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 16th time in a row, the club is the most attended ice hockey team in Europe for the 2016–17 season, averaging 16,399 spectators.[1]

SC Bern
2018–19 NL season
SC Bern logo.svg
CityBern, Switzerland
LeagueNational League
Founded1931 (1931)
Home arenaPostFinance Arena
Colors              
General managerMarc Lüthi
Head coachKari Jalonen
CaptainSimon Moser
AffiliatesEHC Visp
Websitewww.scb.ch

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

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HistoryEdit

 
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]

HonorsEdit

ChampionsEdit

  • NL Championship (16): 1959, 1965, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • SL Championship (3): 1958, 1969, 1972
  • European Cup appearances (10): 1965, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated July 3, 2019.[6]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
55   Calle Andersson D R 25 2016 Malmö, Sweden
36   Mark Arcobello C/RW R 31 2016 Milford, United States
11   Alain Berger W L 28 2012 Burgdorf, Switzerland
48   Matthias Bieber LW/C L 33 2018 Zürich, Switzerland
58   Eric Blum (A) D L 33 2014 Pfaffnau, Switzerland
77   Yanik Burren D R 22 2017 Bern, Switzerland
33   Pascal Caminada G R 32 2017 Lumbrein, Switzerland
25   Andrew Ebbett (A) C/LW L 36 2015 Vernon, Canada
2   Beat Gerber D L 37 2003 Oberlangenegg, Switzerland
14   Colin Gerber D L 21 2017 Switzerland
71   Jeremi Gerber RW L 19 2018 Langnau im Emmental, Switzerland
29   Daniele Grassi W L 26 2018 Frasco, Switzerland
44   Andre Heim C/RW L 21 2017 Switzerland
27   Mark Kampf F R 28 2017 Switzerland
50   Miika Koivisto D L 29 2019 Vaasa, Finland
3   Justin Krueger D R 32 2013 Düsseldorf, Germany
21   Simon Moser (C) F L 30 2013 Bern, Switzerland
9   Jan Mursak C R 31 2018 Maribor, Slovenia
88   Inti Pestoni LW L 28 2019 Faido, Switzerland
23   Vincent Praplan C R 25 2019 Sierre, Switzerland
81   Thomas Rufenacht W L 34 2014 Meggen, Switzerland
10   Tristan Scherwey W L 28 2009 Wünnewil-Flamatt, Switzerland
1   Niklas Schlegel G L 25 2019 Zürich, Switzerland
41   Gregory Sciaroni W R 30 2018 Bellinzona, Switzerland
65   Ramon Untersander D R 28 2015 Alt St. Johann, Switzerland

Honored membersEdit

NHL alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swiss lead attendance study". www.iihf.com. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 March 2006. Retrieved 16 March 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Bear season over in Switzerland". www.iihf.com. 14 March 2008. Archived from the original on 20 March 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 3 July 2019.

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