Michel Riesen

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Michel Riesen
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Born (1979-04-11) April 11, 1979 (age 40)
Oberbalm, Switzerland
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Edmonton Oilers
EHC Biel
HC Davos
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
NHL Draft 14th overall, 1997
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 19942014

Michel Riesen (born April 11, 1979 in Oberbalm, Switzerland) is a former professional ice hockey winger who last played for the EHC Basel in the National League B.

Oberbalm Place in Bern, Switzerland

Oberbalm, is a municipality in the Bern-Mittelland administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.

Switzerland federal republic in Central Europe

Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country situated in western, central, and southern Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. The sovereign state is a federal republic bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning a total area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8.5 million people is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are to be found: among them are the two global cities and economic centres Zürich and Geneva.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.


Playing career

He was selected in the first round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, 14th overall, by the Edmonton Oilers. At the time he was the highest drafted Swiss player in NHL history.

1997 NHL Entry Draft

The 1997 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on June 21, 1997.

Edmonton Oilers hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Riesen was twice a member of Switzerland's World Junior team (1997, 1998) and a member of its World Championship team (1998). Riesen made his North American debut on the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs team in 1998–99. Riesen played three seasons in Hamilton with his best season being in 1999–00 when he registered 60 points (29G-31A). [1]

Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) ice hockey team in the American Hockey League

The Hamilton Bulldogs were a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They played in Hamilton, Ontario, at FirstOntario Centre, nicknamed 'The Dog Pound'. They were the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens as two separate franchises over 19 seasons of continuous participation in the AHL. The team won the Calder Cup once in its history, in 2007.

The 1998–99 AHL season was the 63rd season of the American Hockey League. Nineteen teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Providence Bruins finished first overall in the regular season, and won their first Calder Cup championship.

Riesen made his NHL debut in the 2000–01 season with the Oilers, playing in 12 games in what would be his only NHL season. On July 1, 2001, Riesen was traded from the Oilers, along with Doug Weight, to the St. Louis Blues for Marty Reasoner, Jochen Hecht and Jan Horacek. Riesen never played for the Blues, opting to head back to Switzerland for the 2001–02 season to rejoin HC Davos. [2]

The 2000–01 NHL season was the 84th regular season of the National Hockey League. Thirty teams each played 82 games. The Stanley Cup winners were the Colorado Avalanche, who won the best of seven series 4–3 against the New Jersey Devils. The focus of Colorado's Stanley Cup run was on star defenseman Ray Bourque, who was on a quest to win his first Stanley Cup championship in his illustrious 22-year career. As of 2019, this was the last time that both teams who clinched conference went to the Stanley Cup finals.

Doug Weight American ice hockey player

Douglas Daniel Weight is an American professional ice hockey coach, executive and former player. He is also the former head coach and assistant general manager for the New York Islanders. During his 19-year National Hockey League career, he played for the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks, St. Louis Blues and the New York Islanders.

St. Louis Blues hockey team of the National Hockey League

The St. Louis Blues are a professional ice hockey team in St. Louis, Missouri. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Blues play their home games at the 19,150-seat Enterprise Center in downtown St. Louis. Enterprise Center is the second home arena of the Blues, with the team first playing at St. Louis Arena from 1967 to 1994.

In the 2006-07 season, Riesen was the top goal scorer in the NLA with 37 goals.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1994–95 EHC Biel NLA 120220
1995–96EHC Biel NLB 349615231010
1996–97EHC BielNLB3816163249
1997–98 HC Davos NLA321692581855104
1998–99 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 6061723630000
1999–00 Hamilton BulldogsAHL7329316020103584
2000–01 Hamilton BulldogsAHL6926285414
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 120114
2001–02HC DavosNLA351212242816781552
2002–03HC DavosNLA4417173430173698
2003–04HC DavosNLA471613291461234
2004–05HC DavosNLA441814328153366
2005–06HC DavosNLA39171229181593128
2006–07HC DavosNLA44371451701554937
2007–08HC DavosNLA3913173018116398
2008–09HC DavosNLA5024174132
2009-10 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA4111182912DNP
2010-11Rapperswil-Jona LakersNLA469101916----------
NHL totals120114

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Preceded by
Matthieu Descoteaux
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Michael Henrich