Tobias Stephan

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Tobias Stephan
Tobias Stephan - Fribourg-Gotteron vs. Geneve-Servette, 6th March 2010.jpg
Stephen in 2010
Born (1984-01-21) 21 January 1984 (age 39)
Zürich, Switzerland
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Kloten Flyers
Dallas Stars
Genève-Servette HC
EV Zug
Lausanne HC
National teamFlag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Switzerland
NHL Draft 34th Overall, 2002
Dallas Stars
Playing career 20012023

Tobias Stephan (born 21 January 1984) is a Swiss former professional ice hockey goaltender who predominately played in the Swiss National League (NL) from 2001 to 2023. He also played 11 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Dallas Stars during the 2007–08 and 2008–9 seasons. Internationally he played for the Swiss national team at three World Championships.


Playing career

Stephan was born in Zürich, Switzerland. As a youth, he played in the 1997 and 1998 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with a team from Zürich. [1]

In 2001, he was named the best goaltender at U18 World Junior Championships.[ citation needed ] Stephan first played for EHC Chur and then for the Kloten Flyers in Switzerland.[ citation needed ] In 2002, he was named the best rookie in the Swiss Hockey League.[ citation needed ]

Stephan was drafted 34th overall in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars, and is the third highest Swiss drafted in history.[ citation needed ] He is the fourth Swiss goalie who has been drafted by an NHL team after Pauli Jaks, David Aebischer and Martin Gerber.[ citation needed ]

Stephan made his first career NHL start on 13 October 2007 against the Chicago Blackhawks, since both of the Stars' goaltenders — Marty Turco and Mike Smith — were injured. Until the Blackhawks tied the game with two seconds remaining in regulation, Stephan had saved all 39 shots and was looking forward to a shutout in his first game. However, the Blackhawks scored again on their first shot in overtime and won the game 2–1.[ citation needed ] He would go back to the AHL after the game . Before the 08/09 season started, he would learn that he will be backing up Marty Turco. His first win was on 29 October against the Minnesota Wild — the Stars won 4–2. Stephan left the Stars on 31 July 2009 to sign for Genève-Servette in Switzerland.[ citation needed ]

At the conclusion of the 2018–19 season, Stephan joined Lausanne HC on a three-year deal worth CHF 3 million.

On 6 February 2023, during his fourth year with Lausanne HC, Stephan announced he would retire from professional hockey at the conclusion of the 2022–23 season, following 22 professional seasons. [2]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
1999–00Kloten U20SWI U20324
2000–01Kloten U20SWI U206
2001–02 Charles W. Baker High School HS-NY63303601602.67
2001–02 EHC Chur NLA 2313968003.44.899106043903.87
2002–03 Kloten Flyers NLA44267012522.81.88952922004.11
2003–04 Kloten FlyersNLA2615476152.37
2004–05 Kloten FlyersNLA44258012342.8653011102.19
2005–06 Kloten FlyersNLA4416198266312552.8211566833402.98
2006–07 Iowa Stars AHL 271015013966712.88.90020052303.46.833
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 100161201.98.950
2007–08 Iowa StarsAHL6027252332914762.65.910
2008–09 Dallas StarsNHL101314382703.70.870
2008–09 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL54013131001.91.920
2009–10 Genève-Servette HC NLA5034160302411332.242011911956203.11
2010–11 Genève-Servette HCNLA5023198302511532.28.9266244082403.53
2011–12 Genève-Servette HCNLA5021209304111162.19.9309545782512.59
2012–13 Genève-Servette HCNLA5027203297113252.67.9227344472002.69.920
2013–14 Genève-Servette HCNLA4726156285711952.50.91912757122522.11.935
2014–15 EV Zug NLA5031136299511662.32.9256233141713.25.919
2015–16 EV ZugNLA4926156296212862.59.9154032581503.48.886
2016–17 EV ZugNLA4729150283710372.18.927162.73.922
2017–18 EV Zug NL 4728571092.29.92753.31.906
2018–19 EV ZugNL361811320507652.22.925142.03.918
2019–20 Lausanne HC NL401910422848242.15.924
2020–21 Lausanne HCNL29149217196542.27.92852.45.922
2021–22 Lausanne HCNL291610116827502.68.904
2022–23 Lausanne HCNL71503092304.47.856
NHL totals111324992903.49.883


2001 Switzerland U18 63601602.67.927
2002 SwitzerlandU1884402022.72.894
2002 Switzerland WJC 63303582013.35.898
2003 SwitzerlandWJC42202401403.50.861
2010 Switzerland WC 2110120603.00.895
2011 SwitzerlandWC4310241711.74.937
2012 SwitzerlandWC3120177903.06.870
Senior totals95405382212.45.907

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  1. "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  2. "Tobias Stephan will hang up his skates at the end of the season" (in German). Lausanne HC. 6 February 2023. Retrieved 6 February 2023.