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Michel Riesen makes his NHL debut

Michel Riesen (left) is brought down by a Montreal Canadiens player in pre-season training.

(Keystone / AP Photo / Paul Chiasson)

The Swiss, Michel Riesen, has made his first appearance in the National Hockey League (NHL) by playing for the Canadian team, Edmonton Oilers. They beat Detroit Red Wings, 2-1.

After Reto von Arx, he is the third Swiss to make his debut in the NHL this season.

The 21-year-old forward, who had played for the Swiss First Division side Davos, got off to a good start in his NHL career on Friday in the winning match against Detroit. Riesen spent just under 15 minutes in the rink. He played under the watchful eyes of close to 16,000 spectators at the Skyreach Centre stadium.

Riesen signed a three-year contract with Edmonton.

Pat Verbeek put Detroit in the lead after 7 minutes in the first third of the match. The goal was scored from a Powerplay. Bill Guerin scored the equaliser in the second third.

Just five minutes and 37 seconds before the final whistle Rem Murray put Edmonton in the lead.

Although Detroit outnumbered Edmonton by two players in the final two minutes, after Janne Niinima and Tom Poti were sent off, they were not able to use this to their advantage.

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