Dominic Egli is one of seven newcomers to the Swiss team

(sda) April 2017 Egli was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a nervous disorder. He has symptoms of paralysis. The future of ice hockey is uncertain – even more so when it experiences a relapse. April 2018 Then the 19-year-old plays for Kloten in the decisive seventh game of league qualifying against today’s employer Rapperswil-Jon Lakers in overtime for an alleged 2-1 draw but slowly hits his distractor to the spot. Shortly after, the descent of Zurich Unterländer was certain. Another kick in the neck.

A year and a half later, Egli's mood is diametrically different; received the squad for the first time. He owes his nomination to strong performances with the Lakers. With two goals and 14 assists in 19 league games, he is the second highest scorer on St. Gallera and the league's second-best defender behind Bernese Ramon Untersander (6/10). Previously, he brought 91 games to the National League for Kloten and Biel (no league qualifications) with the same result (5/11).

He attributes the jump in performance to two factors. On the one hand, the summer training he completed individually at Winterthur was adapted to his strengths and weaknesses. One focus was strengthening the deep muscles of the torso. "I'm not the biggest and strongest, so I need more strength in the fuselage," Egli explained. Also, a lot of attention has been paid to his back, which has caused him problems in the past. On the other hand, he is a lot of liability from the Lakers. "I play in any situation, whether we're in front or behind, which gives confidence, and then you play better."

If he didn't make it to Biel the season before, he'll be taking office. "At first, I got a lot of confidence, but I couldn't show my best ice hockey," Egli himself says. Then they would quickly get into a top club and hop into others. In January, he returned to Kloten with a B license. Nevertheless, he does not want to miss the experience of the marine countries. "I don't regret the change. It's been a good year. I've been able to grow and I've learned a lot – especially in terms of personality."

Now comes the next step from the German Cup team. Fischer is impressed with Elijah. "He is very well-positioned and motivated. He knows exactly what he wants. He embodies exactly what the national team wants to embody." Fischer returns the laurels. "He is a smart defender with incredibly good puck handling and good ice skating technique. He does not go off in a duel. He is more than deserving of these consistently good performances with Rapperswil-Jon."

What does Egli do for Krefeld? "I want to have fun and send a signal to show that I was properly invited. That's why I wonder what it's like to play against international teams." He got his first taste of the game on Thursday with a match against Slovakia.