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Prospect Watch: Naemi Herzig is Switzerland’s Next Star

Switzerland has produced a few big name stars, and Naemi Herzig appears destined to be the next.

Switzerland remains one of the top women’s hockey nations in the world, ranked third in the IIHF’s most recent World Rankings. The nation has produced stars including Alina Muller and Lara Stalder. 

The next star set to emerge from Switzerland appears destined to be Naemi Herzig.

The 2007 born forward already has two seasons of U-18 World Championship experience under her belt, and played with Switzerland’s senior national team at a 4 Nations Cup tournament this summer. 

She’s already caught the eye of her nation’s veterans, including national team captain Lara Stalder.

“It’s her personality; when I first met her, I always knew about her name, and she’s pretty young,” said Lara Stalder of Herzig. “She’s so mature for her age and she faced challenges in her life that made her stronger. That shows how mature she is already, and she’s very much a team player. She’s just fun to be around, but she’s also very competitive and always wants to get better and put in the extra effort and work. She has a bright future ahead of her.”

Herzig is not afraid to get to the net for a player her age, including against national team level players, and is flashing skill that has Swiss hockey officials excited.

After winning an SWHL title last season with ZSC Lions scoring eight points in 11 regular season games and adding three in eight playoff contests, Herzig this year chose to play in SWHL B alongside Lara Stalder with EVZ. In her first three games of the season, Herzig has six goals and 14 points.

Source: The Hockey News



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