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I just arrived in Switzerland last week, starting a new job, and my brother is joining me for a month long vacation (February) to just relax and see a bit of the city/country. We're both avid hockey fans from Calgary, so it would be natural to check out a game while he's here. Any advice on what game to see and where? I live in Duebendorf, so maybe there is a game in/near this ice rink in Oerlikon?

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Hockey here is very lively, and fun to watch. I was following Kloten for a while--nice arena, fun times. Zug and Rapperswil have nice arenas as well. Zurich Lions (ZSC) play in Oerlikon, I've never been, but I've been told that the arena setup isn't the best.
You will noticed that the game is not as physical, you won' see the big hits from the NHL as well as fighting is strictly forbidden--although passions run high at times, and hockey is hockey. You will see a bit more finesse style playing as there is more room to move and not as much fear of being laid out by an unseen hipcheck.
The fans are very different here, they are extremely passionate but cheer more in the style of a football (soccer) match. Each team has many personalized songs/chants/anthems which all sing together at top lungs throughout the match. Big flag waving is common in the fan zone (standing area) and wearing team scarves is standard along side the the Jersey. A simple set of drums to lead the chants is also very common. Coming from NHL games, it would almost seem that the fans are more interested in their participation than the game, but the vibe is very strong.
Last note, it's generally customary to split the fans by team--there is not a lot of vistors fans in the home section and vice-versa. For very passionate teams/matches/rivalries, the soccer style hooliganism is very common, and sometimes riot police are present to separate the fan bases well before the walk to the arena.

Just my experiences---hope you enjoy it!
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Old 16.01.2013, 13:44
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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

Thanks to everyone for the quick responses! I look forward to experiencing the Swiss style of hockey and the fan culture. I was thinking of either going to the Kloten Flyers game or the HC Davos game, both would work out for me, but perhaps better in the middle of the week (Kloten).

So tickets are not available except 2 weeks in advance?

Does anyone have any recommendations about the seating chart? Are the cheap seats totally a waste of money, and will the arena be expected to be relatively filled for each of those games? I don't want to sit up there alone!

Is it better to spring for the 49 CHF seats if we actually want to see the game rather than just participate in the singing? I am thinking of "Piste 1" or "2 Rang".

Cheers and thanks a lot for the advice.
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Thanks to everyone for the quick responses! I look forward to experiencing the Swiss style of hockey and the fan culture. I was thinking of either going to the Kloten Flyers game or the HC Davos game, both would work out for me, but perhaps better in the middle of the week (Kloten).

So tickets are not available except 2 weeks in advance?

Does anyone have any recommendations about the seating chart? Are the cheap seats totally a waste of money, and will the arena be expected to be relatively filled for each of those games? I don't want to sit up there alone!

Is it better to spring for the 49 CHF seats if we actually want to see the game rather than just participate in the singing? I am thinking of "Piste 1" or "2 Rang".

Cheers and thanks a lot for the advice.
As Kloten is the local derby, expect it to be relatively full and very passionate. HCD are having a poor season by their standards, so won't be as popular I think.
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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

Hello,

As of today the NHL starts again and I'm wondering why Swisscom ESPN America is not showing the games as they used to? Anyone knows if Swisscom have some other channel showing the games?

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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

After all the searching I ended with the NHL Game Center Package. Costs 49$ and you can sign in on different devices.
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ESPN America is showing CHI - LAK live right now.
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ESPN America is showing CHI - LAK live right now.
3 more hours, and I'll have to hunt down a stream from Montreal to watch my beloved Leafs get hockey handed to them by those Habs.
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3 more hours, and I'll have to hunt down a stream from Montreal to watch my beloved Leafs get hockey handed to them by those Habs.
Habs 0 :Leafs 2

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Old 20.01.2013, 04:07
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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

Looks like the Buds pulled through with a 2:1 win.

