National League: No championship interruption due to Corona

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National League is not interrupted

(sda)

In Swiss professional ice hockey, operations in the National League will continue despite the worsening pandemic. The clubs of the highest Swiss league discussed current developments at a video conference. Result: An interruption of the championship is currently not up for discussion due to the already heavily loaded schedule and the Olympic break. In the opinion of the clubs, an interruption would not make sense from a sporting or economic point of view.

Five teams from the National League are currently in quarantine: Davos, Zug and Lugano and now also Lausanne and Ajoie. In addition, three referees who also tested positive are in isolation. Most of the players, officials and referees who tested positive have no or at most mild symptoms, according to the league. Due to the quarantine and return-to-play regulations, several games have already had to be postponed, and further postponements are to be expected.

Nevertheless, clubs and league leaders are sticking to the plan to continue the championship operations within the framework of the applicable requirements. Possible replacement dates for postponed games are currently being determined. In order to control the load on the players, the minimum size of a team for playing a game will be increased from 12 + 1 to 15 + 1 with immediate effect. Since the game plan leaves little room for maneuver due to the Olympic break and there is a risk of not being able to catch up on all the games, the table will be based on the principle of the point average per game from now on, as was the case last season.


Top scorer Olofsson will move to Biel for two years

The league top scorer Jesper Olofsson is moving to EHC Biel in the summer.

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(sda) Jesper Olofsson, the top scorer of the National League, will leave the SCL Tigers after this season and move to EHC Biel with a two-year contract.

The 29-year-old Swede moved from SC Bern to the SCL Tigers this season and has scored 23 goals and 22 assists in 35 games so far. Now he is moving again within the canton of Bern this summer.

In addition, Biel announced the extension of the contract with Tino Kessler. The 25-year-old forward will stay in Zealand until spring 2024.




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