As anticipated ten days ago by 24 heures, former defenseman Petr Svoboda, Czech multimillionaire Zdeněk Bakala, and American-Russian financier Gregory Finger are the new investors in Lausanne HC. None of the shareholders, however, holds a controlling majority.
In addition to becoming shareholder, Petr Svoboda, whose brother Karel is currently the skill coach of LHC, will assume the role of Director of Hockey Operations and will oversee the development of LHC's first team and related activities. Regarding the first team, Craig McTavish has been officially confirmed as head coach.
Patrick de Preux, LHC's president, believes that the new composition of their shareholder base is great news: "We have with us competent and committed people, close to the club, who have shown the strength of their commitment by joining us in a particularly difficult period for the world of sport, and we are very grateful to them."
Sacha Weibel, CEO of the Lions, is on the same page: "The new investors did not hesitate despite the difficult times the world is going through. They believe in this region, they want to strengthen the assets of our community, they share our vision and our values. We want to be a dynamic and innovative actor in the reforms needed to ensure the sustainability and economic stability of our popular sport."