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Lions de Lyon
LHC Logo
Full name Lyon Hockey Club
  • Club des Patineurs Lyonnais (1953-1997)
  • Sporting Club de Lyon (1898-1953)
Founded 1997
Based In Lyon Flag of France
Arena Patinoire Charlemagne
(Capacity: 4200)
Division FFHG Division 2
Team Colors                    
Head Coach Flag of France Pascal Margerit
Captain Flag of France Damien Croux
Affiliates Télé Lyon Metropole
Tribune de Lyon
Virgin Radio
Website Les Lions

Lyon Hockey Club (LHC or The Lions) is the ice hockey team of Lyon, France. The team currently competes in the France's Division 2 ice hockey championship. Lyon finished in first place at the end of the 2007 regular season and was undefeated in the playoff series until the final game when the Nice Eagles defeated them on Lyon's home ice.[1]

History Edit

1898-1953: Ice Hockey in Lyon Edit

Ice hockey was played in Lyon as early as 1898 on a rink located on the Boulevard des Belges where today the Guimet Museum stands.[2] The Sporting Club de Lyon (Lyon Sporting Club) won the national Coupe Magnus title in 1905 and 1908 but the rink was converted to a museum in 1909 and Lyon was without a rink and a team for the next 44 years.[3]

1953-1997: The CPL Era Edit

In 1953 the Club des Patineurs Lyonnais (Skating Club of Lyon or CPL) was founded and in 1956 the Lyon team won France's Division 1 ice hockey championship.[4] In 1963 CPL built the Patinoire Charlemagne that still today serves as the home of Lyon ice sports.[5] In their new home CPL won France's Division 2 ice hockey championship in both 1972 and 1989. Christophe Geoffroy's management forces the CPL to the liquidation in 1997

1997-2007: Lyon Hockey Club Edit

Following the collapse of CPL local businessman Christophe Geoffroy founded Hockey sur glace lyonnais Elite (Lyon Elite Ice Hockey).[6] Teamed with the Lyon Hockey Club Association, an association charged with developing junior ice hockey, the Lyon Hockey Club was born. The new team experienced quick success and twice finished third in France's Ligue Magnus in 1997 and 1998. LHC qualified for Europe's Continental Cup in 1999 and reached the quarter finals before being eliminated.[7]

By 2000 LHC had been relegated to France's Division 3 championship but quickly began to rise through national ranks again. In the 2001 season Lyon reached and won the Division 2 championship and earned a place in Division 1 for season 2002. A poor season in 2002 saw the team return to the second division once again and, despite reaching the final in 2007, LHC remains a Division 2 team in 2008.[8]

2008 Season Edit

Lyon began the season with a trip to the Illberg Arena to face Mulhouse. Down a goal at the end of the first period, Mulhouse scored again and the Lions scored twice in the second to go into the final break all even. Both Mulhouse and Lyon scored once more in a hard fought final period before a goal to the LHC in the final seconds saw the Lions leave Illberg with their first win of the season.[9]

Lyon welcomed Nantes to the Patinoire Charlemagne in the second round of the Southern Pool and stunned their opponents with a goal after only 28 seconds. A fiery first period ended with Lyon up 2-1 and the match remained scoreless until late in the third period where Lyon scored their third and final goal to win 3-1.[10]

The Lions travelled to the Chambéry Métropole to face alpine rivals Chambéry. It was all even at the end of the first period (1-1) but the LHC added a goal in the second and two more in the third to walk away from the match with a clear 4-1 win.[11]

Back in Lyon for a game against Font Romeu, the Lions went almost two periods before scoring. Just one goal in the second period and two more against a weakening Font Romeu in the third period saw the Lions win 3-0.[12]

The fifth round of season 2008 saw Lyon welcome Cholet and the home team scored early to lead 1-0 after the first period. Both teams added one more goal in the second period and Cholet scored once more in the third to tie it all up. Undisciplined play in the final minutes, however, saw two Lions sent to the penalty box and the Cholet Dogs took advantage of their numbers to score the winning goal with two minutes to go. The defeat against Cholet was Lyon's first regular season loss at home in two seasons.[13]

Game six of the season saw the Lions travel to Clermont and face the Boars. It took only a little more than three minutes for Lyon to open the scoring and, after an equaliser by Clermont, the Geoffrey Paillet scored again for the LHC to finish the first period ahead 2-1. Xavier Simoni scored quickly (33 seconds) into the second period and added another 10 minutes later before Clermont scored again, rounding out the second period to a 4-2 scoreline in favour of Lyon. A final period onslaught by the Lions saw five unanswered goals added (1 on power play, 3 in normal time and 1 while a man down) to give the LHC a 9-2 win and return them to the top of the Division 2 table.[14]

Team Colours and Jersey Edit

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The logo of the LHC features a red head of a lion in profile on a white background with the name of the team above (in white on red) and the team's nickname - 'Les Lions' - in white text on a blue background below.

