EHC Kloten (1934–2000)
Kloten Flyers (2000–2016)
EHC Kloten (since 2016)
|Location||Kloten , Switzerland|
|Nickname||Die Flieger, Zürcher - Unterländer|
|Parent club||EHC Kloten|
|Club colors||blue, white and red|
|capacity||7,624 seats (of which 5,324 seats)|
|executive Director||Pascal Signer|
|Head coach||Per Hånberg|
|Season 2019/20||1st place (qualification)
The EHC Kloten (between 2000 and 2016 Kloten Flyers ) is an ice hockey team from Kloten in Switzerland , whose professional team is outsourced to the EHC Kloten Sport AG. In 1967 and between 1993 and 1996 the EHC Kloten became Swiss champions . From 1962 to 2018 the club belonged continuously to the National League A or National League and was thus the longest-serving club in the Swiss NL, ahead of Friborg-Gottéron (rise in 1980) and HC Lugano (rise in 1982). Since his relegation in 2018, the EHC Kloten has played in the second-rate Swiss League .
The EHC Kloten was founded on December 3, 1934 by seven members and under the leadership of the later Honorary President Emil Hegner. In the first few years only friendlies were played, with the home games being played on the frozen Nägelimoos pond.
After some time, the EHC Kloten took part in the championship and, like all new teams, had to start in the lowest division. Kloten rose to Serie B in 1941 , and was promoted to Serie A five years later . Another year later, in 1947, Kloten managed to qualify for National League B as a Serie A group winner , before he was promoted to National League A in 1962 under coach Georg von Arx . This promotion took place at the green table, however, as the NLA was increased from eight to ten teams that year. It was not until 2018 that the club was relegated to the second-class SL and has so far held the record with 56 years of uninterrupted membership in the top Swiss league.
In 1967, the first Swiss championship title was won under the Czech coach Vladimir Kobera.
With the title win in 1996 (the fourth in a row), the EHC Kloten set a new play-off record.
For the 1998/99 season, the former Russian ice hockey player Vladimir Jursinow was hired as a coach for the team. In addition to a new style of play, he also strongly encouraged the offspring. Although he met with a lot of support and sympathy with this new strategy, there was no great success. Under his direction, the Kloten Flyers had to playouts in the 2003/04 season for the first time in the club's history. Also in the following playout season 2004/05 the Flyers managed to avert relegation to the NLB clearly.
In October 2004, Vladimir Yursinov was finally replaced as a coach. However, he stayed until the end of the season as a young talent at EHC Kloten. Jursinow's successor was former EHC Kloten defender Anders Eldebrink as coach and Kloten veteran Felix Hollenstein as assistant coach. The new duo put the Flyers back on the road to success.
In the 2008/09 season, the Kloten Flyers were in the playoff final, which they lost in seven games against HC Davos . Before that they had finished the qualification in third place and defeated the HC Geneve-Servette with 4-0 wins in the playoff quarter-finals and then the EV Zug also with 4-0 wins.
After the Flyers failed in the 2009/10 season with a 0: 4 against SC Bern in the semifinals, Frédéric Rothen , Michel Zeiter and Yves Müller were dismissed. It was also announced that two of the six foreigners under contract with Kloten would be retired. These measures met with strong criticism.
At the beginning of the 2010/11 season, the Kloten Flyers set a new league record in the playoff era (since 1985) with eight starting wins, surpassing their previous record with seven wins in the start of the 1992 season.
To ensure future success, the club has an extensive youth department, which is one of the best in Switzerland. There is a partnership with the ice hockey clubs of Bülach , Dielsdorf - Niederhasli and the EHC Winterthur . One of the successes of this promotion is the elite juniors, who have won no fewer than 19 Swiss championship titles since the elite league was introduced in the 1959/60 season, most recently in the 2005/06 season.
“Almost” bankruptcy and rescue 2012
In spring 2012, the designated president and soon to be the majority shareholder of Kloten Flyers, Adrian Fetscherin, resigned. He accused President Juerg Bircher of having concealed the actual financial state of the Kloten Flyers from him.
As a result, more and more worrying news about the financial situation of the Kloten Flyers came to light. When players' wages could no longer be paid in April, the public became aware of the club's predicament. In the meantime, a working group around Peter Bossert was founded with the aim of saving the club. When Jürg Bircher finally announced his resignation, the way was clear for restructuring. In the meantime, however, around 10 million Swiss francs were missing from the club's treasury. A collection campaign among fans and players and the commitment of 500,000.- each from the Priora Group and Zurich Airport , however, could not completely fill the hole in the club's treasury. Only with the entry of the then league boss Philippe Gaydoul and his friend Thomas Matter could bankruptcy be averted at the last moment. In addition, the canton of Zurich announced that the club would be relieved of part of the tax debts, as the tax loss would be much greater as a result of bankruptcy.
