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HC Ambri-Piotta


HC Ambri-Piotta

HC Ambrì-Piotta
2012–13 NLA season
City Ambrì and Piotta
(Quinto, Switzerland)
League National League A
Founded 1937
Home arena Valascia
Head coach Canada Serge Pelletier
Captain Switzerland Paolo Duca

Hockey Club Ambrì-Piotta is a Swiss professional ice hockey club and a member of the National League A. The club was founded September 19, 1937 and is also known as "Bianco-Blu" (English: white and blues). Though they have never won the league championship, the club has not been relegated to the National League B since being promoted in 1985, the same year that saw the arrival of Dale McCourt.


Ambrì and Piotta are two very small villages in the municipality of Quinto, located in the northern part of the valley Leventina canton Ticino, with a combined population of 500 people. Ambrì-Piotta has more than 40 fan clubs all over Europe. For major events, like the derby against southern rivals HC Lugano, the fans compose a choreography. When Ambrì wins a game, fans rejoice to the valley anthem La Montanara.

Since 1959, they have called their self-owned Valascia as their home. Standing 1,000 meters above sea level, it is an open-ended facility with 2,000 seats and additional standing room space for 5,000.[1]

Facing financial strains the team raised roughly 5 million Swiss Francs in the summer of 2013. The donations given to HC Ambri-Piotta came from both large and small donations, many of which were given via SMS. The efforts of the team and its fans have sucured the right to play in the NLA. [2]





Current roster

Updated January 23, 2013.[3][4][5][6]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
20 Switzerland Bianchi, EliasElias Bianchi LW L 25 Lugano, Switzerland
63 Switzerland Bianchi, MattiaMattia Bianchi RW R 30 2006 Lugano, Switzerland
81 Switzerland Bonnet, JulienJulien Bonnet D L 29 2012 Lausanne, Switzerland
89 Switzerland Botta, RomanRoman Botta  RW R 29 2009
5 Switzerland Casserini, GiacomoGiacomo Casserini D L 23 2006
3 Switzerland Croce, LorenzoLorenzo Croce G L 30 2012
46 Switzerland Duca, PaoloPaolo Duca (C) RW R 33 2007 Ascona, Switzerland
43 Switzerland Gobbi, JohnJohn Gobbi D R 32 2012 Faido, Switzerland
12 Switzerland Grassi, DanieleDaniele Grassi RW R 21 2008
22 Switzerland Kobach, RetoReto Kobach D L 34 2009 Luzern, Switzerland
80 Czech Republic Kutlak, ZdenekZdenek Kutlak D L 34 2007 České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
10 Switzerland Lakhmatov, VitalyVitaly Lakhmatov LW L 33 2011 Kiev, Ukraininan SSR
23 Switzerland Miéville, AlainAlain Miéville C L 28 2012 Fribourg, Switzerland
26 Canada Noreau, MaximMaxim Noreau (A) D L 27 2011 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
27 United States Park, RichardRichard Park C/RW R 38 2012 Seoul, South Korea
87 Switzerland Pedretti, MarcoMarco Pedretti LW L 22 2012
18 Switzerland Pestoni, IntiInti Pestoni RW L 22 2006 Ambrì, Switzerland
13 Switzerland Raffainer, RaetoRaeto Raffainer C R 32 2010 Wolhusen, Switzerland
21 Switzerland Reichert, MarcMarc Reichert (A) LW L 34 2012 Bern, Switzerland
1 Canada Schaefer, NolanNolan Schaefer G R 34 2011 Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan, Canada
44 Switzerland Schlagenhauf, RomanRoman Schlagenhauf C L 25 2011 Zürich, Switzerland
11 Switzerland Schultess, MarcMarc Schultess D L 28 2010
28 Switzerland Sidler, PatrickPatrick Sidler D L 28 2011 Zürich, Switzerland
84 Switzerland Trunz, AdrianAdrian Trunz D L 30 2011 Winterthur, Switzerland
68 Switzerland Weber, TimTim Weber  C L 24 2012 Murten, Switzerland
33 Republic of Ireland Wick, StanStan Wick C R 30 2010 Zurich, Switzerland
29 Canada Williams, JasonJason Williams C/RW R 33 2012 London, Ontario, Canada

NHL alumni


External links

  • (Italian) Official site of Hockey Club Ambrì-Piotta
  • (Italian) Ambrì-Piotta fan site
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