Jan Alston

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Jan Alston
Jan Alston - Lausanne HC-2.jpg
Born (1969-04-14) April 14, 1969 (age 49)
Granby, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 193.6 lb (87.8 kg; 13 st 11.6 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for ZSC Lions
EHC Biel
HC Davos
HC La Chaux-de-Fonds
HC Lausanne
National team  Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1990–2011

Jan Alston (born April 14, 1969) is a Canadian-Swiss ice hockey executive, coach and former professional ice hockey centre. He was granted Swiss citizenship in 2002.[1]

He became sport director at Swiss side Lausanne HC in 2011.[2]

Playing career[edit]

A native of Granby, Alston skated at the QMAAA and QMJHL level in his home province of Quebec and then spent his entire pro career in Europe, suiting up in Italy, Germany and Switzerland.

He launched his professional career in Italy in 1990 at third-division side Eppan. Over the years, he would gradually work his way up the ladder and spend 12 years in one of the most competitive leagues in Europe, the Swiss National League A (NLA).

Until 1994, Alston mostly played in Italy and signed with EHC Biel of the NLA for the 1994-95 campaign. He quickly made his scoring presence felt in the Swiss top-flight, tallying 28 goals and 23 assists (36 games) for Biel. After one year each at fellow NLA teams HC Davos and HC La Chaux-de-Fonds, Alston headed to Germany, joining the Berlin Capitals of the country's top-tier division, Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), for the 1997-98 season. He transferred from Berlin to Adler Mannheim after one year and helped the team win the German championship in his first season (1998–99). Alston led the DEL in scoring (55 games: 31 goals, 43 assists) the following year, en route to being named DEL Player of the Year.[3] After winning a second German championship with Mannheim in 2000-01,[4] he returned to Switzerland, signing with NLA team ZSC Lions. In nine years with the Lions, Alston played a crucial role in their run to the 2008 Swiss championship and in winning the Champions Hockey League in 2009.[5] He had two more appearances in the NLA finals with ZSC and also served as an assistant captain for several years.

Alston spent the last season (2010–11) of his playing career at NLB side Lausanne HC, while also serving as playing assistant to head coach John Van Boxmeer.[6]

Managing career[edit]

In November 2011, Alston put pen to paper on a five-year deal as sport director at Lausanne HC of Switzerland.[7] He signed a five-year contract extension in December 2015.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1986–87 Saint-Jean Castors QMJHL 68 20 32 52 30 8 4 3 7 9
1987–88 Saint-Jean Castors QMJHL 69 39 38 77 46 7 5 0 5 10
1988–89 Saint-Jean Castors QMJHL 69 58 86 144 115 4 6 9 15 0
1989–90 Saint-Jean Lynx QMJHL 65 61 74 135 139
1990–91 HC Eppan Pirates ITA III 142
1991–92 WSV Sterzing Broncos ITA II 24 47 36 83 28
1991–92 Lausanne HC SUI II 4 8 7 15 2
1992–93 EV MAK Bruneck ITA 16 21 15 36 14 3 4 0 4 8
1992–93 EV MAK Bruneck Alp 29 27 56
1993–94 HC Varese ITA 26 27 28 55 26
1993–94 HC Varese Alp 25 25 50
1994–95 EHC Biel-Bienne NDA 36 28 23 51 48
1995–96 HC Davos NDA 35 29 21 50 52 5 1 2 3 4
1996–97 HC La Chaux-de-Fonds NDA 20 9 10 19 36
1997–98 Berlin Capitals DEL 38 14 22 36 51 4 2 2 4 0
1998–99 Adler Mannheim DEL 45 33 20 53 32 12 4 7 11 10
1999–2000 Adler Mannheim DEL 55 31 43 74 36 5 2 4 6 4
2000–01 Adler Mannheim DEL 59 26 28 54 32 12 10 15 25 4
2001–02 ZSC Lions NLA 29 8 9 17 20 17 7 2 9 14
2001–02 GCK Lions SUI II 3 3 2 5 16
2002–03 ZSC Lions NLA 43 15 28 43 45 12 5 3 8 16
2003–04 ZSC Lions NLA 45 22 31 53 36 13 5 4 9 8
2004–05 ZSC Lions NLA 37 15 24 39 28 15 11 13 24 10
2005–06 ZSC Lions NLA 37 15 29 44 32
2006–07 ZSC Lions NLA 40 11 15 26 64 7 3 3 6 4
2007–08 ZSC Lions NLA 42 9 19 28 20 17 7 8 15 31
2008–09 ZSC Lions NLA 50 14 20 34 46 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 ZSC Lions NLA 49 21 24 45 48 7 2 4 6 12
2010–11 Lausanne HC SUI II 45 16 28 44 47 17 1 3 4 4
NDA/NLA totals 463 196 253 449 465 113 45 49 94 139
DEL totals 197 104 113 217 151 33 18 28 46 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hockey: une claque pour Ralph Krueger - SWI swissinfo.ch". SWI swissinfo.ch. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  2. ^ "Jan Alston | LinkedIn". fr.linkedin.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Diepold, Christian. "DEL Rekordtorschützen". www.eishockey-online.com. Archived from the original on February 28, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "DEL - DEL.org". www.del.org. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  5. ^ "Zu Jan Alston". Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  6. ^ "Actualité - Lausanne confirme l'arrivée de Jan Alston | Planète Hockey". Planète Hockey. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  7. ^ "Jan Alston (42 ans) a signé un contrat de 5 ans au poste de directeur sportif avec le Lausanne HC". rts.ch. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  8. ^ Vandenbrouck, Von Nicole. "Sportchef verlängert um fünf Jahre: Alston bleibt Lausanne treu - Blick". Retrieved 2016-08-27.

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