(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Switzerland to face Canada in quarterfinals after loss to USA

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Nico Hischier - Team Switzerland - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Switzerland forward and 2017 prospect Nico Hischier saw his first National League A action with SC Bern this season, posting a goal in 15 games in the top Swiss league (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The main goal for Team Switzerland heading into the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship was to gain a berth in the quarterfinals. That mission was accomplished by virtue of points earned in an overtime win and overtime loss, so now the goal is to earn a berth in the medal round, a tall order given that their quarterfinal opponent will be Canada. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Switzerland overcome by Sweden’s impressive offensive display

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Livio Stadler - Team Switzerland - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Switzerland defenseman and 2016 prospect Livio Stadler saw his first National League A action for EV Zug this season, picking up an assist in 13 games in Switzerland’s top league (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

In what started off as a fairly tightly-played contest, Team Switzerland watched Sweden pull away in the final two periods to take an 8-1 win from the Swiss on Day 5 of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. Read more»

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Switzerland looking to do more than simply avoid relegation

by Rafik Soliman
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Team Switzerland - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Switzerland competed in the medal round of the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship in front of their home crowd, and will look to make a return at this year’s event in Grand Forks, ND.

At last year’s IIHF U18 World Championship, Switzerland finished the tournament supported by a partisan home crowd in Zug, ultimately placing fourth. It was the second time the Swiss finished a championship at home in the top-4 of the world. The core of that group, who snuck into the medal round with a last minute overtime win against Latvia, was built around the 97-class, which was one of the strongest and deepest Switzerland has ever produced. Read more»

Linkoping’s Hogberg tops short list of NHL goaltending properties competing in Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
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Marcus Hogberg - Linkoping HC - Champions Hockey League

Photo: Linkoping HC goaltender and Ottawa Senators prospect Marcus Hogberg posted a 14-8-5 record with two shutouts in SHL play in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of IFK Helsinki/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

As far as the NHL Draft is concerned, hardly a year has gone by in the past decade without a Swedish goalie being taken at some point during the proceedings. In recent years, the count is three in 2015, three in 2014, and two in 2013. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, March, 2016: Meier, Huskies roll into second round of QMJHL playoffs

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Timo Meier - HF NHL Prospect of the Month, March, 2016

Photo: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier, shown here competing for his home country of Switzerland, has helped take the Huskies to another level since he was acquired from Halifax in January of 2016 (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Heading into the CHL playoffs, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies locked down the number one seed in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings, ahead of OHL powerhouses the Erie Otters and London Knights. The Huskies finished the regular season leading the QMJHL with a record of 52-9-3-2; they were a consistently strong team all season long, but bolstered their potent lineup with a few transactions prior to the league’s trade deadline. Read more»

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