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FEATURE: Hischier set to represent home nation at Worlds

On Sunday, Hischier was one of 25 players named to Switzerland's pre-tournament competition camp for the IIHF World Hockey Championship

by Amanda Stein / newjerseydevils.com

If Nico Hischier isn't going to be chasing the Stanley Cup, he wants to be with his Swiss national team chasing a gold medal at the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. 

On April 21, 2019 the Devils forward was announced as a member of the Swiss men's national team that will compete in pre-tournament play in Geneva later this week. 

Video: RAW | Nico Hischier to play in World Championships

"Obviously, I would rather be playing [in New Jersey] and be competing for the Stanley Cup," Hischier said. "But this year we didn't make the playoffs, so this opportunity is really good as well. My season isn't done yet, I get to play more hockey before going into the summer.

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BLOG: Hughes has two points as USA tops Russia

Top-ranked draft prospect Jack Hughes has a goal and an assist in USA's 6-3 in over Russia

by Marc Ciampa / newjerseydevils.com

Top-ranked North American skater Jack Hughes had another strong outing as Team USA improved to 3-0 in the tournament with a 6-3 win over Russia on Sunday. 

Russia opened with a 2-0 lead before Hughes scored midway through the opening frame to make it 2-1. Alex Turcotte then tied it for the Americans with just over five minutes to go in the first. 

USA added two more in the second with Hughes assisting on a Cole Caulfield marker with 28 seconds to play in the middle frame to make it 4-2. 

Russia narrowed the gap to 4-3 12 minutes into the third but USA regained its two-goal advantage 21 seconds later and added an empty netter with three seconds left. 

Hughes had five shots on goal and was +1 in addition to his goal and assist. He now has 10 points (5 G, 5 A) in three games to rank second in tournament scoring. 

Next up for USA is Latvia on Tuesday, 9:30 AM ET. 

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BLOG: Hischier named to Swiss Worlds camp

Hischier representing Switzerland for the first time at the IIHF World Championship

by Marc Ciampa / newjerseydevils.com

Devils forward Nico Hischier has been named as one of the 25 skaters to Swizterland's pre-competition camp for the 2019 IIHF World Championship set to take place in Slovakia from May 10 through 24. 

Hischier has represented Switzerland on the international stage numerous times, twice at the World Junior Hockey Championship, three times at the World Under-18s, twice at the Hlinka Cup and once at the World Under-17s. 

Check back shortly as we will have a written feature, speaking to Hischier about his opportunity to play in the tournament. 

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BLOG: Jack Hughes puts up monster seven-point game

Hughes puts up four goals and three assists for seven points in USA's 12-5 win.

by Marc Ciampa / newjerseydevils.com

Top-ranked North American skater Jack Hughes had an unbelievable performance in USA's second game of the tournament with four goals and three assists for seven points as the Americans routed Slovakia 12-5 at the World Under-18 Championship in Sweden on Friday. He also had nine shots on goal. 

Cole Caufield, who had four goals and six points playing alongside Hughes, talked about playing with the top-ranked player. 

"Playing with him (Hughes) makes things a lot easier," he said. "I think we read off each other pretty well, and things have been going pretty well so far in the tournament." 

Hughes broke the single-game record of seven points in one game at this tournament. He also tied the record for most points in a period with five. Caufield and Hughes tied the record for most goals in a game with four, a record shared by Marian Gaborik and Alex Ovechkin. 

His first goal came early in the second period to give USA a 4-1 lead. Hughes then scored 1:55 into the final frame which made it 6-2 USA and then another just past the midway point and his fourth of the game with just over four minutes to play. 

Next up for USA is Russia on Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET. 

Video: DRAFT | jack Hughes on playing in New Jersey

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BLOG: Bratt excited to join Sweden's World Championship squad

The 20-year-old Devils forward will be representing Sweden at the tournament for the first time

by Marc Ciampa / newjerseydevils.com

Team Sweden today named the first 13 players for its 2019 IIHF World Championship squad and Devils forward Jesper Bratt made the cut. 

Bratt was grinning from ear to ear when he spoke to newjerseydevils.com about 

"It's awesome. It's going to be a lot of fun," said Bratt. "I've never played in a World Championship before so it's going to be awesome to come back to play with the team and play for my country."

Video: RAW | Jesper Bratt to play in World Championships

While in North America, the Stanley Cup is the ultimate prize, in Europe the World Championship is what the market pays the most attention to every year. 

"Ever since when you were a kid growing up, you always watched the World Championship. I know how big of a deal this tournament is for the fans back in Sweden."

Tweet from @reporterchris: Sweden announces its first batch of commitments to the IIHF World Hockey Championship: pic.twitter.com/PHU4T24A1U

Bratt was injured at the beginning of March in a game against Columbus and didn't play again the rest of the season. It put his ability to play in the Worlds in question but he said he's now ready to go. 

"Maybe in the beginning when it happened," Bratt said when asked if he thought the injury might keep him out of the annual tournament. "I didn't know how long the recovery time was going to be but I felt pretty quickly that I was going to be able to come back. I felt fresh and I'm really excited to get a second chance here."

