Hockey Club Lugano, often abbreviated to HC Lugano or HCL, is a professional ice hockey club based in Lugano, Switzerland. The team competes in the National League (NL) and has won seven Swiss championships.

HC Lugano
CityLugano, Switzerland
LeagueNational League
  • NL:
  • NDA:
    1970–1972, 1981–1999
  • NDB:
    1963–1970, 1972–1981
Home arenaCornèr Arena
Owner(s)Vicky Mantegazza
General managerHnat Domenichelli
Head coachLuca Gianinazzi
CaptainMark Arcobello
AffiliateHCB Ticino Rockets
WebsiteOfficial website
Franchise history
1941–presentHockey Club Lugano
Current season



The founding of HC Lugano took place on 11 February 1941, when they participated on Muzzano Lake their first games against Ambrì, Muzzano, Massagno and Paradiso. On 1 December 1957, the first artificial ice rink was opened, at the Pista La Resega. Among those present was also the man who, 30 years later, was to take HC Lugano to the top of Swiss and international hockey: Geo Mantegazza, an engineer by profession, who had done the static calculations of the Resega and thus the first contacts had with the family earning the club the nickname of the "Bianconeri" acknowledging their Italian speaking heritage.[1]

In 1963–64, Lugano rose to the National League B, most notably through the contributions of defender Elwyn Friedrich and Forward Roland Bernasconi, both national players and Swiss champions with Villars. In the 1970–71 season, the Bianconeri's promotion to the tope flight National League A was realised for the first time in franchise history, playing two seasons before returning to the NLB.[1]

In the 1981–82 season Lugano returned, together with Ambrì, back in the NLA. In the 1982–83 season, Mantegazza hired Swedish coach John Slettvoll, who won numerous championships in his tenure.


Internal view of the Lugano hockey arena Resega.

The Pista La Resega hockey arena in Lugano is primarily used for ice hockey and is the home arena of HC Lugano, HC Lugano Ladies Team, HC Lugano-Ceresio and HC Porza. It was built in 1995, after the demolition of the previous one, and can hold 8,000 people.[citation needed]







Season-by-season records

Season Result
  • 3rd Place in Regular Season
  • Quarterfinal playoff
  • Eighth-finalist in Swiss Cup
  • 5th Place in Regular Season
  • Final playoff
  • Finalist Spengler Cup
  • Eighth-finalist in Swiss Cup
  • 4th Place in Regular Season
  • Final playoff



Current roster


Updated 5 July 2024.[2]

No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
26   David Aebischer D R 23 2024 Heitenried, Switzerland
22   Santeri Alatalo D L 34 2021 Tampere, Finland
55   Calle Andersson D R 30 2022 Malmö, Sweden
36   Mark Arcobello RW R 35 2020 Milford, Connecticut, United States
14   Lorenzo Canonica C L 20 2023 Lugano, Switzerland
7   Daniel Carr LW L 32 2021 Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
75   Roberts Cjunskis F L 21 2023 Mārupe, Latvia
20   Cole Cormier C L 22 2023 Düsseldorf, Germany
63   Carl Dahlström D L 29 2024 Stockholm, Sweden
17   Luca Fazzini (A) W R 29 2012 Lugano, èSwitzerland
28   Samuel Guerra D L 31 2021 Sorengo, Switzerland
41   Leandro Hausheer D R 21 2022 Zürich, Switzerland
88   Michael Joly RW L 29 2023 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
23   Giovanni Morini C L 29 2015 Como, Italy
10   Marco Müller C L 30 2022 Zuchwil, Switzerland
25   Mirco Müller D L 29 2021 Winterthur, Switzerland
78   Stéphane Patry LW L 24 2022 Geneva, Switzerland
12   Aleksi Peltonen D L 26 2024 Helsinki, Finland
52   Jesper Peltonen D L 26 2023 Helsinki, Finland
24   Arttu Ruotsalainen C L 26 2023 Oulu, Finland
34   Niklas Schlegel G L 29 2019 Zürich, Switzerland
67   Jiri Sekac LW L 32 2024 Kladno, Czech Republic
97   Calvin Thürkauf (C) C L 27 2021 Zug, Switzerland
37   Joren van Pottelberghe G L 27 2024 Zug, Switzerland
13   Matthew Verboon RW/C L 24 2023 Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
11   Marco Zanetti RW R 22 2023 Varese, Italy

Honored members

Retired jersey of Alfio Molina
HC Lugano retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
1 Alfio Molina G 1963–1983 22 February 2004
2 Sandro Bertaggia D 1985–2003 22 February 2004
3 Julien Vauclair D 1996–2020 16 September 2022
4 Pat Schafhauser D 1994–1995 22 February 2004
33 Petteri Nummelin D 2001–06, 2008–2013 31 August 2013
44 Andy Näser F 1997–2010 28 August 2010

Franchise records and leaders


All-time scoring leaders

Kind of record Record holder Record
Games played Sandro Bertaggia 806
Most Goals Jörg Eberle 268
Most Assists Petteri Nummelin 305
Most Points Andy Ton 462
Goals/Games Mats Hallin 1.25
Points/Games Kent Johansson 2.17
Goals (PP) Jörg Eberle 40
Goals (SH) Kent Johansson 9
Goals (OT) Régis Fuchs 5
Goals (GW) Jörg Eberle 46
Hattricks Johansson Kent 12
Most Penalty Minutes Sandro Bertaggia 891
Coach % games/victories Harold Kreis 80%

Team records


HC Lugano records in the Swiss National League A.[3]

Category Record Season
Most points in Regular Season 74 2003/04
Most victories in Regular Season 35 2003/04
Most shutouts in Regular Season (home+away) 10 1999/00
Most shutouts in Regular Season (away) 5 1999/00
Consecutive wins on Regular Season start (home+away) 10 2003/04
Consecutive wins on Regular Season start (home) 22 1999/00
Consecutive games without losing points on Regular Season start (home) 13 2004/05
Consecutive games without losing points on Regular Season start (away) 5 1985/86 and 2003/04
Consecutive wins during Regular Season (home+away) 27 1987/88
Consecutive wins during Regular Season (home) 22 1999/00
Consecutive wins during Regular Season (away) 15 1987/88
Consecutive games without losing points during Regular Season (home+away) 15 1988/89
Consecutive games without losing points during Regular Season (home) 17 1999/00
Consecutive games without losing points during Regular Season (away) 12 1987/88 and 2000/01
Score 4 goals on less time 1' 24" (HC Lugano - HC Davos 7:1) 1985/86
Most minutes without suffering goals during Regular Season 248' 10" (Cristobal Huet) 1999/00

HC Lugano Ladies Team

The HC Lugano Ladies Team (white dress) against the OSC Berlin at the first round of the EWCC 2007

The HC Lugano Ladies Team is a semi-professional women's ice hockey team that competes in the Swiss Women's A League. The club was officially founded on May 22, 1990. They won the Swiss Championship on 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

In 2007, the HC Lugano Ladies Team qualified for the final round of the IIHF European Women's Champions Cup and even won the bronze medal 2010.[4]


  1. ^ a b "HC Lugano history 1941 to today" (in Italian). HC Lugano. 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  2. ^ "Giacatori" (in Italian). Retrieved 2024-07-05.
  3. ^ NL Record Book 2007, UK Hockey Statistik.
  4. ^ "Hockey Opportunities > Professional Teams > Overseas > Switzerland". Retrieved 2011-08-08.

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