We are very much looking forward to the international tournament in the beautiful area of Engadin and we are excited and proud to celebrate the sportsmanship and friendship of all the ice hockey players from all over the world.
About SC Kuesnacht
(Skating Club Kuesnacht)
The SC Kuesnacht was founded in 1934 by ten enthusiastic local men who loved ice hockey. The winter time at the edge of Lake Zurich was different in those days, colder and it was possible to enjoy a game of hockey on two small lakes high in the village. From November to February the ice on the two small lakes was thick enough to play games safely most of the time. However, occasionally the ice would break and a player or two had to be fished out of the very cold water using a big ladder, which was always nearby specifically for this reason.
In the autumn of 1962 the community of Kuesnacht opened an artificial ice rink for the first time and a mere 12 months later the first team was promoted to the national league B, the second highest league in Switzerland. Of course, the festivities following this successful season were long and well celebrated. The club itself is and always has been very popular in the region and a big part of the community.
In 1974 the club retired from the National League B mainly because of financial reasons. From then the first team has played mostly in the third or fourth highest tier in the country. In 1993 the ice rink finally got a roof. In the meantime, the junior department and also the first team had joined together with another local team called Grasshoppers Zurich. The new junior and first teams of Grasshopper Club Kusnacht managed to generate a lot of young and talented ice hockey players in the second highest league in the country. The best of them have gone on to be professionals and play for the Swiss champions ZSC, also for other teams in the country, in the Swiss national team and overseas.
The senior teams of Skate Club Kusnacht have been playing for many years in different leagues. The oldest is the Division 50+ team who will also be taking part in the St. Moritz Cup. They play around 14 games in a season and have also has been playing friendly games in other countries. Three years ago, the Oldies (but Goldies) travelled to Toronto and played several matches against Canadian teams. They were also lucky enough to meet the great Wayne Gretzky which was, of course a great honour for all the players. Last April, the Division 50+ team went to Canada again and played several games against teams from Montreal and Quebec City. This was another very successful trip and it seems, that this will not be the last one in North America.
Every player in the Division 50+ team tries to do his best on the ice. However, it is an old tradition in the SCK that the fourth period is just as important as what happens in the games – sharing a nice drink together and having a good time with the other teams is essential. We are very much looking forward to the international tournament in the beautiful area of Engadin and we are excited and proud to celebrate the sportsmanship and friendship of all the ice hockey players from all over the world.