EHC Arosa

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
EHC Arosa
EHC Arosa
Greatest successes
  • 9-time Swiss champion in
    1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1980, 1982
  • Swiss runner-up in 1948, 1981, 1984
Club information
history Ice hockey club Arosa (since 1924)
Club colors yellow, blue, white
league MySports League
Venue Sports and Congress Center Arosa (SKZA)
capacity 2,200 places
Head coach Marc Haueter
2017/18 Playoff finals

The Arosa ice hockey club is a traditional Swiss ice hockey club from Arosa / Graubünden . It was founded in 1924 and won the championship nine times , seven times in a row (1951–1957, 1980 and 1982). This means that he still ranks third on the national best list today.

Foundation and early years

At the beginning of the 20th century bandy was played in the health resort of Arosa . For this purpose, a bandyrink was set up on the frozen Obersee . However, the enthusiasm for ice hockey, which was still a young sport in Europe at the time, emanated from the local youth a short time later. They played together in the football club in the summer and met each winter at today's Robinson Club Arosa to train on the Rothornseeli and play games. In December 1924, eight members of the football club founded the EHC Arosa. Among them were Hans Staub - the father of Roger and grandfather of Heini Staub - the ski racers David Zogg and Beni Führer. The first official game was played on December 14, 1924 in Arosa against Grasshopper Club Zurich , which EHC Arosa surprisingly beat 3-1. In the early years, the game was played without a pad in football shirts and shorts.

At first they played mainly friendlies against other Swiss clubs. For the encounters with HC Davos in Landwassertal , the Arosa players crossed the Maienfelder Furgga with skis and hockey equipment . In 1930, the Aroser Goldcup (later: Sonnengold-Cup) was launched by a number of sports hotels, a strong international tournament based on the model of the Spengler Cup . In 1930/31 the EHC Arosa rose to the so-called A-Class. In 1938, the team, led by strikers Karl and Werner Lohrer , was able to wrest a draw from a Canadian opponent and the Polish national team for the first time . The following year, EHC Arosa played in the Swiss National League . In 1942, the so-called Arosa storm celebrated its premiere in the Swiss national team with Ueli and Gebi Poltera and Hansmartin Trepp . In 1944/45 the team reached fourth place in the National League, and in 1946 the championship finished third for the first time on the podium. In the same year, HC Davos, which is considered practically unbeatable, was defeated 6: 5 for the first time in the regular championship. This marked the beginning of a decade-long phase of sporting success for EHC Arosa.

The successful 1950s and 1980s

The club's successes in the 1940s and 1950s were legendary in Swiss sports history, when the Arosa Sturm was one of the best attacking formations in Europe and the club was able to celebrate the championship title seven times in a row from 1951-57. The sometimes overwhelming national dominance of this line could only be broken in 1957/58 when it fell apart due to injuries.

In addition, provided the late 1970s, which - after a long sporting losing streak is no longer possible held - resurgence of the first amateur league in the top division, and in the 1980s the sporting rivalry with the EHC Biel for the title and the so-called Grisons derbies with HC Davos for headlines. The two Graubünden clubs were not only about the same age and had been similarly successful up until then, they could also rely on a loyal fan base who immersed the respective stadiums in a blue / yellow sea, the colors of both clubs. In 1980 and 1982 EHC Arosa celebrated the championship titles number eight and nine under coach Lasse Lilja and president Peter Bossert . In 1984/85, the 10th title success seemed practically certain when the club led the table after the first half of the season with seven points, but fell back to third place shortly before the end of the second half of the season.

The voluntary withdrawal from the national league

Former logo of EHC Arosa

The rapidly increasing professionalization of Swiss ice hockey at the beginning of the 1980s, increased demands on the club's budget and a certain saturation of audience interest after the championship title in 1982 brought the club increasingly financial difficulties. The geographical location at the end of the long and winding Schanfigg and the associated tedious journey for the fans also turned out to be unsuitable.

After the establishment of the EHC Chur in 1984 as the third Graubünden ice hockey club in the National League A , the financial situation finally left no other solution than relegation to the first division. This voluntary relegation at the end of the 1985/86 season, which Arosa finished in eighth place, was a first in the history of Swiss ice hockey.

