ZURICH – Two long-time national team players and Olympians passed away recently with Czech forward Bronislav Danda and Swiss forward Gian Bazzi.
Bronislav Danda died at the age of 85 on New Year’s Eve after long illness. He played 80 international games for Czechoslovakia scoring 45 goals including three Olympic Winter Games and two World Championships winning World Championship bronze in 1955.
The native of Hradec Kralove started to play hockey in Pardubice and won 11 national championships with Ruda Hvezda Brno. He was one of the fastest players of the country and in Brno he played on the top line and was one of six players who won that many championships with the team.
The winger ended his career for HC Auronzo in Italy before working as a coach in Brno, in Italy and Yugoslavia. In summer Danda also played football and played 20 games in the top Czechoslovak league for Zbrojovka Brno scoring three goals.
Gian Bazzi passed away last week due to illness. He represented Switzerland in 63 international games including the 1952 Olympic Winter Games where he scored two goals and in four World Championship events including three in the top division. He was on the team that won the bronze medals at the 1951 World Championship in France and at the 1953 Worlds on home ice in Zurich and Basel.
In Switzerland the Davos native won three Cup titles with the Young Sprinters Neuchatel and was the top goal scorer of the league in 1961. He also played for SC Bern and was a coach of SC Langnau in the late ‘60s.