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 Raeto Raffainer
Head coach Patrick Fischer
Assistants Tommy Albelin
Captain Andres Ambühl
Most games Ivo Rüthemann (233)
Top scorer Jörg Eberle (79)
Most points Jörg Eberle (142)
Team colors               
IIHF code SUI
Switzerland national hockey team jerseys 2014.png
Ranking
Current IIHF 7 Steady
Highest IIHF 7 (first in 2008)
Lowest IIHF 9 (first in 2003)
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)
519–619–125
Medal record
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1928 St. Moritz Team
Bronze medal – third place 1948 St. Moritz Team
World Championship
Silver medal – second place 1935 Switzerland
Silver medal – second place 2013 Sweden/Finland
Bronze medal – third place 1930 Austria/France/Germany
Bronze medal – third place 1937 Great Britain
Bronze medal – third place 1939 Switzerland
Bronze medal – third place 1950 Great Britain
Bronze medal – third place 1951 France
Bronze medal – third place 1953 Switzerland

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 2016 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.

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

1950

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 2015

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 Games[edit]

Year Result
1920 7th place
1924 8th place
1928  Bronze
1936 12th place
1948  Bronze
1952 5th place
1956 9th place
1964 8th place
1972 10th place
1976 11th place
1988 8th place
1992 10th place
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[edit]

  • 1930 – Won bronze medal
  • 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 awarded Silver as European Champion
  • 1951 – Won bronze medal
  • 1953 – Won bronze medal
  • 1954 – Finished in 7th place
  • 1955 – Finished in 8th place
  • 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
  • 2015 – Finished in 8th place
  • 2016 – Finished in 11th place

European Championship[edit]

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

The head coach is Patrick Fischer.

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.[1]

Head coach: Patrick Fischer

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
4 D Geering, PatrickPatrick Geering 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1990-02-12) 12 February 1990 (age 26) Switzerland ZSC Lions
6 D Weber, YannickYannick Weber 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1988-09-23) 23 September 1988 (age 28) Canada Vancouver Canucks
10 F Ambühl, AndresAndres AmbühlC 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1983-09-14) 14 September 1983 (age 33) Switzerland HC Davos
13 D Du Bois, FélicienFélicien Du Bois 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1983-10-18) 18 October 1983 (age 32) Switzerland HC Davos
15 F Hofmann, GrégoryGrégory Hofmann 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1992-11-13) 13 November 1992 (age 23) Switzerland HC Lugano
16 D Diaz, RaphaelRaphael DiazA 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1986-01-09) 9 January 1986 (age 30) United States New York Rangers
19 F Schäppi, RetoReto Schäppi 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1991-01-27) 27 January 1991 (age 25) Switzerland ZSC Lions
20 G Berra, RetoReto Berra 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1987-01-03) 3 January 1987 (age 29) United States Colorado Avalanche
22 F Niederreiter, NinoNino Niederreiter 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1992-09-08) 8 September 1992 (age 24) United States Minnesota Wild
29 G Mayer, RobertRobert Mayer 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1989-10-09) 9 October 1989 (age 26) Switzerland Genève-Servette HC
32 D Schneeberger, NoahNoah Schneeberger 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1988-05-23) 23 May 1988 (age 28) Switzerland HC Davos
39 G Zurkirchen, SandroSandro Zurkirchen 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 75 kg (165 lb) (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 26) Switzerland HC Ambrì-Piotta
43 F Trachsler, MorrisMorris Trachsler 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1984-07-15) 15 July 1984 (age 32) Switzerland ZSC Lions
53 D Marti, ChristianChristian Marti 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1993-03-29) 29 March 1993 (age 23) United States Lehigh Valley Phantoms
56 F Wieser, DinoDino Wieser 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 27) Switzerland HC Davos
58 D Blum, EricEric Blum 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1986-06-13) 13 June 1986 (age 30) Switzerland SC Bern
65 F Wieser, MarcMarc Wieser 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1987-10-13) 13 October 1987 (age 28) Switzerland HC Davos
70 F Hollenstein, DenisDenis Hollenstein 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 26) Switzerland Kloten Flyers
77 D Grossmann, RobinRobin Grossmann 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1987-08-17) 17 August 1987 (age 29) Switzerland EV Zug
82 F Moser, SimonSimon MoserA 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 27) Switzerland SC Bern
85 F Andrighetto, SvenSven Andrighetto 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 23) Canada Montreal Canadiens
92 F Haas, GaëtanGaëtan Haas 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1992-01-31) 31 January 1992 (age 24) Switzerland EHC Biel
93 F Martschini, LinoLino Martschini 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) 65 kg (143 lb) (1993-01-21) 21 January 1993 (age 23) Switzerland EV Zug
94 F Walser, SamuelSamuel Walser 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1992-06-05) 5 June 1992 (age 24) Switzerland HC Davos
95 F Walker, JulianJulian Walker 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1986-09-10) 10 September 1986 (age 30) Switzerland HC Lugano

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.

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