EHC Biel

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EHC Biel
2017-18 NL season
EHC Biel logo.png
City Biel, Switzerland
League National League
Founded 1939
Home arena Tissot Arena
Colors               
General manager Switzerland Daniel Villard
Head coach Finland Antti Törmänen
Captain Switzerland Mathieu Tschantré
Website www.ehcb.ch
Franchise history
1939–47 EHC Biel/Bienne
1947–48 EHC Tornado Biel
1948–present EHC Biel

EHC Biel is a professional ice hockey club based in the bilingual city of Biel/Bienne, Switzerland and plays in the National League (NL). Since the city of Biel is completely bilingual, alongside the German name EHC Biel (Abbr: EHCB) the team also has a French name, HC Bienne (Abbr: HCB). The team plays its home games in the 6,521-seat Tissot Arena.

EHC Biel played in lower Swiss ice hockey leagues until they got promoted in the second-tier Swiss League in 1960. In 1975 EHC Biel won the Swiss League-title and got promoted to the first level, the National League. During the 20 years between 1975 and 1995 the club won three national championships in 1978, 1981 and 1983 under three different coaches (František Vanek, Ed Reigle, Kent Ruhnke). After the relegation in 1995 EHC Biel had to wait 13 years until their return to the NL. After three consecutive championship victories in the second-tier Swiss League, EHC Biel was reinstated into the NL, winning the promotion/relegation best of 7 series against EHC Basel 4-0 in 2008.

A strong local rivalry exists with the SCL Tigers, SC Bern, EHC Olten, and HC Ajoie. Games between these teams often attract sell-out crowds.

NHL players Tyler Seguin and Patrick Kane joined Biel during the 2012–13 NHL lockout. Goalkeeper Reto Berra and winger Nikolaj Ehlers played both for Biel.

Honors[edit]

Champions[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 11, 2014.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
93 Switzerland Ehrensperger, GianniGianni Ehrensperger LW R 30 2007 Zürich, Switzerland
4 Switzerland Fey, KevinKevin Fey D L 27 2011
97 Switzerland Joggi, MathiasMathias Joggi RW/D L 32 2013 Biel, Switzerland
29 Switzerland Rytz, SimonSimon Rytz G L 34 2013 Biel, Switzerland
5 Switzerland Steiner, NicholasNicholas Steiner D L 26 2014 Eggiwil, Switzerland
12 Switzerland Tschantré, MathieuMathieu Tschantré (C) C L 41 2001 Biel, Switzerland
48 Switzerland Wetzel, PhilippPhilipp Wetzel C L 33 2007 Schönbühl, Switzerland


Hall of Fame[edit]

Jean-Jacques Aeschlimann, Olivier Anken, Mauro Beccarelli, Gaetan Boucher, Gino Cavallini, Chris Chelios, Gilles Dubois, Daniel Dubuis, Normand Dupont, Heinz Ehlers, Rico Fata, Pierre-Alain Flotiront, René Furler, Paul Gagné, Gaston Gingras, Richmond Gosselin, Shawn Heaphy, Barry Jenkins, Ramil Juldashew, Willy Kohler, Jakob Kölliker, Francis Lardon, Steve Latinovitch, Marc Leuenberger, Bob Lindberg, Kevin Lötscher, Urs Lott, Serge Martel, Serge Meyer, Cyrill Pasche, Guido Pfosi, Daniel "Dan" Poulin, Jörg Reber, Michel Riesen, Valeri Schirjajew, Kevin Schläpfer, Björn Schneider, Sven Schmid, Jiri Slegr, Laurent Stehlin, Martin Steinegger, Alexandre Tremblay, Marko Tuomainen, Claude Vilgrain, Marco Wegmüller, Daniel Widmer, Bernhard Wist, Aldo Zenhäusern, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Kane, Jonas Hiller

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erste Mannschaft NLA - Kaderliste" (in German). www.ehcb.ch. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 

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