Swiss National Team Week – U18 National Team

By Martin Locher

This team has only one aim: The 2000 U-18 WJC! Playing at home will be
great motivation for these kids.

Due to preparation they travelled to the United States for a training
camp and exhibition games against the USA.

Playing without Sven Helfenstein, who is already a member of the U-20
team, they still had enough players to play some pretty good hockey.

“We have between 28 and 35 players on the extended roster. Only 20 of
them will play the World Champs”, coach Beat Lautenschlager said. “We
are very deep up front. A little lack in defense, that’s why we have
two 83 born in there. But they are very good.”

Also in the net the team is deep. Matthias Schoder, Gilles Catella and
Marco Wegmueller are all fighting for the top spot. Coach Lautenschlager
confirmed: “Both Schoder and Catella played good, but also Wegmueller
will get his chance.”

Results of the 4 games in Ann Arbor:

USA – Switzerland 1 : 5 (1:2, 0:0, 0:3)

Swiss goal scorers:

Vogler, Sutter, Camichel, Monnet, Gautschi

USA – Switzerland 5 : 2 (0:1, 3:1, 2:0)

Swiss goal scorers:

Turler, Ingold

USA – Switzerland 2 : 6 (0:2, 2:2, 0:2)

Swiss goal scorers:

Camenzind, Sutter, Walser, Jamusci, Camichel, Baertschi

USA – Switzerland 3 : 3 (0:1, 1:2, 2:0)

Swiss goal scorers:

Metrailler, Sutter, Gaehler

“I think we are on a good level, this start was good”, coach Lautenschlager
is happy about the teams performance. “All these different goalscorers,
that shows our depth.”

These games are the fist step into a long season, which will have it’s
highlights in the U18 World Junior Championships, which will be held
from April 14 to 24, 2000 at home in Switzerland.

“We want to confirm the results of the previous two or three years”,
the national team coach didn’t want to commit himself to a rank.
“Unfortunately we will still have to make sure that we don’t get
relegated first.”

Well, with all these quality players the Swiss team won’t get relegated.
The coach just doesn’t wants the Swiss public to expect too much.

Left wing Fabian Sutter scored three goals in the four games against the
USA. Not only because of that, he will get considered in the next draft
ranking update.

The Swiss U18 National Team roster

Comments on a few of the players:

Name Position Born Comments
FORSTER Beat Defenseman 1983

FROEHLICHER Joel Defenseman 1982
COMMENTS: good skater, offensive minded, should play harder

GAEHLER Stefan Forward 1982
COMMENTS: fast skater, poor physically, bad balance

MONNET Thibaut Forward 1982
COMMENTS: offensive wizard, soft,

SAVARY Paul Forward 1982
COMMENTS: good basics, soft,

SUTTER Fabian Forward 1982
VOGLER Rene Forward 1982
COMMENTS: slow skater,

WALSER Thomas Forward 1982
COMMENTS: physically strong, good defense

Here are two profiles on Fabian Sutter, and Beat Forster.

Player Profile: Beat Forster

Name: Beat Forster
Club team: HC Davos Jr.
Position: Defenseman
Height: 6'0'' (184cm)
Weight: 198 lbs. (90kg)
Birthdate: February 2, 1983


NHL sized


good decision making in puckmovement, good passer, good puckcontrol
quick, but not agil


quick shot release

Pysical game:

hits hard, uses his size
seems to have endurance problem
defends good in one on one situations

Player Profile – Fabian Sutter

Name: Fabian Sutter
Position: Winger
Club Team: SC Bern
Height: 5' 11 1/2'' (182 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Year born: June 28, 1982

Comments:robust, reads the game well, two-way thinking,