More and more young Swiss hockey talents are migrating to the North American junior leagues because they see a greater chance of a professional career. Players often rely fully on the professional career card, without any security and preparation to start their professional life after their sporting career.
"I wish The Hockey Academy had been there when I started my journey to become a hockey pro."
Lino Martschini, EVZ-NL-player
Success needs more than talent and will - The Hockey Academy creates optimal conditions for the way to the top
The Hockey Academy is a training concept that is unique in Switzerland and enables athletes to combine sport, education and career in the best possible way. It can be compared with an apprenticeship with a commercial orientation or a sports high school - adapted to the needs of athletes. The focus is on the best sporting training with outstanding trainers and supervisors, ideal training structures, optimal support around the clock, which also includes a solid basic vocational training for later. The commercial apprenticeship is realized in cooperation with the partner Vinto. The Hockey Academy counts on the Swiss Sports High School Engelberg as a partner for the graduation. In a flexible 2+2 training model the training courses are optimally geared to the needs of the athletes to be trained.
In addition to sports, professional and schooling, social skills are also to be promoted in order to be able to offer the athletes an ideal basis for the future.
Depending on their age and performance level, the athletes of The Hockey Academy - like all other young EVZ players - have the opportunity to play with the novices Elite, Elite Juniors A, EVZ Academy (Swiss League) or in the first team.