26.05.2012 – Kloten, Switzerland. Impressive FLYERS fans rally in the streets of Kloten. The event was organized by the players (!), in their intent to do whatever possible to save the organization (oldest ice hockey club in the Swiss National League!), which is in jeopardy after few years of bad management. Estimated 5000 people joined players and staff at the arena. Follow the developments on: www.flyersforever.ch/worldpress.
18.05.2012 – Schulthess Klinik, Zürich. Kimmo Rintanen, the “old finn friend” is visiting … After 10 seasons with the Kloten Flyers (2001-2011), and one with HC Lugano (2011-12), he’s leaving definetively Switzerland.
Kimmo was one of the best players who ever played the game on the Swiss ice hockey rinks (someone said that Kimmo was the best left winger outside the NHL …). He was 3x Finland Champion with TPS Turku, won 3x Silver medals and 2x Bronze medals at World Championships and Olympic Games with Finland. With Kloten Flyers he played and lost two tight final series (both against HC Davos) in 2009 and 2011.
Ciao amico Kimmo, and all the best back in Finland!
26/12-31/12/2011 – Flyers in Davos
(taken from nhl.com)
The Spengler Cup has been held in the picturesque mountain town of Davos since 1923 and is considered the oldest professional hockey tournament in the world.
The annual Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland, is the hockey world’s second-oldest on-going club-team tournament, after the Stanley Cup Playoffs. For fans, the annual six-day event at Vaillant Arena is one continuous party, on and off the ice, from the day after Christmas to New Year’s Eve. But to the participating teams in the five-team invitational event, it’s a grueling test of endurance to play up to five games in less than a week.
Now in its 85th edition, the 2011 tournament pits host team HC Davos against a field consisting of fellow Swiss National League A team Kloten Flyers, KHL team Dinamo Riga, Czech team HC Vitkovice, Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg from Germany’s DEL and Team Canada.
Compliments my friend Marcel (Jenni, Nr. 10, Kloten Flyers). At the age of 37 years, and 6.5 months after a major knee reconstructive surgery, he gave his come back in an official Swiss National League game in Lugano. Marcel worked very hard and seriously (also at “Hossli’s House of Pain”) for this goal!