IIHF World Championship

Switzerland's head coach Patrick Fischer has cut GSHC's Damien Riat from the roster. Tanner Richard, on the other hand, has been called up and will join the national team for the fourth preparation week.

Photo: Robert Hradil / RvS.Media

The 24-year-old forward joins his compatriots from the Tampa Bay Lightning's AHL-affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, who are currently facing the St. John's IceCaps in Round 1 of the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs. The Crunch allowed him to leave, as several players were before him on their depth chart.

"Tanner was not part of our team right now. He was not a regular player for us,'' said Syracuse coach Ben Groulx to syracuse.com. He added that while he liked Tanner, he had a team to run and thus they were using the guys they felt helped them the most. This term, Richard suited up in three NHL games for the Lightning as well as 47 games for the Crunch, scoring 14 goals and 20 assists.

Switzerland's roster for the fourth week of the preparation camp for the IIHF World Championship:

Goaltenders (3): Leonardo Genoni (SC Bern), Jonas Hiller (EHC Biel), Niklas Schlegel (ZSC Lions).

Defensemen (10): Raphael Diaz (EV Zug), Philippe Furrer (HC Lugano), Joël Genazzi (Lausanne HC), Dean Kukan (Cleveland Monsters/AHL), Romain Loeffel (Genève-Servette HC), Christian Marti (ZSC Lions), Claude Paschoud (HC Davos), Dominik Schlumpf (EV Zug), Dave Sutter (EHC Biel), Ramón Untersander (SC Bern).

Forwards (16): Cody Almond (Genève-Servette HC), Andres Ambühl (HC Davos), Chris Baltisberger (ZSC Lions), Simon Bodenmann (SC Bern), Damien Brunner (HC Lugano), Gaëtan Haas (EHC Biel), Fabrice Herzog (ZSC Lions), Denis Hollenstein (EHC Kloten), Denis Malgin (Florida Panthers/NHL), Vincent Praplan (EHC Kloten), Tanner Richard (Syracuse Crunch/AHL), Kevin Romy (Genève-Servette HC), Thomas Rüfenacht (SC Bern), Reto Schäppi (ZSC Lions), Reto Suri (EV Zug), Pius Suter (ZSC Lions).

Upcoming Games

Wednesday, April 26, 7.45 pm, Switzerland vs Denmark (La Chaux-de-Fonds)
Friday, April 28, 8.15 pm, Switzerland vs Denmark (Basel)

Last Update: 26 April 2017, 07:06 PM | rlu

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