Hnat Domenichelli
Position Centre
Shoots Left
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
180 lb (82 kg)
NLA Team
F. Teams
HC Lugano
Hartford Whalers
Calgary Flames
Atlanta Thrashers
Minnesota Wild
HC Ambri-Piotta
Born February 16 1976 (1976-02-16) (age 43),
Edmonton, AB, CAN
NHL Draft 83rd overall, 1994
Hartford Whalers
Pro Career 1996 – present

Hnat A. Domenichelli (born February 16, 1976) is a Canadian-Swiss professional ice hockey player currently playing for HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A. He was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the fourth round, 83rd overall, of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He played 267 National Hockey League (NHL) games for the Whalers, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Minnesota Wild between 1996 and 2003 before moving to Switzerland where he has played since. He played for Switzerland at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Playing careerEdit

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Domenichelli had a stand-out junior career with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He was a WHL West Second Team All-Star in 1995, and a First Team All-Star in 1996, also gaining a nod as a Canadian Hockey League (CHL) First-Team All-Star. He won the Brad Hornung Trophy as the WHL's sportsman of the year, and was named the CHL Sportsman of the Year, both in 1996. He won the WHL championship with the Blazers in 1995 and the Memorial Cup as national Major-Junior champion in both 1995 and 1996.[1]

The Hartford Whalers selected Domenichelli in the fourth round, 83rd overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.[2] He made his professional debut with the Whalers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, in the 1996–97 season. He also appeared in 13 games with the Whalers that season before being traded to the Calgary Flames.[1]

Domenichelli appeared in 96 games over four seasons with the Flames before being traded, along with Dmitri Vlasenkov, to the Atlanta Thrashers during the 1999–2000 season in exchange for Jason Botterill and Darryl Shannon. The best scoring season of his NHL career during the 2000–01 season with the Thrashers, scoring 15 goals. During the 2001–02 season, the Thrashers traded Domenichelli to the Minnesota Wild for Andy Sutton. He left the Wild for Switzerland after the 2002–03 season.[1]

He has played for Team Canada several times at the Spengler Cup.[3][4][5] Now married to a Swiss woman and with two children, Domenichelli gained his Swiss passport in 2009, allowing him to play for the Swiss at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[6]

Career statistics Edit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93Kamloops BlazersWHL451282015111122
1993–94Kamloops BlazersWHL6927406731191012220
1994–95Kamloops BlazersWHL725262114341999189
1995–96Kamloops BlazersWHL6259891483716791629
1996–97Springfield FalconsAHL3924244812
1996–97Saint John FlamesAHL1112055052
1996–97Hartford WhalersNHL132137
1996–97Calgary FlamesNHL101232
1997–98Saint John FlamesAHL483313462419781514
1997–98Calgary FlamesNHL3197166
1998–99Calgary FlamesNHL23551011
1998–99Saint John FlamesAHL512521462674482
1999–00Saint John FlamesAHL1267138
1999–00Calgary FlamesNHL32591412
1999–00Atlanta ThrashersNHL2769154
2000–01Atlanta ThrashersNHL6315122718
2001–02Atlanta ThrashersNHL408111934
2001–02Minnesota WildNHL2715610
2002–03Houston AerosAHL62293463582368148
2002–03Minnesota WildNHL10000
2003–04HC Ambri-PiottaNLA4227325984722410
2004–05HC Ambri-PiottaNLA4123365930110125
2005–06HC Ambri-PiottaNLA44352459187461010
2006–07HC Ambri-PiottaNLA4421315250
2007–08HC Ambri-PiottaNLA2618224022
2008–09HC LuganoNLA402119408
2009–10HC LuganoNLA502735621640110
2010–11HC LuganoNLA4816274316
NHL totals 267 52 61 113 104


Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM Team result
1996 Canada WJC 6 2 3 5 6 Gold medal
2010 Switzerland Oly 5 1 2 3 4 8th place
International totals 11 3 5 8 10

Awards and honoursEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championship
Gold 1996 United States Ice hockey
Award Year
WHL West Second All-Star Team 1994–95 [1]
WHL West First All-Star Team 1995–96 [7]
CHL First All-Star Team 1995–96 [1]
Brad Hornung Trophy 1995–96 [8]
CHL Sportsman of the Year 1995–96 [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Hnat Domenichelli player profile. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2010-02-19.
  2. 1994 NHL Entry Draft. The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2010-02-19.
  3. Duhatschek, Eric (2010-01-17). Foreign Affairs: Switzerland. Globe and Mail. Retrieved on 2010-02-19.
  4. Curtis Joseph leads Canada into Spengler Cup. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (2007-12-25). Retrieved on 2010-02-19.
  5. Canada shot down in Spengler heartbreaker. Toronto Star (2008-12-28). Retrieved on 2010-02-19.
  6. Duhatschek, Eric (2010-02-17). Iginla goes way back with Swiss Domenichelli. Globe and Mail. Retrieved on 2010-02-19.
  7. in Flett, Cory and Watts, Jessie: 2008–09 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League, 197. 
  8. in Flett, Cory and Watts, Jessie: 2008–09 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League, 200. 

External links Edit

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