Sven Bärtschi

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Sven Bärtschi
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Bärtschi with the Winterhawks.
Born (1992-10-05) October 5, 1992 (age 21)
Langenthal, Switzerland
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Calgary Flames
Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
SC Langenthal
NHL Draft 13th overall, 2011
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2008–present

Sven Bärtschi (sometimes spelled: Baertschi[1]) (born October 5, 1992) is a Swiss professional ice hockey player who plays for the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League (AHL). He played his first professional games in 2009 for SC Langenthal in the National League B before moving to North America to join Portland in the 2010–11 WHL season, where he finished as the runner-up for the league's Rookie of the Year award. He was selected 13th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut in 2012.

Playing career[edit]

Bärtschi prior to making his NHL debut with the Flames

Bärtschi began his professional career in 2009–10 for SC Langenthal in the Swiss National League B and was pursued by SC Bern of the National League A.[2] He chose instead to move to North America to pursue an NHL career.[3] He was selected by the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Portland Winterhawks seventh overall in the 2010 Canadian Hockey League import draft.[4] Bärtschi led all WHL rookies in 2010–11 with 34 goals and 85 points,[5] and finished as the runner-up to Mathew Dumba for the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year.[6]

Heading into the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Bärtschi was ranked by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau as the seventh best North American based skater,[7] and was selected 13th overall by the Calgary Flames. The team quickly signed him to a three-year entry level contract US$1.45 million per season, including bonuses.[8] He attended the team's training camp that fall, but was returned to Portland for the 2011–12 WHL season.[9] Bärtschi was among the league's leaders offensively, averaging 2.00 points per game (94 points in 47 games) and was named WHL player of the week three times.[10] His teammates named him Portland's most valuable player, and he was named to the WHL's Western Conference second all-star team.[11]

Due to a number of injuries in Calgary, the Flames recalled Bärtschi on an emergency basis on March 7. He made his NHL debut on March 9 in a 5–3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets[12] He scored his first goal two nights later against Matt Hackett of the Minnesota Wild.[13] Bärtschi added goals in his following two games and quickly became a fan favourite in Calgary. He appeared in a total of five NHL games and scored three goals before returning players necessitated his return to Portland.[14] Bärtschi was the top scorer of the 2012 WHL playoffs, recording 34 points in 22 games, to lead Portland to their second consecutive appearance in the league championship series. They again lost, falling in seven games to the Edmonton Oil Kings.[15]

Baertschi turned professional in 2012–13, and due to an NHL labour dispute, began the season with Calgary's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat. He had 17 points in his first 19 games with the Heat before suffering a neck injury that caused him to miss five weeks of the season, a total of 13 games.[16]


Bärtschi has played with the Swiss national junior team on four occasions. He played in the Under-18 world championship in 2009 and 2010, scoring a goal and two assists in both tournaments for Swiss teams that finished in 8th and 5th place respectively. He then appeared with the under-20 team at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, scoring a goal and an assist in another fifth place finish.[17] He returned for the 2012 tournament, but appeared in only two games before suffering a concussion that forced him out of the event.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Bärtschi was born and raised in Langenthal, Switzerland.[19] His father was also a professional hockey player who played in the National League A.[3] His parents divorced when he was 11, after which his mother worked two jobs to allow him and his brother to play hockey.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 SC Langenthal NLB 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 SC Langenthal NLB 37 6 5 11 10
2010–11 Portland Winterhawks WHL 66 34 51 85 74 21 10 17 27 16
2011–12 Portland Winterhawks WHL 47 33 61 94 35 22 14 20 34 10
2011–12 Calgary Flames NHL 5 3 0 3 4
2012–13 Abbotsford Heat AHL 32 10 16 26 16
2012–13 Calgary Flames NHL 20 3 7 10 6
NHL totals 25 6 7 13 10


Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM Team result
2009 Switzerland U18 6 1 2 3 2 8th place
2010 Switzerland U18 6 1 2 3 2 5th place
2011 Switzerland WJC 6 1 1 2 4 5th place
2012 Switzerland WJC 2 0 0 0 0 8th place
Junior totals 20 3 5 8 8

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
WHL West Second All-Star Team 2011–12 [11]


  1. ^ "Bartschi vs. Baertschi". The Hockey News: 12. December 5, 2011. ISSN 0018-3016. 
  2. ^ Germann, Daniel (December 5, 2010). "Widerstand im guten Land". Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Junger Langenthaler auf den Spuren Niederreiters" (in German). Berner Zeitung. October 21, 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  4. ^ Flett, Cory; Watts, Jessie, eds. (2011). 2011–12 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 223. 
  5. ^ Flett, Cory; Watts, Jessie, eds. (2011). 2011–12 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 149. 
  6. ^ Meachem, Greg (May 5, 2011). "Matt Dumba named top WHL rookie". Red Deer Advocate. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  7. ^ "2011 NHL Entry Draft final rankings". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  8. ^ MacFarlane, Steve (July 6, 2011). "Three-year Flames contract for draftee Baertschi". QMI Agency. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  9. ^ Busby, Ian (March 7, 2012). "Flames recall top junior prospect". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  10. ^ "Flames recall Sven Baertschi from Portland". Calgary Flames Hockey Club. March 7, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  11. ^ a b "Joe Morrow, Ty Rattie make WHL all-star team; Sven Bartschi named to second team". Portland Tribune. March 22, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  12. ^ Cruickshank, Scott (March 10, 2012). "Flames' offence on fire as club grounds Jets". Calgary Herald. p. E1. 
  13. ^ "Flames 4, Wild 3". ESPN. March 11, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  14. ^ MacFarlane, Steve (March 18, 2012). "Parting such sweet sorrow". Calgary Sun. p. S3. 
  15. ^ Sportak, Randy (May 15, 2012). "No hard feelings". Calgary Sun. p. S3. 
  16. ^ Sportak, Randy (January 5, 2013). "Baertschi back for AHL Heat". Calgary Sun. p. S5. 
  17. ^ Podnieks, Andrew, ed. (2011). IIHF Guide & Record Book 2012. International Ice Hockey Federation. p. 384. ISBN 978-0-7710-9598-6. 
  18. ^ "Switzerland star Baertschi has ‘light concussion’ Flames prospect was injured in Wednesday shootout loss to Sweden". Calgary Herald. December 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  19. ^ Merk, Martin (January 2, 2011). "Switzerland’s next Nino?". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  20. ^ Stewart-Binks, Julie (June 25, 2011). "Bartschi excited for NHL opportunity". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tim Erixon
Calgary Flames first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Mark Jankowski