It’s payday for Swiss junior ice hockey: the 24 PostFinance Top Scorers in the National League and the Swiss League have earned a total of 283,100 francs for their clubs’ junior teams in the 2020/2021 qualifying round. As in previous years, PostFinance has doubled this sum, and is committing the same amount to the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation to support national junior ice hockey teams. This means that a total of 566,200 francs will be granted to the clubs’ ice hockey juniors and the national team this year.
If the Top Scorers rack up points, the young talent benefits
Since the 2002/2003 season, the PostFinance Top Scorers have been earning money with their goals and assists for Swiss Ice Hockey juniors. Every goal and every assist is worth 300 francs in the National League, and 200 francs in the Swiss League. At the end of the competition, the points scored are converted into cash. All of the money earned by the Top Scorers goes to the junior divisions of the relevant clubs.
Jan Kovar is the Top Scorer in the National League
During the 52 qualification matches, Jan Kovar from EV Zug scored 16 goals and made 47 assists, making him the Top Scorer in the National League. He was followed by Linus Omark of Genève-Servette HC in second place with a total of 61 points (22 goals and 39 assists). ZSC attacker Sven Andrighetto completes the top three with 27 goals and 28 assists. 5 of the 12 Top Scorers are Swiss players.
7 million francs raised for Swiss junior ice hockey
Due to the Corona pandemic, the majority of the 2020/2021 qualification matches had to be played behind closed doors. However, the lack of atmosphere in the stadia did nothing to dampen the players’ hunger for goals. The twelve Top Scorers of the National League have raised a total of 168,300 francs, while the Swiss League Top Scorers amassed 114,800 francs. PostFinance has this year once again doubled this sum and donated it to national junior ice hockey teams. All in all, the financial institution invested 566,200 francs in the future of Swiss ice hockey in the 2020/2021 season.
Supporting the next generation is important to PostFinance. Since 2002/2003, the PostFinance Top Scorer initiative has raised around 7 million francs for up-and-coming players in the National League, the Swiss League and national junior ice hockey teams. Since 2007, PostFinance has also organized the PostFinance Trophy – the national schools’ tournament. However, this popular event had to be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why the organizers have come up with a spectacular alternative. At www.topscorer-challenge.ch, ice hockey enthusiasts were able to hone their skills with ice hockey stars, and ultimately see whether they’ve got what it takes to be a Top Scorer.
Instagram Live with selected Top Scorers from the National League
The Top Scorer ceremony cannot be carried out in person this year due to official regulations. For this reason, PostFinance will host The link will open in a new window a livestream on its Instagram channel at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 6 April 2021. The presenter, Jann Billeter, will be accompanied by Jan Kovar from EV Zug, Sven Andrighetto from ZSC Lions, Enzo Corvi from HC Davos, Denis Malgin from Lausanne HC, Dominic Zwerger from HC Ambri-Piotta, and Luca Cunti from EHC Biel. You can ask your questions live.