Switzerland men's national ice hockey team

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Switzerland
Shirt badge/Association crest
The Swiss badge based on the coat of arms of Switzerland is the badge used on the players jerseys.
Nickname(s)La Nati, Die Nati, Eisgenossen
AssociationSchweizerischer Eishockeyverband
General ManagerRaeto Raffainer
Head coachPatrick Fischer
AssistantsTommy Albelin
Peter Mettler
Christian Wohlwend
CaptainRaphael Diaz
Most gamesIvo Rüthemann (233)
Top scorerJörg Eberle (79)
Most pointsJörg Eberle (142)
Team colors              
IIHF codeSUI
Switzerland national hockey team jerseys 2017.png
Ranking
Current IIHF8 Decrease 1 (26 May 2019)[1]
Highest IIHF7 (first in 2008)
Lowest IIHF9 (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
Appearances67 (first in 1930)
Best resultSilver medal.svg (1935, 2013, 2018)
European Championships
Appearances8 (first in 1910)
Best resultGold medal.svg (1926)
Olympics
Appearances14 (first in 1920)
MedalsBronze 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
Silver medal – second place 2018 Denmark
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
Pool B / Division I
Gold medal – first place 1971 Switzerland
Gold medal – first place 1986 Netherlands
Gold medal – first place 1990 France
Gold medal – first place 1994 Denmark

The Switzerland men's national ice hockey team (German: Schweizer Eishockeynationalmannschaft; French: Équipe de Suisse de hockey sur glace; Italian: Nazionale di hockey su ghiaccio della Svizzera) is a founding member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and is controlled by the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation. As of 2018 the Swiss team was ranked 7th in the world by the IIHF.

History[edit]

Bibi Torriani served as the Switzerland national team captain from 1933 to 1939.[2] He played on a forward line known as "The ni-storm" (German: Der ni-sturm), with brothers Hans Cattini and Ferdinand Cattini. The line was named for the last syllable (-ni) of players' surnames. The ni-storm was regarded as the top line of HC Davos and Switzerland's national hockey team.[3][4][5][6] Torriani served as head coach of the Switzerland men's national ice hockey team in 1946–47, and again from 1948–49 to 1951–52.[2]

From a bronze medal at the 1953 World Championships until the silver medal of 2013 and 2018. Switzerland did not win a medal at a major senior ice hockey tournament, coming close in 1992 and 1998, when they finished in 4th place at the World Championships both years.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Tournament record[edit]

Overview[edit]

Rank Olympics World Championships European Championships Spengler Cup
1st 1926
2nd 1935 2013 2018 2017
3rd 1928 1948 1928 1930 1939 1950 1951 1953 1922 1924 1925 1932

1950

1967 1976
4th 1934 1947 1992 1998 1910 1911 1964 1968 1972 1974 1975
5th 1920 1952 1920 1933 1949 1952 2010 1923 1977 1978 1979
6th 2006 1938 1972↓ 2000 2017
7th 1924 1924 1954 1962↓ 1971(1.B)↑ 1991

2008

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

2005 2007 2015 2019

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

2001 2006 2009 2011

10th 1972 1992 2018 1963(2.B)↑ 1965(2.B) 1985(2.B) 2002 2014
11th 1976 2002 1961(3.B)↑ 1978(3.B) 1981(3.B) 2012 2016
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)↑
Other placings
dnp 1932 1960 1968

1980 1984 1994 1998

1931 1957 1958 1923–1963 1965–1966

1969–1971 1973 1980–2016

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

Olympic Games[edit]

Year Result
Belgium 1920 7th place
France 1924 8th place
Switzerland 1928  Bronze
United States 1932 did not participate
Germany 1936 12th place
Switzerland 1948  Bronze
Norway 1952 5th place
Italy 1956 9th place
United States 1960 did not participate
Austria 1964 8th place
France 1968 did not participate
Japan 1972 10th place
Austria 1976 11th place
United States 1980 did not participate
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1984 did not participate
Canada 1988 8th place
France 1992 10th place
Norway 1994 did not participate
Japan 1998 did not participate
United States 2002 11th place
Italy 2006 6th place
Canada 2010 8th place
Russia 2014 9th place
South Korea 2018 10th 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
  • 2017 – Finished in 6th place
  • 2018Won silver medal
  • 2019 – Finished in 8th 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
  • 1932Won bronze medal

