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EHC Biel is a professional ice hockey club based in the bilingual city of Biel/Bienne, Switzerland and plays in the National League (NL). Since the city of Biel is completely bilingual, alongside the German name EHC Biel (Abbr: EHCB) the team also has a French name, HC Bienne (Abbr: HCB). The team plays its home games in the 6,521-seat Tissot Arena.

EHC Biel
2018–19 NL season
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CityBiel, Switzerland
LeagueNational League
Founded1939
Home arenaTissot Arena
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General managerSwitzerland Daniel Villard
Head coachFinland Antti Törmänen
CaptainSwitzerland Mathieu Tschantré
Websitewww.ehcb.ch
Franchise history
1939–47EHC Biel/Bienne
1947–48EHC Tornado Biel
1948–presentEHC Biel

EHC Biel played in lower Swiss ice hockey leagues until they got promoted in the second-tier Swiss League in 1960. In 1975 EHC Biel won the Swiss League-title and got promoted to the first level, the National League. During the 20 years between 1975 and 1995 the club won three national championships in 1978, 1981 and 1983 under three coaches (František Vanek, Ed Reigle, Kent Ruhnke). After the relegation in 1995 EHC Biel had to wait 13 years until their return to the NL. After three consecutive championship victories in the second-tier Swiss League, EHC Biel was reinstated into the NL, winning the promotion/relegation best of 7 series against EHC Basel 4-0 in 2008.

A strong local rivalry exists with the SCL Tigers, SC Bern, EHC Olten, and HC Ajoie. Games between these teams often attract sell-out crowds.

NHL players Tyler Seguin and Patrick Kane joined Biel during the 2012–13 NHL lockout. Goalkeeper Reto Berra and winger Nikolaj Ehlers played both for Biel.

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ChampionsEdit

PlayersEdit

Goalies: Jonas Hiller Elien Paupe Dennis Salkkonen

Defense: Kevin Fey (A) Beat Forster Samuel Kreis Marco Maurer Janis Jerome Moser Will Petschenig Anssi Salmela Rajan Sataric

Forwards: Damien Brunner Dominik Diem Robbie Earl Jason Fuchs Michael Hugli Mike Kunzle Jarno Karki Fabian Luthi Jan Neuenschwander (A) Marco Pedretti Marc-Antoine Pouliot Toni Rajala Damien Riat Julian Schmutz Mathieu Tschantre (C) Simon Wuest


Hall of FameEdit

Jean-Jacques Aeschlimann, Olivier Anken, Mauro Beccarelli, Gaetan Boucher, Gino Cavallini, Chris Chelios, Gilles Dubois, Daniel Dubuis, Normand Dupont, Heinz Ehlers, Rico Fata, Pierre-Alain Flotiront, René Furler, Paul Gagné, Gaston Gingras, Richmond Gosselin, Shawn Heaphy, Barry Jenkins, Ramil Juldashew, Willy Kohler, Jakob Kölliker, Francis Lardon, Steve Latinovitch, Marc Leuenberger, Bob Lindberg, Kevin Lötscher, Urs Lott, Serge Martel, Serge Meyer, Cyrill Pasche, Guido Pfosi, Daniel "Dan" Poulin, Jörg Reber, Michel Riesen, Valeri Schirjajew, Kevin Schläpfer, Björn Schneider, Sven Schmid, Jiri Slegr, Laurent Stehlin, Martin Steinegger, Alexandre Tremblay, Marko Tuomainen, Claude Vilgrain, Marco Wegmüller, Daniel Widmer, Bernhard Wist, Aldo Zenhäusern, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Kane, Jonas Hiller

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