When the NHL announced that players would officially return to the Winter Olympic Games in 2022, one player who surely would not be left out of international competition was Predators Captain Roman Josi.
On Friday, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) confirmed that the Preds defenseman would indeed compete for his home country of Switzerland during the Games in Beijing from February 4-20.
"It's very exciting," Josi said on the Preds Official Podcast back in September. "I had the privilege to play in Sochi in 2014, and just representing your country is a huge honor. Obviously, to do it on the Olympic stage is pretty cool. All the best players from the NHL, all the best players in the world are going to be there and it's such an amazing tournament. I'm really excited for it."
The 2022 games will mark Josi's third Olympic team. After he was unable to compete in 2010 due to injury, the Preds Captain made his Winter Games' debut in 2014, averaging 21 minutes per game over four tournament contests.
The IIHF also confirmed a pair of Josi's fellow countrymen - San Jose Sharks winger Timo Meier and New Jersey Devils centerman Nico Hischier - would also compete for Team Switzerland this coming February.