LARA STALDER

"The 27 year old Swiss Lara Stalder is a top scorer in the Swedish league and one of the best ice hockey players in Europe."

 
 

     LARA'S WORKPLACE

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#15 @ BRYNÄS IF

Since the season 2018/2019, I play as a forward for the swedish club Brynäs IF. 

Brynäs IF is a long-standing club that was founded in 1912. The club has a solid history that we want to cherish while always looking forward and seeing all the opportunities that are available in our Monitor ERP Arena.

The club went through a major change in the last three years with the goal to become a sustainable club for everyone, a green arena and focus on ethical business practices. All the elements are connected to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

A big reason why I choose to play for Brynäs IF was the big change that happened with the women's team. Following the SDG Nr. 5 Gender Equality, the club is a pioneer and continues to work hard and drive equal opportunity to create a sustainable structure for girls amd women. 

In Franchise History, Brynäs IF could never win the swedish championship on the women's side. I will do everything in my power to support the team to change this.

In season 2020/21, we were very close after loosing to Lulea and winning the Silver medal.

   LARA AS A PERSON

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LARA'S CAREER

I started playing ice hockey in 1999 with HC Luzern (Switzerland) when I was 5 years old. From 2007, I also played in Switzerland's highest women's ice hockey league, today's Swiss Women's Hockey League A, parallel to the junior league, first for SC Reinach, in the 2008/09 season for Küssnachter SC, then again for SC Reinach until 2012 and in the 2012/13 season for the women's team of the ZSC Lions. In 2013, I was able to win my first Swiss championship title with the ZSC Lions.

In 2013, after finishing my school, I earned a scholarship to the University of Minnesota Duluth, where I played for the UMD Bulldogs in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. 

In June 2016, I was honered to become the first Swiss player to be selected by a team in the North American Women's Professional League NWHL. The Boston Pride team selected me 20th overall, but after comparing my options, I decided to finished my studies and move to Sweden to play for Linköpings HC in the SDHL.

In May 2019 and after finishing my Masters Degree I moved within the SDHL from Linköpings HC to Brynäs IF, where I found the perfect envrionment to excell in my performance, which landed me several awards.

LARA INTERNATIONAL

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#7 @ SWISS NATIONAL TEAM

With the U-18 national team I played at three Junior World Championships: 2010 in Division I and 2011 and 2012 in the Top Division. At the two Top Division tournaments, I was the highest-scoring defender among all participants with 6 and 7 scoring points, respectively, and I was also honored as the best defender at the 2010 Division I tournament.

 

In 2011, I made my debut and played my first Women's World Championship, which happened to be in Switzerland. With the amazing home crowd I was able to gain my first experiences on the big stage and scored 2 assists in 5 games. In the following years, I was unable to participate in the World Championships due to injuries right before the tournament.

 

After missing two tournaments in a row, what followed was a dream that came true. I was able to particiapte and represent my home country in the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, where we won the bronze medal with the national team. 

Another highlight was winning the Olympic Qualification Tournament in 2017 in Arosa, Switzerland, and therefore the following Winter Olympics in 2018 in Pyeongchang, where we finnished fifth. 

Career Highlights

 

Switzerland (2020/21)

Swiss Ice Hockey Award

"Women of the Year"

 

WOMEN OF THE YEAR

Womens WC 21

4th Place at Women Worlds in Calgary (Lara Team Captain)

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Winter Olympics 22

4th place - Olympic Winter Games

Beijing 2022

 

SDHL (2021/22)

New League All Time Record

of most scoring points in a season:

89 Points in 2021/22

2nd Place Season 2021/22

 

SDHL AWARDS:

- Forward of the Year

- Most Goals

- Most Assists

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SDHL (2018/19)

SDHL Silver Medal

(shoulder injury/early season end)

SDHL (2017/18)

Most Goals

Most PP Goals

SM Silver Medal

Switzerland (2016/17)

Swiss Ice Hockey Awards

Women of the Year

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NCAA (2015/16)

Top 3 Female NCAA Collegiate Player Finalist (Patty Kazmaier Award)

WCHA Player of the year

WCHA Student Athlete of the year

All-America First Team

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SDHL Highlight 2020/21

League All Time Record

of most points in a season:

81 Points in 2020/21

SDHL AWARDS WINNER:

- Forward of the year

- Delivery of the year

- Most Valuable Player (MVP)

SDHL (2020/21)

Most Assists

Most Goals

Most Points

200th Scoring Point in SDHL

SDHL MVP (2019/20)

1st female

Most Valuable Player

"Guldhjälmen"

SDHL (2019/20)

Forward of the year

Most Goals

Most Points

Most PP Goals

Most SH Goals

100th SDHL Goal with a hattrick

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World Championship (2014/15)

Most Assists

Most Penalized Player

Olympic Games 

(2013/14)

Olympic Bronze Medal Winner

(Sochi)

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SWHL A (2012/13)

Swiss Women Hockey League A Champion with ZSC Lions

WJC-18 (2010/11)

Best Defenseman

Gold medal (World Champion)

Most Assists by Defenseman

Most Points by Defenseman

Best Plus/Minus