Still no reconciliation in the Lian Bichsel case

Under-20 national team without Solothurn’s best defender

The ice age between the association and the super talent Bichsel

Almost four months have passed since the rift between the hockey association and Lian Bichsel. And Solothurn is also missing from the current U20 squad.

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NHL boss Gary Bettman congratulates Switzerland’s Lian Bichsel (left) at the 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal.

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Stephen RothDeputy head of ice hockey

He was drafted 18th in the first round by the Dallas Stars in the summer. At the age of 18, Lian Bichsel is a regular in the Swedish top team Leksand. The 1.96m tall super talent has been putting in strong performances week in and week out and is developing brilliantly. However, his name is missing from the under-20 national team, which is currently playing against Slovakia, Norway and Germany at the 4-nation tournament in Monthey VS.

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The reason: since the spat in the summer before the U20 World Cup in Canada, the union has given up its biggest talent. After a tough schedule with the draft combine, the defenseman asked for permission to join Marc Bayer’s team in Canada and without the preparatory tournament in Vierumäki (Fi) because he needed a break.

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