National League A
2014–15 NLA season
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1999
CEO Marc Furrer
No. of teams 12
Country(ies) Switzerland
Most recent champion(s) ZSC Lions
Most championship(s) HC Davos (30)
TV partner(s) SRG, Teleclub
Official website
Related competitions National League B

National League A (NLA) is a professional Ice hockey league in Switzerland. It is the top tier of the Swiss hockey league system and of the two-tier National League. Prior to the 2007–08 season, the league was officially called Nationalliga A (German), (French: Ligue Nationale A (LNA), Italian: Lega Nazionale A). The NLA has the most attended hockey club in Europe, SC Bern, and is also the most attended league within the same continent.[1]

Season structure[edit | edit source]

During the regular season, each of the 12 teams play 50 games. The top eight teams after the regular season qualify for the playoffs to determine the Swiss champion in best-of-seven series'. The bottom four teams in the standings play a relegation tournament in which each team retains their regular season points and play an additional 6 matches. Following those matches, the two bottom ranked teams will play each other in a best-of-seven series, with the loser then playing the winner of the National League B playoffs in a best-of-seven series for a spot in the successive NLA season.[2]

Current teams[edit | edit source]

Team City Arena Capacity Attendance 13/14
HC Ambrì-Piotta Ambrì Valascia 6,500 5,631
SC Bern Bern PostFinance-Arena 17,131 16,347
EHC Biel Biel/Bienne Eisstadion Biel 7,000 4,651
HC Davos Davos Vaillant Arena 6,795 4,782
HC Fribourg-Gottéron Fribourg BCF Arena 6,700 6,570
Genève-Servette HC Geneva Patinoire des Vernets 7,135 6,819
Kloten Flyers Kloten Kolping Arena 7,624 5,627
Lausanne HC Lausanne CIG de Malley 8,000 6,528
HC Lugano Lugano Pista La Resega 8,250 5,040
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers Rapperswil Diners Club Arena 6,200 4,361
EV Zug Zug Bossard Arena 7,015 6,159
ZSC Lions Zurich Hallenstadion 11,200 9,048

Past champions[edit | edit source]

Swiss National Championship Serie A (1909–1937)

Swiss International Championship Serie A (1916–1933)

  • 1916: Akademischer EHC Zürich
  • 1917: HC Les Avants
  • 1918: HC Bellerive Vevey
  • 1919: HC Rosey Gstaad
  • 1920: HC Rosey Gstaad
  • 1921: HC Rosey Gstaad
  • 1922: HC Château-d'Œx
  • 1923: EHC St Moritz
  • 1924: HC Château-d'Œx
  • 1925: HC Rosey Gstaad
  • 1926: no winner
  • 1927: HC Davos
  • 1928: HC Rosey Gstaad
  • 1929: HC Davos
  • 1930: HC Davos
  • 1931: HC Davos
  • 1932: HC Davos
  • 1933: Grasshopper-Club Zürich

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Swiss fans flock to arenas. (19 March 2014). Retrieved on 19 March 2014.
  2. Lovis, Frédéric. "Les play-out de LNA seront modifiés", 14 June 2013. Retrieved on 6 February 2014. 

External links[edit | edit source]

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