National League

The twelve National League teams decided yesterday in a conference call to continue to play until the beginning of December.

Games in November in empty arenas are a go
Robert Hradil / RvS.Media

They will reassess the situation on December 2. Whether or not they will continue to play will depend on the epidemiological situation in Switzerland as well as the promised financial aid by the Federal Council.

Several CEOs/presidents of National League teams also spoke to the press yesterday. As Laurent Strawson, president of Genève-Servette HC, told the Tribune de Genève, he wants the season to go on. Mark Gianola, CEO of HC Davos, and Markus Bütler, CEO of the SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers agreed with him in the Südostschweiz.

Raphaël Berger, CEO of HC Fribourg-Gottéron, is torn, as he told the Tribune de Genève, as a lot of things are still up in the air. Patrick de Preux, president of Lausanne HC, on the other hand, wants to put the season on hold and continue once things have settled down. Daniel Villard, CEO of EHC Biel, also would have preferred that solution, as he told the Bieler Tagblatt yesterday.

All of those men have in common that they want the financial aid of the Federal Council. However, whether the conditions applied to the loans will be to their liking remains to be seen. Be that as it may, for now, hockey games in the National League will continue until December 1.

( 29 October 2020 | mso*)

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