The 22-year-old center was named captain of the New Jersey Devils before a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 20. He is the 12th captain and second youngest in Devils history (Kirk Muller; 21), the youngest active captain in the NHL and one of two Switzerland-born players to hold the title in the NHL (Roman Josi, Nashville Predators).
“In an hour and a half, I had to play a game and I was all mixed up with great feelings and being nervous coming back from injury and playing my game, finally,” Hischier said. “It was a lot of emotions, but I tried to focus on the game and try my best to help the team win this game.”
Hischier returned from an offseason foot injury and NHL COVID-19 protocol with one shot on goal in 16:29 of ice time during his first NHL game since March 10, 2020. He will play his third game this season at home against the Sabres on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG+, MSG-B, NHL.TV).
“It was jumping into the fire,” Hischier said. “It was just nice to be out there again. It’s been too long that I haven’t played a game and just being out there with the guys was great.”
Hischier also discusses the reaction from teammates and opponents, his time training with the army in Switzerland, his relationship with Devils coach Lindy Ruff, his love for traveling and more.
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