ZURICH – ZSC Lions Zurich had a busy day on Monday when they beat the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers 4-1. The score was the good news but it was overshadowed with three injured players and finances in the red.
Severin Blindenbacher, who skated on the first defensive pair with Slovakian national team player Radoslav Suchy, was injured in the first period after an incident with Laker Markus Bütler. Blindenbacher’s head hit the boards and he lay on the ice for about a minute before he could be transported to hospital.
The 25-year-old suffered a concussion and a cervical sprain. He is likley out of the line-up for awhie including tomorrows CHL game against Slavia Prague.
Just as during the 7-2 victory in Linköping one week ago, Blindenbacher was scouted by Thomas Rundqvist, the general manager of Swedish club Färjestad Karlstad. Blindenbacher is having a strong season and he doesn't deny his interest to play in the Swedish Elitserien.
Blindenbacher was not the only ZSC player that was injured. Centre Oliver Kamber suffered a knee injury and is sidelined for four weeks.
Daniel Schnyder is also questionalbe for tomorrow's game prompting ZSC to recall defenceman Steven Schoop and winger Stefan Schnyder from their farm team GCK Lions. Schnyder hasn’t played an NLA game this season, while it would be Schoop's ZSC debut.
In financial news, the holding company of ZSC Lions reported a turnover of CHF 14.4 million (€10m) from its championship-winning season, including two million Francs for the farm team. A deficit of CHF 724,787 was announced at the annual assembly. The loss was kept within acceptable limits thanks to generous owner and club president Walter Frey, who also is the biggest sponsor.
In the future, the club hopes to improve their financial status with a new ice arena where ZSC would control revenue-generating streams like catering and concessions.