Sandro Aeschlimann, 25, the goaltender that led the Dells Ducks to its only Bush Cup Championship in 2014 has entered his fifth season playing professional hockey in his home country of Switzerland.
Beginning last season, Aeschlimann has suited up for HC Davos, in the small but vibrant tourist community at the base of the Swiss Alps.
Davos is likely most known by hockey enthusiasts on this side of the Atlantic as the annual site of the Spengler Cup Tournament a Christmas season event that matches pro club teams from across Europe, usually including teams made up of Canadian and American pros from European teams.
This season, Aeschlimann, the Davos team has struggled a bit out of the gate, sticking with Aeschlimann in its first two games, a 5-2 loss against Geneve-Servette, a team out of Geneva that includes former NHLers Eric Fehr, Daniel Winnick and Linus Omark on Oct. 2 and a 4-3 defeat against Lausanne HC on home ice.
Aeschlimann went between the pipes in the second league matches, stopping 30 of 34 shots faced.
hile the team is off to an 0-2 start in league matches, it did get a big win in Swiss Cup play Wednesday, defeating EHC Seewen by a 7-1 count.
The team got a huge boost with a headline Thursday announcing Joe Thornton, a prolific NHL player currently unsigned for the 2020-21 NHL campaign has signed on with Davos.
The team will be back in action Saturday traveling to play the 1-3 SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers.