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    2009 Kanto University Championship

    Posted by simon c on 2009 May 2日 Saturday

    The 2009 Kanto University Ice Hockey Championships (aka 58th Chichibunomiya Cup) concluded on 29 April with the bronze medal game and the finals held at Dydo Drinco Ice Arena in Higashifushimi, Tokyo.

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    The Rabbits no more at Higashifushimi. But the White Bears junior teams are prominent, and that’s kind of fitting since the Seibu Railway team that occupied Higashifushimi before their merger with Kokudo was the White Bears.

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    This championship is a knockout tournament with placement games.

    The first game was the third place match between Hosei University and Meiji University.

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    Meiji looking funky in their throwback-ish uniform. The game was no contest though, as Hosei took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, then never looked back on their way to a comfortable 5-2 victory.

    And the feature game of the day was the finals between Waseda University and Toyo University, powerhouse Japanese university teams.

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    Waseda players start to warm up on the ice while Meiji and Hosei players were still on their way off. There was no Zamboni between the previous game and the next game’s practice, as the schedule was pretty tightly packed. The Zamboni came on after the pre-game practice though.

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    Waseda’s #21 Shuhei Kuji who was heads and shoulders above the other players on the ice, as he singlehandedly scored Waseda’s first goal by dancing through the Toyo defence from the blue line before cleanly beating the goalie to score unassisted. Kuji has already played and has scored for the senior national team, and it shows, he’s got quick hands and feet. Hopefully his growth as a player won’t be stunted in the near future.

    Waseda looks like Harvard (no surprise as a self-professed Japanese Ivy) and Toyo’s looking NY Rangers. The standing room only crowd was much larger than at most Asia League games.

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    Kuji also scored Waseda’s only other goal in the game, but as teams Toyo was far superior and the game ended 6-2 for Toyo with an empty netter.

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    Congratulations Toyo University, the 2009 Kanto champions!

    Posted in 02_English, hockey, information, Japan, opinion, tokyo | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

    2009 All Japan Championship details

    Posted by simon c on 2009 April 8日 Wednesday

    Not all of them but here they are. 

    Thu 12 Feb. Round 3
    Tomakomai-Komazawa U 7 – 1 Vanguards (Higashifushimi)
    Kansai U 3 – 0 Toyota Hokkaido Centuries (Higashifushimi)
    Waseda U 3 – 1 Hachinohe Kodai1 High School (Shin-Yokohama)
    Meiji U 6 – 1 Tomakomai City Hall (Shin-Yokohama)

    Fri 13 Feb. Quarterfinals
    Seibu Prince Rabbits 7 – 0 Tomakomai-Komazawa U (Higashifushimi)
    Kansai U 0 – 2 HC Nikko Ice Bucks (Higashifushimi)
    Oji Eagles 6 – 2 Waseda U (Shin-Yokohama)
    Meiji U 2 – 4 Nippon Paper Cranes (Shin-Yokohama)

    Sat 14 Feb. Semifinals
    Seibu Prince Rabbits 5 – 4 HC Nikko Ice Bucks (Higashifushimi)
    Oji Eagles 2 – 4 Nippon Paper Cranes (Higashifushimi)

    Sun 15 Feb. Finals/Bronze game
    Bronze: HC Nikko Ice Bucks 2 – 5 Oji Eagles (Higashifushimi)
    Finals: Seibu Prince Rabbits 6 (1-0, 2-4, 3-1) 5 Nippon Paper Cranes (Higashifushimi)

    Scoring:

    Seibu 18:02 Ishioka
    Cranes 27:45 Haratake
    Seibu 30:33 Tanaka
    Seibu 30:43 Prpic
    Cranes 30:59 M. Ito
    Cranes 32:42 Nishiwaki
    Cranes 38:37 Iimura
    Cranes 45:49 Mitani
    Seibu 47:46 Suzuki
    Seibu 52:03 Obara
    Seibu 57:09 Prpic
    —————-

    Tournament MVP: Go Tanaka F (Seibu)

    This year, all quarterfinalists who got to play the Asia League teams were university teams. On the way to the quarters, the uni teams beat a couple of senior amateur teams (Toyota and Tomakomai City Hall) and a high school team from Hachinohe! The high school team beat a Hokkaido senior amateur squad Tadano to get to the quarters, though the high schoolers were seeded above a couple of senior amateur teams. It all concluded with an exciting high scoring final that saw the teams trading leads, and Joel Prpic cashing in with the championship winner with less than 3 minutes remaining in regulation.

    Here’s the full results (the JIHF tournament page) in Japanese:
    http://www.jihf.or.jp/jihf/data/schedule.php?id=160

    Posted in 02_English, Asia League Ice Hockey, hockey, information, Japan, JIHF, opinion, tokyo | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    JIHF Press Release: Toyo University wins 80th Intercollegiate Games

    Posted by simon c on 2008 January 17日 Thursday

    The ice hockey finals for the 80th Intercollegiate Ice Sports Games was held on 9 January at the Hakucho Arena in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, and Toyo University shut out Meiji University 4-0 behind Haga’s natural hat trick to repeat as champions.

    Toyo University 4 (2-0, 1-0, 1-0) 0 Meiji University

    • Scoring Summary

    05:22 Haga, Assists: Amano, Omachi
    10:57 Haga, Assists: Tsuchizuka, Sasaki
    37:42 Haga, Assists: Kokubo, Sakagami
    44:42 Kokubo, Assists: Sakagami, Haga

    Tournament MVP: Reo Amano (Toyo Univ.)
    Scoring leaders: Hidenao Kokubo (Toyo Univ.), Yuto Ebata (Meiji Univ.), Naoya Kubo (Waseda Univ.)
    Assist leader: Tomonori Sakagami (Toyo Univ.)
    Tournament All-Stars:
    F Hidenao Kokubo (Toyo), Tomonori Sakgami (Toyo), Takeya Kono (Meiji)
    D Yosuke Haga (Toyo), Masahiro Ebina (Toyo)
    G Yuta Narusawa (Toyo)

    [Bronze Medal Game]
    Waseda University 2 (0-1, 2-1, 0-1) 3 Chuo University

    • Scoring Summary

    13:32 Chuo: Asano, Assists: Abe, Seta
    22:45 Waseda: Kubo, Assists: Iwase
    24:11 Waseda: Kubo, Assists: Nakajima, Kuji
    35:05 Chuo: Tani, Assists: Takahashi, Imajo
    51:29 Chuo: Abe, Assists: Seta, Watanabe

    Original JIHF press release
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    Posted in 02_English, 03_Translations (英訳ポートフォリオ), information, Japan, JIHF, press releases | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

     
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