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 derivated 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 January 23, 2013.[7][8][9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
89 Canada Almond, CodyCody Almond C L 24 2012 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
47 Switzerland Antonietti, EliotEliot Antonietti D R 21 2007 Orbe, Switzerland
57 Switzerland Bezina, GoranGoran Bezina (C) D L 34 2004 Split, SR Croatia
19 Switzerland Fritsche, JohnJohn Fritsche RW R 22 2011 Parma, Ohio, USA
15 Switzerland Gerber, RolandRoland Gerber W R 30 2011
22 Switzerland Mercier, JonathanJonathan Mercier (A) D L 28 2003 Geneva, Switzerland
81 Canada Picard, AlexandreAlexandre Picard LW L 28 2012 Les Saules, Quebec, Canada
26 Switzerland Rivera, ChrisChris Rivera W L 27 2004
88 Switzerland Romy, KevinKevin Romy C L 29 2012 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
32 Finland Petrell, LennartLennart Petrell RW R 30 2012 Helsinki, Finland
9 Switzerland Simek, JurajJuraj Simek RW L 26 2011 Prešov, Czechoslovakia
51 Switzerland Stephan, TobiasTobias Stephan G L 30 2009 Zürich, Switzerland
29 Switzerland Tamo, FedericoFederico Tamo G R 29 2007 Ticino, Switzerland
55 Switzerland Vukovic, DanielDaniel Vukovic (A) D R 28 2008 North York, Ontario, Canada
56 Switzerland Iglésias, FrédéricFrédéric Iglésias D L 25 2012 Geneva, Switzerland
54 Switzerland Marti, ChristianChristian Marti D L 21 2012 Bülach, Switzerland
10 Canada Lombardi, MatthewMatthew Lombardi C/LW L 32 2012 Montreal, Québec, Canada
17 Switzerland Jacquemet, ArnaudArnaud Jacquemet RW R 26 2012 Sion, Switzerland
70 Switzerland Hollenstein, DenisDenis Hollenstein L 24 2012 Mosnang, Switzerland
61 Latvia Daugavins, KasparsKaspars Daugavins L 26 2012 Riga, Latvia


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 2012-09-08. 
  8. ^ "Genève-Servette team" (in German). www.nationalleague.ch. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  9. ^ "Genève-Servette équipe" (in French). www.nationalleague.ch. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 

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