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  • JIHF Press Release: Seibu wins 2008 All Japan Ice Hockey Championship

    Posted by simon c on 2008 February 13日 Wednesday

    The 75th edition of the All Japan Ice Hockey Championship final tournament was held in Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan from 4 – 10 February, 2008.

    In the final, Seibu beat the Nippon Paper Cranes 5-3 to win its first All Japan Championship since 2004 when the team was still called Kokudo.

    Oji Paper won the bronze medal game 4-1 over the Nikko.

     

    Final standings:

    Gold: Seibu Prince Rabbits

    Silver: Nippon Paper Cranes

    Bronze: Oji Ice Hockey Club

    4th: HC Nikko IceBucks

    Tournament MVP: Obara Daisuke (Seibu Prince Rabbits)

     

    (The All Japan Championship is an open tournament, similar to the FA Cup, with regional qualifiers for club teams, university teams, and high school teams. Asia League teams, the elite teams in Japan by far, enter the tournament in the quarterfinals.)

     

    In the quarterfinals, AL teams won all their games, as expected, but Waseda University put up a valiant effort against the Cranes who have not been playing like a defending treble winner (2007 AL Regular Season, Playoffs, and All Japan Championships), Waseda only lost by 1 goal with the final score being 3-2 in favour of the Cranes. Other quarterfinal results were Nikko IceBucks 7 – 2 Toyo University, Oji Paper 10 – 0 Chuo University, Seibu Prince Rabbits 12 – 0 Toyota Centuries (Hokkaido club team).

    http://www.jihf.or.jp/jihf/data/schedule.php?id=127 (Tournament results in Japanese)

    Original article (Japanese):

    http://www.jihf.or.jp/jihf/news/news.php?id=1055

    75th全日本選手権大会「SEIBUが4年ぶり優勝」

    2月4日から北海道・釧路市で行われてきた第75回全日本アイスホッケーの選手権は最終日を迎えた。  
    最終日は、決勝と3位決定戦が行われた。  
    決勝戦は、SEIBUが5-3で日本製紙を破り、4年ぶり(2004年コクド)の優勝を成し遂げた。  
    3位決定戦では王子製紙が4-1で日光を下し、最終成績は次のとおりとなった。  
     
    優 勝:SEIBUプリンスラビッツ  
    準優勝:日本製紙クレインズ  
    第3位:王子製紙アイスホッケー部  
    第4位:HC日光アイスバックス  
     
    MVP:小原大輔(SEIBUプリンスラビッツ)

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