Michel Riesen

Michel Riesen ( born April 11, 1979 in Oberbalm ) is a Swiss professional ice hockey player who plays for EHC Basel Sharks in the Swiss National League B since 2013.

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Giant began his career as a hockey player at SC Lyss. As a professional player played the right winger from 1994 in the National League A in the EHC Biel, where he dismounted in the first season in the National League B. In the 1997/98 season he moved to Davos, back to the highest Swiss league. Previously, he had been selected in the NHL Entry Draft in 14 out of the Edmonton Oilers. After a season and 32 games for HC Davos, debuted the right shooter 1998 in North America in the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League. Time in Hamilton brought him some career highlights: In the season 1999/2000, for example, it reached 60 scorer points in 73 games. In the 2000 /01 season he was twelve times used in the National Hockey League by the Edmonton Oilers. On 1 July 2001, he was the first Swiss at all, part of a business transfer in the National Hockey League. The Edmonton Oilers transferred giants together with Doug Weight in exchange for Marty Reasoner, Jochen Hecht and Jan Horáček to the St. Louis Blues. After this year, his third in North America, he returned to Switzerland, where he once again went for the HC Davos hunting for goals. Over the next eight years, until 2009, won big with four times the Davos Swiss Championship. Although his contract ran until 2011, he moved to the 2009/10 season to the Rapperswil- Jona Lakers .. After another four years in the National League A Michel Riesen changed before the 2013/2014 season .. to the EHC Basel Sharks


His first game for Switzerland graduated Michel Riesen at the Junior World Championship in 1996. A year later at the U18 European Junior Championship 1997, he was appointed to the All- Star team and voted the best striker of the tournament. In 1997 and 1998 he was also a member of the national team at the Junior World Championships. In 1998 he won the bronze medal with the Swiss case. Before and after his time in the AHL he also appeared at the World Ice Hockey Championships. Overall, he was in eight appearances for the Swiss national team on the ice.

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Career Stats


Represented Switzerland at:

  • U20 World Junior Championships 1996
  • U18 European Junior Championships 1997
  • U20 World Junior Championships 1997
  • U20 Junior World Cup 1998
  • World Cup 1998
  • World Cup 2000
  • World Cup 2001

( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )