SC Bern

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SC Bern
SC Bern logo.svg
CityBern, Switzerland
LeagueNational League
Founded1931 (1931)
Home arenaPostFinance Arena
Colors     
CEOMarc Lüthi
General managerAndrew Ebbett
Head coachJohan Lundskog
CaptainSimon Moser
AffiliateEHC Visp
Websitewww.scb.ch
Current season

Schlittschuh Club Bern (Ice-skating Club Bern in English) is an ice hockey team based in Bern, Switzerland. They play in the National League (NL), the top tier of the Swiss hockey league system. For the 18th year in a row, the club is the most attended ice hockey team in Europe for the 2018–19 regular season, averaging 16,290 spectators.[1]

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 14 January 2007.

The ice hockey section of the Bern Sports Club, which was established on 3 November 1930, officially began playing on 1 January 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 thirteen 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 a disappointing run 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 thirteen 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 30 September 2008, SC Bern faced off against the National Hockey League's New York Rangers to celebrate one hundred years of ice hockey in Switzerland. Forty-nine years since the Rangers' last visit to Switzerland, the blueshirts beat the 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 withstand the Rangers' potent power play in the final frame (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 2013–14 season, Guy Boucher signed a contract as coach of the SC Bern for the current year and two more seasons. He has since been relieved from his duties, moving on to coach the Ottawa Senators, being replaced by former assistant and SC Bern player Lars Leuenberger, who guided the team to the championship in 2016. Leuenberger was then replaced by former Finnish national team coach Kari Jalonen prior to the 2016–17 season. Jalonen went on to win the NL title in his first year at the helm of the team.

On 1 October 2018, SC Bern played a friendly game against the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL), which featured their former player Nico Hischier who in 2017 became the first Swiss player to be drafted first overall in an NHL Entry Draft.[4][5]

On January 28, 2020, Jalonen was relieved of his duties following terrible results. Hans Kossmann stepped in to replace him as head coach for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

Honors[edit]

Champions[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated 27 March 2022.[6]

No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
55 Sweden Calle Andersson D R 28 2016 Malmö, Sweden
79 Switzerland Thierry Bader C L 25 2020 Winterthur, Switzerland
11 Switzerland Alain Berger RW L 32 2012 Burgdorf, Switzerland
58 Switzerland Eric Blum Injured Reserve D L 36 2014 Pfaffnau, Switzerland
19 Switzerland Ronny Dähler C L 21 2020 Bern, Switzerland
61 Latvia Kaspars Daugavins C L 34 2021 Riga, Latvia
8 Switzerland Joshua Fahrni C R 20 2020 Switzerland
Canada Éric Gélinas D L 31 2022 Vanier, Ontario, Canada
2 Switzerland Beat Gerber D L 40 2003 Oberlangenegg, Switzerland
14 Switzerland Colin Gerber D L 24 2017 Switzerland
27 Canada Cody Goloubef D R 33 2022 Oakville, Ontario, Canada
9 Switzerland Mika Henauer D L 22 2019 Zurich, Switzerland
15 Canada Dustin Jeffrey LW L 34 2020 Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
24 Germany Dominik Kahun C L 27 2021 Planá, Czech Republic
23 Switzerland Timothy Kast C L 34 2021 Genève, Switzerland
84 Switzerland Daniel Manzato G L 39 2021 Fribourg, Switzerland
82 Switzerland Nick Meile D L 18 2021 Wolfwil, Switzerland
21 Switzerland Simon Moser (C) F L 33 2013 Bern, Switzerland
85 Switzerland Santiago Näf F R 20 2020 Switzerland
56 Switzerland Christian Pinana D L 25 2021 Bellinzona, Switzerland
81 Switzerland Thomas Rufenacht W L 37 2014 Meggen, Switzerland
10 Switzerland Tristan Scherwey (A) W L 31 2009 Wünnewil-Flamatt, Switzerland
69 Germany Tristan Wells G R 69 2018 Berlin, Germany
92 Canada Christian Thomas RW R 30 2021 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
65 Switzerland Ramon Untersander (AInjured Reserve D R 32 2015 Alt St. Johann, Switzerland
76 Canada Phil Varone C L 32 2021 Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
86 Switzerland Joel Vermin LW L 30 2022 Frauenkappelen, Switzerland
30 Switzerland Philip Wüthrich G L 25 2020 Bern, Switzerland

Honored members[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European attendance ranking". www.iihf.com. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Iihf - News". Archived from the original on 19 March 2006. Retrieved 16 March 2006.
  3. ^ "Bear season over in Switzerland". www.iihf.com. 14 March 2008. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  4. ^ Morreale, Mike G. (1 October 2018). "Hall scores in overtime to give Devils victory against SC Bern". NHL.com. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  5. ^ Morreale, Mike G. (1 October 2018). "Hischier gives fans night to remember in Switzerland". NHL.com. Retrieved 2 October 2018. The 19-year-old was selected No. 1 in the 2017 NHL Draft, the only Switzerland-born player be chosen No. 1.
  6. ^ "SC Bern current roster". www.scb.ch (in German). Retrieved 19 March 2022.

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