HC Lugano

  • Swiss Champion 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1999, 2003, 2006
  • Vice European Cup winners 1988, 1989
  • 3rd place in the IIHF Continental Cup in 2003, 2004
  • Swiss champion of the ladies in 2006, 2007
  • Finals of the European Cup Women 2006, 2007 /08

The HC Lugano ( Lugano Hockey Club ) is now one of the most important and most successful clubs in Swiss ice hockey. Since the introduction of the playoffs ( 1985/86 season ), he has won seven Swiss championships. In addition, the Bianconeri were five times in the playoff finals and were able to record and internationally diverse successes.

  • 2.1 Goalkeeper
  • 2.2 defense
  • 2.3 Forward
  • 2.4 Staff ( coach and assistant coach )
  • 2.5 Locked jersey numbers
  • 2.6 Coaches


The establishment of the Hockey Club Lugano took place on 11 February 1941, when the first games against Ambri, Muzzano, Massagno and Paradiso were held on the Muzzano Lake. On 1 December 1957, the first artificial ice rink was opened, which bears the name Resega. Among those in attendance that day was also the one man who 30 years later would bring the HC Lugano at the head of Swiss and international hockey: Geo Mantegazza, an engineer by profession, who had made ​​the static calculations of the Resega and thus the first contacts with the family of the " Bianconeri " had.

1963/64, the team was promoted to the National League B; substantial part of it due to the obligations of defenders Elwyn Friedrich and the wing Roland Bernasconi, both international and Swiss champion with Villars. In the 1970/71 season the " Bianconeri " reached the summit in the National League A, which they had to 1972/73 leave.

In the 1981/82 season Lugano returned, along with Ambri in the NLA back. In the 1982/83 season Mantegazza undertook the Swedish coach John Slettvoll who won numerous championships in a row.

Swiss Champion

After the commitment of many performers of HC Lugano won his first Swiss ice hockey championship on March 1, 1986. After a successful title defense a year later the HCL upgraded to the new season his squad after the end of the season had left the club some service providers. At the end of the 1986/87 season Alfio Molina ended his career, which had influenced the rise in the NLA. New Dress the Bianconeri went on, inter alia Stars: Kari Pekka Eloranta, Peter Jaks, Thomas Vrabec, Didier Massy and Raymond Walder. Thus it succeeded, despite rebuilding the team to win the third title in a row.

In the 1988/89 season, the HCL was defeated in the fifth and last final game in the domestic Resega the SC Bern, this meant the first final defeat for the HC Lugano. The HC Lugano won in the 1989/90 season in the fourth Final game in the Bernese Allmendfeld the title back in the Sottoceneri. Thus, the Bianconeri won their fourth Swiss Champion title. The 1991/92 season was the end of a great era: Lugano separated after nine years of his coach John Slettvoll. Despite numerous new acquisitions, the HC Lugano failed the first time since the introduction of the playoffs in the quarterfinals.

The next championship was won in the 1998/99 season under coach Jim Koleff; the Bianconeri defeated in the Final Canton rivals HC Ambri -Piotta.

In the 2001 /02 season, the Hockey Club Lugano AG was founded, which from then on took over the business of the first team and the elite juniors. Also in this season, joined the Finnish Petteri Nummelin offensive defender for HC Lugano.

The final pairing of the 2002/ 03 denied the HC Davos and Lugano. The first two games won the team from Davos, while the Bianconeri decided the next four games for himself and thus the sixth title in the club's history won.

In the lockout season 2004/05 Stars Alex Tanguay, Jason Blake and Martin Gélinas played for the Ticino. With Glen Metropolit, Jason York and Ville Peltonen the personnel requirements were created to win the seventh title on 13 April 2006 in the domestic Resega.

2010, the club agreed a partnership with the GDT Bellinzona, which also included the guided by the HC Lugano first team of HC Ceresio and aimed at the rise of a Ticinese team in the National League B. For better development of young players of the three teams the GDT Bellinzona should serve in the second league and the HC Ceresio in the second league. In summer 2012, the HC Ceresio went completely in the GDT Bellinzona, and the latter took over the starting right of the HC Ceresio in the first league.

1st team NLA 2013/14




Staff ( coach and assistant coach )

Locked jersey numbers


  • 2002 - March 2006: Larry Huras
  • March 2006 - April 2006: Harold Kreis
  • 2006 - December 2007: Ivano Zanatta
  • December 2007 - January 2008: Kent Ruhnke
  • January 2008 - January 2009: John Slettvoll
  • Januar 2009 - 2009: Hannu Virta
  • 2009 - January 2010: Kent Johansson
  • January 2010 - November 2010: Philippe Bozon
  • December 2010 - January 2011: Mike McNamara
  • January 2011 - July 2011: Greg Ireland
  • July 2011 - October 2011: Barry Smith
  • October 2011 - March 2013: Larry Huras
  • Since April 2013: Patrick Fischer


The fans of the HC Lugano for almost 20 years a close friendship with the fans of the Kölner Haie. In both cities, there are fan of the other team. In addition, regular mutual visits of home games take place.


The women of the HC Lugano ( " Ladies Team " ) will participate in the performance class A, the highest Swiss women's league, in part. In 2006, the " Ladies " for the first time Swiss champion and thus qualified for the first round of the IIHF European Women Champions Cup in 2006, in which they claimed victories over the OSC Berlin who made Herlev Hornets and the Ferencvaros Budapest Stars qualified for the finals EWCC in which they, however, occupied the last place without their own point of success. The following year they were set as re- Swiss champion for the second round of the IIHF European Women Champions Cup 2007/ 08 and moved as group winners again in the final round.

2009 Lugano Ladies Team was again Swiss champion, after it had prevailed in the third and decisive playoff final against the defending champion DHC Langenthal. Well-known players that are also available for the Swiss national team of women in uniform, are Sophie Anthamatten, Sarah Forster, Nicole Bullo, Romy Eggimann, Evelina Raselli and Anja boots.