The Free Press’s Helene St. James took note of the reason why Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider wears #53…
One of the many reasons the Detroit Red Wings are so impressed with defenseman Moritz Seider is how good he is at thinking on his feet.
He did get caught though, a few years back, when he was with Mannheim in his native Germany — and that’s why he wears No. 53. It turns out he had watched the 1968 movie “Herbie the Love Bug” about a Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie that sports the number.
“I had a chance playing pro when I was 16 in Mannheim, and they were asking me and they caught me off guard,” Seider said Saturday. “I watched a movie the day before and it stuck in my head somehow. That’s why I’m wearing 53.”