One comment says it up: Switzerland is suddenly a hockey player’s paradise

Only the Swedish SHL can compete with the Swiss main series in terms of pay. Simo Niiranen, an agent, says, “You can’t talk about Switzerland and Finland on the same day.”


Is Switzerland a hockey player’s dream come true?

The forthright inquiry seemed to perplex Lions Captain Valtteri Filppulan at first, but appreciation for the ground conditions rapidly flows from the central striker’s mouth.

Sami Vatasen’s mouth is filled with the same torrent of praise. Both went to play in Geneva-Servette a year ago. Filppula continued, and Vatanen’s phone soon rang.

“Filppula contacted and asked if he wanted to go there,” Vatanen explains.

Yes, that was fascinating. This spring, the defender was also interested in Mikko Lehto moving to Switzerland next season.

Reasons There are many reasons to be proud of Switzerland. To begin with, Switzerland is a country with good living standards and beautiful scenery. High-level games are also available in the Swiss league.

Furthermore, because the distances between the playgrounds are minimal, players have more free time and opportunity to spend time with their families.

About one-eighth of Finland is covered by Switzerland.

Kuta, as well as Uusimaa, Häme, Southwest Finland, and Pirkanmaa, would be included in a portion the size of Switzerland sliced from the players’ motherland.

“You always have time to sleep at your own home for the night in practice,” Lehtonen says.

Next season, Lehtonen will relocate to Zurich, Switzerland. The team expressed their enthusiasm, and negotiations moved fast until an agreement was struck in May.

Of course, the players’ admiration for their season in their own country is unsurprising. Who would shake Russia’s feeding hand, especially in a circumstance where the KHL has run out of choices due to Russia’s aggression?

According to player agent Simo Niiranen, there are also grounds. Many aspects represent the smoothness of leisure time, which is centered in brief game journeys.

“It’s not the major reason for Switzerland’s popularity, but it’s an important aspect of the overall quality of life.” When you travel less, you have more time for family, self-care, and relaxation. “All of these appear to be better gaming,” Niiranen says.

Switzerland also played fewer games than Finland last season. In Finland, 52 games were played during the regular season against 60 matches.

Mikko Lehtonen will join the Zurich Lions from the KHL League. Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva photo

However, money remains the primary motivator in professional sports.

Only the Swedish premier series SHL, according to Niiranen, can compete with Switzerland in terms of pay. The pay level trails considerably behind in all other series.

Niiranen has already appraised the level of remuneration in public, stating, for example, to the evening newspaper last year that the greatest incomes in Switzerland before taxes can reach 800,000 euros, whereas they can only reach 250,000 euros in Finland.

One comment encapsulates the distinction.

“You can’t discuss Switzerland and Finland on the same day,” Niiranen explains.

The corona epidemic has left its mark in Switzerland, although the gap with Finland remains significant.

“During the period, 20–30% of earnings in Switzerland were reduced. It is not as difficult to earn as before.

Its portion is also for sale. For decades, players have been interested in Switzerland, and in the post-KHL era, Switzerland would still desire a large number of players to leave Russia. Last season, the KHL was active.

Because there will be more foreigners in Switzerland next season than previously, there will be more openings.

The series has only allowed four international teams to compete thus far, but that number will increase to six next season. It knows 84 places for international players across 14 teams.

Even more so if a club runs a multi-alien system and partially plants an alien player in the audience.

Santeri Alatalon players who are so-called Swiss nationals also have a defender on the ground. Players who have played in the country as juniors, for example, are not counted against the foreign quota of the team.

Nonetheless, the problem is obvious. According to Niiranen, Switzerland is now a buyer’s market. There are more slots available, but the approximately 20 remaining international player seats may attract several hundred applicants.

Even when teams are on the move with limited budgets, the standard remains high. In Switzerland, a player’s level below the Eurohockey Tour player level is barely worth the foreigner seat.

“Clubs may get good players for a lower price. They choose a player, provide them with a contract, and tell them to accept it or leave it. There are some excellent choices.”

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