In his first NHL entry draft as GM of the Detroit Red Wings, Steve Yzerman selected German defenseman Moritz Seider at sixth overall. Yzerman held the belief that Seider would develop into a world-class player.
Since that day, Seider has done nothing but prove his boss to be correct. Sunday, that prognosis could prove to be much to Yzerman’s chagrin.
Seider and the Germans will be facing Canada in the gold-medal game at the IIHF World Championship. Yzerman is assistant GM of the Canadian squad. Red Wings assistant coach Alex Tanguay is filling a similar role for Canada.
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 27, 2023
Germany beat the USA 4-3 in overtime in Saturday’s semifinals to advance. They are guaranteed their first medal at the worlds since winnng silver in 1953. Germany also earned silver in 1930 but has never won the gold medal.
“Many people wrote us off before the World Cup,” Seider told Eishockeynews.de. “We have now shown it to them. We’ve secured a medal and now we’re one step away from making even more history.”
In the bronze-medal game, the USA will be facing Latvia. Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde on the USA coaching staff. Detroit prospect Carter Mazur, who finished last season with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins, is playing for the American squad.
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