Schlittschuh Club Bern (Ice-skating Club Bern in English) is an ice hockey team based in Bern, Switzerland. They play in the National League (NL), the top tier of the Swiss hockey league system. For the 18th year in a row, the club is the most attended ice hockey team in Europe for the 2018–19 regular season, averaging 16,290 spectators.[1]

SC Bern
SC Bern logo.svg
CityBern, Switzerland
LeagueNational League
Founded1931 (1931)
Home arenaPostFinance Arena
CEOMarc Lüthi
General managerAndrew Ebbett
Head coachToni Söderholm
CaptainSimon Moser
AffiliateEHC Basel
Current season

They are traditional rivals with HC Fribourg-Gottéron, EHC Biel, and the SCL Tigers.


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

The ice hockey section of the Bern Sports Club, which was established on 3 November 1930, officially began playing on 1 January 1931.

Today, SC Bern is a highly popular team and regularly fills its home stadium, the PostFinance Arena, one of the largest ice hockey stadiums in Europe. In 2006, they set a new record among European clubs for average attendance, with an average of 15,994 in 22 home games.[2] They have won the Swiss Championship thirteen times, with the most famous victory coming in 1989 over HC Lugano

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Daniel Brière, Dany Heatley, J. P. Dumont, Marc Savard, Henrik Tallinder, and Chris Clark played for SC Bern. Although, league rules allow only four players without Swiss passports to suit up in a single game.

After a disappointing run in the 2006 playoffs, the club replaced head coach Alpo Suhonen with John Van Boxmeer and general manager Roberto Triulzi with Sven Leuenberger.[3] Leuenberger had previously played thirteen seasons of defence with the club, totaling 67 goals, 145 assists, and four national championships. His jersey number 16 is one of many that has been retired by SC Bern.

On 30 September 2008, SC Bern faced off against the National Hockey League's New York Rangers to celebrate one hundred years of ice hockey in Switzerland. Forty-nine years since the Rangers' last visit to Switzerland, the blueshirts beat the home team 8–1 in front of a sellout crowd. Despite the slanted score, SC Bern played a close game with a 2–0 score at the end of the second. Former Phoenix Coyotes' Canadian-born defenceman Travis Roche scored SC Bern's goal early in the third period, bringing the game to 2–1. SC Bern only allowed two even-strength goals, but could not withstand the Rangers' potent power play in the final frame (6-for-9). "We played for our pride tonight," said center Sébastien Bordeleau after the exhibition game. Christian Dubé wore the captain's "C" because Ivo Rüthemann was injured.

During the 2012 NHL lockout, Roman Josi, Mark Streit and John Tavares played for the SC Bern. Tavares quickly became the PostFinance Top Scorer tallying 42 points (17G, 25A) in 28 games.

During the 2013–14 season, Guy Boucher signed a contract as coach of the SC Bern for the current year and two more seasons. He has since been relieved from his duties, moving on to coach the Ottawa Senators, being replaced by former assistant and SC Bern player Lars Leuenberger, who guided the team to the championship in 2016. Leuenberger was then replaced by former Finnish national team coach Kari Jalonen prior to the 2016–17 season. Jalonen went on to win the NL title in his first year at the helm of the team.

On 1 October 2018, SC Bern played a friendly game against the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL), which featured their former player Nico Hischier who in 2017 became the first Swiss player to be drafted first overall in an NHL Entry Draft.[4][5]

On January 28, 2020, Jalonen was relieved of his duties following terrible results. Hans Kossmann stepped in to replace him as head coach for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.




Current rosterEdit

Updated 11 February 2023.[6]

No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
79   Thierry Bader C L 25 2020 Winterthur, Switzerland
47   Sven Bärtschi LW L 30 2022 Bern, Switzerland
98   Benjamin Baumgartner C L 22 2022 Zell am See, Austria
88   Chris DiDomenico C R 34 2022 Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
63   Tyler Ennis LW L 33 2022 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
8   Joshua Fahrni C R 20 2020 Switzerland
82   Lucas Füllemann D L 18 2022 Liebefeld, Switzerland
13   Noah Fuss LW L 21 2021 Bern, Switzerland
68   Éric Gélinas D L 31 2022 Vanier, Ontario, Canada
2   Beat Gerber D L 40 2003 Oberlangenegg, Switzerland
14   Colin Gerber D L 25 2017 Switzerland
27   Cody Goloubef D R 33 2022 Oakville, Ontario, Canada
9   Mika Henauer D L 23 2019 Zurich, Switzerland
24   Dominik Kahun C L 27 2021 Planá, Czech Republic
35   Tomi Karhunen G L 33 2023 Oulu, Finland
23   Marco Lehmann C L 23 2022 Lauperswil, Switzerland
15   Oscar Lindberg C L 31 2022 Skellefteå, Sweden
58   Romain Loeffel D R 32 2022 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
84   Daniel Manzato G L 39 2021 Fribourg, Switzerland
82   Nick Meile D L 19 2021 Wolfwil, Switzerland
21   Simon Moser (C) F L 34 2013 Bern, Switzerland
85   Santiago Näf F R 20 2020 Switzerland
56   Christian Pinana D L 25 2021 Bellinzona, Switzerland
18   Fabian Ritzmann LW L 21 2022 Scuol, Switzerland
77   Colton Sceviour C R 33 2022 Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
10   Tristan Scherwey (A) W L 31 2009 Wünnewil-Flamatt, Switzerland
4   Josh Teves D L 28 2023 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
65   Ramon Untersander (A) D R 32 2015 Alt St. Johann, Switzerland
86   Joel Vermin LW L 31 2022 Frauenkappelen, Switzerland
30   Philip Wüthrich G L 25 2020 Bern, Switzerland
44   Jesse Zgraggen D L 29 2022 Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Honored membersEdit

NHL alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "European attendance ranking". Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Iihf - News". Archived from the original on 19 March 2006. Retrieved 16 March 2006.
  3. ^ "Bear season over in Switzerland". 14 March 2008. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  4. ^ Morreale, Mike G. (1 October 2018). "Hall scores in overtime to give Devils victory against SC Bern". Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  5. ^ Morreale, Mike G. (1 October 2018). "Hischier gives fans night to remember in Switzerland". Retrieved 2 October 2018. The 19-year-old was selected No. 1 in the 2017 NHL Draft, the only Switzerland-born player be chosen No. 1.
  6. ^ "SC Bern current roster". (in German). Retrieved 11 February 2023.

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