National League

After the National League announced to postpone their final decision on the planned reform, the question is: how serious are they?

Raphaël Berger, CEO of HC Fribourg-Gottéron.
HC Fribourg-Gottéron

According to HC Fribourg-Gottéron's CEO Raphaël Berger, the postponement of any kind of decisions until the end of the season has mainly to do with their own planning: "We had a schedule that was a little too ambitious," he explains to La Liberté. "But this does not mean that the reform is being called into question."

«This does not mean that the reform is being called into question»
Raphaël Berger

Berger assures that a discussion will take place with the players' union SIHPU, but also says in the players' direction: "They cannot take into account only what is favourable to them. (...) Until a year and a half ago, nobody was interested in the players' union! And suddenly, when certain things resurface, it's the most important thing."

«Until a year and a half ago, nobody was interested in the players' union!»
Raphaël Berger

In Raphaël Berger's opinion, to raise the import-player limit is a necessary step: "Are people aware that there aren't enough players in Switzerland to feed the [top-level] championship? No, because no one is interested in junior hockey (...) There are not enough young people in the country who accept to do everything to become professionals."

( 05 March 2021 | tme* | Report an error )

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