Roman Josi (born 1 June 1990) is a Swiss professional ice hockey defenceman and captain of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Josi was drafted 38th overall by the Predators in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Roman Josi
Roman Josi 2017-06-08.jpg
Josi with the Nashville Predators in 2017
Born (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 32)
Bern, Switzerland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
SC Bern
National team  Switzerland
NHL Draft 38th overall, 2008
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2007–present

In 2019–20, Josi became the first Swiss player and first player in Predators' franchise history to win the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league's best defenceman. In 2021 he surpassed Mark Streit as the highest-scoring Swiss-born NHL player.

Early lifeEdit

Roman Josi was born on 1 June 1990, in Bern, Switzerland[1] as the second son to parents Doris and Peter Josi.[2] He grew up in an athletic household as his mother is a former national team swimmer and his father played competitive soccer.[3] Josi played both soccer and hockey as a youth before committing to ice hockey at the age of 10.[2] Both his father and older brother are also involved in ice hockey; Yannic competed with HC Bern Altstadt in SwissDiv3[4] and Peter serves on the board of directors for SC Bern.[5] He is a supporter of his hometown football club, BSC Young Boys.[6]

Playing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Josi began with SC Bern in 2006. He was selected by the Nashville Predators in the second round, 38th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He was considered one of the top Swiss prospects in the draft.

Josi became a full-time member of Bern during the 2007–08 season after spending the previous two seasons with the club's NLB team. Josi won a National League A championship in 2010.

Nashville PredatorsEdit

 
Josi was selected to play in the NHL's All-Star Game in 2016.

Josi joined the Predators' organization during the 2010–11 season, spending the entire year with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Josi scored his first NHL goal on 10 December 2011, against Dan Ellis of the Anaheim Ducks.[7]

He began the 2012–13 season with his youth team, SC Bern, because of the NHL lockout. He played alongside NHL stars John Tavares and Mark Streit. With the lockout resolved, Josi returned to play with the Predators and on 25 February 2013, Josi scored a career-high four points (two goals and two assists) in an overtime home win against the Dallas Stars.[8]

Josi had a career high year during the 2014–15 season, ranking fifth among defensemen in scoring and finishing with a then-career high 55 points.[9] At the end of the season, Josi finished in the top five for the Norris Trophy vote.[10][11]

During the 2015–16 season, Josi was selected to play in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game along with teammates Pekka Rinne, Shea Weber, and James Neal.[12] He finished in the top five again for the Norris Trophy vote.[11]

During the 2016–17 season, Josi was selected as an alternate captain along with James Neal.[13] Josi's defensive skill played a crucial role in the Predators 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs run.[14][15] Despite being placed on long term injury reserve in January,[16] he ended the season with 12 goals and 49 points.

Before the 2017–18 season Josi was named the seventh captain in Predators history on 19 September 2017.[17]

On October 29, 2019, Josi signed an eight-year, $72.472 million contract extension with the Predators.

As the captain of the Predators, Josi has also been very active in the community. He has a partnership with the Best Buddies program in Nashville, giving tickets to each game for local kids with special needs. Josi also attends the Best Buddies prom and gala in Nashville with these kids.[18]

He won the James Norris Memorial Trophy in 2020, becoming the first Predators player and the first Swiss to win the award.[19]

On April 7, 2022, Josi recorded three assists while scored his 87th point, breaking Paul Kariya's previous record (85 in 2005–06) to become the Predators single season points leader in a 3–2 win against the Ottawa Senators. He finished the 2021–22 season with 96 points, becoming the first defenseman to score 90 points in a single season since Ray Bourque in 1993–94. In recognition of his achievements, he was again a finalist for the Norris Trophy and was for the first time a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, awarded by the NHL Players' Association to the league's most outstanding player.[20][21] He finished second in Norris voting, albeit with the most first place votes, and also was sixth in voting for the Hart Memorial Trophy.[22][23]

International playEdit

 
Josi at the 2013 IIHF World Championship
Medal record
Representing   Switzerland
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2013 Sweden/Finland
  2018 Denmark
Representing Team Europe
World Cup
  2016 Toronto

Josi was selected to play for Switzerland at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He previously represented Switzerland at the 2007 and 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships, the 2007, 2008 and 2009 IIHF World U20 Championship and the 2009 Ice Hockey World Championship. Josi was selected as the tournament MVP at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden.[24]

He was selected to play for Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup.

Josi won a second silver medal with Switzerland at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Denmark, falling to Sweden in the shootout.

