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Sven Baertschi
Baertschi Canucks 2017.jpg
Born 5 October 1992 (1992-10-05) (age 24),
Bern, Switzerland
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Vancouver Canucks
SC Langenthal
Calgary Flames
Ntl. team Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
NHL Draft 13th overall, 2011
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2008–present

Sven Baertschi (born 5 October 1992) is a Swiss professional ice hockey player who plays for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He played his first professional games in 2009 for SC Langenthal in the National League B before moving to North America to join Portland in the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he finished as the runner-up for the league's Rookie of the Year award. He was selected by the Calgary Flames in the first round, 13th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut in 2012.

Playing careerEdit

Sven Baertschi debut

Baertschi prior to making his NHL debut with the Flames

Baertschi began his professional career in 2009–10 for SC Langenthal in the Swiss National League B and was pursued by SC Bern of the National League A.[1] He chose instead to move to North America to pursue an NHL career.[2] He was selected by the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Portland Winterhawks seventh overall in the 2010 Canadian Hockey League import draft.[3] Baertschi led all WHL rookies in 2010–11 with 34 goals and 85 points,[4] and finished as the runner-up to Mathew Dumba for the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year.[5]

Heading into the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Baertschi was ranked by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau as the seventh best North American based skater,[6] and was selected 13th overall by the Calgary Flames. The team quickly signed him to a three-year entry level contract US$1.45 million per season, including bonuses.[7] He attended the team's training camp that fall, but was returned to Portland for the 2011–12 WHL season.[8] Baertschi was among the league's leaders offensively, averaging 2.00 points per game (94 points in 47 games) and was named WHL player of the week three times.[9] His teammates named him Portland's most valuable player, and he was named to the WHL's Western Conference second all-star team.[10]

Due to a number of injuries in Calgary, the Flames recalled Baertschi on an emergency basis on 7 March. He made his NHL debut on 9 March in a 5–3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets[11] He scored his first goal two nights later against Matt Hackett of the Minnesota Wild.[12] Baertschi added goals in his following two games and quickly became a fan favourite in Calgary. He appeared in a total of five NHL games and scored three goals before returning players necessitated his return to Portland.[13] Baertschi was the top scorer of the 2012 WHL playoffs, recording 34 points in 22 games, to lead Portland to their second consecutive appearance in the league championship series. They again lost, falling in seven games to the Edmonton Oil Kings.[14]

Baertschi turned professional in 2012–13, and due to an NHL labour dispute, began the season with Calgary's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat. He had 17 points in his first 19 games with the Heat before suffering a neck injury that caused him to miss five weeks of the season, a total of 13 games.[15]

On 2 March 2015, the Calgary Flames traded him to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Vancouver's 2nd-round draft pick in 2015. Baertschi had demanded to be traded from the Calgary Flames.[16] Sven Baertschi made his Canucks debut on 4 April 2015, against the Winnipeg Jets. Sven first wore 42 with the Canucks, but changed his number to 47 when the Canucks took on the Arizona Coyotes on 9 April 2015. On 11 April 2015, Sven Baertschi scored his first and second goals as a Canuck against the Edmonton Oilers. On 28 July 2015, Baertschi re-signed with the Canucks to a one-year, one-way contract. Baertschi had a successful season with the Canucks, posting career-highs with 15 goals and 28 points. On 16 June 2016, Baertschi re-signed with Vancouver on a 2-year, $3.7 million contract.

