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BIG READ: Nico's Nature

In our latest issue of the Devils Big Read, we take a look at the Swiss-born talent Nico Hischier and his journey to becoming a hockey hero in his home country

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

Sometimes, Nico Hischier can feel it.

He can feel the stares he might get, sitting with friends in a restaurant or walking down the street. He's aware he draws attention - particularly in Switzerland. He says it's most notable in his small town of Naters, not far from the Matterhorn.

"I don't feel it all the time, but sometimes you know they're staring at you. It's obvious. Sometimes you're almost like 'should I go ask him if he wants a photo?'"

He doesn't mind. And he completely understands.

Nico just considers himself Nico.

"I try to always be like that person, from when I grew up in Switzerland," Hischier said.

He has a humble nature, one that you might not ascribe to such a successful athlete, the first of his kind in his home country. 

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