ZURICH – The Swiss Ice Hockey Federation named Daniel Meier head coach of the women’s national team that won the bronze medal at the last Women’s World Championship.
Meier is currently coaching the third-tier men’s team EHC Brandis. He succeeds René Kammerer, who remains on the team staff as an assistant coach.
Kammerer took over the team in 2005/2006 and led it in two Olympic Winter Games and five IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championships. He had his biggest success last spring when the Swiss claimed the bronze medals after defeating Finland 6-2 in the bronze medal game in Burlington, USA. It was the first ever medal win for the Swiss women’s national team.
Former assistant coach Michael Fischer will also remain with the team as a consulting coach while Daniel Hüni becomes the new goaltending coach.
With these changes the federation hopes to rebuild the women’s national team while at the same time keeping know-how in its staff in view of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games it announced in a press release.
Switzerland will play Canada, the United States and Finland in Group A of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, Canada. The top two teams receive a bye to the semi-finals while the other two teams will play a semi-final qualification against the best two teams of Group B that includes Sweden, Russia, Germany and the Czech Republic.