,” his former Red Wings teammate Jim Rutherford said.
Uwe Krupp was 6-foot-6. Seider, at 6-foot-4, in the trioi.
Red Wings used players from 21 countries
The Red Wings drafted him No. 9 overall in 1978. “If he was playing today, he would be appreciated a lot more,” said former NHL player Tom Laidlaw. “Because he was so big, everybody expected him to hammer everyone. The reality was he was a skilled player in a big man’s body.”
Huber died in 2010.
If the Red Wings don’t re-sign Valtteri Filppula, they will lose the highest scoring Finnish player in Detroit history.
Here is a look at the Red Wings’ all-time leading scorers by country:
Canada: Gordie Howe 786-1,023-1,809
USA: Reed Larson 188-382-570
Sweden: Nicklas Lidstrom 264-878-1,142
Russia: Sergei Fedorov 400-554-954
Finland: Valtteri Filppula 112-175-287
Czech Republic: Vaclav Nedomansky 108-139-247
Slovakia: Tomas Tatar 115-107-212
Germany: Willie Huber 68-140-208
Czechoslovakia: Ivan Boldirev 67-95-162
Northern Ireland: Jim McFadden 64-78-142
Denmark: Frans Nielsen 48-76-124
Scotland: Adam Brown 58-43-101
Austria: Tomas Vanek 31-43-74
England: Gord Pettinger 21-42-63
Switzerland: Damien Brunner 12-14-26
Belarus: Ruslan Salei 2-8-10
Kazakhstan: Maxim Kuznetsov 2-7-9
Italy: Nelson Debenedet 4-1-5
Lebanon: Ed Hatoum 2-3-5
Slovenia: Jan Mursak 2-2-4
Norway: Anders Myrvold 0-1-1