Originally written on Section 303  |  Last updated 9/20/12

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 21: 38th overall pick, Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators poses for a portrait at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 21, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)
This is our first in a multi-part series during the NHL lockout.***Defenseman Roman Josi was known for a while as “the best Swiss player not in the NHL.” But after finishing last season with the Nashville Predators, the Bern, Switzerland native became a staple on the blueline. Josi will return to his native country in order to play with Bern until a new collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the Player’s Association can be reached.During the informal practices this week, we spent three minutes with Josi and discussed that very topic, along with a certain back-to-back Norris Trophy runner-up who is slated be his partner once the 2012-13 campaign resumes.section303.com: I know you’re eager to get the season started here in North America but is it kind of a cool thing to play pro hockey in your home country of Switzerland?Roman Josi: Yeah, I mean, I grew up there and played all of my life there. I played juniors there and two years pro and then came over. It’s too bad the ...
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