2015–16 NLA season

The 2015–16 National League A season was the ninth ice hockey season of Switzerland's top hockey league, the National League A. Overall, it was the 78th season of Swiss professional hockey.[1]

2015–16 National League A season
LeagueNational League A
SportIce hockey
DurationSeptember 9, 2015 – February 27, 2016
Number of games50
Number of teams12
Regular season
Best RecordZSC Lions
Runners-upHC Davos
Top scorerPierre-Marc Bouchard
(EV Zug)
Playoffs
Semi-Final championsSC Bern
  Semi-Final runners-upHC Davos
Semi-Final championsHC Lugano
  Semi-Final runners-upGenève-Servette HC
Swiss champion NLA
ChampionsSC Bern
  Runners-upHC Lugano
NLA seasons

SC Bern went on to win the championship by defeating HC Lugano. This title is the team's 14th in its history at the top division of Switzerland's ice hockey championship.

TeamsEdit

Team City Arena Capacity
HC Ambrì-Piotta Ambrì Valascia 6,500
SC Bern Bern PostFinance-Arena 17,031
EHC Biel Biel/Bienne Tissot Arena 6,521
HC Davos Davos Vaillant Arena 6,800
Fribourg-Gottéron Fribourg BCF Arena 6,700
Genève-Servette HC Geneva Patinoire des Vernets 7,135
Kloten Flyers Kloten Kolping Arena 7,719
Lausanne HC Lausanne CIG de Malley 7,600
HC Lugano Lugano Pista La Resega 7,800
SCL Tigers Langnau im Emmental Ilfis Stadium 6,050
ZSC Lions Zürich Hallenstadion 11,200
EV Zug Zug Bossard Arena 7,015

Regular seasonEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 ZSC Lions 50 29 2 7 12 173 125 +48 98 Advance to Playoffs
2 HC Davos 50 25 7 2 16 181 142 +39 91
3 Genève-Servette HC 50 25 6 2 17 160 138 +22 89
4 EV Zug 50 24 5 6 15 161 138 +23 88
5 HC Lugano 50 21 6 5 18 157 150 +7 80
6 Fribourg-Gottéron 50 22 2 5 21 148 154 −6 75
7 Kloten Flyers 50 20 5 2 23 154 150 +4 72
8 SC Bern 50 16 5 9 20 152 162 −10 67
9 Lausanne HC 50 17 6 4 23 123 143 −20 67 Advance to Playouts[a]
10 HC Ambrì-Piotta 50 18 2 8 22 144 166 −22 66
11 SCL Tigers 50 14 6 3 27 135 173 −38 57
12 EHC Biel 50 11 6 5 28 128 175 −47 50
Updated to match(es) played on 28 February 2016. Source: NLA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) a higher number of wins in the regular time; 3) a higher number of wins in overtime and shootouts; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. ^ Relegation Playoffs

Player statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Pierre-Marc Bouchard EV Zug 49 12 55 67 +6 20
Perttu Lindgren HC Davos 50 22 40 62 +34 20
Lino Martschini EV Zug 50 26 28 54 +6 6
Cory Conacher SC Bern 48 22 30 52 0 68
Robert Nilsson ZSC Lions 48 12 40 52 +22 16
Marc Wieser HC Davos 50 24 25 49 +24 20
Linus Klasen HC Lugano 49 14 35 49 +7 18
Fredrik Pettersson HC Lugano 50 26 22 48 +4 52
Josh Holden EV Zug 48 18 30 48 +7 20
Auston Matthews ZSC Lions 36 24 22 46 +16 6

PlayoffsEdit

  Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Finals
                           
  1 ZSC Lions 0  
8 SC Bern 4  
  2 HC Davos 1  
  8 SC Bern 4  
2 HC Davos 4
  7 Kloten Flyers 0  
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)   8 SC Bern 4
  5 HC Lugano 1
  3 Genève-Servette HC 4  
6 Fribourg-Gottéron 1  
  3 Genève-Servette HC 2
  5 HC Lugano 4  
4 EV Zug 0
  5 HC Lugano 4  

Relegation playoffs – PlayoutsEdit

1st roundEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts
1 Lausanne HC 56 20 6 4 26 140 155 −15 76
2 HC Ambrì-Piotta 56 21 2 8 25 164 188 −24 75
3 EHC Biel 56 16 6 5 29 143 185 −42 65
4 SCL Tigers 56 15 6 3 32 153 199 −46 60
Updated to match(es) played on 28 February 2016. Source: NLA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) a higher number of wins in the regular time; 3) a higher number of wins in overtime and shootouts; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots.

2nd roundEdit

(3) EHC Biel vs. (4) SCL TigersEdit

19 March 2016
19:45
EHC Biel6–1
(1–1, 3–0, 2–0)
SCL TigersTissot Arena, Biel/Bienne
Attendance: 5,454
22 March 2016
19:45
SCL Tigers1–0
(1–0, 0–0, 0–0)
EHC BielIlfis Stadium, Langnau im Emmental
Attendance: 5,377
24 March 2016
19:45
EHC Biel3–0
(1–0, 1–0, 1–0)
SCL TigersTissot Arena, Biel/Bienne
Attendance: 6,238
26 March 2016
19:45
SCL Tigers6–5
(0–0, 3–1, 3–4)
EHC BielIlfis Stadium, Langnau im Emmental
Attendance: 6,000
28 March 2016
16:30
EHC Biel1–3
(0–1, 1–1, 0–1)
SCL TigersTissot Arena, Biel/Bienne
Attendance: 6,319
31 March 2016
19:45
SCL Tigers4–3 OT
(2–0, 1–1, 0–2, 1–0)
EHC BielIlfis Stadium, Langnau im Emmental
Attendance: 6,000
SCL Tigers won series 4–2

3rd round – League QualificationEdit

In League Qualification series EHC Biel were supposed to play against HC Ajoie, who won the 2015–16 National League B playoffs, but the series were cancelled after HC Ajoie have not handed in their application for a promotion to next year's NLA season.[2][3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NL A und NL B: Die Spielpläne 15/16". SIHF. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  2. ^ "HC Ajoie claims 2016 NLB Championship title and cancels League Qualification Series". swisshockeynews.ch. April 1, 2016. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "Der HC Ajoie ist NLB-Meister!" (in German). Hockeyfans.ch. April 1, 2016. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Der HC Ajoie ist NL B Meister 2016" (in German). SIHF. April 2, 2016. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2016.

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