Genève-Servette HC

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Genève-Servette HC
GSHC-logo.png
Full name Genève-Servette Hockey Club
Nickname(s) "Les Aigles"
Founded 1905
Based in Geneva, Switzerland
Arena Patinoire des Vernets
(capacity: 7,135)
League

NLA 2001-present

  • NDA
    1964–1975
  • NDB
    1956–1964, 1975–1980, 1995–2001
  • 1. Liga
    1980–1995
Uniform Uniform GSHC 2013b.jpg
Team colors               
Owner(s) Hugh Quennec, Chris McSorley
President Hugh Quennec
Head coach Canada Chris McSorley
Captain Switzerland Goran Bezina
Website www.gshc.ch

The Genève-Servette HC (also called "Servette" or "GSHC") is a professional ice hockey club based in Geneva, Switzerland and competing in National League A, the top tier of the Swiss hockey league system. The team plays their home games at the Patinoire des Vernets, which has a seating capacity of 7,135, making it one of the smallest in the country.

During the 2013-2014 season, the GSHC was the third most attended team in Switzerland averaging 7,722 spectators.[1]Even though the capacity of their home arena is of 7,135, they were able to draw more crowd thanks to the Winter Classic played at the Stade de Genève in front of a sellout crowd of 29,400.

Team history[edit]

  • 1905 : Foundation of Servette FC's ice hockey section.
  • 1954 : The club plays on artificial ice for the first time, in the "Pavillon des Sports". Until then, Servette had to host its opponents in Lausanne or au Pont. The first match on the new artificial ice sees Servette play Urania Genève Sport (UGS).
  • 1956 : First promotion in Swiss National League B.
  • 1958 : Inauguration of the new ice rink called "Les Vernets".
  • 1959 : Servette wins the "Swiss Cup" after beating Neuchâtel-Sports Young Sprinters HC 7-3 in the final, in front of 11,820 fans, it is a crowd record for a hockey game in Les Vernets.
  • 1963 : Creation of Genève-Servette HC after the fusion of the ice hockey sections of Servette & UGS.
  • 1975 : Relegated to the Swiss National League B.
  • 1980 : Relegated to 1. Liga (3rd division).
  • 1995 : Promoted to National League B again, after a victory over Luzern.
  • 2001 : Promoted to National League A, after a successful series (4-0) over Chur in the final.
  • 2008 : On March 24, the GSHC reaches the Swiss National League A final for the first time in its history, after a clear win over HC Fribourg-Gottéron in the semi-finals (4-1 in the series).
  • 2010 : After a good season (2nd place), the GSHC defeated HC Fribourg-Gottéron in quarter-finals after being led 3-1 and EV Zug in semi-finals. Against SC Bern in Finals, the GSHC came back from 3-1 to 3-3 before losing the seventh game in Bern.
  • 2011 : Were third-most attended team in Switzerland for the 2010-11 season with 6,971 spectators.[2]

Team informations[edit]

Les Vernets[edit]

Main article: Patinoire des Vernets
Outside view of the Vernets

The Patinoire des Vernets was built in 1959 and is located in the Geneva neighborhood of the same name. It serves as the main arena for the GSHC. It was renovated in 2009 in order to increase the spectator capacity from 6400 to 7140.

On January 24, 2012, local authorities and the club reached an agreement to build a new arena, in another part of town, with a seating capacity of 10,000. It is currently planned to open between 2015 and 2016.[4]

Mascots[edit]

The official mascots of Genève-Servette are Calvin and Calvina, two anthropomorphic eagles that first appeared at the beginning of the 2006-2007 season. They are Switzerland’s first and only mascot duet. Their names are derived from John Calvin, famous theologian of the Protestant reformation in Geneva.[5]

In addition, Sherkan, a bald eagle, opens every home game by flying throughout the arena, reaching for his master standing in the center of ice. Sherkan is very popular amongst fans and players alike. Sherkan is Europe’s first living animal to partake in an ice-hockey game opening ceremony.

