2016–17 NLA season
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|2016–17 National League A season|
|League||National League A|
|Duration||September 7, 2016 – February 25, 2017|
|Number of games||50|
|Number of teams||12|
|Total attendance||2,064,737 (6,882 per game)|
|Best record||SC Bern|
|Season MVP||Mark Arcobello|
|Top scorer||Mark Arcobello|
|Semi-Final champions||SC Bern|
|Semi-Final runners-up||HC Lugano|
|Semi-Final champions||EV Zug|
|Semi-Final runners-up||HC Davos|
|Swiss champion NLA|
SC Bern went on to win its 15th NLA title as the defending champions by defeating EV Zug. It was the first time since the 2000–01 season when the defending champions (ZSC Lions) won back-to-back titles.
|EHC Biel||Biel/Bienne||Tissot Arena||6,521|
|HC Davos||Davos||Vaillant Arena||6,800|
|Genève-Servette HC||Geneva||Patinoire des Vernets||7,135|
|EHC Kloten||Kloten||Swiss 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||6,000|
|EV Zug||Zug||Bossard Arena||7,015|
On September 22, 2016, Fribourg-Gottéron's Gerd Zenhäusern was relieved of his duties of head coach after posting a 1-1-1-3 record through 6 games this season. It was later announced that Larry Huras would take over the job for the remainder of the season.
On October 1, 2016, the SCL Tigers fired head coach Scott Beattie after posting a 1-0-2-7 record through 10 games this season. He eventually went on to coach his final game that same day against EHC Kloten, which Langnau won 5-3. On October 2, 2016, it was announced that Heinz Ehlers would be Langnau's new head coach for the remainder of the season and through the 2017–18 season should the team stay in the NLA.
On November 14, 2016, EHC Biel fired head coach Kevin Schlaepfer after posting an 8-0-2-11 record through 21 games this season. Mike McNamara who was coaching Biel junior team at the time, became the interim head coach for the main club.
On January 16, 2017, HC Lugano fired head coach Doug Shedden and assistant coach Pat Curcio after posting a 14-4-3-19 record through 40 games this season. It was later announced that Greg Ireland would replace Shedden at the helm of the team for the end of the season.
On January 30, 2017, HC Ambrì-Piotta parted ways with head coach Hans Kossmann after posting a 7-8-4-24 record through 43 games this season, sitting dead last in the NLA at the time. Gordie Dwyer will coach the team for the remainder of the season.
Lausanne played its final season at Malley before playing two seasons in a temporary arena which will be located in the old city's slaughterhouse. Meanwhile, their new 10,000-seat arena will be built on the site of the old Malley.
This was Fribourg's last season in the current BCF Arena before it undergoes major renovations in the spring of 2017, which will last for about two years and increase the capacity from 6,500 to 8,500. The team should still be able to play in the arena during the renovations.
|1||SC Bern||50||31||6||4||9||160||114||+46||109||Advance to Playoffs|
|9||EHC Kloten||50||14||5||10||21||142||162||−20||62||Advance to Playouts[a]|
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.
- Relegation Playoffs
|Mark Arcobello||SC Bern||50||25||30||55||+23||30|
|Julien Sprunger||HC Fribourg-Gottéron||50||26||25||51||-2||16|
|Roman Červenka||HC Fribourg-Gottéron||44||16||35||51||-8||32|
|Robert Nilsson||ZSC Lions||46||14||37||51||+30||14|
|Lino Martschini||EV Zug||50||23||26||49||+8||6|
|Drew Shore||EHC Kloten||50||24||24||48||-1||28|
|Linus Klasen||HC Lugano||50||11||37||48||-11||30|
|David McIntyre||EV Zug||47||17||30||47||+19||34|
|Dustin Jeffrey||Lausanne HC||49||18||28||46||+9||8|
|Patrick Thoresen||ZSC Lions||50||18||27||45||+30||36|
|Mark Arcobello||SC Bern||16||8||12||20||+2||12|
|Andrew Ebbett||SC Bern||16||8||12||20||+9||8|
|David McIntyre||EV Zug||16||11||8||19||+1||12|
|Thomas Rüfenacht||SC Bern||16||7||11||18||+4||49|
|Raphael Diaz||EV Zug||16||5||9||14||0||6|
|Ryan Lasch||SC Bern||16||4||9||13||+9||2|
|Dino Wieser||HC Davos||10||7||5||12||+3||16|
|Simon Moser||SC Bern||16||4||8||12||+3||33|
|Ramon Untersander||SC Bern||16||5||6||11||+6||2|
|Jarkko Immonen||EV Zug||15||4||7||11||-4||41|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)||1||SC Bern||4|
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