SC Bern

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SC Bern
SC Bern logo.svg
City Bern, Switzerland
League National League A
Founded 1931
Home arena PostFinance Arena
General manager Switzerland Marc Lüthi
Head coach Finland Kari Jalonen
Captain Switzerland Martin Plüss

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 15th time in a row, the club is the most attended team in Europe for the 2015–16 season, averaging 16,145 spectators.[1]

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


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..[2] 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.[3] 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. He has since been relieved from his duties and replaced by former assistant and SC Bern player Lars Leuenberger who guided the team to the championship in 2016 and then was replaced by former Finnish national team coach Kari Jalonen prior to the 2016-17 campaign.



  • NLA Championship (14): 1959, 1965, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2016
  • NLB Championship (3): 1958, 1969, 1972
  • Europacup (10): 1965, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997


Honored members[edit]

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  1. ^ "SC Bern stays first". Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
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  3. ^ "Bear season over in Switzerland". 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 

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