NATIONAL TEAM - Glen Hanlon, head coach of the Swiss national team, has additionally called up Fribourg-Gottéron's Timo Helbling (photo), HC Lugano's Clarence Kparghai, and ZSC's Mike Künzle for the upcoming Arosa Challenge.

NLB - Because they currently have to cope without several defensemen, the SCL Tigers have signed HC Ambrì-Piotta's Julien Bonnet, 29, on a short-term basis to help out in their defensive department.

RUMOR - As swisshockeynews.ch learned from a source from the immediate surroundings of the ZSC Lions, defenseman Derek Smith's career might be over after he fractured the first lumber vertebra last Friday in Fribourg.

NLA - Because both Sandro Zurkirchen and Michael Flückiger are injured, former GCK Lions goalie Dennis Saikkonen gets a chance to prove himself at the NLA-level with Ambrì-Piotta, as La Regione Ticino reports.

MEDICAL REPORT - As HC Lugano informs, they will have to cope without their defenseman Julien Vauclair for the rest of the year. The 35-year-old pulled a muscle in his thigh in the game against Geneva last Friday.