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A new era for the Lausanne HC





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Lausanne changes ownership. The Vaudois club goes from the American Ken Stickney to a trio of investors composed of Petr Svoboda, Zdenek Bakala and Gregory Finger.

Revolution at Malley, the LHC is no longer owned by Ken Stickney. The American ceded the club after four years to a triumvirate. This change was predictable after reports from the end of last year.

The Vaud press had revealed at the time that the club had been helped by the friends of President Patrick de Preux to fill a possible deficit of several million. Patrick de Preux has confirmed that Zdenek Bakala and Gregory Finger are part of this circle of friends. "It is great to have people agree to take over the club in the situation we are living in today," Patrick de Preux raved. "I say this club has never been in better hands. These people are serious and have lived in Switzerland for many years. " And general manager Sacha Weibel adds: "I think Gregory Finger has been in the region longer than me. He must have been there for twenty years."

The first contacts were made last October, revealed Sacha Weibel. "The club will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2022, said the director general. It is part of the community. And this community is more important than ever, we are counting on everyone right now."

In sporting terms, Petr Svoboda, a former great Czech NHL defender, will take over sport management with the title of Director of Hockey Operations. It is therefore he who will be responsible for dealing with transfers, in particular, and the development of the junior movement. The Vaudois club postponed announcements about new players. "There are agreements between the NHL and the Swiss league, we will respect them," said Sacha Weibel.

The Vaudois club also confirmed Canadian Craig McTavish behind the bench for the coming season. The former Oilers player had taken over the club at the very end of the season. He had only been able to coach two games before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the championship to stop. "But I don't want to make big sporting promises," Petr Svoboda said immediately. "Over the course of my career, I've made a lot of connections. We have to develop the club, make it progress."

With regard to entertainment and shows, the situation is currently still in the fog due to the pandemic. But new heads should take over this department with the intention of developing it. For the moment, only sport has been able to express itself in the new enclosure. And to a lesser extent the entertainment during the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games in January.