IIHF World Championship

After the first registration deadline, it is clear which players from Switzerland will definitely be suiting up for their national teams.

Dominik Kubalík will suit up for Czechia.
PHOTOPRESS / Cyril Zingaro

Until Thursday evening, the head coaches had to register at least 15 skaters and two goalies for the IIHF Worlds. Additional players can be registered until two hours before every game, until the roster reaches its maximum of 22 skaters and three goalies. Among the already registered players are a couple of well-known faces.

(FIN) Finland

The Finnish coach has already registered all of his 25 players for the tournament. Among them are also Petteri Lindbohm (D, Lausanne HC), Harri Pesonen (F, SCL Tigers), and Toni Rajala (F, EHC Biel).

(GER) Germany

The Germans do not have any players from Switzerland on their roster. Head coach Toni Söderholm, however, relies on some "Swiss" quality by having hired SC Bern's head coach Kari Jalonen as a consultant.

(DEN) Denmark

Heinz Ehlers

Also the Danes do not have a Swiss player on their roster, but a coaching staff that is well-known in Switzerland. Behind the bench, there is head coach Heinz Ehlers (SCL Tigers), as well as his assistant coaches Rikard Franzén (SCL Tigers) and John Fust (Lausanne HC).

(FRA) France

At yesterday's first deadline, France has registered 17 of their possible 25 players. Among them are also Thomas Thiry (D, EV Zug), Charles Bertrand (F, HC Fribourg-Gottéron), and Tim Bozon (F, Genève-Servette HC). A candidate for one of the remaining spots in Philippe Bozon's and René Matte's team is Eliot Berthon (Genève-Servette HC).

(CZE) Czechia

19 players have been registered by Czechia's coach Milos Riha. As expected, Dominik Kubalík (F, HC Ambrì-Piotta) is one of them. Another interesting name is forward Jan Kovar, who is reportedly in negotiations with Swiss teams for the upcoming season.

Switzerland faces Czechia on Tuesday, 21 May at 12.15 pm.

(NOR) Norway

Jonas Holøs (D, HC Fribourg-Gottéron) is the only player on Norway's roster who has played in Switzerland last season. Among their 25 registered players is, of course, also 35-year-old Patrick Thoresen, who is well-known in Switzerland since he played for HC Lugano and the ZSC Lions.

Switzerland faces Norway on Wednesday, 15 May at 4.15 pm.

(LAT) Latvia

Elvis Merzlikins is set to join Bob Hartley's team.
Robert Hradil / RvS.Media

So far, Ronalds Kenins (F, Lausanne HC) is the only player from Switzerland on head coach Bob Hartley's team. However, there are still four spots open. Elvis Merzlikins (G, HC Lugano) will join the team but has not yet been registered. Another candidate for one of the remaining spots is Toms Andersons (F, SC Langenthal).

Switzerland faces Latvia on Sunday, 12 May at 8.15 pm

(AUT) Austria

Future EHC Biel forward Peter Schneider.
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Austria counts on offensive power from the Leventina, as they have registered both Dominic Zwerger (F, HC Ambrì-Piotta) and Fabio Hofer (F, HC Ambrì-Piotta). Part of the team is also EHC Biel's future forward Peter Schneider. Seven roster spots are still open and Benjamin Baumgartner (F, HC Davos) and Patrick Obrist (F, EHC Kloten) are still waiting to be registered.

Switzerland faces Austria on Tuesday, 14 May at 8.15 pm

(ITA) Italy

Also Italy counts on a trio from Switzerland: Giovanni Morini (F, HC Lugano), Diego Kostner (F, HC Ambrì-Piotta), and Luca Zanatta (D, EHC Olten) are among the 22 players that Italy has registered until Thursday evening.​​​​​​​

Switzerland faces Italy on Saturday, 11 May at 12.15 pm

( 10 May 2019 | tme )
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