Just short of the NLA’s holiday and Olympic breaks, veteran Swiss defender Philippe Furrer today announced his retirement from hockey, leaving HC Fribourg-Gottéron at the age of 36.
A native of Bern, Furrer debuted for the senior HC Bern squad in 2002, spending his first fourteen pro seasons in his hometown, capturing three National League A championships (2004, 2010, 2013) and the Swiss Cup in 2015. After his third Swiss Cup, Furrer headed south to HC Lugano, spending three seasons while serving as assistant captain. Furrer transferred to HC Fribourg-Gottéron in 2018, spending his final four pro seasons in Fribourg, only making the NLA playoffs once after being a regular participant while with Bern. In his 21 seasons in the NLA, Furrer retires with 192 points in 624 games, along with 46 points in 165 career postseason games.
Joining the Eisgenossen’s junior team at the 2002 World Under-18 Championship, Furrer debuted at the World Juniors in 2003, returning in 2005. He debuted with the senior team in 2008, competing in his first of six World Championships (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017) that year, winning his first and only World Championship medal as part of Switzerland’s historic run to Silver in 2013. Furrer also competed at the Olympics in 2010 and 2018, with his final national team appearance coming in the 2019-20 season.
Over his decade-plus span with the national team, Furrer would end up winning ten IHLC titles during his career (all with the senior team), the first coming in 2009, and the final coming at his final World Championship. We wish Philippe and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!