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Alexandra Lehmann to play for Team Switzerland against Japan

Alexandra Lehmann will suit up for Team Switzerland when the team hosts Japan for three friendly games in November.

How does a player top winning the Swiss Women's A league Championship as starting goaltender for HC Lugano Ladies? For Cecil Lake's Alexandra Lehmann, the answer is by playing for Team Switzerland in an international friendly against Team Japan just eight months later. 

Lehmann, who holds dual citizenship with Canada and Switzerland, is one of three goalies who will dress for Switzerland when the country hosts the Japanese National Team for three games, November 11, 12, and 13. The games are a chance for the Swiss National Team management to get a look at some Olympic hopefuls before Switzerland's pre-Olympic training camp later this season. Lehmann said each goalie is expected to get a start against Japan.

"It's something I've been wanting to do for a few years now. At one point it was really nerve-wracking, it felt like Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' song, I might only have one game to prove myself. It's an exciting accumulation of everything I've done so far, and I just want to play at the highest level possible," Lehmann said. 

She is currently balancing her duties trying to help HC Lugano defend their championship with continuing her fourth year studies with Ottawa's Carleton University. The team is second in the league with 19 points through 10 games, 9 points behind the ZSC Lions from Zurich. 

Lehmann has got a taste of playing with Team Switzerland at practice once a week. 

"It's exciting. I'm a really competitive person, so the more competitive my opponents are the better. Those practices are a lot of fun, their shots are so good, there's great goalie coaching and I've learned a lot," Lehmann said. 

Switzerland is coming off a strong fourth-place finish at the 2021 IIHF Women's World Championship in August, and are currently ranked fifth in the IIHF World Rankings. Japan is ranked sixth. 

Adding to the excitement of playing for the national team is the fact that Lehmann's parents will be in Switzerland visiting at that time. 

"It just happened to be at the same time. My parent's haven't watched me play in person in four years, as I've been in the States and Switzerland, and you couldn't travel during the pandemic. I'm really glad they'll get to see me play," Lehmann said. 


Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca