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The Love Affair Between Swiss Hockey Fans and Roman Josi

Raffi Jenzer, a laptop programmer, was sitting down in the stands at Thun’s historic hockey rink. Down on the ice he was next the motion with distinct focus to his son, Levin, a 13-calendar year-old skating with HC Thun’s less than-15 team.

“Who understands,” Raffi turned to me, “some day Levin may well grow up to be like Roman Josi.”

Then, a pause and a grin. Jenzer taken out his ski jacket revealing a T-shirt. JOSI FOR THE NORRIS TROPHY was the concept throughout the gold attire.

“You seriously like this man, really don’t you?” I instructed.

“Like him?” Raffi shot back. “I love him. We all do in Switzerland. Seem how a lot pleasure he is given to Swiss hockey.”

I know all about Swiss hockey which clarifies why my daughter, Avigail, 13, and my son, Ariel, 15, are playing for HC Thun’s hockey plan.

They started in September and completed the year last month.

A 50 %-calendar year of Swiss instruction has enhanced their games by at least 50 p.c. As well as, the two young people are safe in the know-how that Swiss hockey solutions have made a beneficial impression in the NHL

I talk firsthand, getting watched Nino Niederreiter originally star for the Portland (Oregon) Winterhawks Junior workforce in the Western Hockey League.

Nino at some point built it to the Islanders and currently is starring for the prime-rated Carolina Hurricanes.

Nico Hischier is captain of the New Jersey Devils and has been acclaimed as a long term superstar.

And Islanders fans usually will have fond reminiscences of defenseman Marc Streit who captained the Nassaumen for various seasons.

But the Swiss “Gentleman Of The Second” is Bern’s most loved son, Roman Josi. Not only is the Nashville Predators captain in the functioning for the Norris (Finest Defenseman) Trophy but the Hart Trophy as the National Hockey League’s most useful participant.

“We can’t wait around to see Roman back skating in Bern,” is the way my buddy, Raffi, place it. And his check out is echoed by the entire Swiss hockey neighborhood.

Rafi will quickly get his wish. The NHL introduced on Thursday that the Nashville Predators will be playing an exhibition sport from Bern at Publish Finance Arena on Oct. 3 as element of the NHL’s Global Collection Obstacle.

For guaranteed, Bern’s ice palace will sell out. In actuality, they will have to discover excess seats for the exhibition sport in between the Preds and SC Bern.

The final time the Swiss capital hosted an NHL exhibition, SC Bern nearly conquer the New Jersey Devils.

On a broader scale, the upcoming sport will demonstrate that Swiss hockey supporters rank among the world’s most intensive not to mention well-informed.

“No person has to convey to us who’s the most effective player in the NHL,” chirped my pal Raffi. I included that Josi reminds me of Montreal Canadiens Corridor of Famer Larry Robinson. Roman plays the total video game.

When I described that to Raffi, he once again opened his ski jacket to be completely selected that I experienced a excellent look at of the message: JOSI FOR THE NORRIS TROPHY!

I nodded in agreement, safe in the knowledge that all of Switzerland’s hockey admirers next my motion.