HC Ambrì-Piotta

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HC Ambrì-Piotta
2014–15 NLA season
HC Ambri-Piotta (logo).gif
City Ambrì and Piotta
(Quinto, Switzerland)
League National League A
Founded 1937
Home arena Valascia
Head coach Canada Serge Pelletier
Captain Switzerland Paolo Duca
Website www.hcap.ch

Hockey Club Ambrì-Piotta is a Swiss professional ice hockey club and a member of the National League A. The club was founded September 19, 1937 and is also known as "Bianco-Blu" (English: white and blues). Though they have never won the league championship, the club has not been relegated to the National League B since being promoted in 1985, the same year that saw the arrival of Dale McCourt.


The fans in 2014

Ambrì and Piotta are two very small villages in the municipality of Quinto, located in the northern part of the valley Leventina canton Ticino, with a combined population of 500 people. Ambrì-Piotta has more than 40 fan clubs all over Europe. For major events, like the derby against southern rivals HC Lugano, the fans compose a choreography. When Ambrì wins a game, fans rejoice to the valley anthem La Montanara.

The team on the ice in 2014

Since 1959, they have called their self-owned Valascia as their home. Standing 1,000 meters above sea level, it is an open-ended facility with 2,000 seats and additional standing room space for 5,000.[1]

Facing financial strains the team raised roughly 5 million Swiss Francs in the summer of 2013. The donations given to HC Ambri-Piotta came from both large and small donations, many of which were given via SMS. The efforts of the team and its fans have sucured the right to play in the NLA.[2]





Current roster[edit]

Updated August 11, 2014.[3][4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
29 United States Aucoin, KeithKeith Aucoin C R 36 2014 Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
20 Switzerland Bianchi, EliasElias Bianchi LW L 26 Lugano, Switzerland
79 Switzerland Birbaum, AlainAlain Birbaum D L 29 2014 Fribourg, Switzerland
81 Switzerland Bonnet, JulienJulien Bonnet D L 30 2012 Lausanne, Switzerland
3 Switzerland Chavaillaz, BenjaminBenjamin Chavaillaz D L 26 2013
26 Switzerland Dostoinov, AlexeiAlexei Dostoinov W R 25 2014 Moscow, Russian SFSR
46 Switzerland Duca, PaoloPaolo Duca (C) RW R 33 2007 Ascona, Switzerland
87 Switzerland Flückiger, MichaelMichael Flückiger G L 31 2014 Langnau i.E., Switzerland
21 Switzerland Fuchs, JasonJason Fuchs C L 19 2014 Bern, Switzerland
6 Switzerland Gautschi, MarcMarc Gautschi D L 32 2013 Faido, Switzerland
10 Canada Giroux, AlexandreAlexandre Giroux LW L 33 2013 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
12 Switzerland Grassi, DanieleDaniele Grassi RW R 22 2008 Bellinzona, Switzerland
5 Switzerland Grieder, MarcMarc Grieder D L 30 2013
14 United States Hall, AdamAdam Hall C/RW R 34 2014 Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
94 Switzerland Incir, PatrickPatrick Incir RW R 20 2010 Aurigeno, Switzerland
22 Switzerland Kobach, RetoReto Kobach D L 35 2009 Luzern, Switzerland
96 Switzerland Lauper, AdrienAdrien Lauper LW L 27 2014 Fribourg, Switzerland
11 Czech Republic Lhoták, LukasLukas Lhoták C L 22 2011 Prague, Czechoslovakia
9 Switzerland Lüthi, FabianFabian Lüthi RW L 25 2013 Lützelflüh, Switzerland
4 Canada O'Byrne, RyanRyan O'Byrne D R 30 2014 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
27 United States Park, RichardRichard Park (UFA) C/RW R 39 2012 Seoul, South Korea
18 Switzerland Pestoni, IntiInti Pestoni RW L 23 2006 Ambrì, Switzerland
1 Canada Schaefer, NolanNolan Schaefer (UFA) G R 35 2011 Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan, Canada
44 Switzerland Schlagenhauf, RomanRoman Schlagenhauf C L 26 2011 Zürich, Switzerland
28 Switzerland Sidler, PatrickPatrick Sidler D L 29 2011 Zürich, Switzerland
77 Switzerland Steiner, DanielDaniel Steiner RW R 34 2013 Bern, Switzerland
23 Switzerland Stucki, ChristianChristian Stucki F R 23 2014
84 Switzerland Trunz, AdrianAdrian Trunz D L 31 2011 Winterthur, Switzerland
58 Canada Zgraggen, JesseJesse Zgraggen D L 22 2014 Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
39 Switzerland Zurkirchen, SandroSandro Zurkirchen G L 25 2013 Schwyz, Switzerland

NHL alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Ambri-Piotta resists urbanisation". www.iihf.com. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  2. ^ http://www.hcap.ch/it/article/2267/l-hcap-porta-il-proprio-capitale-a-5-milioni
  3. ^ "Prima squadra" (in Italian). www.hcap.ch. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  4. ^ "Erste Mannschaft" (in German). www.hcap.ch. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 

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