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Streit, Hiller highlight Swiss Olympic roster

Jan 6, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

Mark Streit #32 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Wells Fargo Center on October 2, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(October 1, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

On Monday, Switzerland announced its 25-man roster set to participate at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Led by a deep contingent of NHLers — Reto Berra, Jonas Hiller, Mark Streit, Roman Josi, Raphael Diaz, Yannick Weber, Damien Brunner and Nino Niederreiter — the Swiss team will be a tough out in a group (Group C) that features Sweden, Latvia and the Czech Republic.

What’s interesting to note, though, is that Switzerland left a pair of NHLers off the 25-man roster. Anaheim defenseman Luca Sbisa, who has spent the majority of this year dealing with injuries, and Calgary youngster Sven Baertschi were named to the “sidelist” — essentially Switzerland’s taxi squad — despite representing their country internationally on a number of different platforms.

Sbisa is currently dealing with a torn tendon in his hand that will keep him out of the Ducks lineup until late January. Baertschi was demoted to AHL Abbotsford in mid-December, one of the first moves Brian Burke made upon becoming Calgary’s interim GM. Burke had previously ripped Baertschi for having numerous “holes” in his game.

Here is the Swiss roster in full:

Goalies: Reto Berra (Calgary Flames), Jonas Hiller (Anaheim Ducks), Tobias Stephan (Genève-Servette HC)

Defensemen: Severin Blindenbacher (ZSC Lions), Rafael Diaz (Montréal Canadiens), Philippe Furrer (SC Bern), Roman Josi (Nashville Predators), Mathias Seger (Captain, ZSC Lions), Mark Streit (Philadelphia Flyers), Julien Vauclair (HC Lugano), Yannick Weber (Vancouver Canucks)

Forwards: Andres Ambühl (HC Davos), Matthias Bieber (Kloten Flyers), Simon Bodenmann (Kloten Flyers), Damien Brunner (New Jersey Devils), Luca Cunti (ZSC Lions), Ryan Gardner (SC Bern), Denis Hollenstein (Genève-Servette HC), Simon Moser (Milwaukee Admirals), Nino Niederreiter (Minnesota Wild), Martin Plüss (SC Bern), Kevin Romy (Genève-Servette HC), Reto Suri (EV Zug), Morris Trachsler (ZSC Lions), Roman Wick (ZSC Lions)

  1. handsofsweed - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Can you imagine:

    Sigh…For the last time, it’s pronounced “KOON-TEE.”

  2. lowenni - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    They probably won’t do too much damage, but don’t count the Swiss out, they could surprise some people. They certainly did last year at the World Championships when they took silver. Hiller’s been very good lately.

  3. flyerspsu - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    If Hiller stands on his head they could do some damage

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Baertschi has struggled defensively, which is why he’s in the AHL right now, and doesn’t fit their gameplay, I guarantee you the Swiss will be playing the trap, playing in a smothering defensive shell just hoping to catch the other team in a mistake that they can pounce on. That’s what they’ve always done on the big ice and they’ve had success doing it.

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