SC Langnau Tigers are a professional ice hockey team from Langnau im Emmental, Switzerland. They play in the National League (NL). The team plays its home games in the 6,000-seat Ilfis Stadium, which is currently the smallest arena in the NL.

SCL Tigers
2019–20 NL season
SCL Tigers logo.svg
CityLangnau i.E., Switzerland
LeagueNational League
Founded1946
Home arenaIlfis Stadium
Colours              
Owner(s)Peter Jakob
General managerMarco Bayer
Head coachHeinz Ehlers
CaptainPascal Berger
WebsiteOfficial website
Franchise history
1946–1999Schlittschuh Club Langnau
1999–presentSCL Tigers

HistoryEdit

Originally formed as the Ice skating club Langnau, the team was founded on 30 January 1946. The 1948–49 season started in the summer due to the planing on the grounds of the Napro, where the ice rink was to be built. The ice rink began operation on 26 December 1948. SC Langnau, who had not yet completed any championship games, secured the "Begert Cup". Nine out of 16 games were won. The game against Rotblau Bern was attended by over 1000 spectators.

SC Langnau participated for the first time within the Swiss Championship, starting in the lowest league stage of the Swiss ice hockey. Opponents in the 1949–50 season were Roggwil, Olten, Münsingen and the second team of Red Blue Bern of the Serie B. In the season 1950–51, SC Langnau took part in the league operation of Serie B, Group 6 Central Switzerland. Langnau was group winner for the first time, but lost in the final against Bern. Langnau won the Cantonal Cup of the Serie B. In that season, the team completed a total of 23 games, including 16 at home.

The SCL Tigers, promoted to the NLA in 1998, are the successor club of the Schlittschuh-Club Langnau (SCL), which was outsourced to SCL Tigers AG in 1999 under the direction of President René Zeh. Zeh became the first chairman of the board. The club's club logo comes from the long-standing main sponsor, the long-established traditional company "Tiger Käse AG" (since 2004 " Emmi Fondue AG"), which has been sponsoring the club with its "Tiger" brand since the 1970s.

 
SCL Tigers versus SC Bern in an outdoor game on January 14, 2007

In October 2001, businessman Ruedi Soltermann took over Zeh's Presidency to lead SCL.[1] In the summer of 2002, the club confirmed to have a debt amount of more than one million francs with the financial difficulties plaguing the club in the following years.[2]

At the beginning of February 2005, Armin Müller was removed from the Board of Directors. According to the SCL, Müller, who was responsible for sponsorship, promised advertising revenues of nearly 1.3 million francs for the 2004–05 season, of which only a fraction arrived. The SCL Tigers announced that they would file charges for document forgery and misleading management.[3] With SCL's long standing economical trouble's, an initiative "Save the Tigers" was founded in July 2009 with entrepreneur, Peter Jakob.[4] In September 2009, Jakob became the President to the board of directors of SCL Tigers AG, and over the following years added financial stability to the Tigers and erasing their debts.[5]

After their initial promotion in 1998, they played in Switzerland's top hockey level for 15 years. At the end of the 2012–2013 NLA season, they were defeated in the promotion/relegation games by Lausanne HC and were relegated to the National League B. SCL Tigers became the champions of the 2014–15 NLB season and gained the right to play against the worst team of 2014–15 NLA season in the promotion/relegation round. They will return to National League A for the 2015–2016 season after they defeated the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers in four games. Langnau was the eighth most attended team in the NLA for the 2015–16 season, averaging 5,868 (98%).[6]

HonorsEdit

ChampionsEdit

Runners-upEdit

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated 18 July 2019.[7]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
22   Toms Andersons RW R 26 2019 Riga, Latvia
19   Pascal Berger (C) RW R 30 2016 Burgdorf, Switzerland
86   Alain Bircher D L 22 2019 Stansstad, Switzerland
70   Yannick Blaser (A) D L 30 2009 Langnau i.E., Switzerland
34   Claudio Cadonau D R 31 2017 Zürich, Switzerland
40   Damiano Ciaccio G L 30 2014 Grandson, Switzerland
89   Chris DiDomenico C/RW R 30 2018 Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
93   Nolan Diem C R 26 2018 Herisau, Switzerland
62   Alexei Dostoinov LW L 30 2016 Moscow, Russia
10   Robbie Earl C L 34 2019 Chicago, Illinois, United States
72   Samuel Erni D L 28 2017 Frauenfeld, Switzerland
11   Aaron Gagnon C/RW R 33 2017 Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada
96   Andrea Glauser D R 23 2018 Zauggenried, Switzerland
95   Tim Grossniklaus D L 24 2019 Beatenberg, Switzerland
27   Anthony Huguenin D L 28 2017 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
25   Loïc In-Albon C L 22 2019 Sierre, Switzerland
21   Raphaël Kuonen W R 27 2016 Visp, Switzerland
2   Federico Lardi D L 34 2017 Poschiavo, Switzerland
7   Larri Leeger D L 33 2018 Bülach, Switzerland
49   Ben Maxwell C L 31 2019 North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
9   Rihards Melnalksnis C L 20 2018 Riga, Latvia
64   Benjamin Neukom LW L 28 2017 Jona, Switzerland
82   Harri Pesonen C L 31 2018 Muurame, Finland
74   Ivars Punnenovs G L 25 2015 Riga, Latvia
13   Stefan Rüegsegger RW R 21 2016 Thun, Switzerland
77   Sebastian Schilt D L 32 2019 Rüegsau, Switzerland
71   Julian Schmutz C R 25 2019 Bern, Switzerland
98   Jules Sturny RW R 23 2019 Bülach, Switzerland


Honored membersEdit

SCL Tigers retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
12 Todd Elik C 1998–2000, 2002–2009
17 Daniel Aegerter D 1992–2008
26 Martin Gerber G 1994–2001, 2004–2005
44 Walter Gerber[8] F 1990–1991, 1994–1998

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SCL Tigers record 700,000 francs loss". eishockey.ch (in French). 2017-04-01. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  2. ^ "Unrealistic Budget". nzz.ch (in German). 2002-07-30. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  3. ^ "Acute liquidity bottlenecks at SCL Tigers". nzz.ch (in German). 2005-02-22. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  4. ^ "Save the Tigers founded". eishockey.ch (in French). 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  5. ^ "A healthy jubilee". derbund.ch (in German). 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  6. ^ "Hockey attendances released". hockeyfans.ch (in French). 2016-05-06. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  7. ^ "SCL Tigers team roster" (in German). www.scltigers.ch. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  8. ^ "Retired numbers" (in German). SCL Tigers. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2019.

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