Damien Riat To Participate In Prospect Camp For Swiss National Team

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The Swiss National team will be holding a prospect camp this week in order to prepare for upcoming international play. The camp, which begins this Sunday in Cham, will include five Swiss NHL players: Nico Hischier, Philipp Kurashev, Denis Malgin, former Capital Jonas Siegenthaler and Capitals prospect Damien Riat.

The NHL players are using the camp to begin conditioning and preparations ahead of the NHL-Season. Coach Patrick Fischer said “These type of players, from the best league in the world, joining our team to get some individual preparation, shows their commitment to the national team and the value of the prospect camp.”

The prospect camp will take place from July 25 to 29 and will include six training sessions as well as two internal test matches. The current roster:

Goalies (3): Luca Hollenstein (EV Zug), Akira Schmid (Organisation New Jersey Devils/NHL), Philip Wüthrich (SC Bern)

Defensemen (9): Tim Berni (Organisation Columbus Blue Jackets/NHL), Dominik Egli (HC Davos), Nico Gross (EV Zug), Oliver Heinen (HC Davos), Mika Henauer (SC Bern), Roger Karrer (Genève-Servette HC), Elia Riva (HC Lugano), Livio Stadler (EV Zug), Jonas Siegenthaler (New Jersey Devils)

Forwards (16): Nando Eggenberger (SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers), Yannick Frehner (HC Davos), André Heim (HC Ambrì-Piotta), Marco Lehmann (SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers), Sven Leuenberger (EV Zug), Marco Miranda (Genève-Servette HC), Valentin Nussbaumer (HC Davos), Raphael Prassl (HC Davos), Sandro Schmid (HC Fribourg-Gottéron), Justin Sigrist (ZSC Lions), Axel Simic (HC Davos), Yannick Zehnder (EV Zug), Nico Hischier (New Jersey Devils), Philipp Kurashev (Chicago Blackhawks), Denis Malgin (Toronto Maple Leafs), Damien Riat (Washington Capitals)

Riat shed some light on his preparations and planning for the upcoming season in an interview at the beginning of June. “I will resume summer training in a few weeks in Lausanne with the structure specified by my agent and it will start again, like every year, with ice time at the vallée de Joux. I don’t have the dates but I think I’ll go back to the United States in September.”

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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1 Response to Damien Riat To Participate In Prospect Camp For Swiss National Team

  1. Anonymous says:

    Riat moving up the ranks for the Swiss national team. Good to see the NHLers helping the youth in the system.

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