With the IIHF World Championship finishing in heartbreak for Germany, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider was appointing himself as the man in charge of reminding his German teammates of the history they’d made, even in a losing cause.
Three unaswered third-period goals gave the Canadians a 5-2 victory and the gold medal. However, the silver earned by Germany was the first world tourney medal collected by the country since also winning silver in 1953.
“We are very, very proud,” Seider told MagentaSport. “I don’t think it was unique. I think we’ll be here again.”
During the immediate aftermath of the game’s conclusion, Seider could be seen giving every one of his teammates a warm hug. Seider drew assists on both of Germany’s goals and was named to the tournament all-star team.
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It’s the sixth succcessive world tournament in which at least one Red Wings player has come home with a medal. Along with Seider’s silver, Red Wings center Joe Veleno was part of the Canadian squad. However, he was under IIHF suspension for the final five games of this event. Veleno was punished after stromping on the leg of Switzerland’s Nino Niederreiter with his skate.
Red Wings assistant coach Alex Tanguay was filling a similar role for Canada. Detroit GM Steve Yzerman served as Canada’s assistant GM.
Red Wings Just Miss Clean Sweep
Latvia would prevent the Red Wings from assembling a complete set of medals. They Latvians upset the USA 4-3 in the bronze medal game. Detroit forward prospect Carter Mazur, who finished last season with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins, was part of the USA roster. Detroit coach Derek Lalonde was filling a role as an assistant coach on Dave Quinn’s staff.
Last year, Detroit players Filip Hronek and Jakub Vrana were earning bronze medals with Czechia. In 2021, Red Wings defenseman Troy Stecher won gold with Canada. Wings forwards Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi were silver medalists for Canada in 2019. And in 2018, Detroit’s Gutav Nyquist won gold with Sweden, with defenseman Nick Jensen and center Dylan Larkin each picked up a bonze playing for the USA. In 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak led to the cancelation of the tourney.