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Swiss name 48 players

Swiss name 48 players

Men’s and women’s teams ready for Olympics

Published 23.01.2018 00:55 GMT+10 | Author Martin Merk
Swiss name 48 players
The players of the Swiss women’s national team cheer after winning the bronze medal game against Sweden at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Photo: Jeff Vinnick / HHOF-IIHF Images
On Monday the Swiss rosters of the men’s and women’s Olympic ice hockey teams have been named and include 48 athletes going to Korea.

Men’s national team coach Patrick Fischer will take three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forward to Korea. 17 of the nominated players were on the roster for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

“With Leonardo Genoni, Jonas Hiller and Tobias Stephan three of the currently best goaltenders from the domestic league with international experience are on the roster. On defence we build on skilled and experienced defencemen and complete forwards who work well both offensively and defensively and stand out one-on-one,” Fischer said.

All 25 players join from clubs from Switzerland’s National League.

Switzerland will host a pre-competition game on 6 February against neighbouing country Germany in Kloten before travelling to Korea the day after where they will have a four-day camp in Goyang near Seoul and play another exhibition game on 11 February against Norway.

At the Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament Switzerland is seeded in Group A with Olympic champion Canada, the Czech Republic and host Korea.

The Swiss women’s national team, which won Olympic bronze four years ago in Sochi, includes three goaltenders, eight defenders and 12 forwards. 19 players were part of the team that competed in the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship.

For goaltender Florence Schelling and defender Nicole Bullo it will be the fourth Olympic Winter Games. They have competed in all Olympic women’s ice hockey tournaments since Switzerland was qualified for the first time in 2006.

Two players join from U.S. college teams while four play in Sweden including two key players for Linkoping. Goaltender Florence Schelling was named MVP and Best Goaltender of the 2014 Olympic women’s ice hockey tournament and Lara Stalder was Switzerland’s top scorer in the Olympic Qualification.

“We bring a team with a lot of character and spirit that has a lot of experience and leadership on and off the ice. We have three strong and experienced goaltenders, a very stable defence and a lot of speed and creativity up-front,” said national team head coach Daniela Diaz, a former national team player herself whose brother Raphael will compete in PyeongChang 2018 with the men’s team.

The roster includes five sisters. The Waidacher sisters Isabel, Monika and Nina, and twin sisters Laura and Sara Benz.

The women’s team will travel to Korea on 1st February and during a five-day camp in Goyang play exhibition games against Canada on 4th February and against Finland on 6th February.

Switzerland will play in the “bottom” group B against Sweden, Japan and Korea and aim for one of the two spots from the group in the final round.

Swiss men's national team

Goaltenders:
Leonardo Genoni, SC Bern
Jonas Hiller, EHC Biel
Tobias Stephan, EV Zug

Defence:
Eric Blum, SC Bern
Raphael Diaz, EV Zug
Felicien Du Bois, HC Davos
Philippe Furrer, HC Lugano
Patrick Geering, ZSC Lions Zurich
Romain Loeffel, Geneve-Servette
Dominik Schlumpf, EV Zug
Ramon Untersander, SC Bern

Forwards:
Cody Almond, Geneve-Servette
Andres Ambuhl, HC Davos
Simon Bodenmann, SC Bern
Enzo Corvi, HC Davos
Gaetan Haas, SC Bern
Fabrice Herzog, ZSC Lions Zurich
Denis Hollenstein, EHC Kloten
Simon Moser, SC Bern
Vincent Praplan, EHC Kloten
Thomas Rufenacht, SC Bern
Reto Schappi, ZSC Lions Zurich
Tristan Scherwey, SC Bern
Pius Suter, ZSC Lions Zurich
Joel Vermin, Lausanne HC

Head Coach:
Patrick Fischer


Swiss women's national team

Goaltenders:
Janine Alder, St. Cloud State University (NCAA)
Andrea Brandli, EHC Schaffhausen
Florence Schelling, Linkoping HC (SWE)

Defence:
Livia Altmann, Colgate University (NCAA)
Laura Benz, ZSC Lions Zurich
Nicole Bullo, HC Lugano
Nicole Gass, ZSC Lions Zurich
Christine Meier, ZSC Lions Zurich
Shannon Sigrist, ZSC Lions Zurich
Stefanie Wetli, EHC Winterthur
Sabrina Zollinger, HV71 Jonkoping (SWE)

Forwards:
Tess Allemann, Bomo Thun
Sara Benz, ZSC Lions Zurich
Sarah Forster, Bomo Thun
Alina Muller, ZSC Lions Zurich
Evelina Raselli, HC Lugano
Lisa Ruedi, GCK Lions Zurich
Dominique Ruegg, ZSC Lions Zurich
Phoebe Staenz, SDE HF (SWE)
Lara Stalder, Linkoping HC (SWE)
Isabel Waidacher, ZSC Lions Zurich
Monika Waidacher, ZSC Lions Zurich
Nina Waidacher, ZSC Lions Zurich

Head Coach:
Daniela Diaz

 

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