|Lausanne Hockey Club history
The LHC is an 86 year old club, deeply rooted in the French speaking part of Switzerland
The first team has gone through ups and downs during the past 20 years and has great ambitions for the future. It’s now up to you to come along and cheer for the LHC on the given evenings.
Founded in 1922, the Lausanne Hockey Club is one of the oldest clubs in Switzerland. They played during 16 years on Lausanne highs, at Chalet-à-Gobet.
In 1938, LHC based their headquarters in Montchoisi where, in 1941, they merged with Star HC to become the Montchoisi Hockey Club. On the 6th of November 1949, the team of Lausanne definitively chose their original name: Lausanne Hockey Club. It is with this name that they started off in the national league. Eventhough they never obtained any title, the Lausanne Hockey Club has nevertheless always behaved honorably in the championship. Also, at many times, they finished at the second rank, obtaining the informal title of vice-champion.
Relegated to national League B in 1954, they powered back to the national League A on the 2nd of March 1957 and remained there until 1961.
From then on, and during 17 years, LHC maintained the national League B level where they performed sometimes and other times not.
On February 18th 1978, in front of over 7’000 people, Lausanne Hockey Club won their promotion to national League A, defeating the HC Davos 8 goals to 4.
After three seasons spent in the elite, LHC, in a sad atmosphere (one of the teammates died in a car accident), was relegated to NLB. They remained there from 1981 to 1984 before falling to the first League while also moving to the district’s ice centre of Malley (CIGM) where they still play today.
They then played one season in first League (84-85) and made a round trip in NLB (85-86), to be back once again in first League.
Three years of purgatory in the inferior league allowed the Lausanne Hockey Club to recover a sporting health status to reach the finals in 1989 and obtain their promotion to national League B.
In 1992, the club’s survival was threatened by a bankruptcy. The situation generated a fantastic surge of solidarity followed by the operation "Save LHC”. At the same time, the team saved itself from relegation to the first League (season 1992-1993). The season 1993-1994 was crowned with a participation in the finals to access the national League A, finals played in five games against Rapperswil, the latter winning it over.
At the beginning of the 1994-1995 season, Lausanne Hockey Club was naturally designated as the national League B favorite to access the NLA. At the end of a fantastic season, the club had been confronted to the team of Grasshopper during the finals and after five games, the decisive match was won by Lausanne 8 to 0 in a delirious full packed ice center. Lausanne Hockey Club had earned their promotion.
The 1995-1996 season was particularly tough for the Lausanne Hockey Club. After a long series of losses the club decided to fire their head coach. The change didn’t prevent Lausanne from being relegated to national League B at the end of the season.
During the following 4 seasons, the LHC occupied the middle of the NLB ranking before surprising everybody in 2000-2001 by occupying the head of the championship during almost the whole season. By winning against all the most serious opponents of NLB during the play-offs, Lausanne won the title of champion of NLB and defied La Chaux-the-Fonds for the promotion games. Winning to La-Chaux de-Fonds in 6 matches, LHC was back in NLA for the 2001-2002 season.
As for today, in NLB, Lausanne plays the role of "favorite” for the other teams of the league. He his now trying to reach a new NLA promotion.
Lausanne, November 2007