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Josi meets ex-President of Switzerland before global series

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Bern, Switzerland — how important Roman Joshireturns to Bern, Switzerland, his hometown and capital of the country?

Guy Parmelin, a member of the Swiss Federal Council who served as president of Switzerland in 2021, came to see the defense before the Nashville Predators practiced on Sunday.

The Predators beat Josi’s former team in the National League, SC Bern, 4-3 in an exhibition at the Postfinance Arena on Monday as part of the 2022 NHL Global Series Challenge.

“This is special for Switzerland,” Palmerin told

Josi gifted Parmelin with one of his Nashville jerseys.

Master winemaker Palmerin presented Josi with two bottles of Swiss wine. With a smile, he said the Predators’ captain could enjoy them “as soon as they win the Stanley Cup.”

“It’s definitely a huge honor,” said Joshi. It means a lot.”

Switzerland does not elect a president like the US. It has a seven-member federal council elected by the Union Bundestag. Each December, Congress elects a President from the Council for her one-year term. The president is considered first among equals.

Parmelin will serve as Vice President in 2020 and President in 2021. On June 16, 2021, he hosted a summit in Geneva with US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He is a hockey fan. On May 20, 2018, he presented Switzerland with a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.Joshi and Predators Forward Nino Niederreiter Played for Switzerland after losing 3-2 to Sweden in the final. (His two members of the Predators who played in Sweden: Forward Philip Forsberg defense man Matthias Ekholm)

“I was so proud,” Parmelin said. “Switzerland, for young people, it is a real honor to have people playing ice hockey in the NHL and I personally follow them regularly. [logging on at] Six o’clock. I watched NHL highlights. what are they doing It’s really very interesting to me. “

Since 2019, Parmelin has been Head of the Ministry of Economics, Education and Research. He said he will be unable to attend the match on Monday as he is in India on a three-day economic mission.

However, he once headed the Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sports. He hopes the Predators’ visits, from Sunday’s youth clinic to Monday’s game, will help inspire young people in Switzerland.

Yoshi has the most assists (402) and points (542) of any Swiss-born player in the NHL and won the Norris Trophy, voted as the best defenseman in the NHL in 2019-20. Niederreiter has the most goals in the NHL (181) among Swiss-born players.

“I think this is an example for Bern, the people, the players who are actually in the Bern team,” Parmelin said. “You see, it’s possible to go to the NHL, win, win the Norris Trophy, and be one of the best defensemen in the NHL.

“This is really special. I hope young people will start playing ice hockey. Maybe in one year, two years, five years, Switzerland will win the world championship in one day. maybe we can.”