Switzerland men's national ice hockey team

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.

Switzerland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Nati, Die Nati, Eisgenossen
AssociationSchweizerischer Eishockeyverband
Head coachPatrick Fischer
AssistantsTommy Albelin
Marco Bayer
Christian Wohlwend
CaptainRaphael Diaz
Most gamesMathias Seger (305)
Top scorerJörg Eberle (79)
Most pointsJörg Eberle (142)
Team colors     
IIHF codeSUI
Switzerland national hockey team jerseys 2017.png
Ranking
Current IIHF8 Steady (6 June 2021)[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
Appearances70 (first in 1930)
Best resultSilver (1935, 2013, 2018)
European Championships
Appearances8 (first in 1910)
Best resultGold (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

HistoryEdit

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 to 1949 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 recordEdit

OverviewEdit

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 GamesEdit

Year Result
  1920 7th place
  1924 8th place
  1928   Bronze
  1932 did not participate
  1936 12th place
  1948   Bronze
  1952 5th place
  1956 9th place
  1960 did not participate
  1964 8th place
  1968 did not participate
  1972 10th place
  1976 11th place
  1980 did not participate
  1984 did not participate
  1988 8th place
  1992 10th place
  1994 did not participate
  1998 did not participate
  2002 11th place
  2006 6th place
  2010 8th place
  2014 9th place
  2018 10th place
Totals
Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
16 0 0 2 2

World ChampionshipEdit

  • 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
  • 2020 – Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic[7]
  • 2021 – Finished in 6th place

European ChampionshipEdit

  • 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 CupEdit

  • 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 rosterEdit

Roster for the 2021 IIHF World Championship.[8]

Head coach: Patrick Fischer[9]

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
2 D Santeri Alatalo 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1990-05-09) 9 May 1990 (age 31)   EV Zug
8 F Vincent Praplan 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1994-06-10) 10 June 1994 (age 27)   SC Bern
10 F Andres AmbühlA 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1983-09-14) 14 September 1983 (age 38)   HC Davos
13 F Nico HischierA 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1999-01-04) 4 January 1999 (age 22)   New Jersey Devils
15 F Grégory Hofmann 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1992-11-13) 13 November 1992 (age 29)   EV Zug
16 D Raphael DiazC 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1986-01-09) 9 January 1986 (age 35)   EV Zug
20 G Reto Berra 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1987-01-03) 3 January 1987 (age 34)   HC Fribourg-Gottéron
23 F Philipp Kurashev 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 (age 22)   Chicago Blackhawks
24 D Tobias Geisser 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1999-02-13) 13 February 1999 (age 22)   EV Zug
25 D Mirco Müller 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1995-03-21) 21 March 1995 (age 26)   Leksands IF
28 F Timo Meier 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 98 kg (216 lb) (1996-10-08) 8 October 1996 (age 25)   San Jose Sharks
38 D Lukas Frick 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 27)   HC Lausanne
50 G Melvin Nyffeler 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 (age 26)   SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
55 D Romain Loeffel 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1991-03-10) 10 March 1991 (age 30)   HC Lugano
59 F Dario Simion 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1994-05-22) 22 May 1994 (age 27)   EV Zug
60 F Tristan Scherwey 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1991-05-07) 7 May 1991 (age 30)   SC Bern
61 F Fabrice Herzog 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1994-12-09) 9 December 1994 (age 26)   HC Davos
63 G Leonardo Genoni 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1987-08-28) 28 August 1987 (age 34)   EV Zug
65 D Ramon Untersander 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1991-01-21) 21 January 1991 (age 30)   SC Bern
71 F Enzo Corvi 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 28)   HC Davos
83 F Joël Vermin 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1992-02-05) 5 February 1992 (age 29)   Genève-Servette HC
85 F Sven Andrighetto 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 28)   ZSC Lions
86 D Janis Moser 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 78 kg (172 lb) (2000-06-06) 6 June 2000 (age 21)   EHC Biel
88 F Christoph Bertschy 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1994-04-05) 5 April 1994 (age 27)   Lausanne HC
89 D Fabian Heldner 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1996-06-24) 24 June 1996 (age 25)   Lausanne HC
96 F Noah Rod 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1996-06-07) 7 June 1996 (age 25)   Genève-Servette HC
97 D Jonas Siegenthaler 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1997-05-06) 6 May 1997 (age 24)   New Jersey Devils

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 6 June 2021. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  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. ^ Steiss, Adam. "2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship cancelled". iihf.com. IIHF. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Das definitive Schweizer WM-Kader steht" (in German). sihf.ch. 16 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Team Roster Switzerland" (PDF). iihf.com. 21 May 2021.

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