Swiss defensive forward Morris Trachsler, a staple in both the Swiss National League A and on the Swiss national team since 2003, announced his retirement after spending last season with EHC Kloten, leaving the game at the age of 34.
Trachsler joined his first senior pro team with his hometown ZSC Lions in 2003, being promoted from the junior GC Küsnacht Lions of the B-League, immediately making an impact as a grinding, defensive forward. Trachsler spent just two seasons in Zürich before joining Genève-Servette HC in 2005, spending seven seasons with Les Aigles before returning to ZSC in 2012. His secnd stint would be his most successful, winning the NLA title in 2014 and Swiss Cup in 2016, before jumping to the rival Kloten for his final year, being forced to play to avoid relegation. Trachsler ended his NLA career with 167 points in 652 career games, along with another 11 Swiss Cup games and 7 Qualification games.
In Trachsler’s first season with ZSC, he also joined the Eisgenossen for the first time at the 2004 World Junior Championship, joining the senior team during the 2006-07 Euro Hockey Challenge. He played at his first senior World Championship in 2010, playing in five total Worlds (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015), along with the 2014 Sochi Olympics, being a part of Switzerland’s remarkable Silver medal finish at the 2013 World Championship in Sweden.
Over the course of his career, Trachsler won the IHLC a total of five times, first at the 2010 World Championship, and his final coming six and a half years later at the 2016 Swiss Challenge. We wish Morris and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!