Spengler Cup[edit]

  • 1964 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1967 – Won bronze medal
  • 1968 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1972 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1974 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1975 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1976 – Won bronze medal
  • 1977 – Finished in 5th place
  • 1978 – Finished in 5th place
  • 1979 – Finished in 5th place
  • 2017Won silver medal

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship.[7][8]

Head coach: Patrick Fischer

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
6 D Yannick Weber 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1988-09-23) 23 September 1988 (age 31) United States Nashville Predators
8 F Vincent Praplan 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1994-06-10) 10 June 1994 (age 25) United States Springfield Thunderbirds
10 F Andres Ambühl 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1983-09-14) 14 September 1983 (age 36) Switzerland HC Davos
13 F Nico Hischier 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 79 kg (174 lb) (1999-01-04) 4 January 1999 (age 20) United States New Jersey Devils
15 F Grégory Hofmann 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1992-11-13) 13 November 1992 (age 26) Switzerland HC Lugano
16 D Raphael DiazC 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1986-01-09) 9 January 1986 (age 33) Switzerland EV Zug
20 G Reto Berra 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1987-01-03) 3 January 1987 (age 32) Switzerland HC Fribourg-Gottéron
21 F Kevin Fiala 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1996-07-22) 22 July 1996 (age 23) United States Minnesota Wild
22 F Nino Niederreiter 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 98 kg (216 lb) (1992-09-08) 8 September 1992 (age 27) United States Carolina Hurricanes
23 F Philipp Kurashev 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 (age 19) Canada Quebec Remparts
29 G Robert Mayer 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1989-10-09) 9 October 1989 (age 29) Switzerland Genève-Servette HC
38 D Lukas Frick 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 25) Switzerland HC Lausanne
45 D Michael Fora 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1995-10-30) 30 October 1995 (age 23) Switzerland HC Ambri-Piotta
46 F Noah Rod 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1996-06-07) 7 June 1996 (age 23) Switzerland Genève-Servette HC
55 D Romain Loeffel 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1991-03-10) 10 March 1991 (age 28) Switzerland HC Lugano
60 F Tristan Scherwey 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1991-05-07) 7 May 1991 (age 28) Switzerland SC Bern
63 G Leonardo Genoni 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1987-08-28) 28 August 1987 (age 32) Switzerland SC Bern
64 F Christoph Bertschy 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1994-04-05) 5 April 1994 (age 25) Switzerland HC Lausanne
76 D Joël Genazzi 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1988-02-10) 10 February 1988 (age 31) Switzerland HC Lausanne
82 F Simon MoserA 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 30) Switzerland SC Bern
85 F Sven Andrighetto 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 26) Russia Avangard Omsk
86 D Janis Jérôme Moser 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 72 kg (159 lb) (2000-06-06) 6 June 2000 (age 19) Switzerland EHC Biel
90 D Roman JosiA 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 29) United States Nashville Predators
92 F Gaëtan Haas 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1992-01-31) 31 January 1992 (age 27) Switzerland SC Bern
93 F Lino Martschini 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) 65 kg (143 lb) (1993-01-21) 21 January 1993 (age 26) Switzerland EV Zug

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Riccardo 'Bibi' Torriani". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Glanzzeiten mit dem NI-Sturm". HC Davos (in German). Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Bibi-Torriani-Cup". Adis Hockey (in German). Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Richard Torriani 01.10.1911–03.09.1988". Swiss Association of Ice hockey Players (in German). Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame". Hockey Club Davos (in German). 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Das Schweizer WM-Kader ist bekannt". sihf.ch. 5 May 2019.
  8. ^ 2019 IIHF World Championship roster

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