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EHC Kloten is an ice hockey team based in the city of Kloten in Switzerland. The team plays in the Swiss League, the second tier of Swiss ice hockey. It has one of the best youth systems in Swiss ice hockey as its youth teams have won 19 championships during the last 50 years. EHC Kloten won four consecutive Swiss championships from 1993 to 1996. They had never been relegated until the 2017–18 season.

EHC Kloten
2019–20 Swiss League season
Kloten Flyers logo.svg
CityKloten, Switzerland
LeagueSwiss League
  • NL
    1962–2018
  • SL
    1947–1962
    2018–present
  • 1. Liga
    1946–1947
  • Serie B
    1941-1946
Founded1934
Home arenaSwiss Arena
Colors              
General managerFelix Hollenstein
Head coachPer Hånberg
CaptainSteve Kellenberger
Websitewww.ehc-kloten.ch
Franchise history
1934–2000
2016–present
EHC Kloten
2000–2016Kloten Flyers

The team was called the Kloten Flyers between 2000 and 2016.[1]

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HistoryEdit

EHC Kloten was founded by a group seven members, led by Emil Hegner, on December 3, 1934. During the first few years, only exhibition matches were played. The home matches were played on the frozen Nägelimoos-Weiher.

When EHC Kloten began to participate in the championship, they had to start in the lowest league, as usual. In 1941, they were promoted into the Serie B and five years later into the Serie A. One year later, in the year 1947, the EHC Kloten was promoted into the Swiss League. In 1962, they joined the National League when the league expanded to 10 teams.

In 1967, they became the champions for the first time, headed by their Czech coach Vladimir Kobera.

The team has remained in the highest Swiss league since their promotion and are the longest-serving team in the NL.

For the 1998-99 season the former Russian ice hockey player Vladimir Yurzinov was asked to become the new coach. He introduced a new playing style and encouraged the development and promotion of young players. Even though many people liked this philosophy, the team remained unsuccessful. During the 2003-2004 season, the team had to play the playoffs for the first time in their history. A year later, in the 2004-2005 playoffs, they again managed to remain in the highest league. However, this strategy is paying off today.

In October 2004, Yurzinov was released as their coach. He took on a new role as a youth promoter until the end of the season. Yurzinov's successor was former EHC Kloten defenseman Anders Eldebrink and assistant Felix Hollenstein. The new coaching duo managed to get the team back to success and are still in charge of the team.

During the 2008-2009 season, the Flyers swept both HC Geneve-Servette and EV Zug in the playoffs before losing the playoff final against HC Davos in seven games. They finished the regular season in 3rd place.

The club has a well known junior program. There’s a partnership between the Kloten Flyers and the teams of Bülach, Dielsdorf-Niederhasli and Winterthur. Since the founding of the elite-junior league, the teams have won 19 titles. The latest being in the season 2005-06.

The team's name was changed back from Kloten Flyers to EHC Kloten for the 2016–17 NLA season[2] after the club had been taken over by businessman Hans-Ulrich Lehmann and Rene Burger who bought the organization from the owner group Avenir Sports Entertainment.[3] Pekka Tirkkonen from Finland was appointed new head coach[4] for the 2016–17 season after Sean Simpson had parted company with the club. The team had one of the worst attendances of the NL for the 2016–17 season, averaging only 5,229 spectators over their 25 regular season home games. It was also the only team which failed to sell out at least one game during the regular season.[5]

On February 1, 2017, the team won the first Swiss Cup of its history against Geneve-Servette HC in a packed Swiss Arena.

HonorsEdit

ChampionsEdit

Runners-upEdit

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated July 29, 2019.[6][7][8]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
  Lucas Bachofner D R 20 2019 Los Angeles, California, United States
34   Rene Back D L 36 2014 Konstanz, Germany
79   Adrian Brunner C L 31 2018 Kloten, Switzerland
  Eric Faille C/RW R 30 2019 Lachine, Quebec, Canada
  Robin Figren RW R 31 2019 Stockholm, Sweden
  Dominic Forget LW L 38 2019 Sainte-Julie, Quebec, Canada
61   Jeffrey Füglister C L 29 2018 Zürich, Switzerland
11   Fabian Ganz D R 29 2018 Embrach, Switzerland
19   Steve Kellenberger (C) D L 32 2014 Bülach, Switzerland
47   Simon Kindschi D L 23 2018 Davos, Switzerland
98   Ramon Knellwolf F R 21 2017 Uzwil, Switzerland
97   Emilijus Krakauskas RW R 22 2018 Kretinga, Lithuania
23   Marco Lehmann C L 20 2016 Lauperswil, Switzerland
67   Romano Lemm C L 35 2010 Dielsdorf, Switzerland
8   Marc Marchon C L 24 2017 Vuisternens-en-Ogoz, Switzerland
14   Julian Mettler LW L 18 2018 Wattwil, Switzerland
68   Dominic Nyffeler G L 26 2019 Zürich, Switzerland
13   Patrick Obrist (A) C L 26 2015 Dornbirn, Austria
31   Andrin Seifert G L 21 2017 Zürich, Switzerland
44   Anthony Staiger RW R 25 2019 Kloten, Switzerland
36   David Stämpfli D L 28 2019 Herisau, Switzerland
95   Nicholas Steiner D L 28 2018 Eggiwil, Switzerland
16   Fabian Sutter C L 37 2018 Langnau im Emmental, Switzerland
18   Adrian Wetli LW L 21 2017 Winterthur, Switzerland


Honored membersEdit

EHC Kloten retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
4 Marco Klöti[9] D 1992–2007
7 Peter Schlagenhauf RW 1969–1994
20 Reto Pavoni G 1986–2002
21 Roman Wäger LW 1980–1999
22 Victor Stancescu LW 2001–2016
24 Felix Hollenstein RW 1985–2002
26 Mikael Johansson C 1992–1997
32 Anders Eldebrink D 1990–1995

NHL alumniEdit

Notable coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Aus den Flyers wird wieder der EHC Kloten". Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  2. ^ "Back to the roots - Kloten Flyers to become EHC Kloten once again". swisshockeynews.ch. April 4, 2016. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "Der EHC Kloten ist gerettet: Hans-Ulrich Lehmann ist der neue Investor". www.toponline.ch. Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  4. ^ Kloten, EHC. "Confirmed - Pekka Tirkkonen to take over EHC Kloten". Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  5. ^ "NLA team attendances" (in German). hockeyfans.ch. 2017-05-06. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  6. ^ "Kloten Flyers team roster" (in German). www.kloten-flyers.ch. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  7. ^ "Kloten Flyers team" (in German). www.nationalleague.ch. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  8. ^ "Kloten Flyers équipe" (in French). www.nationalleague.ch. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  9. ^ "Retired numbers" (in German). EHC Kloten. July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.

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