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Switzerland
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Nickname(s) Eisgenossen
Association Schweizerischer Eishockeyverband
Head coach Canada Ralph Krueger
Captain Mark Streit
Most games Ivo Ruthemann (225)
Top scorer Jorg Eberle (79)
Most points Jorg Eberle (142)
IIHF ranking 7
Highest IIHF ranking 7 (2008)
Lowest IIHF ranking 9 (first in 2003)
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First international
 Great Britain 3 - 0 Switzerland 
(Chamonix, France; January 23, 1909)
Biggest win
 Switzerland 23 - 0 Yugoslavia 
(Zurich, Switzerland; February 4, 1939)
Biggest defeat
 Canada 47 - 0 Switzerland 
(Chamonix, France; January 30, 1924)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 33 (first in 1920)
Best result Med 2.png (1935)
European Championships
Appearances 8 (first in 1910)
Best result Med 1.png (1926)
Olympics
Appearances 14 (first in 1920)
Medals Bronze medal.svg (1928, 1948)
International record (W-L-T)
464-541-109

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 26,989 players (0.35% of its population). Their coach is Ralph Krueger.

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Swiss Men's U20 Team

Switzerland made their U20 debut in 1977 at the A Pool championships held in Banska Bystrica, Czechoslovakia. Their first game was an 18-1 loss to the Soviet Union. In the end, Switzerland was relegated to the B Pool, where the Swiss stormed back to Pool A with a 4-0 record with wins over Holland, Denmark, Italy, and France. Despite the repeated returns to the A Pool; Switzerland did not win their first Pool A game until 1991, where the Swiss edged Norway 2-1 to avoid relegation, which went to the Norwegians.

Switzerland became more present in the A Pool when the International Ice Hockey Federation changed it's format from "only round-robin" to "round-robin, quarter-finals, and medal round". The new format allowed 2 new teams to join Pool A, which were Slovakia and Switzerland. In 1998, the Swiss won their first-ever quarter-final game over Sweden in a shootout, when Swiss goaltedner David Aebischer led his team to the semi-finals. Their gold medal hopes were dashed by Finland in the semi-finals losing 2-1. Switzerland would not go home without a medal as they won bronze over the Czech-Republic. In 2002, Switzerland upset Slovakia in the shootout in the quarter-finals to lead Switzerland to the medal-round, but Tobias Stephan was the hero with his heroics. Switzerland would lose to Canada in the semi-finals, but would end up finshing fourth as Finland claimed bronze, despite the Switzerland recorded a 3-0 win over Finland in their opening game of tournament.

Switzerland would face difficulties and nearly being relegated, until the Swiss were relegated in 2008 along with Denmark. Switzerland played host to the Div I tournament in Herisau, Switzerland.

Switzerland made a predicted return to top division for 2010. Switzerland was well-predicted to finish 7th or 8th place avoiding relegation. But with a surprising win over Slovakia, Switzerland earned a spot in the quarter-finals against Russia, where the Swiss would do the unthinkable knocking out Russia in overtime, where Nino Niederreiter was the hero scoring the overtime-winning goal. Switzerland's of winning the gold medal was dashed by Canada, when they lost 6-1 in the semi-finals. Sweden would win the bronze medal by a score of 11-4 over Switzerland - the highest margain of victory in a medal game since the new format took place in 1995.

Notably, the country of Switzerland were to host the 2010 IIHF World Junior U20 Hockey Championships, but withdrew their application because of the fear of being relegated because of their poor performance in recent tournaments. The hosts cities were rumoured to be Bern, or Lugano. Davos could not host the World Juniors because of the Spengler Cup.

It has been rumoured that Switzerland has considered sending an application to host the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships.

