"The 28 year old Swiss Lara Stalder was the top scorer in the Swedish league and one of the best ice hockey players in Europe."
#7 @ EV ZUG
In this Season (2023/24) I play as a forward for the swiss club EV ZUG.
EVZ is a long-standing club that was founded in 1967. The EVZ is the largest sports club in the Zug region and thus a sporting as well as social draw beyond the cantonal borders. Beyond competitive sports, the EVZ has been an important institution in Zug for over 50 years - whether as an employer, in popular sports or as a social meeting place at games and events. The ties with and anchoring in the region form the basis of the successful sports company, whose 1st team has played in the National League without interruption since 1987. The EVZ attaches great importance to its role model function in society and assumes its responsibility accordingly in the areas of youth development, promotion of young talent, health and prevention.
As I have always been convinced that Swiss womens Icehockey needs to improve in its own country (and thus needs to be promotoed locally), I got involved in the EVZ sustainability program 2 years ago.
Now I am returning to my home place to help the EVZ to be the spearhead in the professionalization of women's ice hockey in Switzerland.
LARA AS A PERSON
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.
#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.
Swiss Ice Hockey Award
"Women of the Year"
Womens WC 21
4th Place at Women Worlds in Calgary (Lara Team Captain)
Winter Olympics 22
4th place - Olympic Winter Games
New League All Time Record
of most scoring points in a season:
89 Points in 2021/22
2nd Place Season 2021/22
- Forward of the Year
- Most Goals
- Most Assists
Womens WC 22
4th Place at Women Worlds in Denmark (Lara Team Captain)
Lara only player of the tournament who scored twice against Team Canada.
402 Career Points in SDHL
(only 2 other players ever reached this record)
2nd Place Season 2021/22
- Most Scoring Points
- Most Assists
Womens WC 23
The 2023 IIHF
Women’s World Championship in Brampton, Ontario ended again in a 4th place for the swiss team.
(Lara Team Captain / 11 points)
After 10 long years abroad, Lara did return to her home country in May 2023 to play for EV ZUG and to boost the professionalization of Swiss women's ice hockey.
SDHL Silver Medal
(shoulder injury/early season end)
Most PP Goals
SM Silver Medal
Swiss Ice Hockey Awards
Women of the Year
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
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)
200th Scoring Point in SDHL
SDHL MVP (2019/20)
Most Valuable Player
Forward of the year
Most PP Goals
Most SH Goals
100th SDHL Goal with a hattrick
World Championship (2014/15)
Most Penalized Player
Olympic Bronze Medal Winner
SWHL A (2012/13)
Swiss Women Hockey League A Champion with ZSC Lions
Gold medal (World Champion)
Most Assists by Defenseman
Most Points by Defenseman