Ice hockey player
| September 6, 1975 (age 40)
Zug, Switzerland (1975-09-06) |
SKA St. Petersburg
Reto Von Arx, Shane Doan, Dave Tippett
Patrick Fischer Wikipedia
Patrick Fischer (born September 6, 1975) is a Swiss ice hockey coach and former professional ice hockey forward who played briefly in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Phoenix Coyotes. He predominately played in his native country in the National League A. He is currently the Head Coach of the Swiss national team.
Fischer made his professional debut at EV Zug of the Swiss National League A (NLA) during the 1992-93 season. He transferred to fellow NLA side HC Lugano in 1997 and won the Swiss championship with the club in 1999. After two years with Lugano, Fischer moved on to HC Davos, where he played until the end of the 2002-03 campaign. During his Davos stint, he won a Swiss championship in 2002 as well as the Spengler Cup in 2000.
He joined back EV Zug in 2003 and then in 2006–07 took his game to the NHL, joining the Phoenix Coyotes. He appeared in his first NHL game on October 5, 2006 against the New York Islanders and played a total of 27 games for the Coyotes. After a short stint at SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) at the beginning of the 2007-08 campaign, Fischer returned to Zug. He retired on May 8, 2009 from professional ice hockey. He was named to EV Zug's Wall of Fame and had his jersey number 21 retired by the club.
Fischer won a total of 183 caps for the Swiss national team and played in the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Games as well as in several World Championships.
He started his coaching career in the youth ranks of HC Lugano and was named assistant coach of the club’s NLA team in 2010. He briefly took over as interim head coach in October 2011 after the sacking of Barry Smith. In 2013, he was named Lugano head coach and was relieved of his duties in October 2015 after collecting only 16 points from the 15 opening games of the 2015-16 season.
Serving as assistant coach to Sean Simpson, Fischer helped the Swiss national team win the silver medal at the 2013 World Championships, and also joined the coaching staff for the 2014 World Championships.
In December 2015, he was named head coach of the Swiss national team.