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2016–17 National League A season
League National League A
Sport Ice hockey
Duration September 7, 2016 – February 25, 2017
Number of games 50
Number of teams 12
Total attendance 2,064,737 (6,882 per game)
Regular season
Best record SC Bern
Runners-up ZSC Lions
Season MVP Mark Arcobello
(SC Bern)
Top scorer Mark Arcobello
(SC Bern)
Playoffs
Semi-Final champions SC Bern
  Semi-Final runners-up HC Lugano
Semi-Final champions EV Zug
  Semi-Final runners-up HC Davos
Swiss champion NLA
Champions SC Bern
  Runners-up EV Zug
NLA seasons

The 2016–17 National League A season was the tenth ice hockey season of Switzerland's top hockey league, the National League A. Overall, it was the 79th season of Swiss professional hockey.[1][2]

SC Bern went on to win its 15th NLA title as the defending champions by defeating EV Zug. It was the first time since the 2000–01 season when the defending champions (ZSC Lions) won back-to-back titles.

Teams[]

Team City Arena Capacity
HC Ambrì-Piotta Ambrì Valascia 6,500
SC Bern Bern PostFinance-Arena 17,031
EHC Biel Biel/Bienne Tissot Arena 6,521
HC Davos Davos Vaillant Arena 6,800
Fribourg-Gottéron Fribourg BCF Arena 6,500
Genève-Servette HC Geneva Patinoire des Vernets 7,135
EHC Kloten Kloten Swiss Arena 7,719
Lausanne HC Lausanne CIG de Malley 7,600
HC Lugano Lugano Pista La Resega 7,800
SCL Tigers Langnau im Emmental Ilfis Stadium 6,000
ZSC Lions Zürich Hallenstadion 11,200
EV Zug Zug Bossard Arena 7,015

Coaching changes[]

On September 22, 2016, Fribourg-Gottéron's Gerd Zenhäusern was relieved of his duties of head coach after posting a 1-1-1-3 record through 6 games this season. It was later announced that Larry Huras would take over the job for the remainder of the season.[3]

On October 1, 2016, the SCL Tigers fired head coach Scott Beattie after posting a 1-0-2-7 record through 10 games this season. He eventually went on to coach his final game that same day against EHC Kloten, which Langnau won 5-3. On October 2, 2016, it was announced that Heinz Ehlers would be Langnau's new head coach for the remainder of the season and through the 2017–18 season should the team stay in the NLA.[4]

On November 14, 2016, EHC Biel fired head coach Kevin Schlaepfer after posting an 8-0-2-11 record through 21 games this season. Mike McNamara who was coaching Biel junior team at the time, became the interim head coach for the main club.[5]

On January 16, 2017, HC Lugano fired head coach Doug Shedden and assistant coach Pat Curcio after posting a 14-4-3-19 record through 40 games this season. It was later announced that Greg Ireland would replace Shedden at the helm of the team for the end of the season.[6]

On January 30, 2017, HC Ambrì-Piotta parted ways with head coach Hans Kossmann after posting a 7-8-4-24 record through 43 games this season, sitting dead last in the NLA at the time. Gordie Dwyer will coach the team for the remainder of the season.[7]

Arenas[]

Lausanne played its final season at Malley before playing two seasons in a temporary arena which will be located in the old city's slaughterhouse. Meanwhile, their new 10,000-seat arena will be built on the site of the old Malley.[8]

This was Fribourg's last season in the current BCF Arena before it undergoes major renovations in the spring of 2017, which will last for about two years and increase the capacity from 6,500 to 8,500. The team should still be able to play in the arena during the renovations.[9]

Regular season[]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 SC Bern 50 31 6 4 9 160 114 +46 109 Advance to Playoffs
2 ZSC Lions 50 26 9 8 7 166 115 +51 104
3 EV Zug 50 28 3 6 13 153 122 +31 96
4 Lausanne HC 50 23 5 1 21 154 139 +15 80
5 HC Davos 50 22 4 4 20 152 135 +17 78
6 Genève-Servette HC 50 18 4 11 17 135 140 −5 73
7 HC Lugano 50 19 6 4 21 142 155 −13 73
8 EHC Biel 50 21 2 3 24 146 140 +6 70
9 EHC Kloten 50 14 5 10 21 142 162 −20 62 Advance to Playouts[lower-alpha 1]
10 SCL Tigers 50 16 4 3 27 124 154 −30 59
11 Fribourg-Gottéron 50 12 5 2 31 130 177 −47 48
12 HC Ambrì-Piotta 50 9 8 5 28 113 164 −51 48
Updated to match(es) played on 25 February 2017. Source: NLA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) a higher number of wins in the regular time; 3) a higher number of wins in overtime and shootouts; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots.
Notes:

Player statistics[]

Regular season[]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Arcobello, MarkMark Arcobello style="text-align:left;"| SC Bern 50 25 30 55 +23 30
Sprunger, JulienJulien Sprunger style="text-align:left;"| HC Fribourg-Gottéron 50 26 25 51 -2 16
Cervenka, RomanRoman Červenka style="text-align:left;"| HC Fribourg-Gottéron 44 16 35 51 -8 32
Nilsson, RobertRobert Nilsson style="text-align:left;"| ZSC Lions 46 14 37 51 +30 14
Martschini, LinoLino Martschini style="text-align:left;"| EV Zug 50 23 26 49 +8 6
Shore, DrewDrew Shore style="text-align:left;"| EHC Kloten 50 24 24 48 -1 28
Klasen, LinusLinus Klasen style="text-align:left;"| HC Lugano 50 11 37 48 -11 30
McIntyre, DavidDavid McIntyre style="text-align:left;"| EV Zug 47 17 30 47 +19 34
Jeffrey, DustinDustin Jeffrey style="text-align:left;"| Lausanne HC 49 18 28 46 +9 8
Thoresen, PatrickPatrick Thoresen style="text-align:left;"| ZSC Lions 50 18 27 45 +30 36

Playoffs[]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Arcobello, MarkMark Arcobello style="text-align:left;"| SC Bern 16 8 12 20 +2 12
Ebbett, AndrewAndrew Ebbett style="text-align:left;"| SC Bern 16 8 12 20 +9 8
McIntyre, DavidDavid McIntyre style="text-align:left;"| EV Zug 16 11 8 19 +1 12
Rüfenacht, ThomasThomas Rüfenacht style="text-align:left;"| SC Bern 16 7 11 18 +4 49
Diaz, RaphaelRaphael Diaz style="text-align:left;"| EV Zug 16 5 9 14 0 6
Lasch, RyanRyan Lasch style="text-align:left;"| SC Bern 16 4 9 13 +9 2
Wieser, DinoDino Wieser style="text-align:left;"| HC Davos 10 7 5 12 +3 16
Moser, SimonSimon Moser style="text-align:left;"| SC Bern 16 4 8 12 +3 33
Untersander, RamonRamon Untersander style="text-align:left;"| SC Bern 16 5 6 11 +6 2
Immonen, JarkkoJarkko Immonen style="text-align:left;"| EV Zug 15 4 7 11 -4 41

Playoffs[]

  Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Finals
                           
  1  SC Bern 4  
8  EHC Biel 1  
  1  SC Bern 4  
  7  HC Lugano 1  
2  ZSC Lions 2
  7  HC Lugano 4  
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)   1  SC Bern 4
  3  EV Zug 2
  3  EV Zug 4  
6  Genève-Servette HC 0  
  3  EV Zug 4
  5  HC Davos 2  
4  Lausanne HC 0
  5  HC Davos 4  

References[]

External links[]


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