Friday, January 13, 2012
Born on this date in 1972 in Hundwil, Switzerland, forward Daniel Meier joined EV Zug of the Swiss Nationalliga A for the 1990-91 season at the age of 18. During the season he also participated in the World Junior Tournament held in Saskatchewan, Canada.
The following season he continued to play for EV Zug as well as making his second trip to the World Juniors, this time in Germany. He continued to play for Zug for three additional seasons, with a best of 14 goals in 1993-94.
He moved to championship finalists HC Fribourg-Gotteron for the 1995-96 season, which led to a career best 20 goals and 36 points in 45 games in 1996-97.
He returned to Zug for the 1997-98 season, scoring 9 goals and 20 points, as Zug not only finished first overall in the league with a 24-10-6 record, but went on to win the only championship in club history as Meier contributed 6 goals and 9 points in 18 playoff games while teamed with NHL veteran Wes Walz.
After three additional seasons with Zug, Meier became a member of SC Rapperswil-Jona for the 2001-02 season during which he scored 14 goals and 29 points, placing third in team scoring behind a pair of Canadian-born players.
Geneve Servette was his next stop, where he played for three seasons, including his 13 goal, 30 point season in 2003-04, only the second 30 point season of his career.
Meier was once more on the move, this time with the highly popular Swiss club SC Bern, whose 17,000 seat PostFinance Arena is more than double the capacity of every other arena in the country save the 10,700 seater which is home to the ZSC Lions.
While with Bern, Meier's role was more focused on his defensive, checking abilities and his point production, never really among the team leaders during his career, averaged 9 per season after averaging 18 for his career up to that point. Eventually, Meier would play five seasons for Bern before moving to SC Langenthal of the National League B to finish out the 2009-10 season with career totals of 803 games played, 163 goals and 181 assists for 344 points, all in the Swiss National League A, save the 9 games 2 goals and 4 points with Langenthal in the National League B late in the 2009-10 season.
#19 Meier with SC Bern
Today's featured jersey is a 1998-99 EV Zug Daniel Meier jersey. Perhaps the worst hockey jersey ever on planet Earth, EV Zug apparently purchased their jerseys on clearance from the circus clown supply store. It looks like a minor league New Year's Eve special occasion jersey or some sort of European version of Mardi Gras done in a very 1990's style when torn paper edges and paintbrush strokes were all the rage in graphic design.
We're not certain how the jersey's four sponsors must have felt about having their logos lost in the clutter of the busiest jerseys we've ever seen. It would be interesting to hear the players perspective on what it was like to play in these jerseys, as they could either make their teammates highly visible on the ice, or have the opposite effect of making them blend into the multicolored background of the spectators.
Today's featured jersey shows EV Zug and their crazy jerseys in action from their 1998 Swiss championship. And there was much rejoicing.