Another core member of the Swiss national team will no longer wear the cross on his chest in Prague, as defensive anchor Julien Vauclair today announced his retirement from the Eisgenossen at the age of 35.
Vauclair will continue to play for Lugano of the Swiss league, in a similar fashion to former national teammate Roman Wick, who retired from the national squad in October to focus on his pro career. Vauclair, who has played for Lugano since 2004, began his career with Lugano in 1998, before a brief stint in North America with Grand Rapids and Binghamton of the AHL, starting a single game for the Ottawa Senators in the NHL before returning to Lugano.
Vauclair leaves behind an illustrious career with one of the fastest-rising squads in international hockey, playing in 12 World Championships and three Olympic Games, in 129 total appearances for the national team. His international career highlight came in the form of a surprising Silver medal at the 2013 Worlds in Stockholm, Switzerland’s first medal since 1935, where Vauclair was also named to the World Championships All-Star Team.
Vauclair garnered his first IHLC back in 1999, in his first senior national team appearance, where the Eisgenossen carried the title into the Lillehammer World Championships, winning the title another six times in his career, again capped with Switzerland’s impeccable run at the 2013 Worlds. We wish Julien continued success as he finishes his professional career!