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 Sean Simpson
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 colours               
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 Med 2.png (1935, 2013)
European Championships
Appearances 8 (first in 1910)
Best result Med 1.png (1926)
Olympics
Appearances 14 (first in 1920)
Medals Bronze medal.svg (1928, 1948)
International record (W–L–T)
512–612–117
Medal record
Olympic Games
Bronze 1928 St. Moritz Team
Bronze 1948 St. Moritz Team
World Championship
Silver 1935 Switzerland Swiss
Silver 2013 Sweden/Finland Swiss
Bronze 1930 Austria/France/Germany Swiss
Bronze 1937 Great Britain Swiss
Bronze 1939 Switzerland Swiss
Bronze 1950 Great Britain Swiss
Bronze 1951 France Swiss
Bronze 1953 Switzerland Swiss

The Swiss 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 2010 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 Sean Simpson.

2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships roster[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Number Position Player Club GP G A Pts PIM +/−
3 D Vauclair, JulienJulien Vauclair Switzerland HC Lugano 9 0 3 3 2 +10
5 D Blindenbacher, SeverinSeverin Blindenbacher Switzerland ZSC Lions 9 0 1 1 12 +4
10 F Ambuhl, AndreasAndres Ambühl Switzerland HC Davos 9 2 4 6 4 +3
12 F Cunti, LucaLuca Cunti Switzerland ZSC Lions 9 2 3 5 2 +3
16 D Diaz, RaphaelRaphael Diaz United States New York Rangers 3 0 1 1 0 0
17 F Monnet, ThibautThibaut Monnet Switzerland HC Fribourg-Gottéron 1 0 0 0 0 0
22 F Niederreiter, NinoNino Niederreiter United States Minnesota Wild 9 5 3 8 2 +7
23 F Bodenmann, SimonSimon Bodenmann Switzerland Kloten Flyers 9 2 3 5 2 +1
24 F Suri, RetoReto Suri Switzerland EV Zug 9 5 3 8 8 +5
28 F Pluss, MartinMartin Plüss Switzerland SC Bern 9 0 6 6 4 +8
31 D Seger, MathiasMathias Seger Switzerland ZSC Lions 9 0 2 2 6 +9
43 F Trachsler, MorrisMorris Trachsler Switzerland ZSC Lions 9 0 1 1 4 +2
48 F Bieber, MatthiasMatthias Bieber Switzerland Kloten Flyers 9 2 1 3 2 0
51 F Gardner, RyanRyan Gardner Switzerland SC Bern 9 2 3 5 0 +2
54 D Furrer, PhilippePhilippe Furrer Switzerland SC Bern 9 0 1 1 4 +4
58 D Blum, EricEric Blum Switzerland Kloten Flyers 8 0 1 1 2 0
70 F Hollenstein, DenisDenis Hollenstein Switzerland Kloten Flyers 9 4 4 8 0 +4
72 D Gunten, PatrickPatrick von Gunten Switzerland Kloten Flyers 9 1 1 2 0 +2
82 F Moser, SimonSimon Moser United States Milwaukee Admirals 9 3 2 5 6 +7
90 D Josi, RomanRoman Josi United States Nashville Predators 9 3 5 8 4 +2
91 D Grossmann, RobinRobin Grossmann Switzerland HC Davos 6 0 0 0 2 +1
95 F Walker, JulianJulian Walker Switzerland Genève-Servette HC 9 3 4 7 6 +4

Goaltenders[edit]

Number Player Club GP W L Min GA GAA SA SV% SO
20 Berra, RetoReto Berra Switzerland EHC Biel 4 4 0 240:00 4 1.00 122 96.72 1
26 Gerber, MartinMartin Gerber Sweden Rögle BK 5 4 0 305:00 7 1.38 117 94.02 0

2010 Olympic roster[edit]

The following is the Swiss roster in the men's ice hockey tournament of the 2010 Winter Olympics.[1] view

