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Genève-Servette HC

Genève-Servette HC
Full name Genève-Servette Hockey Club
Nickname(s) "Les Aigles"
Founded 1905
Based in Geneva, Switzerland
Arena Patinoire des Vernets
(capacity: 7,135)

NLA 2001-present

  • NDA
  • NDB
    1956–1964, 1975–1980, 1995–2001
  • 1. Liga
Team colors               
Owner(s) Hugh Quennec, Chris McSorley
President Hugh Quennec
Head coach Chris McSorley
Captain Goran Bezina

The Genève-Servette HC (also called "Servette" or "GSHC") is a professional ice hockey club based in Geneva, Switzerland and competing in National League A, the top tier of the Swiss hockey league system. The team plays their home games at the Patinoire des Vernets, which has a seating capacity of 7,135, making it one of the smallest in the country.

During the 2013-2014 season, the GSHC was the third most attended team in Switzerland averaging 7,722 spectators.[1]Even though the capacity of their home arena is of 7,135, they were able to draw more crowd thanks to the Winter Classic played at the Stade de Genève in front of a sellout crowd of 29,400.


  • Team history 1
  • Team informations 2
    • Les Vernets 2.1
    • Mascots 2.2
    • Head Coaches 2.3
  • Honors 3
    • Champions 3.1
    • Runners-up 3.2
  • Current roster 4
  • Notable players 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Team history

  • 1905 : Foundation of Servette FC's ice hockey section.
  • 1954 : The club plays on artificial ice for the first time, in the "Pavillon des Sports". Until then, Servette had to host its opponents in Lausanne or au Pont. The first match on the new artificial ice sees Servette play Urania Genève Sport (UGS).
  • 1956 : First promotion in Swiss National League B.
  • 1958 : Inauguration of the new ice rink called "Les Vernets".
  • 1959 : Servette wins the "Swiss Cup" after beating Neuchâtel-Sports Young Sprinters HC 7-3 in the final, in front of 11,820 fans, it is a crowd record for a hockey game in Les Vernets.
  • 1963 : Creation of Genève-Servette HC after the fusion of the ice hockey sections of Servette & UGS.
  • 1975 : Relegated to the Swiss National League B.
  • 1980 : Relegated to 1. Liga (3rd division).
  • 1995 : Promoted to National League B again, after a victory over Luzern.
  • 2001 : Promoted to National League A, after a successful series (4-0) over Chur in the final.
  • 2008 : On March 24, the GSHC reaches the Swiss National League A final for the first time in its history, after a clear win over HC Fribourg-Gottéron in the semi-finals (4-1 in the series).
  • 2010 : After a good season (2nd place), the GSHC defeated HC Fribourg-Gottéron in quarter-finals after being led 3-1 and EV Zug in semi-finals. Against SC Bern in Finals, the GSHC came back from 3-1 to 3-3 before losing the seventh game in Bern.
  • 2011 : Were third-most attended team in Switzerland for the 2010-11 season with 6,971 spectators.[2]

Team informations

Les Vernets

Outside view of the Vernets

The Patinoire des Vernets was built in 1959 and is located in the Geneva neighborhood of the same name. It serves as the main arena for the GSHC. It was renovated in 2009 in order to increase the spectator capacity from 6400 to 7140.

On January 24, 2012, local authorities and the club reached an agreement to build a new arena, in another part of town, with a seating capacity of 10,000. It is currently planned to open between 2015 and 2016.[4]


The official mascots of Genève-Servette are Calvin and Calvina, two anthropomorphic eagles that first appeared at the beginning of the 2006-2007 season. They are Switzerland’s first and only mascot duet. Their names are derived from John Calvin, famous theologian of the Protestant reformation in Geneva.[5]

In addition, Sherkan, a bald eagle, opens every home game by flying throughout the arena, reaching for his master standing in the center of ice. Sherkan is very popular amongst fans and players alike. Sherkan is Europe’s first living animal to partake in an ice-hockey game opening ceremony.

