The Mind Behind
by Martin Merk|15 MAR 2021
After playing for the Swedish championship, Lara Stalder will soon join Switzerland for the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship.
photo: Matt Zambonin / HHOF-IIHF Images
One year ago Swiss national team forward Lara Stalder became the first female player to receive the golden helmet for the Most Valuable Player of Sweden’s top women’s hockey league SDHL, and was later also named Best Forward.

This season Stalder even broke the all-time scoring record of the league with 82 points (31 goals, 51 assists) in 36 regular-season games – up from 71 last season. She became the first player to reach the 80-point mark in one season and broke the old record of Finnish national team forward Michelle Karvinen, who collected 79 points in 2016.

Swiss filmmaker Valentin Studerus visited Stalder in Sweden for a documentary of the best scorer in one of the best women’s hockey leagues of the world where she explains and shows what it takes to become a top player. Click below to watch it in English:
Lara Stalder - The Mind Behind
Lara Stalder breaks records in Sweden and will join the Swiss in great shape for Women’s Worlds. Swiss filmmaker Valentin Studerus visited her in Sweden for a short documentary.
SUI 15 MAR 2021
For Stalder a big difference to last year was not only her numbers but that she can battle for the championship. The SDHL is one of the few leagues in Sweden that is still allowed to operate while the measures to counter the pandemic has put an end to the season for most leagues already a few months ago in the country.

With Brynas Gavle she reached second place in the regular season and moved to the final after sweeping SDE (2-0) and HV71 (3-0) in the first two playoff rounds. In the final series Brynas will play top-seeded Lulea HF, which just needed one more game to move to the final.

The start of the series is currently delayed due to COVID-19 issues and will be played best-of-5.

After that it’s time for the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship as highlight of the women’s hockey calendar. The tournament will be played 6-16 May in Halifax and Truro in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.