Sports

Nico Hischier, Devils' 1st Overall Draft Pick, Welcomed by Newark, Introduced at Press Conference

69902ce0b4a867370b7e_DSC_0027__1_.jpg
Nico Hischier (c) with Devils Head Coach John Hynes (l) and GM Ray Shero (r) during the Devils press conference Monday at Prudential Center. Credits: Matt Kipp
a507e4a0e0abc2123fdf_DSC_0014.JPG
Nico Hischier was all smiles while speaking to the media and touring Newark Monday afternoon. Credits: Matt Kipp
e76b598202df04668fad_DSC_0016.JPG
Devils GM Ray Shero talks about his No. 1 Draft Pick, Nico Hischier, in a press conference at Prudential Center Monday. Credits: Matt Kipp
7d808d10bc2467d43129_DSC_0024.JPG
Nico Hischier answers questions from the media Monday at his introductory press conference. Credits: Matt Kipp
69902ce0b4a867370b7e_DSC_0027__1_.jpg

NEWARK, NJ — The New Jersey Devils franchise has never had the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL Draft, so of course Nico Hischier deserved to be treated like royalty Monday. 

And royal treatment he received, as Hischier, the Devils’ and NHL’s first pick in this year's draft, was welcomed by the city of Newark and introduced to the media in a press conference at Prudential Center. 

A lively day that began at Newark City Hall and concluded with the busy media gathering, while getting a sandwich named after him in between, Hischier was front and center in the New York-New Jersey sports world Monday.

Sign Up for E-News

“It’s just impressive. I mean, it’s my first time here in New Jersey, here in New York and to see all those things, it’s just impressive,” said Hischier. “I’m really happy to be here with my family and to join this amazing team.”

For the Halifax, Switzerland, native, visiting New Jersey for the first time came with plenty of perks during the eventful day. 

“It is different [than Switzerland], it’s huge,” Hischier said. “I mean I got my own sandwich now, so it’s pretty fun here and they welcome me really nice. I like it so far.”

The sandwich Nico got was created and named in his honor at famous Hobby’s Delicatessen in Newark, where he stopped by and ate his new namesake before heading to Prudential Center. As cameras rolled and fans came flocking, Hischier couldn’t wipe the smile from his face — and with everything that’s happened to him this past week, why would he? 

“It’s different [from Switzerland] for sure, but I really like it and enjoy it,” stated Hischier. 

On the hockey side of things, the team Nico will be joining has been constructed by Devils General Manager Ray Shero, who joined the 18-year-old on the podium at “The Rock” Monday. Ultimately, it was Shero’s decision to draft Hischier on June 23 — and when holding the No. 1 draft pick in the entire league, that’s no easy task.

“It was important to us to draft the player that we thought for our organization had the skill set that we might need most. We’re happy with Nico,” the third-year GM said. “Obviously it’s certainly a heck of a piece that certainly a few months ago, after the season, we thought we had a chance to get.”

The Devils’ selection of Hischier came as a surprise to some. Entering the NHL Entry Draft Friday, Hischier and fellow center Nolan Patrick were seen as the likely first two picks. Which one of the two was selected first was a complete toss up.

“I knew that I could [get drafted No. 1] but at the end it was surprising for me — I didn’t know anything — but I’m pretty happy right now,” said Hischier. “I’m really, really happy and excited to join such a great team.”

Devils fans can expect of Hischier to see a hard-working center who plays at a fast pace for years to come. This summer will be important for Hischier, who will work hard to become an immediate part of this season’s Devils squad.

“I really am a two-way center. So I really need my defense to be first and create some offense,” said Hischier. “I really just want to win every game, so I never give up.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Montclair

Former Jefferson School Staffer Facing Criminal Charges For Alleged Lewd Photos of Students

June 21, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A former Jefferson Elementary School paraprofessional has been charged with criminal behavior believed to be related to lewd photos of students at the school that were found on his cell phone after he was arrested in Morris County on an unrelated sexual charge.

It also appears that South Orange Maplewood School District officials knew about the arrests as early as ...

NJ Native and Children Shot in Colorado Road Rage Incident: Child Dies

June 22, 2018

WESTMINSTER, COLORADO: A native of Colts Neck, NJ and her children were attacked in a road rage shooting that left her 13 year old son dead and both her and another child injured. A third child was able to run to safety.

Jeremy Webster, 23, was charged with first degree murder, extreme indifference; three counts of attempted first-degree murder; three counts of first-degree assault ...

Montclair Police Blotter: Thai Chef Burglarized, Four iPhones Stolen and More

June 13, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ -  The following police blotter was compiled by the Montclair Police Department on June 12, 2018:

Burglary/Theft:

06-05-2018 (Union Street) Burglary to an apartment.  Cash was taken in this incident.  Access was gained through an unlocked rear door.  

06-05-2018 (Union Street) Theft of a scooter from the rear yard of a residence.

06-05-2018 (Elm ...

'Half Time' delivers with sterling cast

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other talents.

The musical centers on an effort to have seniors perform a dance number during ...

'Half Time' lights up Paper Mill stage

‘Half Time’ turns the tables on aging in gleeful production

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other ...

Montclair July 4th Celebrations to Honor Township's Sesquicentennial

June 22, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair is celebrating July 4th with a special 150th anniversary themed parade and fun-packed family picnic – expanded to mark the Township's sesquicentennial in style. The day’s events will be followed by evening fireworks at Yogi Berra Stadium on the Montclair State University campus. The parade and picnic are free, admission to the stadium will be $3 ...