Kloten Flyers

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Kloten Flyers
2014–15 NLA season
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City Kloten, Switzerland
League

NLA 1999-present

  • NDA
    1962-1999
  • NDB
    1947-1962
  • Serie A
    1946-1947
  • Serie B
    1941-1946
Founded 1934
Home arena Kolping Arena
General manager Switzerland Matthias Berner
Head coach Canada Sean Simpson
Captain Switzerland Romania Victor Stancescu
Website www.kloten-flyers.ch

The Kloten Flyers are an ice hockey team based in the city of Kloten in Switzerland. They originated from the EHC Kloten. The team participates in the National League A and is known for its promotion of young players. It has one of the best Youth systems in Swiss Ice Hockey as its Youth teams have won 19 championships during the last 50 years.

EHC Kloten won four consecutive Swiss championships from 1993 to 1996. They have never been relegated at any point in the club's history.

History[edit]

EHC Kloten was founded by a group seven members, led by Emil Hegner, on December 3, 1934. During the first few years, only exhibition matches were played. The home matches were played on the frozen Nägelimoos-Weiher.

When EHC Kloten began to participate in the championship, they had to start in the lowest league, as usual. In 1941, they were promoted into the Serie B and five years later into the Serie A. One year later, in the year 1947, the EHC Kloten was promoted into the Nationalliga B. In 1962, they joined the Nationalliga A when the league expanded to 10 teams.

In 1967, they became the champions for the first time, headed by their Czech coach Vladimir Kobera.

The team has remained in the highest Swiss league since their promotion and are the longest-serving team in the NLA.

For the 1998-99 season the former Russian ice hockey player Vladimir Yurzinov was asked to become the new coach. He introduced a new playing style and encouraged the development and promotion of young players. Even though many people liked this philosophy, the team remained unsuccessful. During the 2003-2004 season, the team had to play the playoffs for the first time in their history. A year later, in the 2004-2005 playoffs, they again managed to remain in the highest league. However, this strategy is paying off today.

In October, 2004, Yurzinov was released as their coach. He took on a new role as a youth promoter until the end of the season. Yurzinov's successor was former EHC Kloten defenseman Anders Eldebrink and assistant Felix Hollenstein. The new coaching duo managed to get the team back to success and are still in charge of the team.

During the 2008-2009 season, the Flyers swept both HC Geneve-Servette and EV Zug in the playoffs before losing the playoff final against HC Davos in seven games. They finished the regular season in 3rd place.

The club has a well known junior program. There’s a partnership between the Kloten Flyers and the teams of Bülach, Dielsdorf-Niederhasli and Winterthur. Since the founding of the elite-junior league, the teams have won 19 titles. The latest being in the season 2005-06.

Fan base[edit]

The Kolping Arena is known to be atmospheric. On the standing places, it's Unity Kloten that is active. Unity is seeing themselves as an umbrella group of the South Kloten, Blue Eagles Kloten and Conspiro fan clubs. When choreos are done, the old logo of EHC Kloten is always used instead of the logo of the Kloten Flyers.[citation needed]

Honors[edit]

Champions[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated January 23, 2013.[1][2][3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
55 Switzerland Bagnoud, ChristopherChristopher Bagnoud D L 23 2012
44 Switzerland Bieber, MatthiasMatthias Bieber Injured Reserve RW/C L 29 2010 Zürich, Switzerland
58 Switzerland Blum, EricEric Blum D L 28 2010
13 Switzerland Bodenmann, SimonSimon Bodenmann LW L 27 2006 Winterthur, Switzerland
62 Switzerland Du Bois, FélicienFélicien Du Bois (AInjured Reserve D R 31 2008 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
25 Canada DuPont, MickiMicki DuPont D R 35 2010 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
95 Switzerland Frick, LukasLukas Frick D L 20 2012
71 Switzerland Herren, YannickYannick Herren W L 24 2010 Saas-Grund, Switzerland
91 Switzerland Hollenstein, DenisDenis Hollenstein RW L 25 2009 Zürich, Switzerland
10 Switzerland Jenni, MarcelMarcel Jenni RW L 41 2005 Zürich, Switzerland
28 Czech Republic Kreps, KamilKamil Kreps Injured Reserve C R 32 2012 Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
67 Switzerland Lemm, RomanoRomano Lemm C L 30 2010 Dielsdorf, Switzerland
97 Switzerland Leone, RobinRobin Leone RW R 21 2009 Winterthur, Switzerland
41 Switzerland Liniger, MichaelMichael Liniger (AInjured Reserve LW R 35 2007 Muri, Switzerland
51 Sweden Lundberg, EmilEmil Lundberg C L 33 2012 Luleå, Sweden
29 Switzerland Meili, LukasLukas Meili G R 23 2012 Russikon, Switzerland
14 Switzerland Müller, PascalPascal Müller D L 36 2012 Langnau i.E., Switzerland
88 Switzerland Neher, LarsLars Neher LW L 23 2007 Zürich, Switzerland
66 Switzerland Rüeger, RonnieRonnie Rüeger G L 42 2006 Bülach, Switzerland
38 Switzerland Sannitz, RaffaeleRaffaele Sannitz C L 31 2012 Lugano, Switzerland
23 Finland Santala, TommiTommi Santala C R 35 2008 Helsinki, Finland
15 Switzerland Schelling, PhilippPhilipp Schelling D L 30 2011 Schaffhausen, Switzerland
22 Switzerland Stancescu, VictorVictor Stancescu (C) LW R 30 2000 Bucharest, Romania
8 Switzerland Steiner, NicholasNicholas Steiner D L 23 2006 Eggiwil, Switzerland
57 Switzerland Stoop, LukasLukas Stoop D R 25 2012 Zürich, Switzerland
72 Switzerland von Gunten, PatrickPatrick von Gunten Injured Reserve D L 30 2012 Biel, Switzerland
94 Switzerland Walser, SamuelSamuel Walser C L 22 2007 Olten, Switzerland


Honored members[edit]

  • 4 Marco Klöti, defenceman 1992-2007
  • 7 Peter Schlagenhauf, winger 1969-1994
  • 20 Reto Pavoni, goaltender 1989-2002
  • 21 Roman Wäger, winger 1971-1998
  • 24 Felix Hollenstein, winger 1985-2002, assistant coach since 2006
  • 26 Mikael Johansson, center 1992-1997
  • 32 Anders Eldebrink, defenceman 1990-1995, head coach since 2006

NHL alumni[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kloten Flyers > Spieler" (in German). www.kloten-flyers.ch. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  2. ^ "Kloten Flyers team" (in German). www.nationalleague.ch. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  3. ^ "Kloten Flyers équipe" (in French). www.nationalleague.ch. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 

External links[edit]