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PODCAST: What Nico Hischier Misses Most About Switzerland

The newly signed Devils center talks about life off the ice growing up in Switzerland and today in New Jersey

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The fourth episode of the Devils Official Podcast is center Nico Hischier, who recently signed a new seven-year contract extension. 

Hischier this past week inked a seven-year deal to stay in New Jersey and talked about why he wanted to remain committed to the club. 

Hischier also talked a lot about life growing up in Switzerland and what he misses the most from not being in his home country. 

"Family and friends but other than that, just the way it is. It's really nice there. I like the mountains, you guys have been to Bern. I love it there so much," Hischier began.  

The center is a native of Naters, Switzerland which is about a two-hour drive from Bern.

"When I'm gone for eight, nine months. Coming back, I'm impressed (by the mountains). I've been there 17 years and you never think about it. When I came back, I was like 'whoa was that mountain that big all the time?'"

Naters is nestled into the Swiss Alps which makes for very scenic views and great skiing. 

"Where I grew up, Naters, it's right in the Alps. Half an hour away from the Matterhorn. I was 10 minutes from the skiing area so I skiied a lot."

Hischier scored his first career NHL goal on October 19, 2017 and exactly two years later, Devils first-round pick Jack Hughes netted his first career marker. Both goals were assisted by Taylor Hall. Hischier talked about how Hall helped him get over some early-season nervousness. 

"I was thinking about scoring my first goal all the time and it took me seven games, right? So after six games, at that time we were winning so I was happy but people were asking," Hischier noted. 

"I remember Hallsy telling me don't worry about that. He told me it took him seven games to get his first goal. Then the next game was the Ottawa game. So it happened."

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