The signals are green for HC Biel

HC Biel is ready to start the new National League season. The leaders of the ice hockey club drew up the economic balance sheet of the last financial year on Monday. This ends with a profit of 445,000 francs for a turnover of 16.5 million francs. An income surplus of 222,000 francs is budgeted for the coming year. Something to breathe a little better after two years weighed down by the Covid-19 pandemic: “We can say that HC Biel got through the coronavirus crisis without too much damage. We now hope to have a normal year, without restrictions, ”says the co-president of HC Bienne, Stéphanie Mérillat.

The leaders have set a sporting objective of a place in the top six at the end of the regular season: “This remains a very ambitious objective. We will have a championship with 14 teams and a lot of very interesting new foreigners and I think that there are about ten teams that are capable of reaching this top 6″, continues Stéphanie Mérillat.

This ambition is in line with the contingent of HC Bienne, according to its sporting director, Martin Steinegger, who has not, a priori, planned a new transfer before the resumption of the National League on September 16: « If I look at the market , there is only one foreigner who could help us on the ice, but we already have six of them and there is no point in recruiting another one for the bleachers. And there are not the two centers that we miss on the Swiss market”, explains Martin Steinegger.

A change in the Board of Directors

Note that Thomas Steffen has decided to retire from the Board of Directors of HC Bienne after six years of activity. It is the Seelander Olivier Rihs who has been appointed to succeed him. He therefore joins Stéphanie Mérillat (co-president), Patrick Stalder (co-president), Ueli Schwarz (board delegate) and Thomas Weder (assessor). /emu

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