For financial reasons, the Zürcher Unterländer agreed with head coach Eldebrink to terminate their contract. Philippe Gaydoul appointed Wolfgang Schickli as the new managing director, who was to carry out wage and player negotiations over the next few weeks. This procedure fell victim to Felix Hollenstein, who until then had been traded as the future head coach. Instead, the Czech Tomas Tamfal (previously junior trainer) and assistant trainer Frédéric Rothen were hired in the summer of 2012. In the course of this redesign, the logo was changed again.
The 2012/13 season started better than expected. When the team, plagued by injuries, was in acute playout danger, the criticism of coach Tamfal grew. Shortly before the end of the qualification, the club management brought Felix Hollenstein back as coach. Despite everything, you had to go through the playouts a second time. With a 4: 2 after games you could create the league against the SCL Tigers.
In the 2013/14 season the qualification was completed as third in the table, in the following playoffs you got to the final, where you were clearly defeated by the ZSC Lions (0: 4 wins).
Sale to ASE and return to EHC Kloten
In eighth place in the table, the airport townspeople parted ways with their coach Felix Hollenstein in December 2014. The Canadian Sean Simpson took over the helm as coach and head of sport.
In April 2015, the previous club owner Gaydoul sold his stake in EHC Kloten Sport AG to Avenir Sports Entertainment LLC (ASE) of the Canadian entrepreneur William M. "Bill" Gallacher. As the new majority shareholder of EHC Kloten Sport AG, Gallacher installed three more ASE employees in management positions: Doug Piper, Ken Stickney and Bob Strumm: Stickney took over the chairmanship of the board of directors of Klotener AG, marketing expert Piper was made vice-president and Strumm brought in his athletic competence. In March 2016, the ASE project was announced to sell the club again after a year. In April 2016, the club returned to its original name, EHC Kloten, in order to strengthen the connection with the region and to tie in with "old times". The entrepreneur Hans-Ulrich Lehmann took over the club from ASE in May 2016.
Relegation to the Swiss League
After Sean Simpson left at the end of the 2015/16 season, the Finn Pekka Tirkkonen was hired as the new head coach in June 2016 . Under Tirkkonen's leadership, the Kloteners won the Swiss Cup for the first time in February 2017 (5-2 final victory over Genève-Servette). On October 16, 2017, coach Tirkkonen and sports director Pascal Müller were fired. The EHC leadership reacted to the weak start to the season, which had brought Kloten to the bottom of the table with eleven defeats in 13 games. Kevin Schläpfer became his successor . On April 1, 2018, Pascal Signer, a new managing director, took up his post as Matthias Berner's successor. At the beginning of April 2018, the EHC was in dire straits and was on leave of absence; André Rötheli took over until the end of the 2017/18 season . This change of coach did not prevent relegation either. In the league qualification, the team lost against SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers . The uninterrupted membership in the first division, which had lasted since 1962, ended after 56 years with relegation from the National League.
At the beginning of March 2019, coach André Rötheli was dismissed as a result of a 6-0 defeat against Langenthal. Due to the defeat, the EHC fell behind in the playoff quarter-finals with 1: 3 wins. Until the end of the 2018/19 season, the team Felix Hollenstein / Waltteri Immonen / Beat Equilino took over the management of the team. The change of coach didn't change anything at the quarter-finals, the EHC failed with 1: 4 victories to Langenthal, which later became champions of the Swiss League. In April 2019, Kloten announced the signing of Langenthal master trainer Per Hånberg . In spring 2019, Hans-Ulrich Lehmann took his leave as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the operating company EHC Kloten Sport AG, the entrepreneur Rolf Tresch became the new Chairman.
In the 2019/20 season, the EHC Kloten consolidated itself as a top team in the Swissleague. So after a successful league qualification you could start the play-offs from first place. The quarter-finals could be won 4-1 (after games) against the GCK Lions . The last game was played behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic . The remaining rounds were then canceled and the season ended without Swiss champions.
