Bern and Zug are facing each other to establish who will be the 2019 Swiss Champions… but let us not forget that in about a month – May 10th, 2019 – the World Ice Hockey Championship in Slovakia will start!

World Ice Hockey Championship that we’ll cover in depth!

We’ll publish daily articles, analysis, statistics, comments, trivia, insights… we’ll focus mainly on our Switzerland but we’ll talk also about all the other teams. We mean, there will be plenty of hockey… we’ll be “on fire”!

Moreover, we’ll publish regularly articles before the tournament…

Let’s start today, by briefly presenting you the “road to the World Ice Hockey Championship” of Patrick Fischer’s troops. A road that must prepare our guys to be ready in view of the tournament’s opener scheduled for May 11th, against Italy. Then, we’ll have a look at the first selection of the coach.

Obviously we all hope that Switzerland can achieve the same results as last year in Denmark… and maybe even improve the final result 🙂

The truth is, however, that it’s gonna be complicated as usual. First of all, Switzerland must make it to the quarterfinals and then we’ll see. But let’s have a look at the friendlies schedule.

FRIENDLIES – The road to the World Ice Hockey Championship

18.04.2019 – Russia vs Switzerland (Sochi)

20.04.2019 – Russia vs Switzerland (Sochi)

26.04.2019 – Switzerland vs France (Sierre)

27.04.2019 – Switzerland vs France (Genève)

03.05.2019 – Switzerland vs Latvia (Herisau)

04.05.2019 – Switzerland vs Latvia (Weinfelden)

It’s gonna be a busy schedule. Firstly, the Swiss will fly to Russia (Sochi) where they will face the “Sbronaja” twice. Then, they will come back to Switzerland where they will face France and Latvia twice.

Curiously and interestingly enough, Switzerland will play two times against Russia and Latvia. That is, two teams that are in the same Group of Switzerland at the World Ice Hockey Championship. The other teams instead, are Sweden, Czech Republic, Norway and Italy.

All the friendlies are important but, it goes without saying, they are to be taken with a grain of salt. Patrick Fischer selected 23 players… but obviously there aren’t yet the players of Bienne, Bern and Zug. Moreover, there is always the hope that some of our guys who play across the ocean will join the National Team later.

Anyway, talking about players who play across the ocean… we’re already sure that Nico Hischier will be part of the team! That’s a great news. Nico will reinforce our team and, moreover, he’ll be a great attraction for the whole tournament!

But let’s see who Patrick Fischer picked for this first week of work.


THE FIRST SELECTION

Goalies

Reto Berra (HC Fribourg Gottéron), Gauthier Descloux (HC Genève Servette), Robert Mayer (HC Genève Servette)

Defensemen

Michael Fora (HC Ambrì-Piotta), Lukas Frick (Lausanne HC), Patrick Geering (ZSC Lions), Joël Genazzi (Lausanne HC), Andrea Glauser (SCL Tigers), Samuel Guerra (HC Ambrì-Piotta), Romain Loeffel (HC Lugano), Christian Marti (ZSC Lions), Claude Paschoud (HC Davos)

Forwards

Jérôme Bachofner (ZSC Lions), Chris Baltisberger (ZSC Lions), Alessio Bertaggia (HC Lugano), Christoph Bertschy (Lausanne HC), Enzo Corvi (HC Davos), Grégory Hofmann (HC Lugano), Denis Hollenstein (ZSC Lions), Marco Müller (HC Ambrì-Piotta), Raphael Prassl (ZSC Lions), Noah Rod (HC Genève Servette), Samuel Walser (HC Fribourg Gottéron)


The ZSC Lions are the most represented with 6 players. Genève Servette, Ambrì-Piotta, Lausanne and Lugano have 3 players each. Fribourg Gottéron and Davos have two players each… and finally Langnau will be represented by Andrea Glauser.

The only team who’s not represented is Rapperswil.

To note that Tanner Richard and Joël Vermin are not part of the team. The two guys underwent surgery… and it’s a real pity. Because both the “Eagle” and the “Lion Vaudois” had a terrific season and would have deserved to have a chance.

Finally, let’s recap all the results of the friendly games that Switzerland have been playing between November and February.

2018-19 FRIENDLIES

08.11.2018 – Slovakia vs Switzerland 2-3

10.11.2018 – Germany vs Switzerland 3-4 (SO)

11.11.2018 – Switzerland vs Russia 2-4

05.02.2019 – Germany vs Switzerland 4-2

06.02.2019 – Germany vs Switzerland 2-5

Three wins, two losses. The leading scorers are four players who tallied 3 points each…

FRIENDLIES LEADING SCORERS

Noah Rod (3G, 0A)

Christoph Bertschy (1G, 2A)

Samuel Kreis (0G, 3A)

Mauro Dufner (0G, 3A)

Well, that’s it for now. Stay tuned guys… Switzerland are approaching the World Ice Hockey Championship with great enthusiasm… and so are we. We’ll keep you company with our usual original and personal pieces.

See you soon and… Hopp Suisse!

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