ZSC Lions

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ZSC Lions
2017-18 NL season
ZSC Lions logo.svg
City Zürich, Switzerland
League National League
Founded 1930
Home arena Hallenstadion
Colors Blue, Red, White
              
General manager Peter Zahner
Head coach Serge Aubin
Captain Patrick Geering
Affiliates GCK Lions
Website www.zsclions.ch
Franchise history
1930–1997 Zürcher SC
1997–present ZSC Lions

The Zürcher Schlittschuh Club Lions (ZSC Lions) are a professional ice hockey team located in Zürich, Switzerland, playing in the National League (NL). The home arena, the 11,200 seat Hallenstadion, is in the Zürich district of Oerlikon. The team was founded in 1930 and played at the Dolder-Kunsteisbahn from its establishment until 1950.[1]

History[edit]

Locally nicknamed "Z", the team was formed in 1997 as a result of the merger of the two local teams: the highly popular Zürcher Schlittschuh Club (German for "Zürich Skating Club"), who were struggling financially in National League A, and the ice hockey section of Grasshopper Club Zürich who had failed to qualify for promotion from National League B for several years in a row and had a small fan base, but were backed by entrepreneur and millionaire Walter Frey.[clarification needed]

ZSC was the first Swiss team to play in an indoor arena (Hallenstadion). They won the Swiss championship in the years 1936, 1949 and 1961 and the prestigious Spengler Cup in 1944 and 1945. After the merger, the ZSC Lions won the Swiss Championship in 2000, 2001, 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2018, and moreover won the IIHF Continental Cup in 2001 and 2002.

Champions Hockey League and Victoria Cup[edit]

During the 2008–09 Season, the ZSC Lions participated in the first ever Champions Hockey League. For the group stage, they were placed in group D with HC Slavia Praha and Linköpings HC. The Lions qualified for the semi-finals with a 3–1 record, first place in the group. With their defeats of the Finnish Espoo Blues, 6–3 and 4–1 respectively, they qualified for the tournament final. The first leg of the final was held on January 21, 2009 in the Magnitogorsk Arena where the Lions came back from a 0–2 deficit to Metallurg Magnitogorsk to end with a 2–2 tie.[2] The second leg was played a week later, on January 28, 2009, in the Diners Club Arena in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland. ZSC Lions won the game and the Silver Stone Trophy with a 5–0 victory.

With their victory in the Champions Hockey League, the ZSC Lions qualified to play the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League for the 2009 edition of the Victoria Cup challenge. Playing at their home arena, the Lions upset the Blackhawks with a 2–1 victory, winning the trophy.[3] It was the first time since 1991 that the Blackhawks had lost to a club in Europe.

Honors[edit]

Champions[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated September 1, 2018.[4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
10 Switzerland Jérôme Bachofner LW L 22 2014 Dübendorf, Switzerland
14 Switzerland Chris Baltisberger (A) RW R 26 2010 Zofingen, Switzerland
24 Switzerland Phil Baltisberger D L 22 2015 Zofingen, Switzerland
96 Switzerland Tim Berni D L 18 2018 Männedorf, Switzerland
5 Switzerland Severin Blindenbacher (A) D R 35 2011 Bülach, Switzerland
26 Switzerland Simon Bodenmann W L 30 2018 Urnäsch, Switzerland
11 Czech Republic Roman Červenka C/LW L 32 2018 Prague, Czech Republic
30 Switzerland Lukas Flüeler G L 30 2008 Kloten, Switzerland
4 Switzerland Patrick Geering (C) D L 28 2006 Zürich, Switzerland
61 Switzerland Fabrice Herzog RW L 23 2015 Frauenfeld, Switzerland
90 Switzerland Mattia Hinterkircher LW L 23 2017 Switzerland
91 Switzerland Denis Hollenstein W L 29 2018 Mosnang, Switzerland
25 Switzerland Roger Karrer D R 21 2017 Zürich, Switzerland
8 Canada Kevin Klein (A) D R 33 2017 Kitchener, Canada
54 Switzerland Christian Marti D L 25 2016 Bülach, Switzerland
98 Switzerland Marco Miranda LW L 20 2017 Zürich, Switzerland
9 Sweden Robert Nilsson W L 33 2013 Calgary, Canada
56 Canada Maxim Noreau D R 31 2018 Montreal, Canada
71 Sweden Fredrik Pettersson RW R 31 2017 Gothenburg, Sweden
18 Switzerland Raphael Prassl C/RW L 20 2017 Zürich, Switzerland
19 Switzerland Reto Schäppi (A) RW L 27 2007 Horgen, Switzerland
1 Switzerland Niklas Schlegel G L 24 2014 Zürich, Switzerland
17 United States Drew Shore C/RW R 27 2017 Denver, United States
44 Switzerland Pius Suter C L 22 2015 Wallisellen, Switzerland
22 Switzerland Dave Sutter D R 26 2017 Douala, Cameroon
27 Switzerland Roman Wick RW L 32 2012 Zuzwil, Switzerland


References[edit]

  1. ^ "1930 bis heute | ZSC Lions". www.zsclions.ch. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
  2. ^ "Game Summary" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  3. ^ "Blackhawks suffer first loss to European club since '91". ESPN.com. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
  4. ^ "ZSC Lions: Kader" (in German). www.zsclions.ch. Retrieved 2016-11-06.

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