Switzerland men's national ice hockey team

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Switzerland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Eisgenossen
Association Swiss Ice Hockey Federation/Ligue suisse d'hockey sur glace
General Manager Peter Lüthi
Head coach Glen Hanlon
Assistants Patrick Fischer
Colin Muller
Captain Mathias Seger
Most games Ivo Rüthemann (233)
Top scorer Jörg Eberle (79)
Most points Jörg Eberle (142)
IIHF code SUI
IIHF ranking 7 Steady
Highest IIHF ranking 7 (first in 2008)
Lowest IIHF ranking 9 (first in 2003)
Team colors               
Switzerland national hockey team jerseys - 2014 Winter Olympics.png
First international
 Great Britain 3–0 Switzerland 
(Chamonix, France; 23 January 1909)
Biggest win
 Switzerland 23–0 Yugoslavia 
(Zurich, Switzerland; 4 February 1939)
Biggest defeat
 Canada 33–0 Switzerland 
(Chamonix, France; 30 January 1924)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 66 (first in 1930)
Best result Silver medal.svg (1935, 2013)
European Championships
Appearances 8 (first in 1910)
Best result Gold medal.svg (1926)
Olympics
Appearances 14 (first in 1920)
Medals Bronze medal.svg (1928, 1948)
International record (W–L–T)
515–615–118
Medal record
Olympic Games
Bronze 1928 St. Moritz Team
Bronze 1948 St. Moritz Team
World Championship
Silver 1935 Switzerland Team
Silver 2013 Sweden/Finland Team
Bronze 1930 Austria/France/Germany Team
Bronze 1937 Great Britain Team
Bronze 1939 Switzerland Team
Bronze 1950 Great Britain Team
Bronze 1951 France Team
Bronze 1953 Switzerland Team

The Switzerland men's national ice hockey team is a founding member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and is controlled by the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation. As of 2014 the Swiss team was ranked 7th in the world by the IIHF. From a bronze medal at the 1953 World Championships until the silver medal of 2013, Switzerland did not win a medal at a major senior ice hockey tournament, coming close in 1998, when they finished in 4th place at the World Championships.

Before the 2013 IIHF World Championship, the Swiss national hockey team scored two historic upsets at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, defeating the Czech Republic 3–2 and shutting out Canada 2–0 two days later. They finally fell to Sweden in the quarterfinals. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the Swiss nearly stunned Canada again in round-robin play, taking the heavily favored Canadians to a shootout, which they lost 1–0 for a narrow 3–2 loss.

Switzerland has a total of 26,989 registered players (0.35% of its population). Their coach is Glen Hanlon.

2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships roster[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Number Position Player Club
77 D Weber, YannickYannick Weber Vancouver Canucks
5 D Blindenbacher, SeverinSeverin Blindenbacher ZSC Lions
10 F Ambuhl, AndreasAndres Ambühl HC Davos
12 F Cunti, LucaLuca Cunti ZSC Lions
16 D Kukan, DeanDean Kukan Lulea HF
13 F Fiala, KevinKevin Fiala HV71
19 F Schappi, RetoReto Schappi ZSC Lions
23 F Bodenmann, SimonSimon Bodenmann Kloten Flyers
24 F Suri, RetoReto Suri EV Zug
11 F Plüss, BenjaminBenjamin Plüss Fribourg-Gotteron
31 D Seger, MathiasMathias Seger ZSC Lions
24 F Stancescu, VictorVictor Stancescu Kloten Flyers
40 F Froidevaux, EtienneEtienne Froidevaux Lausanne HC
51 F Romy, KevinKevin Romy Geneve-Servette
54 D Schlumpf, DominikDominik Schlumpf HC Lugano
58 D Blum, EricEric Blum Kloten Flyers
70 F Hollenstein, DenisDenis Hollenstein Kloten Flyers
6 D Ramholt, TimTim Ramholt EV Zug
82 F Moser, SimonSimon Moser Milwaukee Admirals
90 D Josi, RomanRoman Josi Nashville Predators
91 D Grossmann, RobinRobin Grossmann HC Davos
92 F Bartschi, SvenSven Bartschi Abbotsford Heat
96 F Brunner, DamienDamien Brunner New Jersey Devils

