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The Genève-Servette HC (also called Servette or GSHC) is a professional ice hockey club based in Geneva, Switzerland and competing in the National League, the top tier of the Swiss hockey league system. The team plays their home games at the Patinoire des Vernets, which has a seating capacity of 7,135. During the 2015–16 regular season, the GSHC was the fourth most attended team in Switzerland, averaging 6,556 spectators.[1]

Genève-Servette HC
2019–20 NL season
Genève-Servette HC logo.svg
CityGeneva, Switzerland
LeagueNational League
  • NL (1964–1975, 2001–present)
  • SL (1956–1964, 1975–1980, 1995–2001)
  • MySports League (1980–1995)
Founded1905
Home arenaPatinoire des Vernets
Colours              
Owner(s)Fondation 1890
General managerChris McSorley
Head coachPatrick Emond
CaptainNoah Rod
AffiliatesHC Sierre
Websitewww.gshc.ch
Current uniform
Uniform GSHC 2013b.jpg

Team historyEdit

  • 1905 : Foundation of Servette FC's ice hockey section.
  • 1954 : The club plays on artificial ice for the first time, in the "Pavillon des Sports". Until then, Servette had to host its opponents in Lausanne or au Pont. The first match on the new artificial ice sees Servette play Urania Genève Sport (UGS).
  • 1956 : First promotion in Swiss National League B.
  • 1958 : Inauguration of the new ice rink called "Les Vernets".
  • 1959 : Servette wins the "Swiss Cup" after beating Neuchâtel-Sports Young Sprinters HC 7–3 in the final, in front of 11,820 fans, it is a crowd record for a hockey game in Les Vernets.
  • 1963 : Creation of Genève-Servette HC after the fusion of the ice hockey sections of Servette & UGS.
  • 1964 : Genève-Servette is champion of the Swiss National League B (second division), after beating the EHC Biel in the final, and is promoted to the top league in Switzerland, the National League A.
  • 1975 : Relegated to the Swiss National League B.
  • 1980 : Relegated to 1. Liga (3rd division).
  • 1995 : Promoted to National League B again, after a victory over Luzern.
  • 2001 : Promoted to National League A, after a successful series (4–0) over Chur in the final.
  • 2008 : On March 24, the GSHC reaches the Swiss National League A final for the first time in its history, after a clear win over HC Fribourg-Gottéron in the semi-finals (4–1 in the series).
  • 2010 : After a good season (2nd place), the GSHC defeated HC Fribourg-Gottéron in quarter-finals after being led 3–1 and EV Zug in semi-finals. Against SC Bern in Finals, the GSHC came back from 3–1 to 3–3 before losing the seventh game in Bern.
  • 2011 : Were third-most attended team in Switzerland for the 2010–11 season with 6,971 spectators per game.[2]
  • 2013 : Winner of the Spengler Cup.[3]
  • 2014 : Second consecutive Spengler Cup win.[4]
  • 2017 : Fell to EHC Kloten in the Swiss Cup final.

Team informationEdit

Les VernetsEdit

 
Outside view of the Vernets

The Patinoire des Vernets was built in 1959 and is located in the Geneva neighborhood of the same name. It serves as the main arena for the GSHC. It was renovated in 2009 in order to increase the spectator capacity from 6400 to 7140.

On January 24, 2012, local authorities and the club reached an agreement to build a new arena, in another part of town, with a seating capacity of 10,000. In 2012, it was scheduled to open by 2015, or possibly 2016.[5] As of 2019, construction has yet to start.

MascotsEdit

The official mascots of Genève-Servette are Calvin and Calvina, two anthropomorphic eagles that first appeared at the beginning of the 2006-2007 season. They are Switzerland’s first and only mascot duet. Their names are derived from John Calvin, famous theologian of the Protestant reformation in Geneva.[6]

In addition, Sherkan, a bald eagle, opens every home game by flying throughout the arena, reaching for his master standing in the center of ice. Sherkan is very popular amongst fans and players alike. Sherkan is Europe’s first living animal to partake in an ice-hockey game opening ceremony.

