IIHF World Championship

In addition to the Swiss, 33 players from the two highest leagues in Switzerland will participate in the 2023 IIHF World Championship which will start tomorrow.

Teemu Hartikainen is one of the National League players joining their national team.
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Mikko Lehtonen (ZSC Lions), Teemu Hartikainen (Genève-Servette HC), Juho Lammikko (ZSC), Harri Pesonen (SCL Tigers), and Jere Sallinen (EHC Biel) will feature on the squad of one of the hosts, Finland (FIN). The other host, Latvia (LAT), is counting on four players engaged in Switzerland – Ivars Punnenonvs, Ronalds Kenins (Lausanne HC), Toms Andersons (HC La Chaux-de-Fonds), and Deniss Smirnovs (GSHC).

Czechia (CZE) will also have several NL players on their team: Šimon Hrubec (ZSC), Michal Jordán, Roman Červenka (SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers), Filip Chlapík and Michael Špaček (HC Ambrì-Piotta). For their part, Slovakia (SVK) will have Lausanne HC's Richard Pánik on their roster. Pánik's teammate in Lausanne, Martin Gernát, sustained an injury and had to be replaced.

The National League is also well-represented on Sweden (SWE)’s roster, with Henrik Tömmernes (GSHC), Jacob de la Rose, Marcus Sörensen (HC Fribourg-Gottéron), and Oscar Lindberg (SC Bern). David Reinbacher (EHC Kloten), Bernd Wolf (HC Lugano), Kilian Zündel, Dominic Zwerger (HCAP), and Oliver Achermann (HCC) will suit up for Austria (AUT).

France (FRA) has some players from Switzerland among their ranks too, namely Enzo Guebey, Alexandre Texier (ZSC), Thomas Thiry, Kevin Bozon (HC Ajoie), and Tim Bozon (LHC). As for Germany (GER), Dominik Kahun (SC Bern) made the roster, while Denmark (DEN) selected Nicklas Jensen (SCRJ Lakers) and Felix Scheel (EHC Visp). Furthermore, Norway (NOR) will have a Swiss League player on their team with HCC's Sondre Olden.

( 11 May 2023 | lle*)