Lausanne HC

Lausanne Hockey Club
League National League A
Founded 1922
Home Arena CIG de Malley
Capacity: 7,600
City Switzerland Lausanne, Vaud
Colors Red and White
Owner(s) Canada Ken Stickney
General Manager Switzerland Sacha Weibel
Head Coach CanadaDan Ratushny
Captain Switzerland John Gobbi
Minor League Affiliates Star Lausanne (1. Liga)
Promotion 1957, 1978, 1995, 2001, 2013

Lausanne HC is an ice hockey team based in the city of Lausanne, Switzerland, which competes in the National League A - the top tier of Swiss hockey. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, the HC Lausanne signed National Hockey League players like Martin St. Louis and Andy Roach.

During the 2014-15 season, their second in the National League A, the team averaged 6,711 spectators per game, ranking them third in the league in term of attendance.[1]


Founded in 1922, the Lausanne Hockey Club is one of the oldest clubs in Switzerland. They played for sixteen years at Chalet-à-Gobet, in the city heights. In 1938, LHC moved their headquarters to Montchoisi where, in 1941, they merged with Star HC to become the Montchoisi Hockey Club. On November 6, 1949, the team of Lausanne chose their original name: Lausanne Hockey Club. It is with this name that they started off in the Swiss national league.

Relegated to Nationalliga B in 1954, they powered back to the Nationalliga A on March 2, 1957 and remained there until 1961. For the next seventeen years, LHC remained at the Nationalliga B level where they had occasional success. On February 18, 1978, in front of over 7,000 fans, Lausanne Hockey Club obtained promotion to Nationalliga A, defeating HC Davos 8 goals to 4. After three seasons spent in the highest league, LHC, following the loss of a player in a car accident, was relegated to NLB. They remained there from 1981 to 1984 before falling to the 1. Liga while also moving to the International Ice Center at Malley (CIGM) where they still play today. They then played one season in first League (84-85) and made a round trip to NLB (85-86), to be back in the first League. Three years later they reached the finals in 1989 and obtain their promotion to NLB.

In 1992, the club’s survival was threatened by a bankruptcy. The team saved itself from relegation to the 1. Liga (season 1992-1993). The season 1993-1994 saw participation in the finals to access the national League A, finals played in five games against Rapperswil, the latter winning it over. At the beginning of the 1994-1995 season, Lausanne Hockey Club was designated as the Nationalliga B favorite to access the NLA. Against GCK Lions during the finals and after five games, the decisive match was won by Lausanne 8 to 0. In the 1995-1996 season, after a series of losses the club decided to fire their head coach. The change didn’t prevent Lausanne from being relegated to NLB at the end of the season. During the following four seasons, the LHC occupied the middle of the NLB ranking until 2000-2001 when they were at the head of the championship during almost the whole season. Lausanne won the title of champion of NLB and defeated HC La Chaux-de-Fonds for the promotion games. Winning against the HCC in six matches, LHC was back in NLA for the 2001-2002 season.

After a relegation in the 2004-2005 season, Lausanne played the role of “favorite” for the other teams of the NLB. The club tried to reach a NLA once again through promotion, but failed twice in the promotion games 2008-2009 and the 2009-2010 seasons, losing both times against EHC Biel in seven games. In the 2012-2013 season, after a slow start into the regular season, Lausanne won the NLB championship for the 7th time, defeating EHC Olten in the play-off final. In the following promotion games, Lausanne defeated the SCL Tigers in six games to reach again the NLA for the 2013-2014 season.


Current roster

Lausanne HC's roster after a game on April 1, 2010.

As of 16 October 2016

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Switzerland Ritz, MatteoMatteo Ritz G 2016
33 Switzerland Caminada, PascalPascal Caminada G L 30 2014
39 France Huet, CristobalCristobal Huet G L 41 2012
4 Switzerland Lardi, FedericoFederico Lardi D L 31 2013
8 Switzerland Borlat, ValentinValentin Borlat D L 24 2011
43 Switzerland Gobbi, JohnJohn Gobbi D R 35 2013
45 Sweden Junland, JonasJonas Junland D L 28 2016
47 Switzerland Schelling, PhilippePhilippe Schelling D R 31 2016
79 Switzerland Genazzi, JoëlJoël Genazzi D L 28 2013
86 Switzerland Trutmann, DarioDario Trutmann D R 24 2014
88 Switzerland Nodari, MatteoMatteo Nodari D R 28 2014
90 Switzerland Fischer, JannikJannik Fischer D L 26 2010
11 Switzerland Herren, YannickYannick Herren 2014
12 Switzerland Kneubuehler, JohnnyJohnny Kneubuehler 2016
15 Canada Jeffrey, DustinDustin Jeffrey 2016
19 Switzerland Augsburger, GaëtanGaëtan Augsburger 2009
22 Switzerland Walsky, EricEric Walsky 2015
23 Switzerland Miéville, AlainAlain Miéville 2014
27 Switzerland Déruns, ThomasThomas Déruns 2012
40 Switzerland Froidevaux, EtienneEtienne Froidevaux 2013
41 Switzerland Savary, PaulPaul Savary 2013
44 Sweden Danielsson, NicklasNicklas Danielsson 2015
46 Switzerland Antonietti, BenjaminBenjamin Antonietti 2010
61 Switzerland Conz, FlorianFlorian Conz 2010
68 Switzerland Ryser, SvenSven Ryser 2016
82 Finland Pesonen, HarriHarri Pesonen 2014
97 Sweden Ledin, PerPer Ledin 2016


L'équipe du Lausanne HC après un match le 1 avril 2010.

En 2013, à la suite de la série des barrages de promotion/relégation face aux Schlittschuh Club Langnau Tigers, le club remonte en Ligue Nationale A en s'imposant 4 victoires pour 2 défaites.[2]


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