After announcing before the 2020-21 NLA season that he would retire at its conclusion, Swiss defender Félicien Du Bois today made it official, ending a nearly 20-year pro career, and 13-year national team career.
A native of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Du Bois first came up through Ambrì-Piotta’s junior system, joining their senior team in 2002. After six seasons with the Bianco-Blu, Du Bois joined the Kloten Flyers in 2008, spending another six seasons there before jumping to HC Davos in 2014, where he would play his final six seasons, before injury in his seventh (and eventual final) season held him to just four games. Du Bois would win an NLA title with Davos in 2015, and was a two-time media All-Star, racking up 68 goals and 263 points in 675 games, along with another 63 points in 144 playoff games.
First joining the Eisgenossen in 2003, Du Bois would play only for European tournament teams until 2009, when he made his World Championship debut, marking the first of six trips to the Worlds (2009-12, 2015-16). Du Bois would also join the Swiss delegation for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, racking up a total of 124 caps over 13 years for La Nati.
Despite his long international career, Du Bois would only win the IHLC twice, first at the 2010 World Championships, and again at the 2012 Euro Hockey Challenge. We wish Félicien and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!