EVZ Academy

EVZ Academy is a Swiss professional ice hockey team who play in Zug, Switzerland. They have played since the 2016–17 season in the Swiss League (SL), the second tier of the main professional ice hockey league in Switzerland, behind the National League, as the primary affiliate to EV Zug.

EVZ Academy
2019–20 Swiss League season
CityZug, Switzerland
LeagueSwiss League
Founded2016 (2016)
Home arenaAcademy Arena
General managerReto Kläy
Head coachRoger Hansson
AffiliatesEV Zug
Franchise history
2016–presentEVZ Acadmey


The club name is derived from Zug's junior program "The Hockey Academy" and was founded with the purpose to serve as an affiliate club to shareholder and National League club, EV Zug.[1] They submitted an application to play in the National League B and were permitted to play in the 2016–17 season.[2]

EVZ Academy plays its home games in the Zug's training rink, Academy Arena, as well as occasionally in the Bossard Arena, in Sursee, home to EV Zug. In their debut season, EVZ Academy collected just 10 wins in 48 games to finish in 10th place.

In the 2018–19 season, Jason O'Leary replaced inaugural head coach Stefan Hedlund, who was promoted to EV Zug's coaching staff. Having won the Swiss League in 2017 with SC Langenthal, O'Leary led Academy to their second playoff berth, claiming 8th position before losing to regular season champions HC La Chaux-de-Fonds.[3]

At the conclusion of the season, O'Leary left to coach top flight DEL club Iserlohn Roosters, and he was replaced by Roger Hansson, as Academy's third head coach.[4]


  1. "Zug makes application for NLB team". nzz.ch (in German). 2 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  2. "EVZ Academy and HCB Ticino Rockets will be joining the NLB next year" (in German). watson.ch. April 2, 2016. Retrieved April 2, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. "2018-19 SL table". SIHF.com. 2018-05-04. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  4. "EVZ Academy has found their new head coach in Roger Hansson". swisshockeynews.ch. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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