Swiss National Team Week – Under-16 National Team

by Martin Locher
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This is the first time the Swiss U-16′s have played as a natioanl team, against opposing national teams. Until just last season the U-16′s played only against regioanl teams.
It was time to adjust to the international standard and build an U-16 national team.

This team has never had a training camp let alone played a hockey game
together. Despite that, the team traveled to the Czech Republic to
battle the U-16′s of a leading hockey nation.

“We played excellent. Very fresh. I’m very satisfied with my team”, coach
Roger Bader said. “There was no player in the team of whom I could say it
a wrong selection.”

In a high scoring first game Mattia Bianchi, Gianrico Vivalda (2 goals),
Florian Conz, Martin Stettler and Spencer Rezek scored the Swiss goals as they played to Read more»

Swiss National Team Week

by Martin Locher
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From pros to juniors – the best Swiss players were called to the
National Teams or regional selections. Read a little series about the
different national teams’ performaces. Today I start with the A- and
B-National Teams.

The A-National-Team

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THEIR ROSTER

While the top 4 European nations played the Karjala-Cup, Switzerland had
to be satisfied with travelling to Slovakia for two games.

After a disappointing 1:6 loss in the first game, the Swiss team was highly critizized by the Swiss press.
The only Swiss goal was scored by Edgar Salis, who is more known
for his rugged defense. The team had problems adjusting to the higher
intensity on the international level. (Maybe this is also the reason why
Lugano struggles in the Euro-League?)

In the second game the Swiss were down 0:2 after the first period. But
they didn’t give up and turned the game into a 4:2 victory.

Michel Zeiter, Julien Vauclair and Mattia Baldi (2) scored the
Swiss goals. Ottawa draftee Vauclair was called to the team, cause
Marc Gianola was injured. Baldi (drafted by Montreal) seldomly scores
two goals, but he is always working hard, and when he stays healthy he
could become more than just a great forechecker and defensive safeguard.

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Game Report – EHC Kloten – HC Lugano

by pbadmin
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One of the most interesting match-ups of the year, if you are a prospects fans, is between these two talented teams.

Kloten is building on young players. As they are still playing with only 2 foreign players, one more roster spot is kept for a young player until the 3rd man arrives (it will most likely be Sergei Brylin, if he fails to make the NJ Devils roster).

Swiss Champ Lugano has the deepest roster in the league, but still has quite a few good talents under contract.

Game Rosters:

Kloten:
Andrew McKim, Martin Plüss, Adrian Wichser
Sébastien Reuille, Tomas Strandberg, André Rufener
Felix Hollenstein, Matthias Schenkel, Sven Helfenstein
Thomas Widmer, Sven Lindemann, Christian Wohlwend

Martin Bruderer, Benjamin Winkler
Samuel Balmer, Arne Ramholt
Martin Höhener, Marco Klöti
Oskar Szczepaniec, Mattias Wüst

Reto Pavoni (backup Christian Wepf)

Injured: Thomas Heldner (out until February)

Lugano:
Phillipe Bozon, Christian Dubé, Marcel Jenni
Misko Antisin, Gian-Marco Crameri, Régis Fuchs
Gilbert Flüeler, Igor Fedulov, Trevor Meier
Andy Näser, Jean-Jaques Aeschlimann, André Doll
Keith Fair

Sandro Bertaggia, Peter Andersson
Julien Vauclair, Marc Astley
Olivier Keller, Rick Tschumi
Gaetan Voisard

Lars Weibel (backup Christobal Huet)

Injured: Marc-Pierre Tschudy, Geoffrey Vauclair

1st period: Read more»

The Swiss Hockey League System National Team

by Martin Locher
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Swiss Junior System

Age group (99/00)       Name of the group

1980 and younger        Juniors

1983 and younger        Novices

1985 and younger        Minis

1988 and younger        Moskito

1989 and younger        Piccolo

1990 and younger        Bambini

 

 

JUNIORS

The Juniors age group is splitted into “Elite Juniors” and just “Juniors”.
The Elite Jrs. play in two national wide leagues called Elite A and Elite
B. The worst A-League team gets relegated to Elite B and the best B-Team
replaces it in the Elite A. Further, the B-League is splitted into an Eastern
and Western division.

The Juniors are divided into Eastern Switzerland, Central Switzerland,
Suisse Romande. All of the three leagues are splitted into different divisions,
named Top, A1 (or A), A2 (or B).

Under these categories, there is a “Level B”.

Below I have tried to put all this together into an easy graph.

Elite A

                                                                          
Elite B West       Elite B East

 

Juniors


                                    
Eastern Switzerland                Read more»

Preview of the Swiss millennium season

by pbadmin
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An overview of the Swiss National League A (NLA). How strong are the teams? What about prospects? These are the main questions I asked myself.

The whole league will me much more balanced, than it was last season, but there are still teams who could dominate this season

Teams in alphabetic order:
HC Ambri-Piotta
Goaltenders:
Pauli Jaks, drafted by the Los Angeles Kings and the first ever Swiss player to play an NHL game, was the best goalie in last year’s regular season, but struggled in the playoffs. This year there will be a lot of pressure on him with the team not being strong up front. If the team is to succeed he will have to hold them in most games and if he does he will be one of the top goalies this season. Back-up Peter Martin is one of the best backup goaltenders in the league.
Defense:
Last season Ambri had one of the best defenses in the league and they shouldn’t be much worse this season. The defense corps is strong, and the injuries that hurt them last year shouldn’t crop up this time with prospects Andreas Hänni and John Gobbi around. Swedish native, and one time Vancouver Canuck, Leif Rohlin was the best defensive defenseman in the league last season, but the team is relying on him to put up better offensive numbers this time around.
Offense: Read more»

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