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Lyon Hockey Club (LHC or The Lions) is the ice hockey team of Lyon, France. The team currently competes in the French Ligue Magnus. On July 13, 2014, it was announced that The Lions would be an official partner of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning and the AHL's Syracuse Crunch.[1]

Lions de Lyon
LHC Les Lions logo.png
NicknameLions
CityLyon France
LeagueLigue Magnus
Founded1997
Home arenaPatinoire Charlemagne
(capacity: 4200)
Colours                   
PresidentFrance Sébastien Berthet
Head coachSlovenia Mitja Šivic
CaptainFrance Thomas Roussel
Affiliate(s)Télé Lyon Metropole
Tribune de Lyon
Virgin Radio
WebsiteLes Lions
Franchise history
Lyon Hockey Club
  • Club des Patineurs Lyonnais (1953-1997)
  • Sporting Club de Lyon (1898-1953)

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HistoryEdit

1898-1953: Ice Hockey in LyonEdit

Ice hockey was played in Lyon as early as 1898 on a rink located on the Boulevard des Belges where today the Guimet Museum stands.[2] The Sporting Club de Lyon (Lyon Sporting Club) won the national Coupe Magnus title in 1905 and 1908 but the rink was converted to a museum in 1909 and Lyon was without a rink and a team for the next 44 years.[3]

1953-1997: The CPL EraEdit

In 1953 the Club des Patineurs Lyonnais (Skating Club of Lyon or CPL) was founded and in 1956 the Lyon team won France's Division 1 ice hockey championship.[4] In 1963 CPL built the Patinoire Charlemagne that still today serves as the home of Lyon ice sports.[5] In their new home CPL won France's Division 2 ice hockey championship in both 1972 and 1989. Christophe Geoffroy's management forces the CPL to the liquidation in 1997

1997-Pres.: Lyon Hockey ClubEdit

Following the collapse of CPL local businessman Christophe Geoffroy founded Hockey sur glace lyonnais Elite (Lyon Elite Ice Hockey).[6] Teamed with the Lyon Hockey Club Association, an association charged with developing junior ice hockey, the Lyon Hockey Club was born. The new team experienced quick success and twice finished third in France's Ligue Magnus in 1997 and 1998. LHC qualified for Europe's Continental Cup in 1999 and reached the quarter finals before being eliminated.[7]

By 2000 LHC had been relegated to France's Division 3 championship but quickly began to rise through national ranks again. In the 2001 season Lyon reached and won the Division 2 championship and earned a place in Division 1 for season 2002. A poor season in 2002 saw the team return to the second division once again and, despite reaching the final in 2007, LHC remains a Division 2 team in 2008.[8]

Team Colours and JerseyEdit

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The logo of the LHC features a red head of a lion in profile on a white background with the name of the team above (in white on red) and the team's nickname - 'Les Lions' - in white text on a blue background below.

Red, white and blue are both the colours of France and the colours of the city of Lyon.

JerseyEdit

The LHC play in red, blue, black and white jerseys.

The jersey has changed in recent years from a predominantly white jersey in season 2006 to predominantly red in season 2007 and predominantly blue for season 2008.

The front of the jersey features a stylised image of a lion and bears the logo of the LHC's major sponsor, Flunch.[9]

The jerseys are provided by equipment sponsor Nike Bauer.[10]

BroadcastersEdit

LHC media partners include Télé Lyon Métropole, the Tribune de Lyon and Virgin Radio.

Télé Lyon MétropoleEdit

LHC matches are a regular feature on Télé Lyon Métropole's Sunday sports review, Dimanche Sports. LHC players are also interviewed frequently for other TLM programs including Lundi Sport.

Tribune de LyonEdit

The Tribune de Lyon produces a pre-season guide to the LHC each year and reports on matches each week.

Virgin RadioEdit

As well as reporting on LHC matches Virgin Radio provides the background music for matches. While the playlist varies by season current songs on the match-night programme include Sleeping Satellite (Junior Caldera) and No Stress (Laurent Wolf).

SponsorsEdit

Major sponsors of the LHC are Fiat, Flunch, Kinnarps, Metifiot, Virgin Radio, Nike Bauer and Air Canada. The LHC also has a number of minor sponsors and supporting sponsors.

Home IceEdit

 
Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat train at the Patinoire Charlemagne

The LHC plays all its home matches at the Patinoire Charlemagne.