Goaltenders[edit]

Number Player Club
20 Berra, RetoReto Berra Colorado Avalanche
29 Mayer, RobertRobert Mayer Hamilton Bulldogs
63 Genoni, LeonardoLeonardo Genoni HC Davos

Statistics[edit]

Overview[edit]

Rank Olympics World Championships European Championships
1st 1926
2nd 1935 2013
3rd 1928 1948 1928 1930 1939 1950 1951 1953 1922 1924 1925 1932
4th 1934 1947 1992 1998 1910 1911
5th 1920 1952 1920 1933 1949 1952 2010 1923
6th 2006 1938 1972↓ 2000
7th 1924 1924 1954 1962↓ 1971(1.B)↑ 1991

2008

8th 1964 1988 2010 1955 1964↓ 1987↓ 1999 2003 2004

2005 2007

9th 1956 2014 1956 1975(3.B) 1986(1.B)↑ 1990(1.B)↑

2001 2006 2009 2011

10th 1972 1992 1963(2.B)↑ 1965(2.B) 1985(2.B) 2002 2014
11th 1976 2002 1961(3.B)↑ 1978(3.B) 1981(3.B) 2012
12th 1959↓ 1970(6.B) 1976(4.B) 1989(4.B)

1993↓ 1995↓

13th 1936 1936 1973(7.B)↓ 1977(5.B) 1979(5.B)

1994(1.B)↑

14th 1966(6.B) 1982(6.B) 1983(6.B) 1996(2.B)
15th 1967(7.B)↓ 1974(1.C)↑ 1997(3.B)↑
16th 1969(2.C)↑
dnp 1932 1960 1968

1980 1984 1994 1998

1931 1957 1958
↑: promoted, ↓: relegated, (3.B): (rank.pool), dnp: did not participate

Olympic record[edit]

Year Result
1920 7th place
1924 8th place
1928  Bronze
1932 did not participate
1936 12th place
1948  Bronze
1952 5th place
1956 9th place
1960 did not participate
1964 8th place
1968 did not participate
1972 10th place
1976 11th place
1980 did not participate
1984 did not participate
1988 8th place
1992 10th place
1994 did not participate
1998 did not qualify
2002 11th place
2006 6th place
2010 8th place
2014 9th place
Totals
Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
16 0 0 2 2

World Championship record[edit]