Our swiss boy Rafael Diaz did pick up an important assist and got a couple good scoring opportunities late in the game for Montreal. But he did fumble the puck a few times---no lockout excuse for him.
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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

Quick question; was watching some of the penalty shoot-out goals on the NHL site last night and one of the commentators mentioned about skaters stopping as they approach the goal, saying it was permitted during shoot-outs, but not during the game itself, or something to that effect. Did I hear correct? And what is the actual law?
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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

I know that the puck must not stop moving forwards during a shootout, exception being the continous motion of a "spin-o-rama".
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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

Does anyone have any recommendations about the seating chart?

In Kloten, virtually all the seats are good seats, so just take whatever. Not sure about the ones directly behind the penalty zone though.

In Zurich, virtually all the seats are terrible, so just take whatever.
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I know that the puck must not stop moving forwards during a shootout, exception being the continous motion of a "spin-o-rama".
Thanks. Does this apply for both shootouts and in-game penalty shots?
Another question, can the skater circle behind the goal for his penalty, or does it become invalid once the puck has crossed the line of the goal, either in the net or to the side?
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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

Hey Paddy!

The puck must continue moving forward and is not allowed to stop. Once the puck crosses the end line, the attempt is considered over regardless if a shot has been taken.

Also the puck must proceed directly into the goal to be be given as a goal - ie, if the puck hits a post, rebounds back into the goalies back and then into the goal - GOAL. Conversely if the shot hits the keeper or framework and rebounds back to the shooter, no rebound shot ISS permitted.
Open play anything goes regarding stopping the puck, wrapsarounds, banking it in the net off the goalie from behind the end line.
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I know that the puck must not stop moving forwards during a shootout, exception being the continous motion of a "spin-o-rama".
For the ones who don't know what a "spin-o-rama" is:


This was the debut from Omark.

Another sick shootout goal from Omark vs. Switzerland:


Brunner's shootout goal was reviewed because it was not clear if the puck bounced back and touched a second time by Brunner.
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Old 23.01.2013, 14:13
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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

Good clarification. From my previous understanding, all I remember was that one couldn't stop forward movement of the puck or the player. The "spin-o-rama" clarification was a good addition to the official rule book of the NHL.

From that rule book, it also said that shootout attempts and penalty shots were identical, so I wasn't certain with respect to Paddy's question about different circumstances for either.

This was a pretty little move recently (although it was in an All Star event, so Goalies commonly go easy to allow for some showing off).

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From that rule book, it also said that shootout attempts and penalty shots were identical, so I wasn't certain with respect to Paddy's question about different circumstances for either.
That's why I was a little confused and seeking clarification; maybe I misheard the commentary. I can't remember who the penalty-taker was now, possibly Patrick Kane. I'll have to check the vids again.

Has anyone seen the vid of the Swedish kid who lifts the puck onto his stick, skates to the goal, does a complete 360 and fires it over the goalie's shoulder?

Edit: Here it is, not quite as I described and not sure if he's Swedish either. I might be thinking of a similar vid I've seen:

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That's why I was a little confused and seeking clarification; maybe I misheard the commentary. I can't remember who the penalty-taker was now, possibly Patrick Kane. I'll have to check the vids again.

Has anyone seen the vid of the Swedish kid who lifts the puck onto his stick, skates to the goal, does a complete 360 and fires it over the goalie's shoulder?

Edit: Here it is, not quite as I described and not sure if he's Swedish either. I might be thinking of a similar vid I've seen:

Looks like the stick/puck went higher than his shoulders. NO GOAL! Sorry kid, back to the minors for you :P

These lacrosse style moves have found their way into the NHL more and moer lately (mainly the during-play behind the net lift and stuff around top corner). I'm not a big fan of them, too much like lacrosse or uni-hockey for that matter. They're still pretty snazzy to watch though!
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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

HI ALL:.

I HAVE 2 TICKETS FOR THE ZUG VS FREIBURG ICE HOCKEY GAME TONIGHT.
unfortunately my husband has flu and we cannot go.

Message me if you are interested.. 80CHF for the 2 (original price 120CHF)
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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

Ok, so I'm a biased, angry Gottéron fan, but would someone care to explain why this:



warrants a 7 game ban, whereas this:



he gets away scott-free?

Reto Steinmann is an arse of the 10th degree.

So angry
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