Commissioned in 1967 and opened in 1969, the Patinoire Charlemagne's distinctive architectural style incorporating concrete, glass and aluminum saw it placed on the Rhône-Alpes' List of 20th century Buildings of Architectural Interest.[11]

Since May 2006 more than 3.7 million euros have been spent to refurbish the arena and stadium.[12]

Patinoire Charlemagne offers many services apart from the ice hockey rink including medical facilities, a bar, a dance hall, meeting rooms and a press centre.[13]

The Patinoire Charlemagne is also well known for hosting other ice sports, particularly figure skating. Each year the rink hosts the Pôle France de danse sur glace and world champion figure skaters Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat both train at Charlemagne.

The Patinoire Charlemagne was one of the host stadiums for the 2006 European Figure Skating Championships.[14]

The ice is Olympic sized (60 metres long by 30 metres wide) and has a capacity of 4 400 spectators.[15]

RosterEdit

Updated February 8, 2019.[1]

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
70   Sidney David-Thivent L 2014 Lyon, France
1   Olivier Richard L 2017 Aix-en-Provence, France
39   Rok Stojanovic L 2017 Kranj, Slovenia
Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
14   Jules Breton L 2012 Strasbourg, France
8   Cédric Custosse L 2015 Asnières-sur-Seine, France
94   Lubomir Dinda L 2018 Poprad, Slovakia
21   Tyler Ferry L 2018 Richmond Hill, Canada
17   Vincent Llorca R 2018 Clermont-Ferrand, France
66   Alexandre Pascal R 2018 Grenoble, France
38   Thomas Roussel (C) L 2016 Amiens, France
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Position Acquired Place of Birth
88   Tomas Andres R C 2018 Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
26   Jaka Ankerst L LW/RW 2017 Kranj, Slovenia
19   Quentin Berthon (A) L LW 2016 Lyon, France
77   Julien Correia L LW 2014 Rouen, France
10   Sébastien Delemps L C 2016 Valence, France
27   Cédric Di Dio Balsamo L LW 2018 Briançon, France
9   Kyle Essery (A) R RW 2018 Mississauga, Canada
11   Hugo Faure L LW 2016 Oullins, France
93   Daniil Kulikov L LW/C 2018 Novosibirsk, Russia
73   Killian Lairet R RW 2017 Lyon, France
98   Martins Lavrovs L LW/RW 2018 Tukums, Latvia
31   Valentin Michel R RW 2016 Compiègne, France
91   Arturs Mickevics R RW/LW 2016 Talsi, Latvia
60   Pierre Robert L C 2018 Grenoble, France
16   Ryan Verbeek L C/LW 2018 Kingston, Canada

Notable Past PlayersEdit

While not considered a breeding ground for great players Lyon has been able to both develop young stars and attract former NHL stars to the Patinoire Charlemagne.

LHC alumni have played in the North American National Hockey League (NHL), the French Ligue Magnus and on French Olympic teams.

Among the most notable of LHC past-players are:

LHC Junior SquadsEdit

As well as the senior team the LHC competes in six levels of junior ice hockey.

LHC MoustiquesEdit

A team for players aged less than 9 years.[16]

LHC PoussinsEdit

A team for players aged under 11 years. The team is coached by LHC player Geoffrey Paillet.[17]

LHC BenjaminsEdit

A team for players aged under 13 years. The team is coached by LHC player Pascal Margerit.[18]

LHC MinimesEdit

Two teams - Minimes Excellence and Minime Elite - for players aged under 15 years.[19]

LHC CadetsEdit

A team for players aged under 18 years.[20]

Mascot, Nickname & SupportersEdit

The official mascot of the LHC is Pepito the Lion. Always in attendance at home games, Pepito wears a Lyon hockey jersey and a straw hat. The nickname of the LHC is 'The Lions' and relates to the symbol of city of Lyon.

The most vocal supporters of the LHC are the Lions Gones. This group of fans are similar to football ultras and share their name with the Bad Gones of the city's Olympique Lyonnais football team.

According to the Tribune de Lyon, despite being a Division 2 team the LHC attracts the highest crowds of any hockey team in France in any league, save for Ligue Magnus teams Grenoble and Rouen.

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LHC Les Lions Roster". lhcleslions.comm (in French). Retrieved February 8, 2019.

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