EHC Biel

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EHC Biel
2014–15 NLA season
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City Biel, Switzerland
League National League A
Founded 1939
Home arena Eisstadion Biel
Colors                    
General manager Switzerland Daniel Villard
Head coach Switzerland Kevin Schläpfer
Captain Switzerland Mathieu Tschantré
Website www.ehcb.ch
Franchise history
1939–47 EHC Biel/Bienne
1947–48 EHC Tornado Biel
1948–present EHC Biel

EHC Biel is a professional ice hockey club based in the bilingual city of Biel/Bienne, Switzerland and plays in the National League A. Since the city of Biel is completely bilingual, alongside the German name EHC Biel (Abbr: EHCB) the team also has a French name called HC Bienne (Abbr: HCB). The team plays it's games in a stadium called Eisstadion Biel, which is primarily used for ice hockey. The stadium holds 6,200 people. The Eisstadion will be replaced by a new multifunction arena in 2015.

EHC Biel played in lower Swiss Ice Hockey Leagues until they got promoted in the second-tier National League B in 1960. In 1975 EHC Biel won the National League B-title and got promoted in the highest Swiss league, the National League A. During the 20 years between 1975 and 1995 the club won three national championships in 1978, 1981 and 1983 under three different coaches (František Vanek, Ed Reigle, Kent Ruhnke). After the relegation in 1995 EHC Biel had to wait 13 years until their return in NLA. After three consecutive championship victories in the second-tier National League B, EHC Biel was reinstated into the NLA, winning the promotion/relegation best of 7 series against EHC Basel 4-0 in 2008.

A strong local rivalry exists with the SCL Tigers, SC Bern, EHC Olten, and HC Ajoie. Games between these teams often attract sell-out crowds.

NHL players Tyler Seguin and Patrick Kane joined Biel during the 2012–13 NHL lockout. Goalkeeper Reto Berra and winger Nikolaj Ehlers played both for Biel.

Honors[edit]

Champions[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 11, 2014.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
40 Sweden Arlbrandt, PärPär Arlbrandt RW R 32 2014 Jönköping, Sweden
27 Canada Beaudoin, EricEric Beaudoin (UFA) C L 35 2010 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
24 Switzerland Berthon, EliotEliot Berthon C L 23 2014 Lyon, France
34 Switzerland Cadonau, ClaudioClaudio Cadonau D R 26 2012 Zürich, Switzerland
93 Switzerland Ehrensperger, GianniGianni Ehrensperger LW R 27 2007 Zürich, Switzerland
4 Switzerland Fey, KevinKevin Fey D L 24 2011
14 Switzerland Gailland, JeremyJeremy Gailland W L 27 2014
52 Switzerland Gloor, KevinKevin Gloor C/D L 32 2009
8 Switzerland Gossweiler, ManuelManuel Gossweiler D L 32 2006 Zürich, Switzerland
92 Switzerland Haas, GaëtanGaëtan Haas C R 23 2007 Bonfol, Switzerland
89 Austria Herburger, RaphaelRaphael Herburger C L 26 2013 Dornbirn, Austria
97 Switzerland Joggi, MathiasMathias Joggi RW/D L 29 2013 Biel, Switzerland
79 Switzerland Kamber, OliverOliver Kamber C L 35 2013 Rickenbach, Switzerland
66 Switzerland Meili, LukasLukas Meili G R 23 2013 Russikon, Switzerland
25 Switzerland Moser, ChristianChristian Moser D L 30 2013 Langnau i.E., Switzerland
28 Switzerland Mosimann, JanJan Mosimann F L 20 2010
16 Sweden Olausson, NiklasNiklas Olausson C L 28 2014 Väckelsång, Sweden
21 Switzerland Peter, EmanuelEmanuel Peter (A) C L 30 Uzwil, Switzerland
46 Switzerland Rossi, MatthiasMatthias Rossi RW R 24 2014 Menziken, Switzerland
33 Switzerland Rouiller, AnthonyAnthony Rouiller D R 21 2008
29 Switzerland Rytz, SimonSimon Rytz G L 31 2013 Biel, Switzerland
18 Germany Spylo, AhrenAhren Spylo RW L 31 2010 Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
5 Switzerland Steiner, NicholasNicholas Steiner D L 23 2014 Eggiwil, Switzerland
12 Switzerland Tschantré, MathieuMathieu Tschantré (C) C L 38 2001 Biel, Switzerland
23 Austria Ulmer, MartinMartin Ulmer RW R 27 2013 Dornbirn, Austria
84 Sweden Umicevic, DraganDragan Umicevic RW R 30 2014 Dubica, SFR Yugoslavia
32 Switzerland Untersander, RamonRamon Untersander D/RW R 24 2012 Alt St. Johann, Switzerland
48 Switzerland Wetzel, PhilippPhilipp Wetzel C L 29 2007 Schönbühl, Switzerland


Hall of Fame[edit]

Jean-Jacques Aeschlimann, Olivier Anken, Mauro Beccarelli, Gaetan Boucher, Gino Cavallini, Chris Chelios, Gilles Dubois, Daniel Dubuis, Normand Dupont, Heinz Ehlers, Rico Fata, Pierre-Alain Flotiront, René Furler, Paul Gagné, Gaston Gingras, Richmond Gosselin, Shawn Heaphy, Barry Jenkins, Ramil Juldashew, Willy Kohler, Jakob Kölliker, Francis Lardon, Steve Latinovitch, Marc Leuenberger, Bob Lindberg, Kevin Lötscher, Urs Lott, Serge Martel, Serge Meyer, Cyrill Pasche, Guido Pfosi, Daniel "Dan" Poulin, Jörg Reber, Michel Riesen, Valeri Schirjajew, Kevin Schläpfer, Björn Schneider, Sven Schmid, Jiri Slegr, Laurent Stehlin, Martin Steinegger, Alexandre Tremblay, Marko Tuomainen, Claude Vilgrain, Marco Wegmüller, Daniel Widmer, Bernhard Wist, Aldo Zenhäusern, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Kane

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erste Mannschaft NLA - Kaderliste" (in German). www.ehcb.ch. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 

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