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  • 2008 IHWC Div I Group B in Sapporo

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 March 18日 Tuesday

    It’s amazing that this all East European (except for Japan) tournament is being held in Japan at all. I wonder what went down in the host city nomination and the subsequent voting process.

    The tournament will run from 13-19 April at Tsukisamu Arena in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan and the other participating teams are Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, and Hungary.

    This is Japan’s best chance to win the dvision and qualify for the top group, playing in front of the home crowd, and having ECHL regulars G Fukufuji (unimpressive .891 save percentage this season, but he’s on one of the worst teams in the league so all goalies at Bakersfield are sporting a sub-.900 mark after posting better numbers in previous seasons) and F Nishiwaki (14+16=30 pts in 54 games so far, but was one of the leading goal scorers in the AL the two previous seasons) on the national team with their ECHL clubs slated to miss the playoffs. ECHL season runs to the first week of April, so these two will be able to join the national team for this Div I tournament at home that’ll run from 13-19 April. Oji goalie Haruna has been having a fantastic AL playoffs, posting 1.88 GAA and .924 save % so far in 8 games, and he’s had some success in international tournies if my memory’s correct. And Seibu’s Kikuchi, who is always solid in Asia, is also available, so Japan should be solid in goal, hopefully the porous defense from last year’s tournament has somehow been improved, but I don’t see how.

    Other interesting candidates remaining on the Japan team selection squad (down to 30 now, but there will be further cuts before the start of the tournament to get down to regulation size) are D Okubo playing for High1 of the Korean entry to the AL, he totally drove their offense this past season, and led AL defensemen in assists and points. University kids D Haga of university champs Toyo University (who scored a hat trick in the university championship finals), D Yanatori of finalist Meiji Univ., and F Kuji of Waseda University are also included in the selection camp. Other players are the usual suspects from AL teams including naturalized Canadian born veteran players (all Japanese descent Nikkeis) D Aaron Keller (Oji), F Ryan Kiyoshi Fujita (Seibu), and F Darcy Mitani (Cranes).

    Interestingly, the national team will play two warm up games again Amur Khavarovsk (the B team, I assume). 1 April at Tomakomai Hakucho Arena, and 3 April at Sapporo Tsukisamu Areana, both games start at 19:00.

    The 30 man selection camp squad (in Japanese).

    IIHF website for this tournament.

    08 TEAM JAPAN●男子代表第2次候補選手発表
    GK 春名 真仁  Oji Paper  1973/7/16  184 78
    GK 菊地 尚哉  Seibu  1975/8/23  180 77
    GK 石川 央  Nippon Paper  1981/9/2  183 70
    GK 福藤 豊  Bakersfield  1982/9/17  185 80
    DF 宮内 史隆  Seibu  1972/11/6  181 81
    DF 川口 寛  Seibu  1973/4/5  172 79
    DF 河合 龍一  Seibu  1983/9/26  180 78
    DF キャラー アーロン  Oji Paper  1975/3/1  182 81
    DF 山下 敬史  Oji Paper  1987/11/11  177 76
    DF 伊藤 賢吾  Nippon Paper  1978/12/4  177 78
    DF 大澤 秀之  Nippon Paper  1979/1/5  176 77
    DF 外崎 潤  Nippon Paper  1984/1/9  170 70
    DF 芳賀 陽介  Toyo Univ.  1986/9/5  174 71
    DF 梁取 慎也  Meiji Univ.  1986/12/15  177 78
    DF 大久保 智仁  High1  1976/9/22  177 80
    FW 鈴木 貴人  Seibu  1975/8/17  173 75
    FW 今 洋祐  Seibu  1978/9/21  180 81
    FW 内山 朋彦  Seibu  1979/10/13  174 76
    FW 小原 大輔  Seibu  1981/6/4  176 74
    FW 神野 徹  Seibu  1979/7/31  174 81
    FW 佐藤 翔  Seibu  1983/9/7  175 69
    FW 藤田 キヨシ  Seibu  1972/6/25  171 75
    FW 田中 豪  Seibu  1983/10/6  174 72
    FW 齊藤 毅  Oji Paper  1981/5/8  176 75
    FW 齊藤 哲也  Oji Paper  1983/12/14  175 75
    FW 百目木 政人  Oji Paper  1983/12/29  175 79
    FW 奥山 章文  Oji Paper  1982/12/24  179 81
    FW 小川 将史  Oji Paper  1983/1/14  176 73
    FW 三谷 ダーシ  Nippon Paper  1973/10/14  175 78
    FW 飯村 喜則  Nippon Paper  1981/8/4  172 72
    FW 西脇 雅仁  Nippon Paper  1982/10/6  178 75
    FW 久慈 修平  Waseda Univ.  1987/4/27  171 71◆日程◆
    [国際試合 日本vsロシア・アムール]
    4月1日(火)19:00~ 苫小牧白鳥アイスアリーナ
    4月3日(木)19:00~ 札幌市月寒体育館【2008IIHF世界選手権Div1・G-B @札幌市月寒体育館】
    4月13日(日)20:00~  vsリトアニア
    4月14日(月)20:00~  vsクロアチア
    4月16日(水)20:00~  vsハンガリー
    4月18日(金)20:00~  vsウクライナ
    4月19日(土)16:30~  vsエストニア

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