  • 1930 – Won bronze medal
  • 1931 – Did not participate
  • 1933 – Finished tied in 5th place
  • 1934 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1935 – Won silver medal
  • 1937 – Won bronze medal
  • 1938 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1939 – Won bronze medal
  • 1947 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1949 – Finished in 5th place
  • 1950 – Won bronze medal
  • 1951 – Won bronze medal
  • 1953 – Won bronze medal
  • 1954 – Finished in 7th place
  • 1955 – Finished in 8th place
  • 1957 – Did not participate
  • 1958 – Did not participate
  • 1959 – Finished in 12th place
  • 1961 – Finished in 11th place (3rd in Pool B)
  • 1962 – Finished in 7th place
  • 1963 – Finished in 10th place (2nd in Pool B)
  • 1965 – Finished in 10th place (2nd in Pool B)
  • 1966 – Finished in 14th place (6th in Pool B)
  • 1967 – Finished in 15th place (7th in Pool B)
  • 1969 – Finished in 16th place (2nd in Pool C)
  • 1970 – Finished in 12th place (6th in Pool B)
  • 1971 – Finished in 7th place (won Pool B)
  • 1972 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1973 – Finished in 13th place (7th in Pool B)
  • 1974 – Finished in 15th place (won Pool C)
  • 1975 – Finished in 9th place (2nd in Pool B)
  • 1976 – Finished in 12th place (4th in Pool B)
  • 1977 – Finished in 13th place (5th in Pool B)
  • 1978 – Finished in 11th place (3rd in Pool B)
  • 1979 – Finished in 13th place (5th in Pool B)
  • 1981 – Finished in 11th place (3rd in Pool B)
  • 1982 – Finished in 14th place (6th in Pool B)
  • 1983 – Finished in 14th place (6th in Pool B)
  • 1985 – Finished in 10th place (2nd in Pool B)
  • 1986 – Finished in 9th place (won Pool B)
  • 1987 – Finished in 8th place
  • 1989 – Finished in 12th place (4th in Pool B)
  • 1990 – Finished in 9th place (won Pool B)
  • 1991 – Finished in 7th place
  • 1992 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1993 – Finished in 10th place
  • 1994 – Finished in 13th place (won Pool B)
  • 1995 – Finished in 12th place
  • 1996 – Finished in 14th place (2nd in Pool B)
  • 1997 – Finished in 15th place (3rd in Pool B)
  • 1998 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1999 – Finished in 8th place
  • 2000 – Finished in 6th place
  • 2001 – Finished in 9th place
  • 2002 – Finished in 9th place
  • 2003 – Finished in 8th place
  • 2004 – Finished in 8th place
  • 2005 – Finished in 8th place
  • 2006 – Finished in 9th place
  • 2007 – Finished in 8th place
  • 2008 – Finished in 7th place
  • 2009 – Finished in 9th place
  • 2010 – Finished in 5th place
  • 2011 – Finished in 9th place
  • 2012 – Finished in 11th place
  • 2013Won silver medal
  • 2014 – Finished in 10th place

European Championship record[edit]

  • 1910 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1911 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1912 – Did not participate
  • 1922 – Won bronze medal
  • 1923 – Finished in 5th place
  • 1924 – Won bronze medal
  • 1925 – Won bronze medal
  • 1926Won gold medal
  • 1927 – Did not participate
  • 1928 – Not ranked
  • 1932 – Won bronze medal

U-20 team[edit]

Switzerland made their U20 debut in 1977 at the A Pool championships held in Montreal. Their first game was an 18–1 loss to the Soviet Union. Switzerland was relegated to the B Pool, but were promoted back to Pool A after posting a 4–0 record with wins over the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy and France. This began a consistent cycle of relegation and promotion, and Switzerland did not win their first A Pool game until 1991 when they defeated Norway 2–1 to avoid relegation.

Switzerland's presence in the A Pool became more consistent after the IIHF changed its format to include a medal round after the round-robin in 1995. The new format allowed 2 new teams to join Pool A, which were Slovakia and Switzerland. In 1998, the Swiss won their first-ever quarter-final game over Sweden in a shootout, thanks to stellar play from goaltender David Aebischer. The team lost 2–1 to Finland in the semi-finals but rebounded to win the bronze medal with a 4–3 win over the Czech-Republic. In 2002, Switzerland upset Slovakia in a shootout in the quarter-finals on the back of great play from goaltender Tobias Stephan. Switzerland lost to Canada in the semi-finals, and faced Finland in the bronze medal match. The Swiss were optimistic, having recorded a 3–0 win over Finland in their opening game of tournament, but they lost the match 5–1 for a 4th place finish.

Switzerland was relegated in 2008 along with Denmark. Switzerland hosted the 2009 Div I tournament and were promoted back to Pool A.

In the 2010 tournament Switzerland earned a spot in the quarter-finals against a heavily favored Russia. The Swiss pulled off a major upset by beating the Russians 3–2 in overtime. Nino Niederreiter scored twice in the game, including the OT winner. Switzerland lost 6–1 in the semi-finals to Canada and then 11–4 to Sweden in the bronze medal match for a 4th place finish, their highest since the 2002 tournament. The lopsided score was the highest margin of victory in a medal game since the new format took place in 1995. In an interesting twist, Switzerland was originally to host the 2010 tournament, but withdrew their application due to fear of being relegated based on their poor performance in recent tournaments. The host city was rumored to be Bern or Lugano.

It has been rumored that Switzerland is considering applying to host the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships.

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