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.

Switzerland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Nati, Die Nati, Eisgenossen
AssociationSchweizerischer Eishockeyverband
Head coachPatrick Fischer
AssistantsTommy Albelin
Marcel Jenni
CaptainNino Niederreiter
Most gamesMathias Seger (305)
Top scorerJörg Eberle (79)
Most pointsJörg Eberle (142)
Team colors     
IIHF codeSUI
Ranking
Current IIHF7 Steady (28 May 2023)[1]
Highest IIHF6 (2022)
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
Appearances72 (first in 1930)
Best resultSilver (1935, 2013, 2018)
European Championships
Appearances8 (first in 1910)
Best resultGold (1926)
Olympics
Appearances18 (first in 1920)
Medals (1928, 1948)
International record (W–L–T)
719–669–125
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

As of 2022, the Swiss team is ranked 7th in the IIHF World Rankings.

History edit

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 record edit

Overview edit

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 2022 2023 1923 1977 1978 1979
6th 2006 1938 1972↓ 2000 2017
7th 1924 1924 1954 1962↓ 1971(1.B)↑ 1991

2008

8th 1964 1988 2010 2022 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 Games edit

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
  2022 8th place
Totals
Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
16 0 0 2 2

World Championship edit

  • 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
  • 2022 – Finished in 5th place
  • 2023 – Finished in 5th place
  • 2024

European Championship edit

Games GP W T L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
  1910 Les Avants 3 0 0 3 2 15 ? ? Round-robin 4th
  1911 Berlin 3 0 0 3 4 28 ? ? Round-robin 4th
  1912 Prague* did not participate
  1913 Munich did not participate
  1914 Berlin did not participate
1915–1920 No Championships (World War I).
  1921 Stockholm did not participate
  1922 St. Moritz 2 0 0 2 1 15 ? ? Round-robin  
  1923 Antwerp 4 0 0 4 7 23 ? ? Round-robin 4th
  1924 Milan did not participate
  1925 Štrbské Pleso, Starý Smokovec 3 0 2 1 3 4 ? ? Round-robin  
  1926 Davos 7 5 1 1 35 15 ? ? Final round  
  1927 Wien did not participate
  1929 Budapest 3 1 0 2 2 5 ? ? Second round 5th
  1932 Berlin 6 1 5 0 10 9 ? ? Final round  

Spengler Cup edit

  • 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 roster edit

Roster for the 2023 IIHF World Championship.[8][9]

Head coach: Patrick Fischer

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
9 F Damien Riat 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1997-02-26) 26 February 1997 (age 26)   Lausanne HC
10 F Andres AmbühlA 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1983-09-14) 14 September 1983 (age 40)   HC Davos
11 F Sven Senteler 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 31)   EV Zug
13 F Nico Hischier 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 79 kg (174 lb) (1999-01-04) 4 January 1999 (age 25)   New Jersey Devils
14 D Dean Kukan 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 30)   ZSC Lions
21 F Kevin Fiala 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1996-07-22) 22 July 1996 (age 27)   Los Angeles Kings
22 F Nino NiederreiterC 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1992-09-08) 8 September 1992 (age 31)   Winnipeg Jets
24 D Tobias Geisser 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 100 kg (220 lb) (1999-02-13) 13 February 1999 (age 25)   EV Zug
29 G Robert Mayer 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1989-10-09) 9 October 1989 (age 34)   Genève-Servette HC
36 G Joren Van Pottelberghe 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1997-06-05) 5 June 1997 (age 26)   EHC Biel
43 D Andrea Glauser 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 27)   Lausanne HC
45 D Michael Fora 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 98 kg (216 lb) (1995-10-30) 30 October 1995 (age 28)   HC Davos
54 D Christian MartiA 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1993-03-29) 29 March 1993 (age 30)   ZSC Lions
55 D Romain Loeffel 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1991-03-10) 10 March 1991 (age 32)   SC Bern
59 F Dario Simion 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1994-05-22) 22 May 1994 (age 29)   EV Zug
62 F Denis Malgin 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 27)   Colorado Avalanche
63 G Leonardo Genoni 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1987-08-28) 28 August 1987 (age 36)   EV Zug
68 F Fabrice Herzog 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1994-12-09) 9 December 1994 (age 29)   EV Zug
70 F Enzo Corvi 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 31)   HC Davos
71 F Tanner Richard 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1993-04-06) 6 April 1993 (age 30)   Genève-Servette HC
79 F Calvin Thürkauf 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1997-06-27) 27 June 1997 (age 26)   HC Lugano
86 D J.J. Moser 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (2000-06-06) 6 June 2000 (age 23)   Arizona Coyotes
88 F Christoph Bertschy 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1994-04-05) 5 April 1994 (age 29)   HC Fribourg-Gottéron
92 F Gaëtan Haas 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1992-01-31) 31 January 1992 (age 32)   EHC Biel
97 D Jonas Siegenthaler 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1997-05-06) 6 May 1997 (age 26)   New Jersey Devils
98 F Marco Miranda 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1998-06-02) 2 June 1998 (age 25)   Genève-Servette HC

Uniform evolution edit

References edit

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 28 May 2023. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  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. ^ "Diese Spieler reisen an die WM nach Riga" (in German). sihf.ch. 9 May 2023.
  9. ^ "Team Roster Switzerland" (PDF). iihf.com. 12 May 2023.

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