The EVZ Academy squad for the Swiss League season 2020/21 is taking shape.
"Some are returning, some who have been with us for a while are looking for a new challenge, a large part of the team is staying together, and younger players from our own ranks are moving up from below," comments Roland Schmid, Head of Sports at The Hockey Academy, on the status of squad composition at EVZ Farmteam, which is starting its fifth season in the Swiss League this autumn. The return concerns defender Marco Forrer (1996), who is rejoining EVZ after three years in Davos and two years in Fribourg. With the experience of 125 matches in the National League, he is also a candidate for first team assignments for Reto Kläy, GM & Director of Sport National League. With defender Dario Wüthrich (1999) and striker Livio Langenegger (1998), two more players from the EVZ Farmteam make the leap into the first team.
In addition to Marco Forrer, Daniel Gysi (1996), another defender, and Simon Wüest (2000), another striker, join the EVZ Farmteam. Gysi has played in North American Junior Leagues for the last six seasons, most recently at Lawrence University (NCAA III). Wüest comes from the youth department of EHC Biel and has played in various Junior National Teams. The squad list for 2020/21 already includes seven defenders and eleven forwards, with Robin Meyer (2000) and Jay Kobler (2001) planned as goalkeepers, who will share the action with National League back-up Luca Hollenstein and the two EVZ U20-Elit goalkeepers.
The filling of the foreigners position is still open after the departure of Danish defender Emil Kristensen. According to Roland Schmid, it could well be that a foreign defender will be signed on as well as a foreign striker. Schmid is also looking for young talents who want to use the EVZ Farm Team as a springboard. Tryouts are planned for possible candidates from Germany and abroad in the summer. As Roland Schmid points out, fixed positions are kept open for young players from the U20-Elit: "We were already the youngest team last season and will be even younger in certain positions in the coming season!
There are no changes in the team managers: Head Coach Roger Hansson and Assistant Coach Corsin Camichel will continue to be in the EVZ Farmteam.
The EVZ Academy team's squad, as of April 2020:
Goalkeepers: Robin Meyer (2000), Jay Kobler (2001), U20-Elit goalkeeper.
Defenders: Yannick Brunner (1999), Marco Forrer (1996), Nico Graf (1999), Daniel Gysi (1996), Jeremy Minder (2000), Mick Schüpbach (1999), Remi Vogel (2001). Open: Foreigners, players from the U20-Elit.
Forward: Gianluca Barbei (2000), Luca Andrea De Nisco (2000), Andreas Döpfner (1999), David Eugster (1999), Valentin Hofer (2002), Calvin Schleiss (1999), Devin Stehli (2000), Dean Schwenninger (2001), Yves Stoffel (2001), Aron Welter (2001), Simon Wüest (2000). Open: Foreigners, players from the U20-Elit.
Goalkeeper: Gianluca Zaetta (SCL Tigers).
Defenders: Ricardo Auriemma (?), Luca Capaul (GCK/ZSC Lions), Emil Kristensen (?), Yanick Stampfli (EHC Biel), Dario Wüthrich (EVZ NL team).
Forwards: Jordann Bougro (HC Fribourg-Gottéron), Livio Langenegger (EVZ NL team), Thomas Lust (?), Cyril Oehen (EHC Olten), Robin Schwab (HC Ambri-Piotta), Dominik
Volejnicek (?), Luca Wyss (?)