Josi WC

The fun continues for Roman Josi.

After finishing second in Group A with Team Switzerland, the Nashville Predators captain is set to face Germany in the 2024 IIHF World Championship’s quarterfinal round on Thursday.

The winner of Thursday’s contest will face the winner of the Canada vs. Slovakia game in the tournament’s semifinal round.

Making his first World Championship appearance since 2019 alongside former Predators teammates Kevin Fiala and Nino Niederreiter, as well as fellow NHLers Nico Hischier, Philipp Kurashev, Akira Schmid and Jonas Siegenthaler, the Norris Trophy finalist has been lethal as ever for his home country. 

Josi concluded Switzerland’s seven-game slate leading his team and all tournament blueliners in points (11) and assists (8) - both personal highs for the nine-time World Championship defenseman. That span featured three multi-point performances, including a four-point showing (2g-2a) against Austria on May 12.

The Swiss captain’s eight assists were additionally the joint-most among all tournament skaters, while his 11 points were tied for third most.

Josi’s prowess on the world stage is nothing new. 

In 2013, Josi led all tournament defensemen in points (9) and goals (4) and helped Switzerland to the second silver medal in team history.

For his efforts, Josi was named the World Championship MVP and its best defenseman while additionally receiving the first selection to a World Championship all-star team in Swiss history.

In 2018, Josi served his team as alternate captain and recorded three assists and a +2 rating in five games, en route to another silver medal for Switzerland.

Switzerland’s quarterfinal game is set for 9:20 a.m. CT at Ostrava Arena in Ostrava, Czechia. Fans can catch all the action on NHL Network.

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