ZURICH – One of the last former stars of Switzerland’s most successful era before and after World War II has passed away. Heini Lohrer died in his sleep on 12th December at age 93.
Lohrer came from Arosa in the Grison mountains to Zurich at age 16 for a commercial apprenticeship, but in the following years he became better known as one of Switzerland’s best hockey players.
Lohrer played for Zürcher SC from 1934 to 1953. ZSC was battling hard for championships against record champion HC Davos, led by legendary Bibi Torriani. The Zurich team often had to settle for silver, but Lohrer led his team to two championships in 1936 and 1949.
He represented Switzerland in 74 games and was on the teams that won the 1948 Olympic bronze on home ice in St. Moritz and became European Champions in 1939.
“He was, beside of Bibi Torriani, the probably most important representative of Swiss ice hockey of those days and an idol for young athletes in Zurich,” club president Ernst Meier writes in the obituary published on Thursday.