2016–17 NLA season

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2016–17 National League A season
LeagueNational League A
SportIce hockey
DurationSeptember 7, 2016 – February 25, 2017
Number of games50
Number of teams12
Regular Season
Playoffs
Swiss champion NLA
NLA seasons
← 2015–16
2017–18 →

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

SC Bern is the defending champions.

Teams[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

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]

Arenas[change | change source]

Lausanne is playing 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.[5]

This is 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.[6]

Regular season[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 EV Zug 12 8 0 1 3 37 32 +5 25 Advance to Playoffs
2 ZSC Lions 13 6 2 3 2 36 28 +8 25
3 EHC Biel 12 7 0 1 4 42 27 +15 22
4 Lausanne HC 11 6 1 0 4 36 27 +9 20
5 SC Bern 11 5 1 2 3 35 29 +6 19
6 HC Lugano 12 5 1 2 4 37 37 0 19
7 EHC Kloten 11 4 2 2 3 34 34 0 18
8 Genève-Servette HC 12 4 2 2 4 31 33 −2 18
9 HC Davos 12 3 3 1 5 34 39 −5 16 Advance to Playouts[a]
10 HC Ambrì-Piotta 13 1 5 2 5 32 37 −5 15
11 SCL Tigers 13 2 1 2 8 27 43 −16 10
12 Fribourg-Gottéron 12 1 2 2 7 27 42 −15 9
Updated to match(es) played on 10 October 2016. 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:
  1. Relegation Playoffs

Playoffs[change | change source]

  Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Finals
                           
     
   
     
     
 
     
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)    
   
     
   
   
     
 
     

References[change | change source]

  1. "National League-Spielpläne sind bekannt" (in German). SIHF. June 17, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  2. "Meisterschaft / Cup / CHL NLA /// Championnat / Coupe / CHL LNA - Saison 2016/17" (PDF) (in German). SIHF. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  3. "Gerd Zenhäusern new Head of Development - Larry Huras new head coach of HCFG?". swisshockeynews.ch. 2016-09-22. Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  4. "Ehlers reportedly agrees to become the SCL Tigers' new head coach, Beattie to stay as assistant coach?". swisshockeynews.ch. 2016-10-02. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  5. "Lausanne HC will have to play in exile for two seasons". swisshockeynews.ch. 2016-07-05. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  6. "Increased capacity - HC Fribourg Gottéron presents renovation plan for their stadium". swisshockeynews.ch. 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2016-08-20.

Other websites[change | change source]