InternationalEdit

Baertschi has played with the Swiss national junior team on four occasions. He played in the Under-18 world championship in 2009 and 2010, scoring a goal and two assists in both tournaments for Swiss teams that finished in 8th and 5th place respectively. He then appeared with the under-20 team at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, scoring a goal and an assist in another fifth-place finish.[17] He returned for the 2012 tournament, but appeared in only two games before suffering a concussion that forced him out of the event.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Baertschi was born and raised in Langenthal, Switzerland.[19] His father was also a professional hockey player who played in the National League A.[2] His parents divorced when he was 11, after which his mother worked two jobs to allow him and his brother to play hockey.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008-09 SC Langenthal NLB 1 0 0 0 0
2009-10 SC Langenthal NLB 37 6 5 11 10
2010–11 Portland Winterhawks WHL 66 34 51 85 74 21 10 17 27 16
2011–12 Portland Winterhawks WHL 47 33 61 94 35 22 14 20 34 10
2011–12 Calgary Flames NHL 5 3 0 3 4
2012–13 Abbotsford Heat AHL 32 10 16 26 16
2012–13 Calgary Flames NHL 20 3 7 10 6
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL 26 2 9 11 6
2013–14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 41 13 16 29 18 4 0 1 1 6
2014–15 Adirondack Flames AHL 36 8 17 25 6
2014–15 Calgary Flames NHL 15 0 4 4 6
2014–15 Utica Comets AHL 15 7 8 15 4 21 8 7 15 6
2014–15 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 2 0 2 4 2 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Vancouver Canucks NHL 69 15 13 28 14
2016–17 Vancouver Canucks NHL 68 18 17 35 8
NHL totals 206 43 50 93 48 2 0 0 0 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Switzerland U18 8th 6 1 2 3 2
2010 Switzerland U18 5th 6 1 2 3 2
2011 Switzerland WJC 5th 6 1 1 2 4
2012 Switzerland WJC 8th 2 0 0 0 0
2014 Switzerland WC 10th 1 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 20 3 5 8 8
Senior totals 1 0 0 0 0

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
Junior
WHL West Second All-Star Team 2011–12 [10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Germann, Daniel. "Widerstand im guten Land", Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 5 December 2010. Retrieved on 2012-03-07. (German) 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Junger Langenthaler auf den Spuren Niederreiters", Berner Zeitung, 21 October 2010. Retrieved on 2012-03-07. (German) 
  3. (2011) 2011–12 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League, 223. 
  4. (2011) 2011–12 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League, 149. 
  5. Meachem, Greg. "Matt Dumba named top WHL rookie", Red Deer Advocate, 5 May 2011. Retrieved on 2012-03-07. 
  6. 2011 NHL Entry Draft final rankings. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2012-03-07.
  7. MacFarlane, Steve. "Three-year Flames contract for draftee Baertschi", QMI Agency, 6 July 2011. Retrieved on 2012-03-07. 
  8. Busby, Ian. "Flames recall top junior prospect", Calgary Sun, 7 March 2012. Retrieved on 2012-03-07. 
  9. Flames recall Sven Baertschi from Portland. Calgary Flames Hockey Club (7 March 2012). Retrieved on 2012-03-07.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Joe Morrow, Ty Rattie make WHL all-star team; Sven Bartschi named to second team", Portland Tribune, 22 March 2012. Retrieved on 2012-03-22. 
  11. Cruickshank, Scott. "Flames' offence on fire as club grounds Jets", Calgary Herald, 10 March 2012, p. E1. 
  12. Flames 4, Wild 3. ESPN (11 March 2012). Retrieved on 2012-03-11.
  13. MacFarlane, Steve. "Parting such sweet sorrow", Calgary Sun, 18 March 2012, p. S3. 
  14. Sportak, Randy. "No hard feelings", Calgary Sun, 15 May 2012, p. S3. 
  15. Sportak, Randy. "Baertschi back for AHL Heat", Calgary Sun, 5 January 2013, p. S5. 
  16. "http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/canucks-acquire-sven-baertschi-in-trade-with-flames-1.2978771", Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2015-03-02. Retrieved on 2015-03-02. 
  17. (2011) IIHF Guide & Record Book 2012. International Ice Hockey Federation, 384. ISBN 978-0-7710-9598-6. 
  18. "Switzerland star Baertschi has ‘light concussion’ Flames prospect was injured in Wednesday shootout loss to Sweden", Calgary Herald, 30 December 2011. Retrieved on 2012-03-07. 
  19. Merk, Martin (2 January 2011). Switzerland’s next Nino?. International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2012-03-07.
  20. Stewart-Binks, Julie. "Bartschi excited for NHL opportunity", Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 25 June 2011. Retrieved on 2012-03-18. 

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tim Erixon
Calgary Flames first round draft pick
2011
Succeeded by
Mark Jankowski

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