German defender Dennis Seidenberg, a permanent fixture on Germany’s blueline and a longtime NHLer, who made history as just the second German to win the Stanley Cup, announced his retirement from pro hockey at age 38.
A sixth round draft pick of Philadelphia in 2001, Seidenberg joined the Flyers the following year, spending parts of three seasons there before being traded to Phoenix in 2005. After two seasons with the Coyotes, three seasons with Carolina and a year in Florida, all with varying degrees of some success, it was a trade deadline move to the Boston Bruins in 2010 that would define his career, setting career highs in points. Seidenberg’s highlight came in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, where his outstanding play saw him become only the second German-born player, behind only his idol Uwe Krupp, to lift the Cup. Seidenberg would spend seven seasons in Boston before being bought out in 2016, spending parts of his final two pro seasons with the New York Islanders, ending his NHL career with 251 points in 859 games, along with 21 points in 69 playoff games.
Seidenberg first suited up for the Träger der Adler at the 1999 World U18 Championship, joining the senior team at the German-hosted 2001 World Championship. Seidenberg would play in five World Championships (2001, 2002, 2008, 2017, 2018) and three Olympic Games (2002, 2006, 2010), also suiting up for both Germany at the 2004 World Cup and Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup, the latter which finished a surprising second to Canada, a fitting finish for Seidenberg, who in every other tournament for Germany never finished better than eighth place. Seidenberg, also named top defender at the 2017 World Championship, finishes his senior team career with 19 points in 74 games.
While Seidenberg failed to capture the IHLC in his career, as Germany only won five IHLC games total over the course of his long career, we salute his career due to his immense impact on German hockey, helping open the door for even more countrymen to become stars in North America. We wish Dennis and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!