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Why not a real title for the “Champion of the Hearts”?

Just as in the championship, “everybody’s darling” Ambri-Piotta is a lovable underdog at the Spengler Cup as well. The Leventines caused a stir at their last appearance in 2019 - why should 2021 not be the year they go all the way?

HC Ambri-Piotta is a hockey world heritage and a collection basin for romantics of all countries - a kind of hockey response to the non-conforming FC St. Pauli. It is a small miracle that the club has been able to hold itself in the National League to this day despite its structurally weak region. Management and the widespread fan support of the club deserve much of the credit for that. And this summer the team will be moving into their new stadium, the “Nuova Valascia” designed by Mario Botta, Despite all nostalgia for the Valascia: to finance and accomplish this stadium project in the Leventina is an impressive feat.
This new jewel will change little about Ambri’s perspectives in the championship - they will not suddenly become a title contender. They do not have the financial resources to do so, which is part of the magical charm of the club. But why not an upset at the Spengler Cup? Ambri’s biggest successes in club history (aside from derby victories over rival Lugano…) have come at European club tournaments: Ambri won the Continental Cup twice, 1999 and 2000, and the 1999 Super-Cup thanks 2-0 victory over Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Valascia.
“La Montanara”, the mystical hymn of the mountain people, which is sung only when Ambri wins,  sounded then with the same powerful beauty as it did in 2019 during the Spengler Cup. Under head coach Luca Cereda, once an Ambri player himself, the underdog team turned plenty of heads. The team left the ice victorious in front of sell-out crowds in first two matchups against Salavat Yulaev (4-1) and TPS Turku (3-0), before unluckily falling to Ocelari Trinec in overtime of their semifinal matchup (3-2). Matej Stransky, meanwhile signed by HC Davos, had scored the game-winner.
Ambri’s participation was such an enrichment that the team was invited to the 2020 edition, which was cancelled due to the pandemic and now travels to Davos again. With its passion and heart, Ambri is an uncomfortable opponent for any adversary. Why should the eternal “Champion of the Hearts” not for once win a real title in Davos?

Nr. Titel Birthdate Height (cm) Weight (Kg) Nationality
https://www.hcap.ch/ ePlayer Ambri-Piotta
Goalie
Nr. Titel Birthdate Height (cm) Weight (Kg) Nationality
35 Ludovic Waeber 19 AUG 1996 185 91 SUI
79 Daniel Manzato 17 JAN 1984 184 85 SUI
Defence
Nr. Titel Birthdate Height (cm) Weight (Kg) Nationality
17 Igor Jelovac 1 JAN 1995 195 98 SUI
21 Misha Moor 28 APR 1997 187 90 SUI
29 Michael Fora 30 OCT 1995 188 97 SUI
44 Nick Plastino 20 FEB 1986 180 90 CAN
5 Tobias Fohrler 6 SEP 1997 195 103 GER
55 Christian Pinana 16 MAR 1997 181 85 SUI
7 Isacco Dotti 20 JAN 1993 187 94 SUI
82 Michael Ngoy 10 JAN 1982 183 87 SUI
90 Jannik Fischer 29 JUN 1990 184 94 SUI
Forward
Nr. Titel Birthdate Height (cm) Weight (Kg) Nationality
10 Brian Flynn 26 JUL 1988 185 84 USA
13 Marco Mueller 21 JAN 1994 174 81 SUI
14 Giacomo Dal Pian 20 JUN 1993 175 84 SUI
16 Dominik Zwerger 16 JUL 1996 183 93 AUT
18 Noele Trisconi 8 MAY 1996 169 72 SUI
24 Elia Mazzolini 24 JUL 1996 183 84 SUI
26 Tommaso Goi 8 JAN 1990 179 74 ITA
33 Mattia Hinterkircher 6 MAR 1995 186 86 SUI
36 Matt D'Agostini 23 OCT 1986 184 93 CAN
65 Robert Sabolic 18 SEP 1988 183 90 SLO
71 Patrick Incir 11 OCT 1994 175 78 SUI
72 Floran Douay 7 FEB 1995 191 98 FRA
75 Joel Neuenschwander 2 OCT 1999 175 73 SUI
85 Marco Miranda 2 JUN 1998 190 93 SUI
88 Wojtek Wolski 24 FEB 1986 190 98 CAN
96 Chris Egli 19 MAR 1996 182 82 SUI