Rosters

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2010 Olympic Roster

Pos. Player Team
GK Martin Gerber Russia Atlant Mytischi
GK Jonas Hiller United States Anaheim Ducks
GK Tobias Stephan Switzerland Geneva-Servette
D Goran Bezina Switzerland Geneva-Servette
D Severin Blindenbacher Sweden Farjestad Karlstad
D Rafeal Diaz Switzerland EV Zug
D Roman Josi Switzerland SC Bern
D Luca Sbisa United States Portland Winterhawks
D Mathias Seger Switzerland ZSC Lions Zurich
D Mark Streit United States New York Islanders
D Yannick Weber Canada Hamilton Bulldogs
F Andres Ambuhl United States Hartford Wolf Pack
F Thomas Deruns Switzerland Geneva-Servette
F Hnat Domenichelli Switzerland HC Lugano
F Sandy Jeannin Switzerland HC Fribourg-Gotteron
F Thibaut Monnet Switzerland ZSC Lions Zurich
F Thierry Paterlini Switzerland Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
F Martin Pluss Switzerland SC Bern
F Kevin Romy Switzerland HC Lugano
F Ivo Ruthermann Switzerland SC Bern
F Raffaele Sannitz Switzerland HC Lugano
F Julien Sprunger Switzerland HC Fribourg-Gotteron
F Roman Wick Switzerland Kloten Flyers

2009 World Championship roster

Pos. No. Player Team
GK 26 Martin Gerber Russia Atlant Moscow
GK 31 Daniel Manzato United States Albany River Rats
GK 66 Ronnie Rueger Switzerland Kloten Flyers
D 57 Goran Bezina Switzerland Genève-Servette HC
D 68 Yannick Weber Canada Hamilton Bulldogs
D 5 Severin Blindenbacher Sweden Färjestads BK
D 16 Raphael Díaz Switzerland EV Zug
D 13 Félicien Du Bois Switzerland Kloten Flyers
D 31 Mathias Seger Switzerland ZSC Lions
D 54 Philippe Furrer Switzerland SC Bern
D 90 Roman Josi Switzerland SC Bern
D 7 Mark Streit United States New York Islanders
F 10 Andres Ambühl Switzerland HC Davos
F 18 Thomas Déruns Switzerland Genève-Servette HC
F 51 Ryan Gardner Switzerland ZSC Lions
F 35 Sandy Jeannin Switzerland Fribourg-Gottéron
F 67 Romano Lemm Switzerland HC Lugano
F 25 Thibaut Monnet Switzerland ZSC Lions
F 23 Thierry Paterlini Switzerland HC Lugano
F 28 Martin Plüss Switzerland SC Bern
F 88 Kevin Romy Switzerland HC Lugano
F 32 Ivo Rüthemann Switzerland SC Bern
F 39 Raffaele Sannitz Switzerland HC Lugano
F 14 Roman Wick Switzerland Kloten Flyers
F 38 Thomas Ziegler Switzerland SC Bern

2006 Olympic roster

Pos. No. Player Team
GK 31 David Aebischer Switzerland HC Lugano
GK 66 Marco Bührer Switzerland SC Bern
GK 1 Andy Champagne United States Anaheim Ducks
GK 26 Martin Gerber Russia Atlant Moscow
D 57 Goran Bezina Switzerland Genève-Servette HC
D 5 Severin Blindenbacher Switzerland ZSC Lions
D 22 Olivier Keller Switzerland EHC Basel
D 31 Mathias Seger Switzerland ZSC Lions
D 7 Mark Streit United States New York Islanders
D 3 Julien Vauclair Switzerland HC Lugano
F 10 Andres Ambühl Switzerland HC Davos
F 35 Sandy Jeannin Switzerland HC Lugano
F 38 Thomas Ziegler Switzerland SC Bern
F 67 Romano Lemm Switzerland Kloten Flyers
F 97 Adrian Wichser Switzerland ZSC Lions
F 23 Thierry Paterlini Switzerland ZSC Lions
F 28 Martin Plüss Switzerland SC Bern
F 32 Ivo Rüthemann Switzerland SC Bern
F 15 Paul DiPietro Switzerland EV Zug
F 30 Marcel Jenni Switzerland Kloten Flyers

