ZURICH – The hockey family is mourning the death of Reto Tratschin, who passed away this week in Brunnen, Switzerland.
Tratschin was the president of the Swiss Ice Hockey Association from 1968-1976 after a player and coaching career with the Grasshopper Club Zurich. During his time as chairman, the Swiss national team was promoted from Pool C to the top level of the IIHF World Championship program. He was also a leader in forcing teams to have closed ice arenas in the National League A in 1974 and allowing imports in the highest league. In 1975, he was elected on to the IIHF Council where he served until 1978.