A change in the condition of his health has also led to a change of heart where Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider is concerned. The 2021-22 Calder Trophy winner will be playing for Germany in the upcoming IIHF World Championship.
Originally, Seider was announcing his intention to likely give the worlds a pass this spring.
“Probably not going this year just to rest the body,” Seider said at the conclusion of the NHL season. “I had really good talks with the German national team already and I think that’s our conclusion for this year.”
Monday, those plans suddenly were changing.
“Following the talks immediately after the end of the NHL season, there was further contact between Moritz and us” DEB Sports Director Christian Künast explained in a statement. “Now he has signaled to us that he has fully recovered from his injuries in time and feels 100% ready to go to the World Cup. So there was no question for us to include him in the World Cup squad before leaving for Finland.
Kader-Update: Moritz Seider kommt! 💪 Der NHL-Verteidiger der Detroit Red Wings ist rechtzeitig für die WM 2023 bereit! 👊
— Deutscher Eishockey-Bund (@deb_teams) May 8, 2023
“We are happy that we can count on his commitment and energy for the upcoming tournament and that he will strengthen our team. The Detroit Red Wings have also approved, so nothing stands in the way of his participation in the World Cup.”
Seider has represented his country at the World Under-18, World Junior and full senior world tournaments. Even though he’s only 22, he’ll be playing in his fourth IIHF World Championship.
Seider will not play in the pre-tournament game against the USA on Tuesday evening . The German club travels to Tampere, Finland on Wednesday morning. When the tournament starts on Friday, Germany meets Sweden in the country’s opening game.
Walman Suffers Upper-Body Injury
While there was good news for Seider and Germany, only heartbreak is greeting his Detroit defense partner Jake Walman. Coming off a career season with the Red Wings, Walman was all set to make his international debut for Canada.
UPDATE | Jake Walman (upper-body injury) will not participate in #IIHFWorlds.
MISE À JOUR | Jake Walman (blessure au haut du corps) ne participera pas au #MondialIIHF.
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) May 8, 2023
Instead, he’ll be staying home. Hockey Canada announced late Monday that Walman would be a scratch for the world tourney due to an upper-body injury.
Seider Among seven Red Wings Going To Worlds
The addition of Seider to Germany’s roster and the deletion of Walman from Canada’s lineup leaves seven Red Wings players in the tournament. He’ll be facing Swedish teammates Lucas Raymond and Jonatan Berggren in Friday’s opener. Joe Veleno is playing for Canada. Dominik Kubalik is with Czechia and Olli Maatta is playing for Finland. Top Detroit prospect Carter Mazur will suit up for the USA.
As well, Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde is serving as an assistant coach for Team USA and Detroit assistant Alex Tanguay is filling a similar role for Team Canada. Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman is an assistant GM for the Canadian squad.