- Vladimír Kobera , master coach 1967
- Conny Evensson , master coach 1993, 1994
- Alpo Suhonen , master trainer 1995, 1996
- Vladimir Yursinov , 1998 to October 2004
- Anders Eldebrink , 2005 to May 2012
- Felix Hollenstein , 2013 to 2014 (2004–2012 assistant trainer)
- Sean Simpson , (December 2014 to May 2016)
Squad for the 2019/20 season
As of January 8, 2020
|Item||Nat.||Surname||Date of birth||In the team since||place of birth|
|Head coach||Per Hånberg||February 10, 1967||2019||Stockholm , Sweden|
|Assistant coach||Bjorn Lidström||2nd July 1975||2019||Sweden|
Werner Buchser , Walter Wipf , Jürg Lott , Ueli Lüthi , Urs Lott , Peter Lüthi , Gabriel Weber , Walter Keller , Marcel Hubler , Heinz Lüthi , Fritz Altorfer , Emil Fäh , Richard Fehr , Hanspeter Rufer , Hans Späth , Walter Frei
Trainers: Vladimír Kobera
Claudio Bayer , Reto Pavoni - Martin Bruderer , Anders Eldebrink , Marco Klöti , Martin Kout , Fausto Mazzoleni , Roger Sigg , Daniel Sigg , Daniel Weber - Robin Bauer , Manuele Celio , Bruno Erni , Oliver Hoffmann , Felix Hollenstein , Mikael Johansson , Roger Meier , Benjamin Müller , Sacha Ochsner , André Rufener , Peter Schlagenhauf , Thomas Steger , Roman Wäger
Trainer: Conny Evensson , Assistant trainer : Ernst Bruderer
Claudio Bayer , Reto Pavoni - Martin Bruderer , Anders Eldebrink , Marco Klöti , Marco Knecht , Martin Kout , Fausto Mazzoleni , Daniel Sigg , Daniel Weber - Manuele Celio , Patric Della Rossa , Michael Diener , Bruno Erni , Oliver Hoffmann , Felix Hollenstein , Mikael Johansson , Daniel Knecht , Roger Meier , Sacha Ochsner , Peter Schlagenhauf , Roman Wäger
Trainer: Conny Evensson , assistant trainer : Ernst Bruderer
Matthias Müller , Reto Pavoni - Daniel Sigg , Anders Eldebrink , Felix Hollenstein , Mikael Johansson , Roman Wäger , Martin Bruderer , Marco Klöti , Bruno Erni , Roger Meier , Oliver Hoffmann , Martin Kout , Marco Bayer , Matthias Holzer , Sacha Ochsner , Manuele Celio , Daniel Weber , Robin Bauer , Patric Della Rossa , Michael Diener , Daniel Knecht , Patrick Galig , Martin Plüss
Trainer: Alpo Suhonen , Assistant Trainer: Ernst Bruderer
Matthias Müller , Reto Pavoni - Martin Bruderer , Marco Klöti , Felix Hollenstein , Mikael Johansson , Roman Wäger , Marco Bayer , Daniel Weber , Frédéric Rothen , Charles Berglund , Matthias Holzer , Björn Schneider , Michael Kress , Bruno Erni , Manuele Celio , Oliver Hoffmann , Daniel Sigg , Marc Ochsner , Patric Della Rossa , Michael Diener , Martin Plüss , Roger Meier , Sacha Ochsner , Patrick Galig
Trainer: Alpo Suhonen , Assistant trainer : Ernst Bruderer
Status: August 20, 2012
|Top marks during team membership|
|Most games||Reto Pavoni
|Most goals||Roman Wäger
|Most templates||Felix Hollenstein
|Most of the points||Roman Wäger
Blocked jersey numbers
- # 4 Marco Klöti , defender 1992-2007
- # 7 Peter Schlagenhauf , winger 1969–1994
- # 20 Reto Pavoni , goalkeeper 1989-2002
- # 21 Roman Wäger , winger 1971–1998
- # 22 Victor Stancescu , Center 2001–2015
- # 24 Felix Hollenstein , winger 1985–2002, assistant coach 2004–2012, head coach 2013–2014
- # 26 Mikael Johansson , Center 1992–1997
- # 32 Anders Eldebrink , defender 1990–1995, coach 2005–2012
Well-known former players
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- 20min: Defenders shoot Kloten to the record
- 20min: Scandal at the Kloten Flyers
- 20min: Kloten can no longer pay wages
- 20min: "It won't work without salary cuts"
- 20min: Bircher clears the way for the renovation
- 20min: Kloten groans under more than 10 million debts
- 20min: Hundreds of fans march for the Flyers
- Gaydoul and Matter bring six million
- 20min: State releases Kloten part of the tax debt
- Eldebrink's involuntary departure from Kloten sealed . In: Tages-Anzeiger, Tages-Anzeiger . June 19, 2012, ISSN 1422-9994 ( tagesanzeiger.ch [accessed April 15, 2017]).
- 20min: A pit bull for the Kloten Flyers
- 20min: Kloten saved - Hollenstein has to go
- 20min: "It needed an impulse for the playoffs"
- Bang with the Flyers: Sean Simpson replaces Kloten legend Hollenstein. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on April 15, 2017 ; accessed on April 15, 2017 (Swiss Standard German). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Neue Zürcher Zeitung , The Kloten Flyers will fall into the hands of Canada , April 29, 2015, accessed on May 3, 2016
- Canadian investors take over Kloten Flyers - EHC Kloten. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on April 2, 2017 ; Retrieved April 1, 2017 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Philipp Muschg spoke to Doug Piper: “It should also be a place for women, couples and families” . In: Tages-Anzeiger, Tages-Anzeiger . November 9, 2015, ISSN 1422-9994 ( tagesanzeiger.ch [accessed April 1, 2017]).
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- Pascal Signer new CEO at EHC Kloten . In: The Landbote . February 22, 2018 ( landbote.ch [accessed April 30, 2019]).
- EHC Kloten in new hands. Retrieved April 30, 2019 .
- klotenflyersinsider.blogspot.de, Meistermannschaft 1967 , accessed on September 24, 2015
- ehc-kloten.ch: Retired Numbers
- Silvan Schweizer: O Captain! In: tagesanzeiger.ch. January 8, 2016, accessed April 13, 2016 .