Genève-Servette HC

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Genève-Servette HC
Genève-Servette HC logo.svg
Nickname "Les Aigles" (Eagles)
City Geneva, Switzerland
League NL (1964–1975, 2001–present)
SL (1956–1964, 1975–1980, 1995–2001)
MySports League (1980–1995)
Founded 1905
Home arena Patinoire des Vernets
(capacity: 7,135)
General manager Chris McSorley
Head coach Chris McSorley
Captain Kevin Romy
Farm club(s) HC Ajoie
Uniform GSHC 2013b.jpg
Franchise history
Genève-Servette Hockey Club
Current season

The Genève-Servette HC (also called Servette or GSHC) is a professional ice hockey club based in Geneva, Switzerland and competing in the National League, 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. During the 2015–16 regular season, the GSHC was the fourth most attended team in Switzerland, averaging 6,556 spectators.[1]

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.
  • 1964 : Genève-Servette is champion of the Swiss National League B (second division), after beating the EHC Biel in the final, and is promoted to the top league in Switzerland, the National League A.
  • 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 per game.[2]
  • 2013 : Winner of the Spengler Cup.[3]
  • 2014 : Second consecutive Spengler Cup win.[4]
  • 2017 : Fell to EHC Kloten in the Swiss Cup final.

Team Information[edit]

Les Vernets[edit]

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.[5] As of 2017, construction has yet to start.


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 derived from John Calvin, famous theologian of the Protestant reformation in Geneva.[6]

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.[7]

Head Coaches[edit]

Chris McSorley served as head coach and general manager between 2001 and 2017 and was also co-owner until 2014, alongside Hugh Quennec. Chris McSorley is the brother of Marty McSorley, two times winner of the Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers. On March 22, 2017, Chris McSorley stepped down as head coach to focus on his job as general manager. A position he assumed for the entire 2017–18 season. At the end of this season, it was announced that McSorley would return as head coach of Geneva for the 2018/19 season, while keeping his position as general manager. McSorley had signed a 15-year contract with the team in September 2016 worth CHF 10 million, while the club was still under Quennec ownership. The contract runs through the 2030/31 season.[8]

On June 26, 2017, it was announced that Craig Woodcroft would replace McSorley at the helm of the team for the next three seasons.[9] At the end of the 2017/18 season, Woodcroft was relieved of his duties as head coach after only one season. Geneva will still pay him the remaining CHF 2 million on his contract.

Louis Matte and Jason O'Leary are currently the assistant coaches and Sebastien Beaulieu is the official goalie coach.




Current roster[edit]

Updated August 11, 2014.[10]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
47 Switzerland Eliot Antonietti D R 25 2007 Orbe, Switzerland
1 Switzerland Christophe Bays G L 27 2014
36 Canada Matt D'Agostini RW R 31 2014 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
15 Switzerland Roland Gerber W R 34 2011
33 Switzerland Felix Girard RW L 23 2013 Ecublens, Switzerland
56 Switzerland Frederic Iglesias D L 29 2013 Geneva, Switzerland
17 Switzerland Arnaud Jacquemet RW R 30 2013 Sion, Switzerland
19 Switzerland Timothy Kast F L 29 2014 Geneva, Switzerland
16 Switzerland Nicolas Leonelli RW R 24 2011 Geneva, Switzerland
58 Switzerland Romain Loeffel D R 27 2014 Columbier, Switzerland
54 Switzerland Christian Marti D L 25 2013 Bülach, Switzerland
29 Switzerland Robert Mayer Injured Reserve G L 28 2014 Havířov, Czechoslovakia
22 Switzerland Jonathan Mercier (A) D L 32 2003 Geneva, Switzerland
81 Canada Alexandre Picard LW L 32 2012 Les Saules, Quebec, Canada
14 Canada Taylor Pyatt LW L 36 2014 Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
75 Canada Paul Ranger D L 33 2014 Whitby, Ontario, Canada
26 Switzerland Christopher Rivera W L 31 2004
96 Switzerland Noah Rod RW L 22 2012 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
88 Switzerland Kevin Romy C L 33 2012 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
40 Switzerland Daniel Rubin C R 32 2014 Bern, Switzerland
14 Switzerland Jean Savary LW L 25 2007
9 Switzerland Juraj Simek RW L 30 2011 Prešov, Czechoslovakia
21 Canada Tim Traber RW R 25 2014 Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
25 Switzerland Dario Trutmann D R 25 2014 Zug, Switzerland
55 Canada Daniel Vukovic (A) D R 32 2008 North York, Ontario, Canada
18 Canada Jeremy Wick RW R 29 2014 Grand Valley, Ontario, Canada

Notable players[edit]


  1. ^ (in German)"NLA mit Zuschauerrekord". Retrieved 2016-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Attendance (CH)". Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Spengler Cup Final" (PDF). Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Spengler Cup – Gold Medal Game, Game 11" (PDF). 31 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  5. ^ (in French) Tribune de Genève | La nouvelle patinoire sera construite au Trèfle-Blanc
  6. ^ (in French)]
  7. ^ (in French)]
  8. ^ "Will Chris McSorley leave Genève-Servette HC?". Retrieved 2018-05-25. 
  9. ^ "It is Craig Woodcroft after all - GSHC signs new head coach". Retrieved 2017-06-26. 
  10. ^ "GSHC, Equipe première, LNA" (in French). Retrieved 2014-08-11. 

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