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SC Langnau
SCL Tigers
2019-20 NL season
SCL Tigers logo.svg
CityLangnau i.E., Switzerland
LeagueNational League
Home arenaIlfis Stadium
Owner(s)Peter Jakob
General managerMarco Bayer
Head coachHeinz Ehlers
CaptainPascal Berger
WebsiteOfficial website
Franchise history
1946-1999Schlittschuh Club Langnau
1999-presentSCL Tigers

SC Langnau Tigers are a professional ice hockey team from Langnau im Emmental, Switzerland. They play in the National League (NL). The team plays its home games in the 6,000-seat Ilfis Stadium, which is currently the smallest arena in the NL.


Originally formed as the Ice skating club Langnau, the team was founded on 30 January 1946. The 1948-49 season started in the summer due to the planing on the grounds of the Napro, where the ice rink was to be built. The ice rink began operation on 26 December 1948. SC Langnau, who had not yet completed any championship games, secured the "Begert Cup". Nine out of 16 games were won. The game against Rotblau Bern was attended by over 1000 spectators.

SC Langnau participated for the first time within the Swiss Championship, starting in the lowest league stage of the Swiss ice hockey. Opponents in the 1949-50 season were Roggwil, Olten, Münsingen and the second team of Red Blue Bern of the Serie B. In the season 1950-51, SC Langnau took part in the league operation of Serie B, Group 6 Central Switzerland. Langnau was group winner for the first time, but lost in the final against Bern. Langnau won the Cantonal Cup of the Serie B. In that season, the team completed a total of 23 games, including 16 at home.

The SCL Tigers, promoted to the NLA in 1998, are the successor club of the Schlittschuh-Club Langnau (SCL), which was outsourced to SCL Tigers AG in 1999 under the direction of President René Zeh. Zeh became the first chairman of the board. The club's club logo comes from the long-standing main sponsor, the long-established traditional company "Tiger Käse AG" (since 2004 " Emmi Fondue AG"), which has been sponsoring the club with its "Tiger" brand since the 1970s.

SCL Tigers versus SC Bern in an outdoor game on January 14, 2007

In October 2001, businessman Ruedi Soltermann took over Zeh's Presidency to lead SCL.[1] In the summer of 2002, the club confirmed to have a debt amount of more than one million francs with the financial difficulties plaguing the club in the following years.[2]

At the beginning of February 2005, Armin Müller was removed from the Board of Directors. According to the SCL, Müller, who was responsible for sponsorship, promised advertising revenues of nearly 1.3 million francs for the 2004-05 season, of which only a fraction arrived. The SCL Tigers announced that they would file charges for document forgery and misleading management.[3] With SCL's long standing economical trouble's, an initiative "Save the Tigers" was founded in July 2009 with entrepreneur, Peter Jakob.[4] In September 2009, Jakob became the President to the board of directors of SCL Tigers AG, and over the following years added financial stability to the Tigers and erasing their debts.[5]

After their initial promotion in 1998, they played in Switzerland's top hockey level for 15 years. At the end of the 2012-2013 NLA season, they were defeated in the promotion/relegation games by Lausanne HC and were relegated to the National League B. SCL Tigers became the champions of the 2014-15 NLB season and gained the right to play against the worst team of 2014-15 NLA season in the promotion/relegation round. They will return to National League A for the 2015-2016 season after they defeated the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers in four games. Langnau was the eighth most attended team in the NLA for the 2015-16 season, averaging 5,868 (98%).[6]





Current roster

Updated 2 March 2019.[7]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
22 Latvia Toms Andersons RW R 27 2019 Riga, Latvia
19 Switzerland Pascal Berger (C) RW R 32 2016 Burgdorf, Switzerland
86 Switzerland Alain Bircher D L 24 2019 Stansstad, Switzerland
70 Switzerland Yannick Blaser (A) D L 32 2009 Langnau i.E., Switzerland
34 Switzerland Claudio Cadonau D R 33 2017 Zürich, Switzerland
40 Switzerland Damiano Ciaccio G L 32 2014 Grandson, Switzerland
89 Canada Chris DiDomenico C/RW R 32 2018 Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
93 Switzerland Nolan Diem C R 28 2018 Herisau, Switzerland
62 Russia Alexei Dostoinov LW L 32 2016 Moscow, Russia
10 United States Robbie Earl C L 36 2019 Chicago, Illinois, United States
84 Finland Eero Elo RW R 31 2019 Rauma, Finland
72 Switzerland Samuel Erni D L 30 2017 Frauenfeld, Switzerland
11 Canada Aaron Gagnon C/RW R 35 2017 Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada
96 Switzerland Andrea Glauser (A) D R 25 2018 Zauggenried, Switzerland
95 Switzerland Tim Grossniklaus D L 26 2019 Beatenberg, Switzerland
27 Switzerland Anthony Huguenin D L 29 2017 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
25 Switzerland Loïc In-Albon C L 24 2019 Sierre, Switzerland
21 Switzerland Raphaël Kuonen W R 29 2016 Visp, Switzerland
2 Switzerland Federico Lardi D L 36 2017 Poschiavo, Switzerland
7 Switzerland Larri Leeger D L 34 2018 Bülach, Switzerland
49 Canada Ben Maxwell C L 33 2019 North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
9 Latvia Rihards Melnalksnis C L 22 2018 Riga, Latvia
64 Switzerland Benjamin Neukom LW L 30 2017 Jona, Switzerland
74 Latvia Ivars Punnenovs G L 27 2015 Riga, Latvia
13 Switzerland Stefan Rüegsegger RW R 23 2016 Thun, Switzerland
77 Switzerland Sebastian Schilt D L 34 2019 Rüegsau, Switzerland
71 Switzerland Julian Schmutz C R 27 2019 Bern, Switzerland
98 Switzerland Jules Sturny RW R 25 2019 Bülach, Switzerland

Honored members

SCL Tigers retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
12 Todd Elik C 1998-2000, 2002-2009 -
17 Daniel Aegerter D 1992-2008 -
26 Martin Gerber G 1994-2001, 2004-2005 -
44 Walter Gerber[8] F 1990-1991, 1994-1998 -


  1. ^ "SCL Tigers record 700,000 francs loss". (in French). 2017-04-01. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Unrealistic Budget". (in German). 2002-07-30. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Acute liquidity bottlenecks at SCL Tigers". (in German). 2005-02-22. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Save the Tigers founded". (in French). 2009-07-07. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "A healthy jubilee". (in German). 2016-02-16. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Hockey attendances released". (in French). 2016-05-06. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "SCL Tigers team roster" (in German). Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Retired numbers" (in German). SCL Tigers. July 18, 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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