Fischer remains Swiss national team coach
by Martin Merk|24 OCT 2019
Patrick Fischer has been behind the Swiss bench for the past four seasons and extended his contract until 2024.
photo: Matt Zambonin / HHOF-IIHF Images
The current contract of Swiss men’s national team head coach Patrick Fischer expires after the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on home ice in Zurich and Lausanne. With today’s contract extension Fischer and the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation make sure that all focus will be on the tournament.

Fischer extended his contract for four more years until the end of the 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. He will thus be behind the bench for the next five World Championships and the 2022 Olympic Winter Games for which the Swiss are already qualified.

“I’m very happy that Patrick Fischer commits long-term to our national teams and the common philosophy and that we can keep continuity in the coaching staff,” said Lars Weibel, Director National Teams.

Fischer’s assistants Tommy Albelin, Christian Wohlwend and goaltending coach Peter Mettler will continue to be behind the Swiss bench for the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

“To be able to work in the position of the Swiss national coach makes me proud. Thank you for the confidence,” said Patrick Fischer. Under him the Swiss reached the gold medal game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship where they lost to Sweden only in a shootout. In 2019 they were ousted in the quarter-finals due to a last-second goal of Canada and ended the tournament in 8th place.
It is my goal and the goal of the entire national team to make our country proud in the upcoming spring and to create excitement.
Patrick Fischer
Swiss men’s national team coach
“We are at the beginning of a season with the Worlds on the horizon. We want to reach the best possible, that’s what we will focus on,” said Fischer.

Weibel set the quarter-finals as the official goal at a press conference in Zurich today, as it has been every year. However, it is no secret that Fischer dreams of more, such as a medal on home ice.