Once again, the swiss national team will compete in the skoda cup without 3 (maybe 4) of the best swiss hockey players in the country. Reto von Arx has been for many years and is still the best swiss player in the league and continues year in and year out to put outstanding numbers up. Michel Riesen is 1st in the league with goals (30) and Loic Burkhalter is also a dominant force in the swiss league with davos. When will the coach understand that these 3 davos players could make the swiss team even more competitive and maybe help them finally reach the semis in a important tournament. The 4th player would be Peter Guggisberg. Speedy player with great skating abilities but has problems (got caught sending cannabis to a former teammate).
What do you guys think of this?
Yes, there are only 2, andres ambuehl and a goalie, jonas hiller.
For many years now, ralph krueger hasn't called them up. It's because of the 2002 winter olympics. Von Arx, one night, got a little drunk and got back to the team hotel very late and krueger sent him home.
Krüger had a talk with Von Arx as late as last season to try to get him back into the team. It's a well known fact that RvA is not interested in playing international hockey anymore.
Yeah, now, but 2-3 years ago, the situation was different! Ralph Krüeger didn't call Reto Von Arx although he was motivated to play for team Switzerland! At this periode, Ralph Krüeger had enough forward players, I mean, he had several possibilities, then he closed the door for Reto Von Arx (because of the Salt Lake City stuffs). Last year, when he really needed forwards, he finally called Reto Von Arx (like the 5th wheel of the car...), I totally understood the Reto Von Arx's reaction and answer! You know what I mean?
Von Arx wasn't the only player to screw up in Salt Lake City, there was Jenni as well. Six month and a talk with Krüger later, Jenni was back in the team. That tells what you need to know about RvA, especially considering that Jenni isn't exactly the smartest player out there.
Regarding Riesen (and Rizzi, too), I always thought he declined Krüger's calls to support Von Arx, and he isn't exactly the kind player Krüger likes anyway, although I wish some forwards with actual talent would get their chance instead of those defense only guys (I mean, it takes an earthquake for Burkhalter, Nüssli or Christen to get a call, but Déruns is now a regular ???).