It’s hard to argue that anyone is having a better month of September than Nashville Predators captain Roman Josi.
First, he and his wife Ellie announced they were expecting their first child, due on Valentine’s Day 2021. Then, Josi won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL.
Now, the Predators captain has his own day after Nashville Mayor John Cooper, and subsequently Governor Bill Lee, declared Wednesday, Sept. 23 as Roman Josi Day. Cooper tweeted a photo of himself signing the proclamation and congratulated Josi on winning the Norris Trophy.
“Today, I proclaimed #RomanJosiDay in Nashville to honor “the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position.” Cooper said. “Congratulations on receiving the 2020 Norris Trophy, a first in @PredsNHL history.”
In addition to officially having his own day, the Predators hosted a ceremony at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday where many of Josi’s teammates including Mattias Ekholm, Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene, as well as former teammates Mike Fisher and Scott Hartnell, Josi’s parents and one of his biggest sports idols congratulated him on his accomplishment.
“I wanted to congratulate Roman Josi on winning the Norris Trophy,” Switzerland native and 20-time Grand Slam tennis champion Roger Federer said. “I’m a big hockey fan for a long, long time. I just wanted to send my best regards all the way from Switzerland – He’s the first Swiss man to win the award and Roman’s been a big fan of mine for a long time…but today I’m your biggest fan. I’m so happy for you, I’m so proud of you and I wish you all the best for your future.”
Josi ranked first in the NHL among defensemen in shots (260); was second in points (65), goals (16) and assists (49); and was third in average ice time (25:46). He also ranked fifth in power-play points (23) and was tied for ninth in power-play goals (four).
He’s the first Swiss player as well as the first player in Predators history to win the Norris Trophy.
“Roman winning the Norris, it’s tremendous for the team, it’s tremendous for the organization having the best defenseman in the world,” Predators coach John Hynes said. “He’s such a special person. I think we all see what he does on the ice and the things that he brings – the excitement and inspiration. Of the ice, the kind of person that he is, the leader of our team, and what he does in our community is special. So, we’re really lucky to have one of the best defensemen in the world, but he’s also one of the best people.”
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