Sherkan first appeared during the NLB playoffs of 2001 and has been present to every home game ever since, only missing two.[6]

Head Coaches[edit]

Genève-Servette has been coached since 2001 by Chris McSorley who is also co-owner, alongside Hugh Quennec. Chris McSorley is the brother of Marty McSorley, two times winner of the Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers.

Chris McSorley

Hans Kossmann was the assistant-coach from 2001 to 2008, when he left to be assistant-coach for the Lausanne HC until the end of the season. He then signed a two years contract with the SC Bern. In 2011, Kossmann became head-coach of HC Fribourg-Gotteron.

Louis Matte is currently the assistant-coach and Sebastien Beaulieu is the official goal-keeper coach.

Honors[edit]

Champions[edit]

Runners-up[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 11, 2014.[7]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
47 Switzerland Antonietti, EliotEliot Antonietti D R 21 2007 Orbe, Switzerland
1 Switzerland Bays, ChristopheChristophe Bays G L 23 2014
57 Switzerland Bezina, GoranGoran Bezina (C) D L 34 2004 Split, SR Croatia
36 Canada D'Agostini, MattMatt D'Agostini RW R 28 2014 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
15 Switzerland Gerber, RolandRoland Gerber W R 30 2011
33 Switzerland Girard, FelixFelix Girard RW L 19 2013 Ecublens, Switzerland
56 Switzerland Iglesias, FredericFrederic Iglesias D L 25 2013 Geneva, Switzerland
17 Switzerland Jacquemet, ArnaudArnaud Jacquemet RW R 26 2013 Sion, Switzerland
19 Switzerland Kast, TimothyTimothy Kast F L 26 2014 Geneva, Switzerland
16 Switzerland Leonelli, NicolasNicolas Leonelli RW R 21 2011 Geneva, Switzerland
58 Switzerland Loeffel, RomainRomain Loeffel D R 23 2014 Columbier, Switzerland
54 Switzerland Marti, ChristianChristian Marti D L 21 2013 Bülach, Switzerland
29 Switzerland Mayer, RobertRobert Mayer Injured Reserve G L 25 2014 Havířov, Czechoslovakia
22 Switzerland Mercier, JonathanJonathan Mercier (A) D L 28 2003 Geneva, Switzerland
81 Canada Picard, AlexandreAlexandre Picard LW L 29 2012 Les Saules, Quebec, Canada
14 Canada Pyatt, TaylorTaylor Pyatt LW L 33 2014 Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
11 Canada Pyatt, TomTom Pyatt C L 27 2014 Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
75 Canada Ranger, PaulPaul Ranger D L 30 2014 Whitby, Ontario, Canada
26 Switzerland Rivera, ChrisChris Rivera W L 28 2004
96 Switzerland Rod, NoahNoah Rod RW L 18 2012 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
88 Switzerland Romy, KevinKevin Romy C L 29 2012 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
40 Switzerland Rubin, DanielDaniel Rubin C R 29 2014 Bern, Switzerland
14 Switzerland Savary, JeanJean Savary LW L 22 2007
9 Switzerland Simek, JurajJuraj Simek RW L 27 2011 Prešov, Czechoslovakia
21 Canada Traber, TimTim Traber RW R 21 2014 Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
25 Switzerland Trutmann, DarioDario Trutmann D R 22 2014 Zug, Switzerland
55 Switzerland Vukovic, DanielDaniel Vukovic (A) D R 28 2008 North York, Ontario, Canada
18 Canada Wick, JeremyJeremy Wick RW R 25 2014 Grand Valley, Ontario, Canada


Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spectateurs qualification". www.nationalleague.ch. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Attendance (CH)". www.hockeyarenas.net. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Spengler Cup Final". Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  4. ^ (French) Tribune de Genève | La nouvelle patinoire sera construite au Trèfle-Blanc
  5. ^ (French) http://www.gshc.ch/Mop/Site/main.php?module=mop.website.calvin&ID=-153]
  6. ^ (French) http://www.gshc.ch/Mop/Site/main.php?module=mop.website.sherkan&ID=-156]
  7. ^ "GSHC, Equipe première, LNA" (in French). www.gshc.ch. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 

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