Riccardo Torriani - Richard "Bibi" Torriani
Born: October 1, 1911 at Sankt Moritz, Graubünden, Switzerland
Died: September 3, 1988 in Chur, Graubünden, Switzerland - age 76
Bibi Torriani is considered the best Swiss Ice Hockey player ever. Playing for HC Davos for most of his career, he won 18 Swiss titles between 1930 and 1950. With the two Cattini brothers Pic and Hans, he formed the so-called "Ni-line" at his club and with the national team. In 111 international matches, he scored 105 times, winning a host of medals. In 1928 and 1948, with the Games held in St. Moritz, Torriani won Olympic bronze medals, also winning a silver medal (1935) and three bronze medals at the World Championships. In 1935 and 1939, Switzerland was also the best European country at the World Ice Hockey Championships, earning the European title. After his active playing career, Torriani coached the Swiss National Team, Italian National Team and Club Teams in Italy and Switzerland, winning the Swiss Title again as a coach with EHC Visp (1962). Torriani also participated in the 1957 luge World Championships in Davos, taking second place. In 1997, Torriani was the first Swiss player to be inducted in the International Ice Hockey Federation - IIHF Hall of Fame.
L to R:
Hans "Joe" Cattini, Ferdinand "Pic" Cattini and Bibi Torriani The Famous Ni-Line for HC Davos and the Swiss National Team
Bibi Torriani speaking the Olympic Oath on behalf of all Winter Olympic Athletes at St. Moritz, Switzerland on opening day, January 30, 1948
- Youngest Player to play at Senior Ice Hockey World Championships - 16 Years, 4 Months.
- International Ice Hockey Federation - Hall of Fame - 1997.
- Winter Olympic Games - Ice Hockey - Switzerland - 1928 (Bronze) - 1936 - 1948 (Bronze).
- European Ice Hockey Champion - 1935 - 1939.
- 18 Swiss Championships with HC Davos.
- 6 Spengler Cup Championships - 1933 - 1936 - 1938 - 1941 - 1942 - 1943.
- 105 Goals in 111 International Ice Hockey Games.
- Flag Bearer at 1948 Winter Olympics.
- Only Ice Hockey Player to Speak Olympic Oath at Start of Olympic Games.