LUGANO, Switzerland Six years aftermaking his National League A debut as a 16-year-old for local outfit EC Zug, the NHL lockout has taken well-traveled Anaheim Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa back to a fertile breeding ground for one ofhockey's accelerating national programs.
His clubaffiliation has switched from the northern part of the country to the Italian-speakingsouth, and here, at HC Lugano, a glimpse can be offered of a handful of playerswho have made international impacts before their 20th birthday.
AlessioBertaggia is the son of HC Lugano legend Sandro Bertaggia, whose retired No. 2jersey commemorates the 18 years of service the defenseman gave the club.Alessio, a forward who has accumulated 70 points in 82 WHL games with theBrandon Wheat Kings, is a threat to break out at this years World JuniorChampionships after earning his due as an 18-year-old under-ager with the Swiss nationaljunior team last December.
The Luganofamily ties also bind Phillipe and 18-year-old Tim Boz...