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Devils 2017 first-overall pick puts on a show in his first game for the Swiss Men's National Team with trio of goals

by Marc Ciampa /

Nico Hischier netted a natural hat trick in a pre-tournament game for the upcoming IIHF World Championship as Switzerland defeated France 6-0. It was the first time that Hischier had ever suited up for the Swiss Men's National Team. 

Tweet from @SwissIceHockey: Scoring a Hattrick in your first game for the Men's National Team? No biggie for @nicohischier

Hischier scored Switzerland's third, fourth and fifth goals of the night to net the natural hatty. He converted on a two-on-one, electing to shoot to make it 3-0, crashed the net to make it 4-0 and then redirected a shot under the crossbar for the team's fifth of the night. 

Meanwhile, Jesper Bratt played for Sweden in their 3-1 win over Finland and scored a power-play marker en route to being named Player of the Game. 

The actual tournament gets going on May 10. 

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