Jean-François Regali

Number 24 (retired on 22 February 2013)

Jean-François Regali was born on 2 June 1964, and like Eric Conne and Daniel Clerc, he discovered ice hockey at a schools tournament organized by La Suisse. However, the young Jean-François was already connected to ice hockey, as his father was the GSHC reporter for La Suisse.

After appearing in the schools tournament he joined the junior ranks of GSHC. During his junior career, he was trained by some of the club's former stars, including André Girard, Bernard Giroud, Daniel Clerc and Eric Conne.

In 1981, Jean-François Regali was given his first-team debut. He grabbed it with both hands, cemented his place in the team for his entire career. The only exception was a brief stint in National League A with Sierre in 1986/87, but he was not on good terms with the coach, so he returned to Geneva after one season and stayed until he retired.

During his adult career, Regali was at Genève-Servette Hockey Club during its bleakest years, but remained loyal to the club where he grew up. During his final season, Jean-François Regali proudly wore the captain's letter "C" captain on his jersey.

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