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EVZ extends with four players

Annic Büchi, Nina Harju, Vanessa Kleeb and Luisa Waser sign contract extensions with EVZ.

The EVZ Women’s Team relies on continuity: In addition to forwards Lara Stalder, Noemi Ryhner, Lena-Marie Lutz, Naemi Herzig and Ivana Wey, as well as defensewomen Annika Fazokas (AUT), Nadine Hofstetter and goalie Eveliina Mäkinen (FIN), who all already have a contract until at least 2025, four other players are now also extending their contracts in Zug.

Defensewoman Annic Büchi moved from EHC Winterthur’s U17 top team to EVZ last year. A lot has happened to the 18-year-old since then: she made the direct jump from the U18 to the senior team and scored her first goal for Switzerland in mid-December. The young defender has grown into a leading role at EVZ and has earned herself a two-year contract extension.


Fellow defender Nina Harju has also extended her contract with Zug until 2026. 19-year-old Harju moved to Zug from the ZSC Lions (PostFinance Women’s League) a year ago. She has also developed into a regular international player and is EVZ’s third most productive defenseman behind Fazokas and Hofstetter (9 goals, 15 assists in 16 games).

In the offense, head coach Daniela Diaz can continue to count on the services of Luisa Waser and Vanessa Kleeb. Waser, who comes from Engelberg and played in the junior ranks of EHC Engelberg and HC Luzern, decided to return to the ice before this season. Before that, the 23-year-old was forced to sit out a season after her former team SC Reinach disbanded due to a lack of alternatives. She has now extended her contract with EVZ for a further two years. Vanessa Kleeb will also remain a Zug player until at least 2025. Before joining Zug, the forward from central Switzerland had already played seven seasons in the top two divisions, five of them in the Women’s League.

«I am delighted that we have been able to extend the contracts with these four players. They have all made an important contribution to the development of our team and have also taken a big step forward personally.»

Daniela Diaz, Head Coach EVZ Women’s Team

Talks are also currently underway with the other players. They have a great team, the players have gone through a strong process over the last few months and they want to focus on continuity in their squad planning.

Current status of the 2024/25 roster


Goalie: Eveliina Mäkinen (2025)


Defense: Annic Büchi (2026), Annika Fazokas (2025), Nina Harju (2026), Nadine Hofstetter (2025)


Offense: Naemi Herzig (2025), Vanessa Kleeb (2025), Lena-Marie Lutz (2025), Noemi Ryhner (2025), Lara Stalder (2026), Luisa Waser (2026), Ivana Wey (2025)


General sponsor
Zuger Kantonalbank
Main sponsors
Binelli Group