Stabilization in the amateur class

After various changes between the 1st and 2nd league, the club played from the 2005/06 season to and including the 2014/15 season in the 1st league (after the national leagues A and B ), the third-highest division in Switzerland.

At times there was the intention to lead the EHC Arosa back into the NLB until the 2011/12 season. Thanks to various financial commitments and the conclusion of sponsorship contracts as well as the approval of the Arosa electorate for the renovation of the ice rink, the EHC Arosa presented this ambitious forward strategy. For this purpose, a 5-year business plan was drawn up and the general assembly showed the obstacles to be overcome on the way to advancement.

The ambitious goal could not be achieved at the time. On the one hand, the regulatory requirements for national league clubs had in the meantime been significantly tightened - especially in the junior division - and on the other hand, the first team had to accept a severe sporting setback in the 2011/12 season with not reaching the playoff round; this after celebrating the Eastern Swiss amateur championship a year earlier.

In 2013/14 a relegation to the second division could only be prevented, which is why the club parted ways with coach Andreas Ritsch in March 2014 after six seasons . After the main sponsor's withdrawal before the start of the 2014/15 season, the players' salaries had to be renegotiated at short notice, which led to a significant bloodletting of the squad. As a result, despite great fighting spirit, the team ultimately proved to be uncompetitive and ended the championship in last place.

After a strong first half of the 2015/16 season, development in the Masterround stalled. In order to give the team a new boost for the upcoming games, the club management decided to replace the previous head coach Marcel Habisreutinger with Hermann Bruderer until the end of the season. Habisreutinger remained active in the club during this time and looked after the youth department with the step coaches. Herbert Schädler was signed as his successor, who in turn was replaced by Marc Haueter in 2017.

Project re-promotion in National League B / Super Regio League

Since the National League B, comprising only nine teams, was aiming to open up to at least 12 clubs for the 2015/16 season, the management of the EHC Arosa, together with other top performers, planned the NLB promotion on as an alternative to relegation to the 2nd or even 4th division green table. The necessary documents had to be submitted to the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation (SIHF) by March 20, 2015. An annual budget of at least 1.6 million francs was calculated. Initially, it was intended to be accepted as an independent club, but it was not ruled out later to appear as a farm team of an NLA club.

The decision of the SIHF Licensing Commission, which was made known in advance through an internal association indiscretion, turned out to be negative. The main reason given was the current lack of sustainability of the project. Because of the promotion of the EHC Winterthur to the NLB and the fact that no team wanted to move up from the 2nd division to the 1st division, the Regio League issued an instruction that the EHC Arosa also in the 2015/16 season in the 1st league will be eligible to play. As a result, the latter waived an appeal against the decision of the license commission.

The EHC Arosa continues to strive for a future in the NLB and is introducing new, more professional structures. With Adrian Fetscherin, a full-time managing director was engaged. The operation of the first team was outsourced from the club to EHC Arosa Sport AG, which was founded on July 27, 2015. Private individuals from Arosa and the rest of Switzerland are predominantly invested in the stock corporation. When it was founded, the share capital was 130,000 francs and was subscribed by 61 shareholders.

For the 2016/17 season, the club's management aimed to qualify for the newly created Super Regio League. This goal was just missed. However, the medium-term goal is still promotion to the National League B.

Films and media

In April 2008, the documentary Arosa isch better about the EHC Arosa and its voluntary relegation to the first division. The plot of the Swiss feature film Champions with Marco Rima , Andrea Zogg and Jörg Schneider from 2010 also ties in with this club history low point. In 2011, Swiss television broadcast a special feature on the 25th anniversary of relegation.


To this day, the earlier successes of the EHC Arosa enjoy a remarkable public awareness and sympathy. In addition to the broad media coverage of the events of 1986, the occasional sporting appearances by the legends of that time, such as in the run-up to the Euro Hockey Challenge 2012 on April 6, 2012 in Arosa, at the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Arosabahn on December 13, 2014 or on the occasion of the Spengler Cup 2014.

Although the club does not have its own women's team, there are four players from the youth division of EHC Arosa in the Swiss women's national team ( Monika , Nina and Isabel Waidacher and Livia Altmann ).

