Hischier named captain of the New Jersey Devils

The 22-year-old Valais center has officially become the third Swiss to be named captain of an NHL team.



Nico Hischier will take on new responsibilities with the Devils.


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Nico Hischier will take on new responsibilities with the Devils.

The rumor, which appeared a few days ago, did not take long to materialize: Nico Hischier was named captain of the New Jersey Devils. He thus becomes the third Swiss to take on this responsibility in the NHL, after Mark Streit at the New York Islanders and Roman Josi at Nashville.

The Valaisan takes the place of defender Andy Greene, traded to the Islanders a year ago after serving as captain for the past five seasons. At the same time, he becomes the youngest current NHL captain, at the height of his 22 years.

First pick in the 2017 draft, Hischier is currently in his fourth season with the Devils, with a record of 135 points (51 goals, 84 assists) in 209 regular season games and one goal in five Stanley Cup playoff games.

As happiness never comes alone, he should also play his first game of the season on the night of Saturday to Sunday against the Buffalo Sabers. Injured in the foot during the offseason, he was then forced to follow the health protocol of the League until Friday, which kept him away from the rinks so far.

Nico Hischier signed a seven-year contract with the Devils in October 2019, worth a total of $ 50.75 million (an average of $ 7.25 million per season).

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