New York (dpa) - The highly successful hockey career of Stanley Cup winner Dennis Seidenberg is expected to end soon and without another NHL mission.

"It's probably over. In the next month or two, I guess, I'll announce that it's over, "said the 38-year-old German Press Agency. 17 months after his so far last competitive match, he wanted to consult with his family again before making a final decision.

The defender played 928 games in the NHL, he celebrated his greatest success in 2011 as the champion of the strongest hockey league in the world with the Boston Bruins. His last NHL mission, however, dates from the 2017/18 season.

Already last season, the brother of Olympic Silver Winner Yannic Seidenberg was no longer in demand at the New York Islanders. Currently he is without a contract. "Of course it would have been nice to play again last year. But it was not meant to be, "said the defender.

His last competitive game played the NHL veteran on May 15, 2018 at the World Cup in Denmark. Under former coach Marco Sturm, Seidenberg had played a key role in the national team; at the 2017 home World Cup, he had been voted best defender. Now, the sporting career, which once began in Schwenningen could take an unusual end.

"At the moment it looks like it's over. To imagine the farewell differently - no idea how else it should be. That's easy. I'd be happy with that, "said Seidenberg. A change to his brother's club, the EHC Red Bull München, in the German Hockey League seems unlikely. "That would always be an option. But of course that would be a big change for the family, "said Seidenberg. The defensive player, who feels comfortable with his family in New York, does not yet have concrete future plans for a life after the hockey career.

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