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ZSC Lions
ZSC Lions
Founded 1930
Home ice Hallenstadion
Based in Z√ľrich, Switzerland
League National League A
Head coach Sean Simpson
General manager M√ľller Werner
Captain Mathias Seger

The Z√ľrcher Schlittschuh Club Lions (ZSC Lions) are a professional ice hockey team located in Z√ľrich, Switzerland, playing in the National League A. The home arena, the 10,700 seater Hallenstadion, is in the Zurich district of Oerlikon. The team was founded in 1930 and played at the Dolder-Kunsteisbahn from its establishment until 1950.

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History

Locally nicknamed "Z", the team was formed in 1997 as a result of the merger of the two local teams Z√ľrcher Schlittschuh Club (German for "Zurich Skating Club") and Grasshoppers Club (GC), the ice hockey section of Grasshopper-Club Z√ľrich. ZSC played in the National League A, was clearly the fan favourite of the city but in constant financial trouble. Grasshoppers, meanwhile, was playing in the Nationalliga B, failed to qualify for promotion several years in a row and had a small fan base, but was backed by entrepreneur and millionaire, Werner H. Spross.

ZSC was the first Swiss team to play in an indoor arena (Hallenstadion). They won the Swiss championship in the years 1936, 1949 and 1961 and the prestigious Spengler Cup in 1944 and 1945. After the merger, the ZSC Lions won the Swiss Championship in 2000, 2001 and 2008, the IIHF Continental Cup in 2001 and 2002 and the Champions Hockey League in 2008.

During the 2008-09 Season, the ZSC Lions participated in the first ever Champions Hockey League, for which the automatically qualified. The other participating Swiss team, SC Bern, had to first win the qualifying tournament. for the group stage, the ZSC Lions were placed in group D, along with HC Slavia Praha and Linköpings HC. ZSC Lions came first in this group with only one defeat and three victories, thus qualifying for the semi-finals. On 7 January 2009 they qualified for the first Final of the CHL against the Finnish Espoo Blues, beating them 6-3 and 4-1 respectively. The first leg of the final was held on 21 January 2009 in the Magnitogorsk Arena against Metallurg Magnitogorsk and ended with a 2-2 (0-2,0-0,2-0) draw. The goals for ZSC were shot by Trudel and Wichser respectively in the first third of the game.[1] The second leg was played one week later, on 28 January 2009, in the Diners Club Arena in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland. ZSC Lions won the finals with a 5-0 with goals by Down, Sejna, Seger, Alston and Trudel.

Honours

  • Swiss Championship: 6
1936, 1949, 1961, 2000, 2001, 2008
  • Continental Cup: 2
2001, 2002
194, 1946
  • Swiss Cup: 2
1960, 1961
2009
2009

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References

  1. ^ "Game Summary". http://stats.iihf.com/Hydra/4/IHM004129_74_3_0.pdf. Retrieved 2009-01-21.  







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