The 80th Intercollegiate (Ice Sports) Games opened at Tomakomai, Hokkaido on 6 Jan 2008.
The first day of ice hockey competition started with the following 3 games: Aichi Gakuin University v Sapporo Gakuin University, Doshisha University v Hokuriku University, and Fukuoka University v Tokai University.
Can Toyo University defend their crown from last year.
Kanto champions Waseda University is looking to end their 17 year drought.
Ritsumeikan University, the Kansai champions, will be fighting tooth and nail.
Look out for these and other great matchups.
Original JIHF press release: