New York Islanders Draft Swiss Star: Why Nino Niederreiter Will Be Great

June 28th, 2010 by BC ISLEMAN Leave a reply »
When my grandmother left the tiny northwestern Swiss hamlet of Niederbipp in 1899, she had a much more difficult journey than Nino Niederreiter did when he left his southeastern Swiss hometown of Chur 110 years later.

Whereas Nino was 17 when he left home, my grandmother was not yet 4 and she faced a journey of several weeks after which she would never see her homeland or family again.

For all that, Nino shares many of the traits of Ellis Island immigrants like my grandmother who made America great. Like those great Americans, he is always ready to rise to every challenge life offers him and he is always ready to find creative ways to meet those challenges.

Nino is one hockey player who always wants the puck when the game is on the line. He proved that earlier this year when he just about singlehandedly defeated the heavily favored Russians in the World Junior Championships, scoring the tying and winning goals.

As he told a Boston Bruin blogger, "As the time was going down, I wanted to get the puck on the net because I believed I could get the score."

Many readers will be familiar with Nino's highlight reel skills go ...

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