Sherkan first appeared during the NLB playoffs of 2001 and has been present to every home game ever since, only missing two.[6]

Head Coaches

Genève-Servette has been coached since 2001 by Chris McSorley who is also co-owner, alongside Hugh Quennec. Chris McSorley is the brother of Marty McSorley, two times winner of the Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers.

Chris McSorley

Hans Kossmann was the assistant-coach from 2001 to 2008, when he left to be assistant-coach for the Lausanne HC until the end of the season. He then signed a two years contract with the SC Bern. In 2011, Kossmann became head-coach of HC Fribourg-Gotteron.

Louis Matte is currently the assistant-coach and Sebastien Beaulieu is the official goal-keeper coach.




Current roster

Updated August 11, 2014.[7]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
47 Antonietti, EliotEliot Antonietti D R 22 2007 Orbe, Switzerland
1 Bays, ChristopheChristophe Bays G L 23 2014
57 Bezina, GoranGoran Bezina (C) D L 34 2004 Split, SR Croatia
36 D'Agostini, MattMatt D'Agostini RW R 28 2014 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
15 Gerber, RolandRoland Gerber W R 30 2011
33 Girard, FelixFelix Girard RW L 20 2013 Ecublens, Switzerland
56 Iglesias, FredericFrederic Iglesias D L 25 2013 Geneva, Switzerland
17 Jacquemet, ArnaudArnaud Jacquemet RW R 26 2013 Sion, Switzerland
19 Kast, TimothyTimothy Kast F L 26 2014 Geneva, Switzerland
16 Leonelli, NicolasNicolas Leonelli RW R 21 2011 Geneva, Switzerland
58 Loeffel, RomainRomain Loeffel D R 23 2014 Columbier, Switzerland
54 Marti, ChristianChristian Marti D L 21 2013 Bülach, Switzerland
29 Mayer, RobertRobert Mayer Injured Reserve G L 25 2014 Havířov, Czechoslovakia
22 Mercier, JonathanJonathan Mercier (A) D L 28 2003 Geneva, Switzerland
81 Picard, AlexandreAlexandre Picard LW L 29 2012 Les Saules, Quebec, Canada
14 Pyatt, TaylorTaylor Pyatt LW L 33 2014 Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
11 Pyatt, TomTom Pyatt C L 27 2014 Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
75 Ranger, PaulPaul Ranger D L 30 2014 Whitby, Ontario, Canada
26 Rivera, ChrisChris Rivera W L 28 2004
96 Rod, NoahNoah Rod RW L 18 2012 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
88 Romy, KevinKevin Romy C L 30 2012 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
40 Rubin, DanielDaniel Rubin C R 29 2014 Bern, Switzerland
14 Savary, JeanJean Savary LW L 22 2007
9 Simek, JurajJuraj Simek RW L 27 2011 Prešov, Czechoslovakia
21 Traber, TimTim Traber RW R 22 2014 Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
25 Trutmann, DarioDario Trutmann D R 22 2014 Zug, Switzerland
55 Vukovic, DanielDaniel Vukovic (A) D R 28 2008 North York, Ontario, Canada
18 Wick, JeremyJeremy Wick RW R 25 2014 Grand Valley, Ontario, Canada

Notable players


  1. ^ "Spectateurs qualification". Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Attendance (CH)". Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Spengler Cup Final". Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  4. ^ (French) Tribune de Genève | La nouvelle patinoire sera construite au Trèfle-Blanc
  5. ^ (French)]
  6. ^ (French)]
  7. ^ "GSHC, Equipe première, LNA" (in French). Retrieved 2014-08-11. 

External links

  • Official site of Genève-Servette Hockey Club
  • (French) Site officiel du Genève-Servette Hockey Club
  • (French) Official Fan-club webpage
  • (French) Fan-page
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