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National League (ice hockey)

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The National League (NL) is a professional ice hockey league in Switzerland and is the top tier of the Swiss league system. Prior to the 2017–18 season, the league was known as National League A.[1] During the 2018–19 season, the league had an average of 6,949 spectators per game which is the highest among European leagues (ahead of the KHL with 6,397 and the DEL with 6,215). The capital city's club SC Bern has been ranked first of all European clubs for 18 seasons and had an average attendance of 16,290 after the regular season. The ZSC Lions are another club in the top ten of European ice hockey attendance, ranking seventh with 9,694 spectators.[2]

National League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019–20 NL season
National League logo.png
FormerlyNDA
1938–1999
Nationalliga A
1999–2007
National League A
2007–2017
National League
2017–present
SportIce hockey
Founded1938
CEOJean-Marie Viaccoz
Michael Rindlisbacher
No. of teams12
Country  Switzerland
Most recent
champion(s)
SC Bern (16)
Most titlesHC Davos (31)
TV partner(s)SRG, MySports
Relegation toSwiss League
Related
competitions
Swiss League
Official websitewww.nationalleague.ch

Season structureEdit

During the regular season, each of the 12 teams play 50 games. The top eight teams after the regular season qualify for the playoffs to determine the Swiss champion in best-of-seven series. The bottom four teams in the standings play a relegation tournament, called playouts, in which each team retains their regular season points and play an additional six matches. Following those matches, the two bottom ranked teams will play each other in a best-of-seven series, with the loser then playing the winner of the Swiss League playoffs in a best-of-seven series for a spot in the successive NL season.[3]

Current teamsEdit

Past championsEdit

Swiss National Championship Serie A (1909–1937)

Swiss International Championship Serie A (1916–1933)

Club Winners Winning Years
HC Davos
31
1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944,
1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1958, 1960, 1984, 1985, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015
SC Bern
16
1959, 1965, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019
EHC Arosa
9
1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1980, 1982
ZSC Lions
9
1936, 1949, 1961, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2018
HC Lugano
7
1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1999, 2003, 2006
HC La Chaux-de-Fonds
6
1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
EHC Kloten
5
1967, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
EHC Biel
3
1978, 1981, 1983
EHC St. Moritz
3
1922, 1923, 1928
HC Bellerive Vevey
3
1909, 1919, 1920
HC Bern
3
1916, 1917, 1918
HC Les Avants
2
1912, 1913
HC Rosey-Gstaad
2
1921, 1925
HC Villars
2
1963, 1964
Club des Patineurs de Lausanne
1
1911
EHC Visp
1
1962
EV Zug
1
1998
Grasshopper-Club Zürich
1
1966
HC Château-d’Œx
1
1924
HC La Villa Lausanne
1
1910
SC Langnau
1
1976

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Resolutions of the National League Assembly regarding the 2017–18 season" (in German). Swiss Ice Hockey Federation. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Swiss lead attendance study". www.iihf.com. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  3. ^ Lovis, Frédéric (14 June 2013). "Les play-out de LNA seront modifiés". Le Matin. Retrieved 6 February 2014.

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