Lyon Hockey Club Lions
Hockey possesses a long and rich history in the French city of Lyon. The Sporting Club of Lyon won the first hockey championship in the country’s history in 1907. Many other teams have called Lyon home since and before the LHC Les Lions. The Lyons were founded by team president Sébastien Berthet and made their debut on May 1, 2009 after being approved by the French Federation of Ice Hockey.
The LHC Les Lions have called at the Charlemagne Skating Rink home since 1967. The arena, with a capacity of 3,175 seats, is one of the largest in France. The team draws some of the largest crowds in the country each weekend, hosting an average of 3,000 fans per game. The team has seen a quick ascension through the ranks in just the four years since being relegated from the Magnus League. Last year, Lyon beat the Bordeaux Boxers to return to the top division in France, after having been beaten in the finals by the Brest Albatross in the previous season.
For its return to the Magnus League after 14 years, and with an average age of 25.26, the Lyons enter next season with the more experience than it has seen in more than 20 seasons. Excluding their championship in 1907, the Lions’ best Magnus League finish has been third, which the team accomplished in 1998 and 1999.
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Sebastien Berthet - President
Hockey is a family tradition in Lyon. Sébastien Berthet, with the team when Incorporated Company of Professional Sport LHC The Lions formed in 2009, became president of the club that same year. His father, Gérard Berthet, has served as the general manager since 2013. He previously held the position of association president in charge of youth hockey from 1997-2012.
Sébastien Berthet, 36, was born in Lyon where he spent his entire on-ice career playing mostly at center. He holds the club record for games played with 382 matches between 1995 and 2009. During his career he registered 305 points (167 goals, 138 assists), which also stands as a franchise record. Berthet won two bronze medals during the 1997-98 and 98-99 Magnus League seasons and bronze medal with the French National Team in the U18 European Championships of 1996. He also participated in the 1998 IIHF World Junior Championships.
Berthet joined the front office staff in 2000 while still playing for the Lions. During that time he occupied a number of various positions. In 2009 Berthet was named the president of the team. Under his guidance, the Lions have assembled a record of 72-30 in 102 games. After taking over as president, it took Berthet just four seasons for Lyon to be elevated from Division II to the Maguns League.
Sébastien Berthet is married to his wife, Gaelle, and has a son, Tom, who is 3 years old.
François Dusseau - Head coach
François Dusseau, 47, joined Lyon last season and immediately brought on-ice results as the Lions achieved elevation to the Magnus League. Before joining Lyon he coached Les Ducs d’Angers from 2003 until December of 2007, reaching two quarterfinals, and Reims Champagne Hockey (Les Phenix) from 2008 to 2013 where he accumulated a record of 81-70-5 in 156 games Under his direction, the Phénix reached the semi-finals of Division-1 in 2010 through 2013.
Dusseau, a native of Saint-Germain-en-Lay, France, played defenseman in all levels of hockey in France from 1986 until his retirement in 2003. He played in the Magnus League with Gothiques d’Amiens from 1986 to 1991, as well as in lower divisions with Caen, Angers, Cherbourg and Nantes. He played for Team France at the 1987 World Junior Championships, recording a goal and three points in four games.
Dusseau has a daughter, Alexandra, and a son, Kevin, who is currently playing in Amiens, his father’s former team. He is married to his wife of 25 years, Christele.
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