In preparation for this winter's World Juniors, U20 head coach Marco Bayer has gathered 28 players to come along to Canada as part of the provisional roster. After traveling overseas on December 12, the Swiss will have three games, one versus host Canada, Sweden, and Czechia each, before the tournament kicks off on December 26.
Five members will still have to be cut from the provisional roster to get down to 20 players and three goalies. The decision will be made after the last preparation game.
"We already had to make some tough decisions for the expanded squad", Bayer states. "We're traveling to Canada with a lot of players who have experience from one or even more U20 World Championships. In addition, there are some hungry players who are fighting for their first Worlds call-up at this level. We want to use the preparation on site and especially the test matches against top opponents to be 100 percent ready for the difficult opening game against Finland."
In addition to Tommy Albelin, Bayer will be assisted by Colin Muller, usually head coach for the women's national team, for this tournament.
Goaltenders (3): Alessio Beglieri (Mississauga Steelheads / OHL), Mathieu Croce (HC Davos), Kevin Pasche (Omaha Lancers / USHL)
Defenders (10): Lian Bichsel (Leksands IF / SWE), Darren Boss (EHC Biel), Vincent Despont (Saint John Sea Dogs / QMJHL), Luca Deussen (EHC Kloten), Rodwin Dionicio (Niagara IceDogs / OHL), Nick Meile (SC Bern), Dario Sidler (Lausanne HC), Maximilian Streule (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada / QMJHL), Simone Terraneo (HC Ambri-Piotta), Brian Zanetti (Peterborough Petes / OHL)
Forwards (15): Mats Alge (SCRJ Lakers), Nicolas Baechler (GCK/ZSC Lions), Attilio Biasca (Halifax Mooseheads / OHL), Lorenzo Canonica (Shawinigan Cataractes / QMJHL), Joel Henry (GCK/ZSC Lions), Jeremy Jabola (SC Bern), Tim Muggli (EV Zug), Miles Müller (Moncton Wildcats / QMJHL), Nicolas Perrenoud (Lausanne HC), Mischa Ramel (EHC Kloten), Liekit Reichle (GCK/ZSC Lions), Mattheo Reinhard (EHC Biel-Bienne), Louis Robin (Val-d’Or Foreurs / QMJHL), Jonas Taibel (Moncton Wildcats / QMJHL), Livio Truog (GCK/ZSC Lions)