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Nino Niederreiter
Position Left wing
Shoots Right
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
203 lb (92 kg)
WHL Team Portland Winterhawks
Born September 8 1992 (1992-09-08) (age 24),
Chur, Switzerland
Pro Career TBD – present

Nino Niederreiter (born September 8, 1992), nicknamed El Nino, [1] is a Swiss major junior ice hockey player currently playing for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

He is eligible for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit


Unlike many Swiss hockey players, Niederreiter decided to play hockey in North American junior hockey to give him a better shot of making the National Hockey League (NHL). Past Swiss first round draft picks Luca Cereda and Michel Riesen were known in hockey circles as "Swiss misses", as they never made an impact in the NHL.[2] Niederreiter followed in the footsteps of his Swiss teammate and friend Luca Sbisa and declared himself eligible for the Western Hockey League (WHL) midget draft. He was drafted by the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL and has enjoyed modest WHL success.

He is predicted by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau to be drafted in the first round in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, which would make him just the fourth Swiss ice hockey player to be drafted in the first round. TSN hockey analyst Bob McKenzie believed that he could become the highest drafted Swiss player in history. (Riesen is the current highest at 15.)[3] Niederreiter was ranked 14th by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau amongst North American trained players in its midterm rankings.[4]

While playing with Portland, Niederreiter was selected to play in the prestigious CHL Top Prospects Game to play for coach Bobby Orr. After scoring a fantastic "trick shot" goal in the trick shot competition during the skills competition on 20 January, 2010, Neiderreiter opened the scoring during the actual game the following day. He scored with 2:38 remaining in the first period on top-ranked goaltender Calvin Pickard to give Team Orr a 1–0 lead at the break. Team Cherry would eventually win by a score of 4–2.[5]

International playEdit

At the 2010 IIHF World U20 Championships, he led the Swiss team to an upset of the Russians by scoring two goals in a 3–2 victory. His first goal came in the final minute of regulation play to send the game to overtime, and followed it with the overtime winner [6][7] He finished with six goals and four assists, good enough for seventh in the tournament. These feats led to him being selected to the tournament all-star team.[8]

Previously, he had competed in the IIHF World U18 Championships in 2009 and 2008. Both years he helped the Swiss finish eighth and avoid relegation from the top division.


Career statisticsEdit

Swiss LeaguesEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 HC Davos U18 Elite Novizen 32 43 19 62 38
2007–08 HC Davos U18 Elite Novizen 32 39 26 65 62
2007–08 HC Davos U20 Elite Jr. A 5 5 1 6 4
2008–09 HC Davos U18 Elite Novizen 6 6 6 12 6
2008–09 HC Davos U20 Elite Jr. A 30 20 14 34 44
2008–09 HC Davos NLA 3 0 1 1 0
NLA totals 3 0 1 1 0


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008 Switzerland U18 8th 6 1 1 2 2 -2
2009 Switzerland U18 8th 6 3 3 6 16 -2
2010 Switzerland WJC 4th 7 6 4 10 10 -2
Junior International Totals 19 10 8 18 28 -6


  1. "World Juniors: El Nino hot commodity, as draft stock rises",, January 12, 2010. 
  2. "Niederreiter riding high",, January 2, 2010. 
  4. "North American Skaters Midterm Rankings",, January 11, 2010. 
  5. "Team Cherry wins CHL Top Prospects game, 4-2",, January 19, 2010. 
  6. "Niederreiter shuts down Russia",, January 2, 2010. 
  7. "Niederreiter scores OT winner as Switzerland upsets Russia at WJC",, January 2, 2010. Archived from the original on January 6, 2010. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 2010 IIHF World U20 Championship -- All Stars. Retrieved on 16 January 2010.
  9. "CHL 2010 TOP PROSPECTS GAME ROSTER",, January 12, 2010. 

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