HC Lugano

Hockey Club Lugano, often abbreviated to HC Lugano or HCL, is a professional ice hockey club based in Lugano, Switzerland. The team competes in the National League (NL) and has won seven Swiss championships.

HC Lugano
2019–20 NL season
CityLugano, Switzerland
LeagueNational League
  • NL:
  • NDA:
    1970–1972, 1981–1999
  • NDB:
    1963–1970, 1972–1981
Home arenaCornèr Arena
Owner(s)Vicky Mantegazza
General managerHnat Domenichelli
Head coachSami Kapanen
CaptainAlessandro Chiesa
AffiliatesHCB Ticino Rockets
WebsiteOfficial website
Franchise history
1941–presentHockey Club Lugano


The founding of HC Lugano took place on 11 February 1941, when they participated on Muzzano Lake their first games against Ambrì, Muzzano, Massagno and Paradiso. On 1 December 1957, the first artificial ice rink was opened, at the Pista La Resega. Among those present was also the man who, 30 years later, was to take HC Lugano to the top of Swiss and international hockey: Geo Mantegazza, an engineer by profession, who had done the static calculations of the Resega and thus the first contacts had with the family earning the club the nickname of the "Bianconeri" acknowledging their Italian speaking heritage.[1]

In 1963–64, Lugano rose to the National League B, most notably through the contributions of defender Elwyn Friedrich and Forward Roland Bernasconi, both national players and Swiss champions with Villars. In the 1970–71 season, the Bianconeri's promotion to the tope flight National League A was realised for the first time in franchise history, playing two seasons before returning to the NLB.[1]

In the 1981–82 season Lugano returned, together with Ambrì, back in the NLA. In the 1982–83 season, Mantegazza hired Swedish coach John Slettvoll , who won numerous championships in his tenure.


The Pista La Resega hockey arena in Lugano is primarily used for ice hockey and is the home arena of HC Lugano, HC Lugano Ladies Team, HC Lugano-Ceresio and HC Porza. It was built in 1995, after the demolition of the previous one, and can hold 8,000 people.




Season-by-season records

  • 3rd Place in Regular Season
  • Quarterfinal playoff
  • Eighth-finalist in Swiss Cup
  • 5th Place in Regular Season
  • Final playoff
  • Finalist Spengler Cup
  • Eighth-finalist in Swiss Cup
  • 4th Place in Regular Season
  • Final playoff


Current roster

Updated 23 July 2019.[2][3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
10 Alessio Bertaggia W L 26 2014 Lugano, Switzerland
87 Dario Bürgler RW R 31 2016 Illgau, Switzerland
27 Alessandro Chiesa (C) D R 32 2014 Zürich, Switzerland
16 Taylor Chorney D L 32 2018 Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
17 Luca Fazzini W R 24 2012 Lugano, Switzerland
14 Timo Haussener C L 22 2018 Männedorf, Switzerland
7 Benoit Jecker D L 25 2018 Fribourg, Switzerland
21 Mauro Jörg W L 29 2018 Chur, Switzerland
86 Linus Klasen LW L 33 2014 Stockholm, Sweden
24 Jani Lajunen C L 29 2017 Espoo, Finland
12 Dominic Lammer W L 27 2019 Zürich, Switzerland
58 Romain Loeffel D R 28 2018 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
74 Lucas Matewa D R 20 2017 Lausanne, Switzerland
23 Giovanni Morini C L 24 2015 Como, Italy
31 Stefan Müller G R 23 2015 Feldkirch, Austria
37 Elia Riva D L 21 2016 Claro, Switzerland
70 Matteo Romanenghi LW L 24 2013 Morbio Inferiore, Switzerland
6 Massimo Ronchetti D L 27 2016 Lugano, Switzerland
38 Raffaele Sannitz (A) C L 36 2005 Lugano, Switzerland
51 Ryan Spooner C L 27 2019 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
9 Reto Suri C L 30 2019 Zürich, Switzerland
3 Julien Vauclair (A) D L 40 2004 Delémont, Switzerland
52 Loic Vedova RW R 22 2017 Lugano, Switzerland
91 Julian Walker C R 33 2013 Bern, Switzerland
95 Thomas Wellinger D L 31 2017 Davos, Switzerland
94 Sandro Zangger RW R 25 2019 Jona, Switzerland
39 Sandro Zurkirchen G L 29 2019 Schwyz, Switzerland

Honored members

HC Lugano retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
1Alfio MolinaG1963–198322 February 2004
2Sandro BertaggiaD1985–200322 February 2004
4Pat SchafhauserD1994–199522 February 2004
33Petteri NummelinD2001–06, 2008–201331 August 2013
44Andy NäserF1997–201028 August 2010

Franchise records and leaders

All-time scoring leaders

Kind of recordRecord holderRecord
Games playedSandro Bertaggia806
Most GoalsJörg Eberle268
Most AssistsPetteri Nummelin305
Most PointsAndy Ton462
Goals/GamesMats Hallin1.25
Points/GamesKent Johansson2.17
Goals (PP)Jörg Eberle40
Goals (SH)Kent Johansson9
Goals (OT)Régis Fuchs5
Goals (GW)Jörg Eberle46
HattricksJohansson Kent12
Most Penalty MinutesSandro Bertaggia891
Coach % games/victoriesHarold Kreis80%

Team records

HC Lugano records in the Swiss National League A.[4]

Most points in Regular Season742003/04
Most victories in Regular Season352003/04
Most shutouts in Regular Season (home+away)101999/00
Most shutouts in Regular Season (away)51999/00
Consecutive wins on Regular Season start (home+away)102003/04
Consecutive wins on Regular Season start (home)221999/00
Consecutive games without losing points on Regular Season start (home)132004/05
Consecutive games without losing points on Regular Season start (away)51985/86 and 2003/04
Consecutive wins during Regular Season (home+away)271987/88
Consecutive wins during Regular Season (home)221999/00
Consecutive wins during Regular Season (away)151987/88
Consecutive games without losing points during Regular Season (home+away)151988/89
Consecutive games without losing points during Regular Season (home)171999/00
Consecutive games without losing points during Regular Season (away)121987/88 and 2000/01
Score 4 goals on less time1' 24" (HC Lugano - HC Davos 7:1)1985/86
Most minutes without suffering goals during Regular Season248' 10" (Cristobal Huet)1999/00

HC Lugano Ladies Team

The HC Lugano Ladies Team is a semi-professional women’s ice hockey team that competes in the Swiss Women’s A League. The club was officially founded on May 22, 1990. They won the Swiss Championship on 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

In 2007, the HC Lugano Ladies Team qualified for the final round of the IIHF European Women's Champions Cup and even won the bronze medal 2010.[5]


  1. "HC Lugano history 1941 to today" (in Italian). HC Lugano. 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  2. "HC Lugano team" (in German). www.nationalleague.ch. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
  3. "HC Lugano team roster" (in Italian). Lugano HC. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  4. NL Record Book 2007, UK Hockey Statistik.
  5. "Hockey Opportunities > Professional Teams > Overseas > Switzerland". www.womenshockeylife.com. Retrieved 2011-08-08.

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