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Birthplace 2009–10 team
66 G Rueger, RonnieRonnie Rüeger 186 cm (6 ft 1 in) 700189000000000000089 kg (196 lb) 26 February 1973 Bülach Kloten Flyers (NLA)
1 G Hiller, JonasJonas Hiller 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb) 12 February 1982 Felben-Wellhausen Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
52 G Stephan, TobiasTobias Stephan 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) 700182000000000000082 kg (181 lb) 21 January 1984 Zurich Genève-Servette (NLA)
5 D Blindenbacher, SeverinSeverin Blindenbacher 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) 15 March 1983 Zurich Färjestad (SEL)
16 D Diaz, RafaelRafael Diaz 182 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) 9 January 1986 Baar Zug (NLA)
54 D Furrer, PhilippePhilippe Furrer 186 cm (6 ft 1 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (200 lb) 16 June 1985 Bern Bern (NLA)
72 D Gunten, PatrickPatrick von Gunten 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) 700183000000000000083 kg (183 lb) 10 February 1985 Biel Kloten Flyers (NLA)
47 D Sbisa, LucaLuca Sbisa 185 cm (6 ft 1 in) 700180000000000000080 kg (180 lb) 30 January 1990 Ozieri, Italy Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
31 D Seger, MathiasMathias SegerA 181 cm (5 ft 11 in) 700184000000000000084 kg (185 lb) 17 December 1977 Flawil ZSC Lions (NLA)
7 D Streit, MarkMark StreitC 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) 11 December 1977 Englisberg New York Islanders (NHL)
77 D Weber, YannickYannick Weber 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) 23 September 1988 Morges Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
10 F Ambuhl, AndresAndres Ambühl 176 cm (5 ft 9 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) 14 September 1983 Davos Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)
18 F Deruns, ThomasThomas Déruns 186 cm (6 ft 1 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb) 1 March 1982 La Chaux-de-Fonds Genève-Servette (NLA)
17 F Domenichelli, HnatHnat Domenichelli 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700182000000000000082 kg (181 lb) 16 February 1976 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Lugano (NLA)
35 F Jeannin, SandySandy JeanninA 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) 700183000000000000083 kg (183 lb) 28 February 1976 Les Bayards Fribourg-Gottéron (NLA)
67 F Lemm, RomanoRomano Lemm 182 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb) 25 June 1984 Dielsdorf Lugano (NLA)
25 F Monnet, ThibautThibaut Monnet 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700183000000000000083 kg (183 lb) 2 February 1982 Martigny ZSC Lions (NLA)
23 F Paterlini, ThierryThierry Paterlini 184 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700196000000000000096 kg (212 lb) 27 April 1975 Chur Rapperswil-Jona Lakers (NLA)
28 F Pluss, MartinMartin Plüss 174 cm (5 ft 9 in) 700180000000000000080 kg (180 lb) 5 April 1977 Murgenthal Bern (NLA)
32 F Ruthemann, IvoIvo Rüthemann 172 cm (5 ft 8 in) 700176000000000000076 kg (168 lb) 12 December 1976 Mosnang Bern (NLA)
39 F Sannitz, RaffaeleRaffaele Sannitz 187 cm (6 ft 2 in) 700193000000000000093 kg (205 lb) 18 May 1983 Lugano Lugano (NLA)
86 F Sprunger, JulienJulien Sprunger 194 cm (6 ft 4 in) 700187000000000000087 kg (192 lb) 4 January 1986 Grolley Fribourg-Gottéron (NLA)
14 F Wick, RomanRoman Wick 187 cm (6 ft 2 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) 30 December 1985 Zuzwil Kloten Flyers (NLA)

Goaltender Martin Gerber, defencemen Goran Bezina and Roman Josi, and forward Kevin Romy were initially selected, but could not play due to injury. They were replaced by Ronnie Rüeger, Philippe Furrer, Patrick von Gunten and Romano Lemm, respectively.[2]


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
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

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

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

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 Holland, 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.

2011 WJC roster[edit]

Roster for the 2011 World Junior Championships:

Pos. No. Player Team
GK 1 Benjamin Conz Switzerland SCL Tigers
GK 20 Remo Giovannini Switzerland HC Davos
D 5 Romain Löffel Switzerland HC Fribourg-Gottéron
D 6 Nicholas Steiner Switzerland Kloten Flyers
D 7 Luca Camperchioli Switzerland ZSC Lions
D 8 Dominik Schlumpf Canada Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
D 17 Dario Trutmann United States Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
D 28 Samuel Guerra Switzerland HC Davos
D 32 Ramón Untersander Switzerland HC Davos
F 9 Reto SchäppiA Switzerland ZSC Lions
F 10 Tristan ScherweyA Switzerland SC Bern
F 11 Gaëtan Haas Switzerland EHC Biel
F 13 Gregory Hofmann Switzerland HC Ambrì-Piotta
F 15 Sven Bärtschi Canada Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
F 16 Inti Pestoni Switzerland HC Ambri-Piotta
F 19 Ryan McGregor Switzerland GCK Lions (Elite Jr. A)
F 21 Renato Engler Switzerland HC Davos (Elite Jr. A)
F 22 Nino NiederreiterC United States Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
F 23 Benjamin Antonietti Switzerland Genève-Servette HC
F 24 Samuel Walser Switzerland Kloten Flyers
F 26 Joël Vermin Switzerland SC Bern
F 27 Yannick Herren Switzerland Kloten Flyers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey: Team Switzerland Tournamement Standings and Statistics". International Olympic Committee. 
  2. ^ "Men's rosters announced". International Ice Hockey Federation. 15 February 2010. 

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