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BLOG: Hughes picks up assist in USA's U18 opener

USA tops Sweden 6-1

by Marc Ciampa / newjerseydevils.com

NHL Central Scouting's number-one ranked North American skater Jack Hughes picked up an assist on Thursday as Team USA defeated host Sweden 6-1 on their way to a win in their tournament opener. 

Hughes assisted on Alex Turcotte's goal which was the sixth for Team USA. He had four shots on goal as well. 

Next up for USA is a game against Slovakia on Friday. Puck drop is 9:30 a.m. ET and the game can be seen on NHL Network. 

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BLOG: Schneider added to USA's IIHF Worlds team

Devils netminder Cory Schneider to backstop Team USA at the Worlds in Slovakia

by Marc Ciampa / newjerseydevils.com

Devils goaltender Cory Schneider was named as one of the first 17 players to suit up for Team USA at the upcoming 2019 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Slovakia. 

The other goaltenders named were Thatcher Demko and Cayden Primeau. View entire roster here.

This will be the second time that Schneider has represented Team USA at the Worlds. He was also on the club in 2006 but as the third goaltender, didn't play in any games. 

Schneider previously represented Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and the 2006 and 2005 World Junior Hockey Championships. He also played for the US National Team Development Program in 2003-04 and skated in the U18s in '04. 

Team USA gets things going at the tournament against host Slovakia on Friday, May 10. We'll have regular updates and coverage right here at newjerseydevils.com. 

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BLOG: Palmieri named as Devils nominee for King Clancy Trophy

Palmieri recognized as player "who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."

by Marc Ciampa / newjerseydevils.com

The New Jersey Devils announced on Wednesday their nomination for the 2019 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. Each team in the NHL nominates one player "who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."

In 2016, Kyle created a military recognition program named Squad21 where Kyle hosts service members at Devils' games. In the 2018 off-season Squad21 expanded into The Kyle Palmieri Foundation, a full-fledged charitable organization that supports three military nonprofits. The foundation will continue to develop special events to raise funds. The original Squad21 program still lives within the foundation.

"There are endless challenges facing our nation's military service members and veterans," said Palmieri. "We hope to help ease some of these challenges by providing support through The Kyle Palmieri Foundation and through our partnerships with National Military Family Association (NMFA), Service Women Action Network (SWAN), and Pets for Vets. Each of these organizations provides invaluable support and services, and the Foundation looks to help expand their incredible work. We're proud to offer our help as a way to say thank you to the brave men and women who are serving and have served our country."

Kyle regularly meets active military and veterans at regular season Devils games as part of the Squad21 program during the season. Kyle treats his guests to complimentary tickets, a special Squad 21 t-shirt and a post-game meet and greet with the group. Kyle does not stop short of meeting military personnel at his home arena, he also makes the effort on the road to meet with members of the military, regardless of their team affiliation.

He also hosts a number of big events in support of the foundation during the season. 

One of those events is a Military Ball. On February 23rd, 2019, The Kyle Palmieri Foundation hosted its inaugural Ball at Nanina's in the Park in Belleville, NJ. Attended by all of his teammates, as well as active and retired military members, the evening raised over $100,000 to benefit the foundation and the causes that it supports. The night hosted a silent auction, where several NHLplayers and teams from around the league supported Kyle with the contribution of signed memorabilia.

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RELEASE: Devils sign Gilles Senn to a two-year entry-level contract

Goaltender was New Jersey's fifth-round selection in 2016

by Press Release / New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils today announced that the club has signed goaltender Gilles Senn to a two-year, entry-level contract. Senn was New Jersey's sixth choice (fifth round), 129th overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

Senn, 23, spent the last five seasons, 2014-19, with HC Davos (Swiss-A). The left-catching netminder earned the NLA Youngster of the Year award during the 2016-17 season, when he finished with a .910 save percentage and a 2.64 GAA in 34 games played. He finished his career with HC Davos with a .901 save percentage and played in 16 playoff games. Senn also helped lead HC Davos to the semi-finals at the Spengler Cup held in Davos, Switzerland, posting a .937 save percentage and 2.03 save percentage in two games played.

Video: RAW | Gilles Senn Signs Contract

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FEATURE: Contract signing first step for Gilles Senn

"I think it's a good start now and a sign that I've been doing the right things until now. I still have to work more and even harder now to get to the NHL." -- Gilles Senn

by Amanda Stein / newjerseydevils.com

Gilles Senn isn't exactly sure how he's going to tell his parents.

When the pen met paper in New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero's office on April 17, Senn officially signed his first NHL contract. 

He hadn't yet told his parents. Just the Devils, his agent and Senn himself were aware.

It almost seemed too emotional for the 23-year-old Swiss goaltender to think about: The moment where his family would find out his dream has come true. 

"It's still crazy," Senn reflected. "I can't really tell you now, how it really feels. I might just have to call my dad and my mom and brother to tell them now that I'm signed. To hear that from them, maybe that will get me. It's the start now." 

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