Personal lifeEdit

Josi married Ellie Ottaway, a model and musician, on June 20th, 2019. They welcomed their first child, Luca James Josi on February 13, 2021.[25]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 SC Bern SUI U20 5 0 0 0 0
2006–07 SC Bern SUI U20 33 14 16 30 28 14 1 3 4 2
2006–07 SC Langenthal SUI.2 U20 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 SC Bern NLA 3 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Young-Sprinters Hockey Club NLB 3 2 0 2 4
2007–08 SC Bern NLA 35 2 6 8 10 6 0 0 0 0
2007–08 SC Bern SUI U20 6 2 2 4 14
2008–09 SC Bern NLA 42 7 17 24 16 6 0 0 0 0
2008–09 SC Bern SUI U20 3 5 4 9 0
2009–10 SC Bern NLA 26 9 12 21 12 15 6 7 13 8
2010–11 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 69 6 34 40 22 13 1 6 7 8
2011–12 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 5 1 3 4 0
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 52 5 11 16 14 10 0 0 0 10
2012–13 SC Bern NLA 26 6 11 17 14
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 48 5 13 18 8
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 72 13 27 40 18
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 81 15 40 55 26 6 1 0 1 0
2015–16 Nashville Predators NHL 81 14 47 61 43 14 1 8 9 12
2016–17 Nashville Predators NHL 72 12 37 49 18 22 6 8 14 12
2017–18 Nashville Predators NHL 75 14 39 53 24 13 0 4 4 2
2018–19 Nashville Predators NHL 82 15 41 56 42 6 2 2 4 4
2019–20 Nashville Predators NHL 69 16 49 65 22 4 0 4 4 4
2020–21 Nashville Predators NHL 48 8 25 33 20 6 0 4 4 2
2021–22 Nashville Predators NHL 80 23 73 96 46 4 1 1 2 0
NHL totals 760 140 402 542 300 85 11 31 42 46
  • All statistics taken from NHL.com[26]

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Switzerland WJC 7th 6 0 0 0 0
2007 Switzerland U18 6th 6 1 1 2 2
2008 Switzerland WJC 9th 6 0 1 1 4
2008 Switzerland U18 8th 6 1 4 5 4
2009 Switzerland WJC D1 11th 5 2 3 5 6
2009 Switzerland WC 9th 6 0 0 0 2
2010 Switzerland WJC 4th 4 1 2 3 0
2010 Switzerland WC 5th 7 1 2 3 0
2012 Switzerland WC 11th 3 0 1 1 0
2013 Switzerland WC   10 4 5 9 4
2014 Switzerland OG 9th 4 0 0 0 0
2014 Switzerland WC 10th 7 1 6 7 2
2015 Switzerland WC 8th 8 2 2 4 2
2016 Team Europe WCH   6 0 0 0 2
2018 Switzerland WC   5 0 3 3 4
2019 Switzerland WC 8th 8 1 5 6 10
Junior totals 33 5 11 16 16
Senior totals 64 9 24 33 26

Awards and achievementsEdit

Award Year
NLA
National League A champion 2010, 2013
NLA Media Swiss All-Star team 2010
NHL
NHL All-Star Game 2016, 2019, 2020, 2022
James Norris Memorial Trophy 2020
NHL First All-Star team 2020, 2022
International
IIHF World U18 Championship Top 3 Player on Team 2008
IIHF World Championship Silver medal 2013, 2018
IIHF World Championship Top 3 Player on Team 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019
IIHF World Championship MVP 2013
IIHF World Championship Best Defenceman 2013
IIHF World Championship All-Star team 2013
IIHF World Championship Most Goals by Defenseman (4) 2013
IIHF World Championship Most Points by Defenseman (9) 2013

RecordsEdit

Nashville PredatorsEdit

  • Most Assists (402)
  • Most Assists in a season (73, 2021–22)
  • Most Points in a season (96, 2021–22)

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b Bratten, Brooks (21 September 2020). "Winning the Norris: How Roman Josi Became the World's Best Defenseman". nhl.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Roman Josi, the golden boy of Swiss hockey". olympic.org. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Yannick Josi". eliteprospects.com. Elite Prospects. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Peter Josi". eliteprospects.com. Elite Prospects. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  6. ^ Favorite Sports Team Outside of Hockey? | Puck Personality, retrieved 19 September 2021
  7. ^ "Tootoo scores winner in return, Preds beat Ducks 3–2". National Hockey League. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  8. ^ Clinton, Jared (2 February 2017). "RANKING THE BEST SINGLE-GAME PERFORMANCES BY DEFENSEMEN". thehockeynews.com. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
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  12. ^ Thomas Willis; Brooks Bratten (6 January 2016). "Weber, Josi and Rinne Named 2016 NHL All-Stars". NHL.com. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
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  21. ^ "Matthews, McDavid, Josi named finalists for Ted Lindsay Award". Sportsnet. 13 May 2022. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  22. ^ "2022 NHL Awards: Full list of winners". Sportsnet. 21 June 2022. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  23. ^ Fox, Luke (22 June 2022). "Modest Matthews feeling 'fortunate and blessed' after MVP wins". Sportsnet. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
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  25. ^ "Roman Josi Married a Model & Started a Family". FanBuzz - Sports News - NFL | NCAA | NBA | WWE. 2 April 2021. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
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External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by Nashville Predators captain
2017–present
Incumbent
Awards and achievements
Preceded by James Norris Memorial Trophy winner
2020
Succeeded by