2016–17 NLA season
|2016–17 National League A season|
|League||National League A|
|Duration||September 7, 2016 – February 25, 2017|
|Number of games||50|
|Number of teams||12|
|Swiss champion NLA|
SC Bern is the defending champions.
|EHC Biel||Biel/Bienne||Tissot Arena||6,521|
|HC Davos||Davos||Vaillant Arena||6,800|
|Genève-Servette HC||Geneva||Patinoire des Vernets||7,135|
|EHC Kloten||Kloten||Swiss Arena||7,719|
|Lausanne HC||Lausanne||CIG de Malley||7,600|
|HC Lugano||Lugano||Pista La Resega||7,800|
|SCL Tigers||Langnau im Emmental||Ilfis Stadium||6,000|
|EV Zug||Zug||Bossard Arena||7,015|
Coaching changes change
On September 22, 2016, Fribourg-Gottéron's Gerd Zenhäusern was relieved of his duties of head coach after posting a 1-1-1-3 record through 6 games this season. It was later announced that Larry Huras would take over the job for the remainder of the season.
On October 1, 2016, the SCL Tigers fired head coach Scott Beattie after posting a 1-0-2-7 record through 10 games this season. He eventually went on to coach his final game that same day against EHC Kloten, which Langnau won 5-3. On October 2, 2016, it was announced that Heinz Ehlers would be Langnau's new head coach for the remainder of the season and through the 2017-18 season should the team stay in the NLA.
Lausanne is playing its final season at Malley before playing two seasons in a temporary arena which will be located in the old city's slaughterhouse. Meanwhile, their new 10,000-seat arena will be built on the site of the old Malley.
This is Fribourg's last season in the current BCF Arena before it undergoes major renovations in the spring of 2017, which will last for about two years and increase the capacity from 6,500 to 8,500. The team should still be able to play in the arena during the renovations.
Regular season change
|1||EV Zug||12||8||0||1||3||37||32||+5||25||Advance to Playoffs|
|9||HC Davos||12||3||3||1||5||34||39||−5||16||Advance to Playouts[a]|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) a higher number of wins in the regular time; 3) a higher number of wins in overtime and shootouts; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots.
- Relegation Playoffs
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)|
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- "Meisterschaft / Cup / CHL NLA /// Championnat / Coupe / CHL LNA - Saison 2016/17" (PDF) (in German). SIHF. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 28, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
- "Gerd Zenhäusern new Head of Development - Larry Huras new head coach of HCFG?". swisshockeynews.ch. 2016-09-22. Retrieved 2016-09-22.
- "Ehlers reportedly agrees to become the SCL Tigers' new head coach, Beattie to stay as assistant coach?". swisshockeynews.ch. 2016-10-02. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
- "Lausanne HC will have to play in exile for two seasons". swisshockeynews.ch. 2016-07-05. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
- "Increased capacity - HC Fribourg Gottéron presents renovation plan for their stadium". swisshockeynews.ch. 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2016-08-20.