Red, white and blue are both the colours of France and the colours of the city of Lyon.

Jersey Edit

The LHC play in red, blue, black and white jerseys.

The jersey has changed in recent years from a predominantly white jersey in season 2006 to predominantly red in season 2007 and predominantly blue for season 2008.

The front of the jersey features a stylised image of a lion and bears the logo of the LHC's major sponsor, Flunch.[15]

Home Ice Edit

The LHC plays all its home matches at the Patinoire Charlemagne.

Commissioned in 1967 and opened in 1969, the Patinoire Charlemagne's distinctive architectural style incorporating concrete, glass and aluminum saw it placed on the Rhône-Alpes' List of 20th century Buildings of Architectural Interest.[16]

Since May 2006 more than 3.7 million euros have been spent to refurbish the arena and stadium.[17]

Patinoire Charlemagne offers many services apart from the ice hockey rink including medical facilities, a bar, a dance hall, meeting rooms and a press centre.[18]

The Patinoire Charlemagne is also well known for hosting other ice sports, particularly figure skating. Each year the rink hosts the Pôle France de danse sur glace and world champion figure skaters Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat both train at Charlemagne.

The Patinoire Charlemagne was one of the host stadiums for the 2006 European Figure Skating Championships.[19]

The ice is Olympic sized (60 metres long by 30 metres wide) and has a capacity of 4 400 spectators.[20]

Notable Past Players Edit

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Baptiste Amar

While not considered a breeding ground for great players Lyon has been able to both develop young stars and attract former NHL stars to the Patinoire Charlemagne.

LHC alumni have played in the North American National Hockey League (NHL), the French Ligue Magnus and on French Olympic teams.

Among the most notable of LHC past-players are:

LHC Junior Squads Edit

As well as the senior team the LHC competes in six levels of junior ice hockey.

LHC Moustiques Edit

A team for players aged less than 9 years.[21]

LHC Poussins Edit

A team for players aged under 11 years. The team is coached by LHC player Geoffrey Paillet.[22]

LHC Benjamins Edit

A team for players aged under 13 years. The team is coached by LHC player Pascal Margerit.[23]

LHC Minimes Edit

Two teams - Minimes Excellence and Minime Elite - for players aged under 15 years.[24]

LHC Cadets Edit

A team for players aged under 18 years.[25]

Mascot, Nickname & Supporters Edit

The official mascot of the LHC is Pepito the Lion. Always in attendance at home games, Pepito wears a Lyon hockey jersey and a straw hat. The nickname of the LHC is 'The Lions' and relates to the symbol of city of Lyon.

The most vocal supporters of the LHC are the Lions Gones. This group of fans are similar to football ultras and share their name with the Bad Gones of the city's Olympique Lyonnais football team.

NotesEdit

1.^ FFHG Division 2 2007-2008 Play-Off Series
2.^ Historique du Lyon Hockey Club.
3.^ Historique du Lyon Hockey Club.
4.^ Historique du Lyon Hockey Club.
5.^ Historique du Lyon Hockey Club.
6.^ Historique du Lyon Hockey Club.
7.^ Historique du Lyon Hockey Club.
8.^ FFHG Division 2 2008-2009 Teams.
9.^ Les Lions dans la douleur.
10.^ Et de deux pour les Lions.
11.^ A l'image d'un derby.
12.^ Strict minimum pour les Lions.
13.^ Première défaite des Lions.
14.^ Avec la manière.
15.^ FFHG Division 2.
16.^ Lyon Hockey Club: Nos Partenaires.
17.^ Lyon Hockey Club: Nos Partenaires.
18.^ Patinoire Charlemagne.
19.^ Moustiques.
20.^ LHC Poussins.
21.^ LHC Benjamins.
22.^ LHC Minimes.
23.^ LHC Cadets.
24.^ LHC Espoirs.

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