From the point of view of Raeto Raffainer the case is clear: He would like to also draw at the world Cup in may in Slovakia, the fortunes of the national team. But there is also a club representative, such as, for example, the influential CEO of the ZSC Lions, Peter Zahner, is problematic.

was discussed on Wednesday at the League Assembly in Ittigen, BE also Raffainer. The new SIHF President Michael Rindlisbacher spoke out clearly in favour of his national team boss.

“There was no big discussion. I explained to the League-representatives of the reasons for my departure from Swiss Ice Hockey,” says Raffainer (38). “The decision was accepted, and the agreement that I am still 100 per cent as Director of National Teams for Swiss Ice Hockey. This, until a successor is found and incorporated, until no later than 30. September.”

Raffainer more full of energy

He was happy that the League representatives had expressed the trust, the 38-Year-old. “I’m going to plug up to my switch to the HCD to continue all of my energy in the National team of Swiss Ice Hockey – finally, three important world before us Championships. All the A-world Championships in may, when it comes to the direct qualification for the Olympic games in 2022. In decisions, which concern the medium and long term future of the National team, I will of course out – I communicated to the League representatives.”

The crucial question is likely to be up to what the Federation has found a successor.