About Reto Schürch

(EN: Schurch or Schuerch)

  • Born 1975 in Switzerland, speaks German, English and French
  • Former pro goalie for 15 years mainly in Switzerland, Sweden and the U.S.
  • Butterfly technique expert, educated by François Allaire himself
  • Operating hockey camps for over 10 years together with NHL Stanley cup winners Martin Gerber (CH) and David Aebischer (CH)
  • Foundation of Goalie Action and conducting of goalie and summer camps in California since 2011
  • Goalie and video coach of the Swiss Men’s National Hockey Team 2014-16
  • Goalie and video coach of Swiss NLA teams since 2011:
    2015-2017 SC Bern, 2011-2014 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
  • Swiss Champion with SC Bern 2015-16 and 2016-2017

“My goal is to share my experience as a pro goalie and my deep understanding of the butterfly technique, to bring the goalies I’m working with to their top level.“


Reto Schurch

Pro Goalie Career

Reto Schurch Ice Hockey Goalie EHC Basel NLA

Understanding the athlete’s perspective –

working 15 years as a professional goalie:


1994-96 SC Bern NLA (CH)
1996-97 SC Lyss NLB (CH)
1997-99 SC Bern NLA (CH)
1999-01 EHC Biel NLA (CH)
2001-04 Lausanne HC NLA (CH)
2004-05 Forward Morges NLB (CH) / Lausanne HC NLA (CH)
2005-07 Langnau Tigers NLA (CH)
2007-08 EHC Basel NLA (CH)
2008-09 Phoenix Roadrunners ECHL (US) / Växjö Lakers (SWE)

Butterfly Technique Expert

Reto Schurch Butterfly Style Ice Hockey Goalie

It was in the 1980s when the goalie style started to change into the "butterfly style". The development of lightweight materials for pads and the starting of professional goalie coaching driven by François Allaire helped goaltender legend Patrick Roy to be one of the first employing the new butterfly style successfully.


François Allaire stared to run goalie camps in Switzerland in the early 1990s, that was where Reto got his first teaching lessons of the butterfly technique. In 2004 he worked with François Allaire as a demonstration goalie during the École International de Hockey de Verbier in Switzerland. Since then the technique and the equipment has developed continuously and Reto was always connected to the source and part of the innovation.

Passion for Coaching

Reto Schurch with Stanley Cup winner Martin Gerber - Carolina Hurricans
Reto Schurch with Stanley Cup winner Martin Gerber - Carolina Hurricans
Reto Schurch and Jakub Stepanek with Swiss Champion Cup 2016 - SC Bern
Reto Schurch and Jakub Stepanek with Swiss Champion Cup 2016 - SC Bern

Reto Schurch started with coaching already during his pro career by training the younger goalies of the teams he played for.


Since 2004 he is running “The EA Hockey Camp” with Martin Gerber (Stanley Cup winner 2005) and David Aebischer (Stanley Cup winner 2001) in Zuchwil, Switzerland. The know-how and the experience of the coaching staff makes the camp one of a kind worldwide.


2011 Reto started his coaching career in Southern California with private lessons and his first Goalie Action Camp in California. 


Parallel he started his work coaching pro goalies in the Swiss NLA league. His first mandate was Daniel Manzato for the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers.


The passion of coaching shows in the variety of all the goalies, ages and levels that Reto likes to work with and that there isn't any difference in work ethic for him. 

Goalie Action in California

Reto Schurch Ice Hockey Goalie Camp Los Angeles at The Rinks

During his pro career Reto Schurch trained and prepared himself in Los Angeles, where he gained a lot of positive impressions and good connections. 


In 2011 he moved to Los Angeles to set up Goalie Action to share his experience by coaching Californian goalies. His first coaching assignment was with the Orange County Hockey Club and their goalies.


Since then more then 100 goalies from beginners to professionals trained with Goalie Action at the summer camps and private coaching in greater Los Angles and Orange County area.

Swiss National Team Coach

Ice Hockey Swiss National Team Video and Goalie Coach Reto Schurch

During his coaching job in Rapperswil (2011-2015), Reto started to help improving the video coaching not just for his goalies but for the whole team. With that knowledge and experience he got asked to be a part of the Men's Swiss National Team coaching staff.


During the season 2014-15 and 2015-16 he was the Goalie- and Video Coach of the Swiss Men’s National Hockey Team and went as well to the IIHF World Championship 2015 in Prague. 

Swiss NLA Men's Team Coach

SC Bern Fans

Reto Schurch is a Goalie- and Video Coach in the Swiss Pro League (NLA):
2011-2015   Rapperswil-Jona Lakers

2015-2017    SC Bern

Consulting and private coaching

SC Bern Fans

During the last 15 years there where many goalies who worked with Reto at different occasions. 

  • Expert exchange with David Marcoux, Carolina Hurricanes and Charlotte Checkers 
  • Expert exchange with Francois Allaire, Colorado Avalanche
  • Expert exchange with Sylvain Rodrigue, Bakersfield Condors
  • Pro skates with NHL goalies like Eric Comrie, Collin Deila, Jonas Hiller, Ryan Miller, Justin Pogge
  • NHL Net360 Camp Kelowna