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Switzerland
Europe location CHE
Flag and abbrev. Flag of Switzerland SUI
Continent Europe
Leader Corina Cassanova
(Chancellor)
Population 7,593,500 (as of 2007)
Registered players 24,449
Percentage 0,32%
National team La Nati; der Eisgenossen
National federation Schweizerischer Eishockeyverband
IIHF ranking 7th (+1)
Top league National League A (NLA)
Current champion HC Davos

Switzerland is an European country, bordered by Austria, Germany, France and Italy. It's capital is Bern and there are some 7.5 million inhabitants. The Alps run through the center of the country.

OrganisationEdit

Ice hockey in Switzerland is partially promotion and relegation-based. The top level is the National League, which is divided in two: the National League A, which counts 12 teams, and the National League B, also with 12 teams. Promotion and relegation exists between these two levels. Below the National League comes the Regio League. There are four of these, numbered 1 to 4. The 1.Liga is divided into three regional groups, Ostschweiz, Zentralschweiz and Suisse Romande; all the leagues below are also subdivided into groups, all of which falling into one of the three regions of the 1.Liga. Here is a schema that illustrates the organization of Swiss hockey:

Swiss hockey scheme
League Divisions
National League National League A
National League B
1.Liga Ostschweiz (13) Zentralschweiz (12) Suisse Romande (12)
2.Liga Group 1 (12) Group 2 (12) Group 3 (10) Group 4 (10) Group 5 (10) Group 6 (10)
3.Liga Group 1 (6) Group 2 (7) Group 3 (10) Group 4 (12) Group 5 (8) Group 6 (8) Group 7 (8) Group 8 (8) Group 9 (10) Group 10??? Group 11 (9) Group 12 (10)
4.Liga Group 1 (5) Group 2 (?) Group 3 (9) Group 4 (7) Group 5 (9) Group 5a (7) Group 5b (8) Group 6a (7) Group 6b (8) Group 7a (8) Group 8a (7) Group 8b (7) Group 9a (10) Group 9b (9) - Group 11a (8) -

History of hockey in SwitzerlandEdit

Tatze-derby

Match between the SCL Tigers and SC Bern played in front of 30,000 people in the Stade de Suisse in 2007.

The first ice hockey games in Switzerland were played in 1902, and eight clubs in the French part of Switzerland created the country's first hockey league. In 1908, the Swiss Hockey Union was founded, and it became a member of the IIHF.

InternationalEdit

Switzerland

Info

Rinks

Players

Referees

837

Population

7,782,900

Indoor

157

Total

24,705

Male

--

Capital

Bern

Outdoor

31

Male

10,259

Female

--

IIHF Since

November 23 1908

Junior

13,709

Female

735

The Swiss men's national ice hockey team is a founding member of the International Ice Hockey Federation and is controlled by the Schweizerischer Eishockeyverband. As of 2008 the Swiss team was ranked 7th in the IIHF World Ranking. Switzerland has not won a medal at a major ice hockey tournament since a bronze medal at the 1953 World Championships, but they came close in 1998, finishing in 4th place.

The Swiss national hockey team scored two historic, unexpected upsets at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, defeating the Czech Republic 3-2 and blanking Canada 2-0 two days later. They finally fell to Sweden in the quarterfinals.

Switzerland has a total of 24,705 players (0.35% of its population). Their coach is Sean Simpson. Swiss junior teams have also earned medals at IIHF Championships. The Swiss women's team won bronze medals in European Championship in 1995, and finished fifth at the World Championships in 1990.

Some great Swiss playersEdit

National TeamsEdit

See alsoEdit


Flag of Switzerland Ice hockey in Switzerland Flag of Switzerland
National League A         HC Ambri-PiottaEHC BielSC BernHC DavosHC Fribourg-GottéronGenève-Servette HCKloten FlyersSCL TigersHC LuganoRapperswil-Jona LakersEV ZugZSC Lions
National League B         HC LausanneHC La Chaux-de-FondsEHC VispEHC BaselGCK LionsHC AjoieSC LangenthalEHC OltenHC ThurgauHC Sierre-AnniviersHC Neuchâtel Young Sprinters
1.Liga2.Liga3.Liga4.Liga
Men's Swiss National TeamWomen's Swiss National Team



Swiss Cantons
Coat of arms of the canton of Aargau Aargau - Coat of arms of the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden Appenzell Ausserrhoden - Coat of arms of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden Appenzell Innerrhoden - Coat of arms of the canton of Basel-Stadt Basel-City - Coat of arms of the canton of Basel-Landschaft Basel-Country - Coat of arms of the canton of Bern Bern
Coat of arms of the canton of Fribourg Fribourg - Coat of arms of the canton of Genève Genève - Coat of arms of the canton of Glarus Glarus - Coat of arms of the canton of Graubünden Graubünden - Coat of arms of the canton of Jura Jura - Coat of arms of the canton of Lucerne Lucerne
Coat of arms of the canton of Neuchâtel Neuchâtel - Coat of arms of the canton of Nidwalden Nidwalden - Coat of arms of the canton of Obwalden Obwalden - Coat of arms of the canton of Schaffhausen Schaffhausen - Coat of arms of the canton of Schwyz Schwyz - Coat of arms of the canton of Solothurn Solothurn
Coat of arms of the canton of St. Gallen St. Gallen - Coat of arms of the canton of Thurgau Thurgau - Coat of arms of the canton of Ticino Ticino - Coat of arms of the canton of Uri Uri - Coat of arms of the canton of Valais Valais - Coat of arms of the canton of Vaud Vaud
Coat of arms of the canton of Zug Zug - Coat of arms of the canton of Zürich Zürich

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