Benjamin Conz

Benjamin Conz (born September 13, 1991) is a Swiss professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for HC Ambrì-Piotta of the National League (NL). He was eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but went undrafted, being drafted 185th overall in the 2010 KHL Junior Draft by SKA St. Petersburg instead.

Benjamin Conz
Benjamin Conz, Gottéron-Langnau, 15.01.2010.jpg
Born (1991-09-13) September 13, 1991 (age 30)
Saint-Ursanne, Switzerland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
NL team
Former teams
HC Ambrì-Piotta
Genève-Servette HC
SCL Tigers
HC Lugano
HC Fribourg-Gottéron
National team   Switzerland
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Playing careerEdit

Benjamin started his career in the 2007–08 with the Swiss U20 team, which competed in the Swiss League (SL). After moderate showing in the SL, he signed his first professional contract with Genève-Servette HC of the National League (NL). He posted a 2.50 GAA in 21 games played with Servette. For the 2009–2010 season, he was on loan to the SCL Tigers, also in the NL, located in Langnau im Emmental. He was ranked as the fourth best international goaltender by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau in 2010, and entered into the 2010 NHL Entry Draft but he still went undrafted. TSN's hockey analysts Pierre McGuire and Gord Miller both compared Conz favourably to Conn Smythe winner and Stanley Cup champion Jean-Sébastien Giguère.[1]

On June 21, 2017, Conz was shipped to HC Ambrì-Piotta despite one year remaining on his contract with Fribourg. He was signed to a one-year contract by Ambri with an option for a second year.[2] Ambri-Piotta exercised his option on February 1, 2018.

On November 11, 2018, Conz was signed to an early two-year contract extension by Ambri-Piotta through the 2020/21 season.[3] With a nagging hip injury following the 2018-19 season, Conz had to undergo surgery on May 20, 2019.[4] He was sidelined for 5 months and returned to game action on October 27, 2019 on a rehab assignment with the HCB Ticino Rockets of the Swiss League.[5] He eventually returned to play with Ambri-Piotta but sustained an adductor injury on December 8, 2019, forcing him to sit out a month of competition, including the 2019 Spengler Cup in which Ambri-Piotta was invited.[6]

International playEdit

At the 2010 IIHF World U20 Championships, Conz led the Swiss team to impressive fourth place finish. He managed an upset of the Slovaks by stopping 39 shots in a 4–1 victory.[7] This victory advanced Switzerland to the knockout round to face the highly favoured Russian squad. Against the Russian, Conz had another impressive match where he made 50 saves on 52 shots, as the Swiss advanced 3–2.[8] After losing to the Canadians 6–1 and Swedes 11–4 and out of the medals, Conz finished the tournament with a 4.76 GAA and an 89.31% save percentage, an impressive feat due to the workload the over-matched Swiss defence allowed on Conz. He faced more than 300 shots on goal, making him the tournament's busiest goalie, and his 284 saves in seven games were tournament best.[9] Despite allowing the second most goals in the tournament at 34, he was selected to the tournament all-star team[10] and named the best goaltender.[11]

AwardsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

As of the end of the 2008–09 season. [12][13]

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA Sv%
2008–09 Genève-Servette HC NLA 21 1233 51 2 2.50 90.6
2009–10 SCL Tigers NLA 15 875 44 1 2.93 92.00

InternationalEdit

As of the end of the 2009–10 season. [14][15][16]

   
Year Team Comp Result GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA Sv%
2008 Switzerland U18 8th 4 2 2 0 240 13 0 3.25 85.56
2009 Switzerland U18 8th 6 2 4 0 327 27 0 4.95 87.50
2010 Switzerland WJC 4th 7 3 4 0 428 34 0 4.76 89.31

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CANADA MUST PAY ATTENTION TO NIEDERREITER, CONZ". TSN.com. January 11, 2010.
  2. ^ "Agreement found - Benjamin Conz joins HC Ambri-Piotta". swisshockeynews.ch. June 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Conz rinnova". hcap.ch. November 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "HCAP's Benjamin Conz out for 5 to 6 months". swisshockeynews.ch. May 21, 2019.
  5. ^ "Benjamin Conz to defend the HCB Ticino Rockets' net". swisshockeynews.ch. October 27, 2019.
  6. ^ "Out again - HCAP without goalie Benjamin Conz for weeks". swisshockeynews.ch. December 10, 2019.
  7. ^ "Benjamin Conz stops 39 as Switzerland beats Slovakia 4–1 at world juniors". NHL.com. January 11, 2010.
  8. ^ "Niederreiter shuts down Russia". IIHF.com. January 11, 2010.
  9. ^ "2010 IIHF World U20 Championship – Goalkeeping statistics" (PDF). IIHF.com. Retrieved January 16, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ a b "2010 IIHF World U20 Championship – All Stars" (PDF). IIHF.com. Retrieved January 16, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ a b "2010 IIHF World U20 Championship – Best Players Selected by the Directorate" (PDF). IIHF.com. Retrieved January 16, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Draft Prospect Card – Benjamin Conz". nhl.com. January 12, 2010.
  13. ^ "SPL Tigers Spielerstatistken". scltigers.ch. January 12, 2010. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011.
  14. ^ "IIHF U18 Championship Switzerland PLAYER STATISTICS BY TEAM 2007–2008" (PDF). IIHF.com. January 12, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "IIHF U18 Championship Switzerland PLAYER STATISTICS BY TEAM 2008–2009" (PDF). IIHF.com. January 12, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "IIHF WJC Championship Switzerland PLAYER STATISTICS BY TEAM 2009–2010" (PDF). IIHF.com. January 12, 2010.[permanent dead link]

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