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.
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):