Swiss National Team Week – Under-16 National Team

By Martin Locher

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
a 6:6 tie. A great come-back after being down after the first period 1:4.

The only Swiss goal in the second game was scored by Florian Conz. The
Czech Republic won this game 4:1.

“In the first two games both goalies didn’t play that good”, Bader
mentioned. “But in the last game (both played 30 minutes) they did
a super job.”

In the third game of this test match series against the Czechs, the
Swiss juniors did a great job and finished the game with 2:0 victory. The
Swiss goalscorers were Romano Lemm and Roland Gerber.

It was definitely the right decision by the Swiss Hockey Association to
build their own U-16 national team. Going 1-1-1 against the Czech Republic in the first
ever three games, is GREAT.

Swiss U-16 National Team Roster
as of November 1999

(All players born in 1984, exept reserve forward Kevin Romy who is born in 85)

Position Full Name Club Team

Goaltender FLUECKIGER Michael SC Langnau
Comments:Small, good puck contol, agil, fast

Goaltender MANZATO Daniel HC Fribourg-Gotteron
Comments:Big, "David Aebischer style"

Defenseman BAUMGARTNER Lukas EV Dielsdorf-Niederhasli
Comments:"on equal level as Tim Ramholt"

Defenseman BLATTER Florian HC Davos
Defenseman MANO Ludovic HC La Chaux-de-Fonds
Defenseman NOETZLI Ray EHC Buelach
Defenseman RAMHOLT Tim GC Zuerich
Comments:Team Captain, a true leader, takes over responsibility, ripe,
good skater, great defense, offensive potential

Defenseman RYTZ Philipp EHC Biel-Bienne
Comments:"on equal level as Ramholt"

Defenseman STETTLER Martin SC Langnau
Defenseman WEGMUELLER Andrea HC Davos

Forward BERCHTOLD Patrick SC Rapperswil-Jona
Forward BIANCHI Mattia HC Lugano
Forward CONZ Florian HC Ajoie
Comments:A-Captain (cause French speaking), fast, good stickhandler

Forward GERBER Roland SC Langnau
Forward GRAUWILER Lukas Zuercher SC
Comments:A-Captain, good two-way forward

Forward LEMM Romano EHC Kloten
Comments:Good stickhandler

Forward NEUENSCHWANDER Caryl HC La Chaux-de-Fonds
Forward PETER Emanuel EHC Uzwil
Comments:Great defensive center. first line center. Good in one to one
situations, good positioning game, capable to develop in other aspects.

Forward REZEK Spencer SC Bern
Forward RIEDENER Benjamin EV Dielsdorf-Niederhasli
Forward ROHRER Olivier SC Langnau
Forward VIVALDA Gianrico HC Davos

Reserve players

Goaltender BAEUMLE Thomas SC Bern
Defenseman BERNASCONI Nicolas HC Fribourg-Gotteron
Defenseman SOLCA Carlo EHC Chur
Forward HUERLIMANN Michael EHC Uzwil
Forward ROMY Kevin HC La Chaux-de-Fonds
Forward TRACHSLER Morris SC Rapperswil-Jona
Forward WICHSER Martin EHC Winterthur

Headcoach BADER Roger EHC Uzwil