Olympic record

Olympic medal record
Men’s ice hockey
Bronze 1928 St. Moritz Ice hockey
Bronze 1948 St. Moritz Ice hockey
  • 1920 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1924 - Finished in 8th place
  • 1928 - Won bronze medal
  • 1932 - Did not participate
  • 1936 - Finished tied in 12th place
  • 1948 - Won bronze medal
  • 1952 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1956 - Finished in 9th place
  • 1960 - Did not participate
  • 1964 - Finished in 8th place
  • 1968 - Did not participate
  • 1972 - Finished in 10th place
  • 1976 - Finished in 11th place
  • 1980 - Did not participate
  • 1984 - Did not participate
  • 1988 - Finished in 8th place
  • 1992 - Finished in 10th place
  • 1994 - Did not participate
  • 1998 - Did not participate
  • 2002 - Finished in 11th place
  • 2006 - Finished in 6th place

European Championship record

Medal record
European Championships
Bronze 1922 Switzerland Switzerland
Bronze 1924 Italy Switzerland
Bronze 1925 Czechoslovakia Switzerland
Gold 1926 Switzerland Switzerland
Bronze 1932 Germany Switzerland
  • 1910 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1911 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1912 - Did not participate
  • 1922 - Won bronze medal
  • 1923 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1924 - Won bronze medal
  • 1925 - Won bronze medal
  • 1926 - Won gold medal
  • 1927 - Did not participate
  • 1928 - Not ranked
  • 1932 - Won bronze medal

World Championship record

Medal record
World Championships
Bronze 1930 Switzerland
Silver 1935 Switzerland Switzerland
Bronze 1937 England Switzerland
Bronze 1939 Switzerland Switzerland
Bronze 1950 England Switzerland
Bronze 1951 France Switzerland
Bronze 1953 Switzerland Switzerland
  • 1930 - Won bronze medal
  • 1931 - Did not participate
  • 1933 - Finished tied in 5th place
  • 1934 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1935 - Won silver medal
  • 1937 - Won bronze medal
  • 1938 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1939 - Won bronze medal
  • 1947 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1949 - Finished in 5th place
  • 1950 - Won bronze medal
  • 1951 - Won bronze medal
  • 1953 - Won bronze medal
  • 1954 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1955 - Finished in 8th place
  • 1957 - Did not participate
  • 1958 - Did not participate
  • 1959 - Finished in 12th place
  • 1961 - Finished in 11th place (3rd in "Pool B")
  • 1962 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1963 - Finished in 10th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1965 - Finished in 10th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1966 - Finished in 14th place (6th in "Pool B")
  • 1967 - Finished in 15th place (7th in "Pool B")
  • 1969 - Finished in 16th place (2nd in "Pool C")
  • 1970 - Finished in 12th place (6th in "Pool B")
  • 1971 - Finished in 7th place (won "Pool B")
  • 1972 - Finished in 6th place
  • 1973 - Finished in 13th place (7th in "Pool B")
  • 1974 - Finished in 15th place (won "Pool C")
  • 1975 - Finished in 9th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1976 - Finished in 12th place (4th in "Pool B")
  • 1977 - Finished in 13th place (5th in "Pool B")
  • 1978 - Finished in 11th place (3rd in "Pool B")
  • 1979 - Finished in 13th place (5th in "Pool B")
  • 1981 - Finished in 11th place (3rd in "Pool B")
  • 1982 - Finished in 14th place (6th in "Pool B")
  • 1983 - Finished in 14th place (6th in "Pool B")
  • 1985 - Finished in 10th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1986 - Finished in 9th place (won "Pool B")
  • 1987 - Finished in 8th place
  • 1989 - Finished in 12th place (4th in "Pool B")
  • 1990 - Finished in 9th place (won "Pool B")
  • 1991 - Finished in 7th place
  • 1992 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1993 - Finished in 10th place
  • 1994 - Finished in 13th place (won "Pool B")
  • 1995 - Finished in 12th place
  • 1996 - Finished in 14th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1997 - Finished in 15th place (3rd in "Pool B")
  • 1998 - Finished in 4th place
  • 1999 - Finished in 8th place
  • 2000 - Finished in 6th place
  • 2001 - Finished in 9th place
  • 2002 - Finished in 9th place
  • 2003 - Finished in 8th place
  • 2004 - Finished in 8th place
  • 2005 - Finished in 8th place
  • 2006 - Finished in 9th place
  • 2007 - Finished in 8th place
  • 2008 - Finished in 7th place
  • 2009 - Finished in 9th place

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