Patrick Fischer is the head coach of the Swiss National Ice Hockey Team since December 2015. Under his leadership, the national team won the silver medal at the 2018 World Championship in Copenhagen for the second time in five years. Fischer was already part of the Swiss delegation as assistant coach for the 2013 World Championship silver medal in Stockholm.
Patrick Fischer's career as an ice hockey player began at EV Zug, where he made his debut in the highest Swiss league in 1992. All in all, Patrick Fischer played ice hockey at top level for 17 years: he played 661 games in the National League A and became Swiss Champion with Lugano and Davos. He won the Spengler Cup with Davos in 2000. In 1996 Fischer was on the national team's squad for the first time and subsequently played a total of 183 international matches for Switzerland.
In 2006, Fischer dared to make the leap to North America and played a season for the Phoenix Coyotes in the National Hockey League (NHL), where he played 27 times. He finished his active player career in 2009. At EV Zug Patrick Fischer was immortalized on the "Wall of Fame" – his back number 21 will not be assigned anymore.
As head coach, Patrick Fischer first worked for HC Lugano in the 2013/14 season – and took over the Swiss National Team in 2015. Fischer won the silver medal as assistant coach in Stockholm in 2013 and the silver medal again as head coach in Copenhagen in 2018. He was named Swiss Coach of the Year in 2018 and the team was awarded Swiss Team of the Year 2018.
EV Zug, HC Lugano, HC Davos, Phoenix Coyotes (NHL), SKA St. Petersburg (formerly Superliga)
Track record as a player:
Two-time Swiss Champion (HC Lugano, 1999; HC Davos, 2002)
Spengler Cup winner (HC Davos, 2000)
NLA games: 661
NHL games: 27
International matches: 183
Assistant coach HC Lugano (2010-2013)
Head coach HC Lugano (2013-2015)
Assistant coach Swiss National Team (2013-2014)
Head coach Swiss National Team since 2015
Track record as a coach:
World Championship silver medal with Switzerland in 2018 (as head coach) and 2013 (as assistant coach)
Swiss Coach of the Year 2018
Awarded Coach of the Year 2014 in Lugano