SC Bern

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SC Bern
2013–14 NLA season
SC Bern Logo.png
City Bern, Switzerland
League National League A
Founded 1931
Home arena PostFinance Arena
Colors               
General manager Switzerland Marc Lüthi
Head coach Canada Guy Boucher
Captain Switzerland Martin Plüss
Website www.scb.ch

Schlittschuh Club Bern (Ice-skating Club Bern in English) is an ice hockey team based in Bern, Switzerland. They play in the National League A, it is the top tier of the Swiss hockey league system. For the 13th time in a row, the club is the most attended team in Europe for the 2013–14 season, averaging 16,347 spectators.[1]At the end of the season, the team ranked ninth and thus didn't make the playoffs, they played the relegation round even though they couldn't be relegated and barely drew 15,000 spectators a game.

They are traditional rivals with HC Fribourg-Gottéron, EHC Biel, and the SCL Tigers.

History[edit]

SC Bern versus SCL Tigers in an outdoor game January 14, 2007.

The ice hockey section of the Bern Sports Club, which was established on November 3, 1930, officially began playing on January 1, 1931.

Today, SC Bern is a highly popular team and regularly fills its home stadium, the PostFinance Arena, one of the largest ice hockey stadiums in Europe. In 2006, they set a new record among European clubs for average attendance, with an average of 15,994 in 22 home games. [1]. They have won the Swiss Championship 13 times, with the most famous victory coming in 1989 over HC Lugano

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Daniel Brière, Dany Heatley, J. P. Dumont, Marc Savard, Henrik Tallinder, and Chris Clark played for SC Bern. Although, league rules allow only four players without Swiss passports to suit up in a single game.

After disappointing in the 2006 playoffs, the club replaced head coach Alpo Suhonen with John van Boxmeer and general manager Roberto Triulzi with Sven Leuenberger.[2] Leuenberger had previously played 13 seasons of defence with the club, totaling 67 goals, 145 assists, and four national championships. His jersey number 16 is one of many that has been retired by SC Bern.

On September 30, 2008, SC Bern faced off against the National Hockey League's New York Rangers to celebrate 100 years of ice hockey in Switzerland. 49 years since the Rangers' last visit to Switzerland, they beat home team 8-1 in front of a sellout crowd. Despite the slanted score, SC Bern played a close game with a 2-0 score at the end of the second. Former Phoenix Coyotes' Canadian-born defenceman Travis Roche scored SC Bern's goal early in the third period, bringing the game to 2-1. SC Bern only allowed two even-strength goals, but could not hold the Rangers' power play (6-for-9). "We played for our pride tonight," said center Sébastien Bordeleau after the exhibition game. Christian Dubé wore the captain's "C" because Ivo Rüthemann was injured.

During the 2012 NHL lockout, Roman Josi, Mark Streit and John Tavares played for the SC Bern. Tavares quickly became the PostFinance Top Scorer tallying 42 points (17G, 25A) in 28 games.

During the season 2013/2014, Guy Boucher signed a contract as coach of the SC Bern for the current and two more seasons.

Honors[edit]

Champions[edit]

  • NLA Championship (13): 1959, 1965, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2004, 2010, 2013
  • NLB Championship (3): 1958, 1969, 1972
  • Europacup (10): 1965, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated January 23, 2013.[3][4][5]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
11 Switzerland Berger, AlainAlain Berger RW R 23 2012 Burgdorf, Switzerland
89 Switzerland Berger, PascalPascal Berger RW R 25 2006 Burgdorf, Switzerland
94 Switzerland Bertschy, ChristophChristoph Bertschy C R 20 2009 Le Mouret, Switzerland
39 Switzerland Bührer, MarcoMarco Bührer G L 34 2001 Dielsdorf, Switzerland
25 Switzerland Collenberg, FrancoFranco Collenberg D L 34 2012
29 Switzerland Furrer, PhilippePhilippe Furrer (AInjured Reserve D L 29 2001 Bern, Switzerland
51 Switzerland Gardner, RyanRyan Gardner C R 35 2010 Akron, Ontario, Canada
2 Switzerland Gerber, BeatBeat Gerber D R 32 2003 Oberlangenegg, Switzerland
35 Switzerland Gigon, OlivierOlivier Gigon G R 35 2009 Delémont, Switzerland
72 Switzerland Jobin, DavidDavid Jobin D R 32 1999 Bern, Switzerland
19 Canada Kinrade, GeoffGeoff Kinrade D L 28 2012 Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
84 Switzerland Müller, MarcoMarco Müller RW L 20 2008
28 Switzerland Plüss, MartinMartin Plüss (C) C L 37 2008 Bülach, Switzerland
14 Switzerland Randegger, FlurinFlurin Randegger C L 26 2012 Basel, Switzerland
93 Canada Ritchie, ByronByron Ritchie C L 37 2011 Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
77 Canada Roche, TravisTravis Roche D R 36 2008 Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada
40 Switzerland Rubin, DanielDaniel Rubin C R 28 2012 Bern, Switzerland
10 Switzerland Scherwey, TristanTristan Scherwey LW L 23 2007 Wünnewil-Flamatt, Switzerland
92 Switzerland Vermin, JoëlJoël Vermin RW/C L 22 2007 Frauenkappelen, Switzerland


Honored members[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Attendance (Europe)". www.hockeyarenas.net. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Bear season over in Switzerland". www.iihf.com. 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  3. ^ "SCB Kader" (in German). www.scb.ch. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  4. ^ "SC Bern team" (in German). www.nationalleague.ch. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  5. ^ "SC Bern équipe" (in French). www.nationalleague.ch. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 

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See also[edit]