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Nico Hischier

Born:Jan. 4, 1999Draft:2017 Devils, First Overall
Hometown:Brig, SwitzerlandPosition:Center
Known For:First Swiss Player Selected First OverallShoots:Left
National Team:SwitzerlandCurrent Team:New Jersey Devils

Nico Hischier (born 4 January 1999) is a Swiss professional ice hockey forward and captain for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). Hischier made his professional debut in his native Switzerland in 2015, spending time both in the top-tier National League A (NLA) and the second-tier National League B. He moved to North America for the 2016–17 season to play major junior hockey for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in hopes of furthering his hockey career; in his first season in the QMJHL, he was named Rookie of the Year, along with the award for best rookie in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), the governing body for major junior hockey in Canada. Internationally Hischier has represented Switzerland at several junior tournaments, including two World Junior Championships. Regarded as a strong two-way forward and a top prospect for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Hischier was selected first overall by the Devils, the first time a Swiss player was selected first overall, and made his NHL debut in 2017. He was named captain of the Devils in 2021.

Nico Hischier New Jersey Devils
Nico Hischier, New Jersey Devils, January 20, 2018 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

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  • 2013-14 Elite Novizen Champion (Bern U17)
  • 2014-15 Elite Novizen Champion (Bern U17)
  • 2015-16 Elite Jr. A Champion (Bern U20)
  • 2016-17 CHL Rookie of the Year
  • 2016-17 QMJHL All-Rookie Team
  • 2016-17 QMJHL Best Professional Prospect (Mike Bossy Trophy)
  • 2016-17 QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year (Michel Bergeron Trophy)
  • 2016-17 QMJHL Rookie of the Year
  • 2019-20 NHL All-Star Game