Bärtschi with the Winterhawks
5 October 1992|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)|
13th overall, 2011|
Sven Bärtschi (sometimes spelled: Baertschi) (born 5 October 1992) is a Swiss professional ice hockey player who plays for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He played his first professional games in 2009 for SC Langenthal in the National League B before moving to North America to join Portland in the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he finished as the runner-up for the league's Rookie of the Year award. He was selected by the Calgary Flames in the first round, 13th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut in 2012.
Bärtschi began his professional career in 2009–10 for SC Langenthal in the Swiss National League B and was pursued by SC Bern of the National League A. He chose instead to move to North America to pursue an NHL career. He was selected by the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Portland Winterhawks seventh overall in the 2010 Canadian Hockey League import draft. Bärtschi led all WHL rookies in 2010–11 with 34 goals and 85 points, and finished as the runner-up to Mathew Dumba for the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year.
Heading into the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Bärtschi was ranked by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau as the seventh best North American based skater, and was selected 13th overall by the Calgary Flames. The team quickly signed him to a three-year entry level contract US$1.45 million per season, including bonuses. He attended the team's training camp that fall, but was returned to Portland for the 2011–12 WHL season. Bärtschi was among the league's leaders offensively, averaging 2.00 points per game (94 points in 47 games) and was named WHL player of the week three times. His teammates named him Portland's most valuable player, and he was named to the WHL's Western Conference second all-star team.
Due to a number of injuries in Calgary, the Flames recalled Bärtschi on an emergency basis on 7 March. He made his NHL debut on 9 March in a 5–3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets He scored his first goal two nights later against Matt Hackett of the Minnesota Wild. Bärtschi added goals in his following two games and quickly became a fan favourite in Calgary. He appeared in a total of five NHL games and scored three goals before returning players necessitated his return to Portland. Bärtschi was the top scorer of the 2012 WHL playoffs, recording 34 points in 22 games, to lead Portland to their second consecutive appearance in the league championship series. They again lost, falling in seven games to the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Baertschi turned professional in 2012–13, and due to an NHL labour dispute, began the season with Calgary's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat. He had 17 points in his first 19 games with the Heat before suffering a neck injury that caused him to miss five weeks of the season, a total of 13 games.
On 2 March 2015, the Calgary Flames traded him to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Vancouver's 2nd-round draft pick in 2015. Baertschi had demanded to be traded from the Calgary Flames. Sven Baertschi made his Canucks debut on 4 April 2015, against the Winnipeg Jets. Sven first wore 42 with the Canucks, but changed his number to 47 when the Canucks took on the Arizona Coyotes on 9 April 2015. On 11 April 2015, Sven Baertschi scored his first and second goals as a Canuck against the Edmonton Oilers. On 28 July 2015, Baertschi re-signed with the Canucks to a one-year, one-way contract. Baertschi had a successful season with the Canucks, posting career-highs with 15 goals and 28 points. On 16 June 2016, Baertschi re-signed with Vancouver on a 2-year, $3.7 million contract.
Bärtschi has played with the Swiss national junior team on four occasions. He played in the Under-18 world championship in 2009 and 2010, scoring a goal and two assists in both tournaments for Swiss teams that finished in 8th and 5th place respectively. He then appeared with the under-20 team at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, scoring a goal and an assist in another fifth-place finish. He returned for the 2012 tournament, but appeared in only two games before suffering a concussion that forced him out of the event.
Bärtschi was born and raised in Langenthal, Switzerland. His father was also a professional hockey player who played in the National League A. His parents divorced when he was 11, after which his mother worked two jobs to allow him and his brother to play hockey.
Regular season and playoffs
Awards and honours
|West Second All-Star Team||2011–12|||
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- "Switzerland star Baertschi has 'light concussion' Flames prospect was injured in Wednesday shootout loss to Sweden". Calgary Herald. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
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- Stewart-Binks, Julie (25 June 2011). "Bartschi excited for NHL opportunity". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Calgary Flames first round draft pick