Sherkan first appeared during the NLB playoffs of 2001 and has been present to every home game ever since, only missing two.[7]

Head coachesEdit

Chris McSorley served as head coach and general manager between 2001 and 2017 and was also co-owner until 2014, alongside Hugh Quennec. Chris McSorley is the brother of Marty McSorley, two times winner of the Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers. On March 22, 2017, Chris McSorley stepped down as head coach to focus on his job as general manager. A position he assumed for the entire 2017–18 season. At the end of this season, it was announced that McSorley would return as head coach of Geneva for the 2018/19 season, while keeping his position as general manager. McSorley had signed a 15-year contract with the team in September 2016 worth CHF 10 million, while the club was still under Quennec ownership. The contract runs through the 2030/31 season.[8]

On June 26, 2017, it was announced that Craig Woodcroft would replace McSorley at the helm of the team for the next three seasons.[9] At the end of the 2017/18 season, Woodcroft was relieved of his duties as head coach after only one season. Geneva will still pay him the remaining CHF 2 million on his contract.

On april 17, 2019, Patrick Emond, the Junior Elite team's coach was promoted head coach. He worked with the Junior team for 9 years, winning recently 2 national titles with them. It will be his first experience with an adult team. [10]

Louis Matte and Jason O'Leary are currently the assistant coaches and Sebastien Beaulieu is the official goalie coach.

HonorsEdit

ChampionsEdit

Runners-upEdit

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated 21 October 2019.[11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
47   Eliot Antonietti D R 26 2007 Orbe, Switzerland
92   Eliot Berthon LW L 27 2018 Lyon, France
94   Tim Bozon LW R 25 2018 St Louis, Missouri, United States
34   Gauthier Descloux G L 23 2012 Fribourg, Switzerland
72   Floran Douay LW L 24 2013 Sallanches, France
16   Eric Fehr C R 34 2019 Winkler, Manitoba, Canada
17   Arnaud Jacquemet (A) RW R 31 2013 Sion, Switzerland
25   Roger Karrer D R 22 2019 Zurich, Switzerland
19   Timothy Kast F L 31 2018 Geneva, Switzerland
90   Simon Le Coultre D L 20 2019 Le Sentier, Switzerland
11   Guillaume Maillard RW/C L 21 2016 Lausanne, Switzerland
74   Marco Maurer D L 31 2019 Affoltern am Albis, Switzerland
29   Robert Mayer G L 30 2014 Havířov, Czechoslovakia
22   Jonathan Mercier (A) D L 33 2003 Geneva, Switzerland
85   Marco Miranda LW L 21 2019 Zurich, Switzerland
5   Enzo Guebey D R 20 2017 Sallanches, France
36   Arnaud Riat RW R 20 2017 Geneva, Switzerland
71   Tanner Richard   C L 26 2017 Rapperswil, Switzerland
96   Noah Rod (C) RW L 23 2012 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
9   Juraj Simek RW L 32 2015 Prešov, Czechoslovakia
81   Sandis Smons D L 20 2019 Riga, Latvia
91   John Fritsche   RW R 28 2018 Bellinzona, Switzerland
7   Henrik Tömmernes (A) D L 29 2017 Karlstad, Sweden
52   Mike Völlmin D R 26 2018 Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
18   Jeremy Wick RW R 30 2014 Grand Valley, Ontario, Canada
27   Deniss Smirnovs C L 20 2019 Riga, Latvia
10   Tommy Wingels RW R 31 2018 Evanston, Illinois, United States
38   Jens Olsson D L 34 2019 Malmö, Sweden
26   Daniel Winnik LW L 34 2018 Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Notable alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NLA mit Zuschauerrekord" (in German). www.hockeyfans.ch. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  2. ^ "Attendance (CH)". www.hockeyarenas.net. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  3. ^ "Spengler Cup Final" (PDF). Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Spengler Cup – Gold Medal Game, Game 11" (PDF). SpenglerCup.ch. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  5. ^ (in French) Tribune de Genève | La nouvelle patinoire sera construite au Trèfle-Blanc
  6. ^ (in French) http://www.gshc.ch/Mop/Site/main.php?module=mop.website.calvin&ID=-153]
  7. ^ (in French) http://www.gshc.ch/Mop/Site/main.php?module=mop.website.sherkan&ID=-156]
  8. ^ "Will Chris McSorley leave Genève-Servette HC?". www.swisshockeynews.ch. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  9. ^ "It is Craig Woodcroft after all - GSHC signs new head coach". www.eishockey-online.com. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  10. ^ http://www.tdg.ch/sports/gshc/geservette-debarque-directeur/story/18980958
  11. ^ "GSHC, Formation" (in French). www.gshc.ch. Retrieved 2019-10-21.

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