Roman Josi is a professional ice hockey Player of Swiss nationality. He is a defenceman and the captain of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). The player was drafted 38th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Predators. Roman is considered one of the top defensemen in the NHL.
In 2019–20, Roman became the first Swiss player to win the James Norris Memorial Trophy. In the history of the Predators franchise, he marked his name as the first player to win this trophy.
Roman Josi Early Life:
Roman was born on 1st June 1990 in Bern, Switzerland. Currently, he is 32. Since his childhood, he used to play both soccer and hockey; later, at the age of 10, he committed himself to ice hockey.
Roman was raised speaking German and started learning English at an early age. Further, in school, he also learned French. As he played in SC Bern as a teenager, he had coaches and teammates who originated from America or Canadian.
Roman Josi Family Background:
Roman is the second son of parents Doris and Peter Josi. He grew up in an athletic family, where his mother is a former national team swimmer. His father played competitive soccer and currently serves on the Board of Directors for SC Bern. Further, Peter supports BSC Young Boys, a football club in his hometown.
Roman has an elder brother, Yannic competed with HC Bern Altstadt in SwissDiv3.
Roman Josi Education:
Roman’s educational details are currently unavailable.
Roman Josi Physical stats:
Roman stands 6 ft 1 in tall and weighs around 91 kg. His tall and athletic personality enhances along with his sharp facial features like beautiful light brown eyes and an amazing smile. He has short dark brown shady hair.
Roman Josi Birth Signs:
Roman sun and star sign is Gemini; his rising and moon sign is Leo and Virgo, respectively. His birth sign element is Air, and his birth flower is Rose or Honeysuckle. Gemini’s opposte sign is Sagittarius.
Roman Josi Net worth:
Roman’s primary source of income is as a player in Ice Hockey sports. He is the caption of the Nashville Predators and is under a seven-year contract with the team. Further, his endorsements and brand deals also add to his net worth. Roman owns a house in Forest Hills worth $2.37 million and other properties. Based on the above factors, Roman estimated net worth is $20 million.
Roman Josi Relationship Status:
Roman married his long-time girlfriend, Ellie Ottaway, on 20th June 2019. Both looked gorgeous on their wedding day, as Ellie wore a white gown, and Roman was in his classic black tuxedo on the other side.
Ellie, by profession, is a model who is signed to Wilhelmina Models, and she serves for The Block Agency in Tennessee. Later, on 13th February 2021, the couple welcomed their first child and named him Luca James Josi.
Roman Josi Career:
In 2006, Roman began his professional ice hockey career with SC Bern. Later, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the Nashville Predators selected him in the second round, 38th overall. After spending two seasons with the club NLB team, Roman became a full-time member of Bern during the 2007–08 season. In 2010, he won a National League A championship. Further, he joined the Predators’ organization during the 2010–11 season and spent the entire year with a professional ice hockey team, ‘The Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.’
On 10th December 2011, he scored his first NHL goal against Dan Ellis of the Anaheim Ducks. Then the 2012–13 season began with his youth team, SC Bern, considering the NHL lockout. During the season, he played along with NHL stars Mark Streit and John Tavares. Later, as the lockout resolved, he returned to play with the Predators and on 25th February 2013, Roman scored a career-high four points (two goals and two assists) win against the Dallas Stars.
During the 2014–15 season, Roman had a career-high year and ranked fifth among defensemen in scoring, finishing with a then-career-high of 55 points. By the end of the season, he was in the top five for the Norris Trophy vote. Later during the 2015–16 season, in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, he and his teammates James Neal, Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne were selected to play. Later, he was again in the top five for the Norris Trophy vote.
During the 2016–17 season, Roman and James Neal were selected as an alternate captains. Roman’s defensive skill was important in the Predators’ 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs run. Despite being placed on long-term injury reserve in January, he ended the season with 12 goals and 49 points. On 19th September 2017, before the 2017–18 season, he was named the seventh captain in Predators history. Later On 29th October 2019, Roman signed an eight-year contract extension with the Predators and $72.472 million.
As the captain, he was very active in the community too. In Nashville, Roman has a partnership with the Best Buddies program, and they give tickets for each game to local kids with special needs. Further has also attended the Best Buddies prom and gala with these kids.
In 2020, Roman won the James Norris Memorial Trophy becoming the first Predators player and first-ever Swiss to win this award. On 7th April 2022, he broke Paul Kariya’s previous record (85 in 2005–06) and recorded three assists while scoring his 87th point. With the record, he also becomes the Predators’ single-season points leader in a 3–2 win against the Ottawa Senators. His 2021–22 season finished with 96 points, becoming the first defenseman to score 90 points in a single season. To felicitate his achievements, he was again on the final list for the Norris Trophy and, for the first time, was a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award. This award is given to the league’s most outstanding player by the NHL Player’s association. Further, he was in voting for awards like Norris, albeit and the Hart Memorial Trophy.
At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Roman played for the Switzerland team. Previously, he represented Switzerland at the 2009 Ice Hockey World Championship; Then in 2007, 2008 and 2009 IIHF World U20 Championship and the 2007 and 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships. Later, in Stockholm, Sweden, at the 2013 IIHF World Championship, he was selected as the tournament MVP. Then at the 2016 World Cup, Roman represented Team Europe. He won a second silver medal with Switzerland at Denmark’s 2018 IIHF World Championship.
Roman Josi Social Appearance:
Roman has a profile on Instagram with more than 125k followers. He regularly posts pictures along with his wife and dear ones. His post collection includes candid pictures during the games, friends, group photos and team photos.
Roman Josi was born athletic; over the years, he has polished his skills and achieved success. When other teenagers decided what to do in life ahead, he was already in SC Bern and was taking the training. Roman’s career achievements are a testimony of his success. We wish him a brighter future ahead.