National League (ice hockey)

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National League
Current season, competition or edition:
Hockey current event.svg 2020–21 NL season
Nationalleague.png
FormerlyNDA
1938–1999
Nationalliga A
1999–2007
National League A
2007–2017
National League
2017–present
Sport Ice hockey
Founded1938
CEO Jean-Marie Viaccoz
Michael Rindlisbacher
No. of teams13
CountryFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Most recent
champion(s)
SC Bern (18/19)
Most titles HC Davos (31)
TV partner(s) MySports
SRG
Relegation to Swiss League
Related
competitions
Swiss League
Official website www.nationalleague.ch

The National League (NL) is a professional ice hockey league in Switzerland and is the top tier of the Swiss league system. Prior to the 2017–18 season, the league was known as National League A. [1] During the 2018–19 season, the league had an average of 6,949 spectators per game which is the highest among European leagues (ahead of the KHL with 6,397 and the DEL with 6,215). The capital city's club SC Bern has been ranked first of all European clubs for 18 seasons and had an average attendance of 16,290 after the regular season. The ZSC Lions are another club in the top ten of European ice hockey attendance, ranking seventh with 9,694 spectators. [2]

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Season structure

During the regular season, each of the 12 teams play 50 games. The top eight teams after the regular season qualify for the playoffs to determine the Swiss champion in best-of-seven series. The bottom four teams in the standings play a relegation tournament, called playouts, in which each team retains their regular season points and play an additional six matches. Following those matches, the two bottom ranked teams will play each other in a best-of-seven series, with the loser then playing the winner of the Swiss League playoffs in a best-of-seven series for a spot in the successive NL season. [3]

Current teams

TeamLocationArenaCapacityFoundedJoined league
CityCanton
HC Ajoie Porrentruy Wappen Jura matt.svg Jura Raiffeisen Arena 4,60019732021
HC Ambrì-Piotta Ambrì Wappen Tessin matt.svg Ticino Valascia 6,50019371985
SC Bern Bern Wappen Bern matt.svg Bern PostFinance Arena 17,03119311986
EHC Biel Biel/Bienne Wappen Bern matt.svg Bern Tissot Arena 6,52119392008
HC Davos Davos Wappen Graubunden matt.svg Grisons Vaillant Arena 6,80019211993
Fribourg-Gottéron Fribourg Wappen Freiburg matt.svg Fribourg BCF Arena 8,93419381980
Genève-Servette HC Geneva Wappen Genf matt.svg Geneva Patinoire des Vernets 7,13519052001
Lausanne HC Lausanne Wappen Waadt matt.svg Vaud Vaudoise Aréna 9,60019222013
HC Lugano Lugano Wappen Tessin matt.svg Ticino Cornèr Arena 7,80019411981
SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers Rapperswil-Jona Coat of arms of canton of St. Gallen.svg St. Gallen St. Galler Kantonalbank Arena 6,20019452018
SCL Tigers Langnau im Emmental Wappen Bern matt.svg Bern Ilfis Stadium 6,00019462015
ZSC Lions Zürich Wappen Zurich matt.svg Zürich Hallenstadion 11,20019301989
EV Zug Zug Wappen Zug matt.svg Zug Bossard Arena 7,20019671987

Import players

The current gentlemen's agreement allows teams to dress a maximum of four non-Swiss players for each game. There is no official rule as it would be against Swiss laws to limit foreign workers in a given enterprise. This agreement is not directly related to Swiss citizenship as players with different nationalities but with Swiss player-licenses are considered Swiss players, thus they do not count as import players. Current examples of this scenario are Deniss Smirnovs and Eliot Berthon with Genève-Servette HC and Floran Douay and Josh Jooris with Lausanne HC. They all play with Swiss player-licenses as they have spent a good majority of their childhoods playing hockey with junior teams in Switzerland yet they do not possess Swiss citizenships. Such players would not be able to play in the NL if it was not for their Swiss player-licenses as they would not be considered good enough to use an import player spot on any team. Those spots are usually reserved for players who have had good NHL careers or players with great stats and performances in the AHL, SHL, KHL or Liiga.

The subject of import players has been and still is a huge subject of debates among team owners and GMs. Some of them wish to allow more than four import players per game in order to reduce the salaries of star Swiss players and the others want to keep that limit to four players to allow more Swiss players to play on special units and have top roles on their teams. [4] [5]

Media coverage

NL games are only available in Switzerland and MySports is the league's official broadcaster, airing all regular season and playoffs games. MySports pays CHF 35 million per year to broadcast NL games and selected SL games. [6] Games are available with German, French and Italian commentaries.

The SRG SSR airs regular season games highlights after each round and two selected games per playoff night in all three languages. Starting with the 2020-21 season, the SSR is allowed to broadcast 6 live regular season games per season. Additionally, talk-shows are broadcast live on all 3 channels after each game night, featuring former Swiss players like Gil Montandon, Marco Bührer or Mark Streit.

Past champions

Swiss National Championship Serie A (1909–1937)

Swiss International Championship Serie A (1916–1933)

ClubWinnersWinning years
HC Davos
31
1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944,
1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1958, 1960, 1984, 1985, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015
SC Bern
16
1959, 1965, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019
EHC Arosa
9
1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1980, 1982
ZSC Lions
9
1936, 1949, 1961, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2018
HC Lugano
7
1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1999, 2003, 2006
HC La Chaux-de-Fonds
6
1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
EHC Kloten
5
1967, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
EHC Biel
3
1978, 1981, 1983
EHC St. Moritz
3
1922, 1923, 1928
HC Bellerive Vevey
3
1909, 1919, 1920
HC Bern
3
1916, 1917, 1918
HC Les Avants
2
1912, 1913
HC Rosey-Gstaad
2
1921, 1925
HC Villars
2
1963, 1964
Club des patineurs de Lausanne
1
1911
EHC Visp
1
1962
EV Zug
1
1998
Grasshopper-Club Zürich
1
1966
HC Château-d’Œx
1
1924
HC La Villa Lausanne
1
1910
SC Langnau
1
1976

See also

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References

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  2. "Swiss lead attendance study". www.iihf.com. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  3. Lovis, Frédéric (14 June 2013). "Les play-out de LNA seront modifiés". Le Matin. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  4. "Future of Swiss hockey - Same objective, different recipes". swisshockeynews.ch. 15 June 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  5. "Will a salary cap be introduced into the National League in 2024?". swisshockeynews.ch. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  6. "Legal situation between league and MySports still in discussion". swisshockeynews.ch. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.