The president of the association from 2006 to August 2012, Roger Meier, is a grandson of Ueli Poltera. His predecessor and successor is Ludwig Waidacher junior .

In 2014, EHC Arosa fans collected just under 35,000 francs as part of a crowdfunding campaign after the previous main sponsor withdrew from his commitment at the end of last season.

On December 28, 2015, current players and legends of the EHC Arosa trained together on the frozen black Obersee as part of the EHC Arosa Day .

For the 2017/18 season, defender Lane Pfosi joined the first team. After Hans Pfosi and Guido Pfosi , the third generation of the Pfosi family was playing for EHC Arosa.

On the occasion of the “Arosa Ice Classic” 2017, the EHC Arosa beat the ZSC Lions 7-5 in a friendly match .

Successful players


  • Hans Danuser : Arosa - as it was back then , vols. 2,3,4 + 6, self-published by Danuser, Arosa 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002.
  • Elmar Brunner: 70 years of EHC Arosa - A village makes Swiss sports history , self-published by F&L Planungen AG / Store Line AG, Chur 1994.
  • EHC Arosa - a legend lives on , in: Terra Grischuna, 48th year, issue 1, Terra Grischuna Verlag, Chur 1990, p. 33 f.
  • Hans Danuser, Ruedi Homberger: AROSA und das Schanfigg , self-published by Danuser / Homberger, Arosa 1988, p. 94 ff.
  • Fritz Maron: From mountain farming village to world health resort Arosa , Verlag F. Schuler, Chur 1934, p. 89 f.

Individual evidence

  1. Short film "Eisheilige & Deussungen" about EHC Arosa in the 1950s
  2. The EHC Arosa needs a new trainer. In: March 19, 2014, accessed March 23, 2014 .
  3. Arosa: Hermann Bruderer takes over. In: January 18, 2016, accessed January 23, 2016 .
  4. Haueter becomes a trainer at EHC Arosa. In: March 6, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017 .
  5. Arosa dreams of the NLB! In: March 9, 2015, accessed March 14, 2015 .
  6. Aroser Zeitung of March 13, 2015, p. 1 ff.
  7. Ice hockey NLB before the increase in Herisau and Arosa deposit application. In: March 23, 2015, accessed March 23, 2015 .
  8. Arosa in ice hockey fever: With heart and soul for an object for lovers. In: March 22, 2015, accessed March 23, 2015 .
  9. License committee is likely to refuse EHC Arosa NLB. (No longer available online.) In: April 14, 2015, formerly in the original ; Retrieved April 27, 2015 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  10. Aroser Zeitung of April 17, 2015, p. 5.
  11. EHC Arosa remains in the first division. In: April 25, 2015, accessed April 27, 2015 .
  12. No appeal: EHC Arosa in the first division next season. In: April 25, 2015, accessed April 27, 2015 .
  13. Aroser Zeitung of April 24, 2015, p. 15.
  14. Die Südostschweiz of July 28, 2015, p. 26 and July 29, 2015, p. 22.
  15. The EHC Arosa is not rising. In: February 5, 2017. Retrieved March 4, 2017 .
  16. Die Südostschweiz, February 20, 2017, p. 18.
  17. Four years before the great disaster, the EHC Arosa became champions for the last time. In: February 23, 2017. Retrieved March 4, 2017 .
  18. The Lengends of Davos and Arosa answer again. In: November 27, 2014, accessed December 1, 2014 .
  19. Legends game: HC Davos- EHC Arosa. In: December 30, 2014, accessed March 14, 2015 .
  20. EHC Arosa receives support from all over Switzerland. In: November 6, 2014, accessed December 1, 2014 .
  21. Aroser Zeitung of December 31, 2015, p. 1 ff.
  22. Third generation at EHC Arosa: Lane continues to write Pfosi history. (No longer available online.) In: March 18, 2017, formerly in the original ; accessed on May 1, 2018 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  23. Arosa spoils ZSC-Kossmann's debut! In: December 30, 2017, accessed May 1, 2018 .

Web links

Commons : EHC Arosa  - collection of images, videos and audio files