Nationwide League: “it is as much as us to fulfill the expectations of the supporters”, warns John Fust – rts.ch
Lausanne HC, which stays on an elimination within the quarter-finals in opposition to Fribourg-Gottéron (4-1), should do higher in 2022/23. RTSsport.ch met the coach of the Malley membership, John Fust.
Whereas Lausanne HC has been a contender for the title for a number of seasons, its report stays hopelessly clean. Will the long-awaited coronation by the loyal supporters of the Vaudois membership lastly happen this 12 months?
On paper, the LHC has the means to match its ambitions. However a dozen different Nationwide League groups can say the identical…
For his second season on the helm of the Lions, John Fust (50) could possibly be the person for the job. Wasn’t the Montrealer with St. Gallen roots named Coach of the 12 months in 2011, when he took Langnau to the playoffs for the primary time in Tigers historical past?
Our transfers aimed to enhance our power-play
RTSsport.ch: The entire league has gone from power to power, with many foreigners leaving the KHL. Beneath these situations, it’s tough to make predictions for this qualifying part.
JOHN FUST: Zug deserves to be cited as the favourite, because it stays on 2 titles. However then, for ranks 2-9, it’s certainly actually open.
RTSsport.ch: The LHC having invested some huge cash in recent times, the ambitions are excessive.
JOHN FUST: Sure, and this as a lot within the media as among the many supporters. It’s as much as us to fulfill their expectations. We’re aiming for the title, sure, like everybody else. However to realize this purpose, it’s a must to go step-by-step. To turn out to be champion, Zug set itself a course which lasted 6-7 years. The final 2 seasons, success has not fallen from the sky to them.
RTSsport.ch: You stated you realized the teachings of the previous. Which?
JOHN FUST: Final season, the particular groups clearly price us the quarter-final sequence in opposition to Fribourg-Gottéron. Whereas modifying small issues on the tactical stage, we due to this fact made transfers to appropriate this. Daniel Audette and Robin Kovacs have had success in power-play in all of the leagues during which they’ve performed. We must always see the worth of those 2 forwards on this space.
Raffl is a tough employee and a frontrunner
RTSsport.ch: You talked about Canadian Audette and Swedish Kovacs. However the flashiest title among the many new arrivals on the LHC is definitely Austrian striker Michael Raffl (ex-Dallas), presently injured.
JOHN FUST: Throughout every recruitment, we analysis the character of the participant. He is an efficient individual, but additionally a really skilled employee and chief. After spending so a few years within the NHL, Raffl has to adapt to the Swiss recreation. However he clearly has the potential to assist us.
RTSsport.ch: On the goalkeeper facet, your duo could appear mild. Tobias Stephan (38) is now not very younger, and the Latvian with a Swiss license Ivars Punnenovs has by no means performed in a fancy formation.
JOHN FUST: We’re pleased with our porters, who each have the makings of a primary. They should ship the products, that is for certain. We are going to see if in the long run, we have been proper to not rent a overseas goalkeeper. But it surely should be stated that during the last 15 seasons, no imported goalkeeper has made the distinction within the Nationwide League.
The nationwide crew can benefit from the change to six foreigners
RTSsport.ch: Every crew can now area 6 foreigners on the ice, as a substitute of 4. What consequence will this transformation have for Swiss gamers?
JOHN FUST: In actuality, nobody is aware of what the influence of this enhance shall be. Within the brief time period, this could enhance the extent of Swiss gamers within the third and 4th blocks. To outlive and to have enjoying time, you’ll have to be higher: some younger individuals will in all probability not have their probability. As in Germany, it’s the greatest who will break via. The nationwide crew can benefit from this.
RTSsport.ch: Exactly, in Germany, DEL golf equipment have been evolving with many foreigners for a very long time, with out this stopping the emergence of native skills. Is a transition to eight or 10 foreigners due to this fact attainable within the Nationwide League?
JOHN FUST: It would already be mandatory to investigate the outcomes of the transition to six foreigners. In Germany, the extent had initially dropped, as a result of it had required a giant adaptation. It’s as much as us, coaches, sports activities administrators and managers, to speak to one another and make one of the best selections for Swiss hockey.
Interview by Michaël Taillard / Movies by Miguel Bao
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