Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Swiss Stars Wieser and Schweri Turning Heads in QMJHL This Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Swiss Stars Wieser and Schweri Turning Heads in QMJHL This Season

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Swiss duo winning Canadian fans in QMJHL

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They may be thousands of kilometres from their native Zurich, but Tim Wieser and Kay Schweri feel a little closer to home when the Sherbrooke Phoenix faithful wave the flag of Switzerland at Palais des Sports.

"It's just an amazing feeling to see that we've won over some Canadian fans here," said Wieser, who, when combined with Schweri, makes up an unstoppable Swiss dynamic duo that's been turning heads in the QMJHL this season. "We are really proud to see them waving the Switzerland flag."

Wieser, in his second year with the Phoenix, is tearing through opposing goaltenders like wet paper towel. The 19-year-old currently leads all QMJHL and CHL scorers with 22 goals through 20 regular-season games. His credits his sophomore success -- which carries with it an eye-popping shooting percentage of 29.7 -- to an off-season focused on improving his shot.

But his improved production also owes thanks to Schweri, his rookie linemate, fellow countryman and longtime friend, who's assisted on more than half of Wieser's goals and himself leads all Quebec League players with 30 helpers.

In this potent one-two punch, Schweri is the rigger and Wieser is trigger.

"He's a very good passer, that's the best thing about him," is how Wieser describes Schweri, a 17-year-old who was skating in the Elite Jr. A Swiss League a year ago.

"He's a scorer, a real scorer," is Schweri's assessment of the Wieser.

Mixed with top end Phoenix talent that includes projected 2015 NHL first-rounder Jeremy Roy and Montreal Canadiens draft pick Daniel Audette, the Swiss wingers have been the difference that has thrust Sherbrooke from a middling team to the top of the West Division.

Heading into Friday's contest against Blainville-Boisbriand, Wieser had scored in all but six games this season, and potted four in his last outing against Rouyn-Noranda last week. Scherwi, who was tied for third in league scoring with 36 points (10 goals, 26 assists) heading into weekend play, had been held off the score sheet only four times.

With their continued success, you'd never guess that both players got out to rocky starts in their respective major junior careers as they tried to adjust to life on this side of the Atlantic. …

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