Devils Nico Hischier spending NHL offseason in Swiss army

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 15:58:06-04

NEWARK — The New Jersey Devils are done for the season after missing out on the NHL’s 24-team return from the pause caused by the novel coronavirus, and center Nico Hischier is putting his extended offseason to good use.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft is fulfilling his military obligation to Switzerland.

Switzerland has a mandatory 18-week service for men followed up by three-week stints over the next six or seven years.

Hischier had thought about fulfilling it during the season but with the Devils uncertain when they would return from the pause, it turned out to be the perfect option.