National League A

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National League A
Current season, competition or edition:
2013–14 NLA season
National-league-logo.svg
Formerly

Nationalliga A
1999–2007

  • NDA
    1916–1999
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1999
Commissioner Marc Furrer
No. of teams 12
Country Switzerland
Most recent champion(s) ZSC Lions
Most titles HC Davos (30)
TV partner(s) SRG, Teleclub
Related competitions National League B
Official website www.nationalleague.ch

National League A (NLA) is a professional Ice hockey league in Switzerland. It is the top tier of the Swiss hockey league system and of the two-tier National League. Prior to the 2007–08 season, the league was officially called Nationalliga A (German), (French: Ligue Nationale A (LNA), Italian: Lega Nazionale A). The NLA has the most attended hockey club in Europe, SC Bern, and is also the most attended league within the same continent.[1]

Season structure[edit]

During the regular season, each of the 12 teams play 50 games. The top eight teams after the regular season qualify for the playoffs to determine the Swiss champion in best-of-seven series'. The bottom four teams in the standings play a relegation tournament in which each team retains their regular season points and play an additional 6 matches. Following those matches, the two bottom ranked teams will play each other in a best-of-seven series, with the loser then playing the winner of the National League B playoffs in a best-of-seven series for a spot in the successive NLA season.[2]

Current teams[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity
HC Ambrì-Piotta Ambrì Valascia 6,500
SC Bern Bern PostFinance-Arena 17,131
EHC Biel Biel/Bienne Eisstadion Biel 7,000
HC Davos Davos Vaillant Arena 6,795
HC Fribourg-Gottéron Fribourg BCF Arena 6,700
Genève-Servette HC Geneva Patinoire des Vernets 7,135
Kloten Flyers Kloten Kolping Arena 7,624
Lausanne HC Lausanne CIG de Malley 8,000
HC Lugano Lugano Pista La Resega 8,250
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers Rapperswil Diners Club Arena 6,200
EV Zug Zug Bossard Arena 7,015
ZSC Lions Zurich Hallenstadion 11,200

Past champions[edit]

Swiss National Championship Serie A (1909–1937)

Swiss International Championship Serie A (1916–1933)

  • 1916: Akademischer EHC Zürich
  • 1917: HC Les Avants
  • 1918: HC Bellerive Vevey
  • 1919: HC Rosey Gstaad
  • 1920: HC Rosey Gstaad
  • 1921: HC Rosey Gstaad
  • 1922: HC Château-d'Œx
  • 1923: EHC St Moritz
  • 1924: HC Château-d'Œx
  • 1925: HC Rosey Gstaad
  • 1926: no winner
  • 1927: HC Davos
  • 1928: HC Rosey Gstaad
  • 1929: HC Davos
  • 1930: HC Davos
  • 1931: HC Davos
  • 1932: HC Davos
  • 1933: Grasshopper-Club Zürich

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swiss fans flock to arenas". www.iihf.com. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Lovis, Frédéric (14 June 2013). "Les play-out de LNA seront modifiés". Le Matin. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 

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