Ice hockey is for strong, tall, tough and heavy men. Lino Martschini obviously doesn’t care about such statements. He’s 168cm and 66kg (source: eliteprospects) but he’s playing the role of a giant in the National League. He’s a little big player who’s making Zug’s fans salivating since years!
Let’s get to know him better…
He was born in Luzern on January 21, 1993, but in fact he’s a product of Zug’s youth organization. Back at the times of the “Elite Novizen” he played alongside two other players who are currently playing in the NLA. We’re talking about Matthias Rossi (currently at Fribourg Gottéron) and Dario Truttmann (currently at Lausanne HC).
In 2010 then, Lino Martschini went overseas and joined the Peterborough Petes (OHL) where he remained 2 seasons during which he collected 124 appearances tallying 114 points.
Curiously enough, also someone called Wayne Gretzky played 3 games for the Peterborough Petes back in the 1976-77 season… without forgetting Steve Yzerman, who played there two seasons back in the early 80s, and Jason Williams (former Ambrì-Piotta) who spent 4 seasons in Peterborough!
Lino Martschini’s time overseas lasted two season. Then, the guy decided to get back to Switzerland to wear the jersey of “his” Zug. We’re on the eve of the 2012-13 season… from that moment on, Lino Martschini became a key player in Central Swiss!
Even though he’s only 25, Lino Martschini has already collected :
Almost 400 NLA appearances tallying over 300 points
30 Champions Hockey League appearances (26 points)
About 50 international appearances with the Swiss National Team
But what is so special about him?
Surely his speed. When Lino Martschini speeds up he’s almost uncatchable also because of his impressive agility.
What about his accuracy in front of goal? Lino is a scoring machine! Whenever he is on the offensive zone… the goalies – the opponents’ ones, of course – can start to shake. Lino’s shooting’s skills in fact, are terrific.
Without forgetting that he’s also an extremely smart player.
We mean, he’s a devastating player. Unfortunately his size penalises him at times when the games get rough. Yet, we’d like to dispel the myth of whoever continues to say that Lino Martschini disappears during the playoffs.
Obviously, in the post-season games are tougher and life is difficult for Lino Martschini. Yet, it’s fair to stress that Lino scored 38 points in 51 playoffs games. That’s not nothing…
We mean, he’s a player capable of being valuable also when the games get rough. Maybe in such circumstances he’s less merciless in front of goal… but he knows what to do for the team.
In Zug they’re enjoying him. We instead, as hockey passionate, are really happy to admire him every week on the ice!