ELF: Helvetic Guards make first-ever signing in Swiss DE Dominik Liechti

One of the newest members of the European League of Football, Switzerland’s Helvetic Guards, have announced homegrown Swiss talent, Dominik Liechti as the very first player signing in team history.

Liechti, a 6’3″, 250-pound defensive end is a two-time Swiss Bowl champion with the Bern Grizzlies, winning in 2016 and this past summer. Following the Swiss championship, Leichti joined the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns in the German Football League, where he helped them win the German Bowl Title.

In only six games with the Unicorns, the first ever Helvetic Guard player recorded 15 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, one sack, and forced a fumble. The experienced edge defender showed up in a big way for Schwäbisch Hall in the German Bowl making five tackles and one tackle for loss in the championship game.

Liechti, who has also been a leader of the Swiss national team for several years, and now is looking for a new challenge:

“I want to help build the best Swiss team and show all of Europe that this team can compete in the best league in Europe.”

Helvetic Gaurds head coach Norm Chow, formerly of the XFL, NFL, USC, and Hawaii, is thrilled to have the Swiss veteran on his team.

“We are extremely excited and proud to announce Dominik as the first player to come to terms with the Helvetic Guards. We expect Dominik to be a tremendous player for us and a true leader of our team. We hope this signing will lead to more of the best players in Switzerland deciding to join the Guards. It is an important step in assembling a competitive team that all of Switzerland can be proud of.”

The Guards will be recruiting in Switzerland, France and southern Germany and with the allure of playing for coach Norm Chow and the ELF, there is no doubt that many more local players will jump onboard too.

Watch Leichti’s 2022 Swiss League highlights


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