Japanese National Team Final Roster
Posted by simon c on 2008 April 13日 Sunday
GK 1 Haruna (Oji)
GK 29 Kikuchi (Seibu)
GK 30 Ishikawa (Cranes)
DF 2 Tonosaki, Jun (Cranes)
DF 4 Keller (Oji)
DF 5 Miyauchi (Seibu)
DF 6 Haga (Toyo Univ)
DF 23 Osawa (Cranes)
DF 24 Kawai (Seibu)
DF 27 Yanadori (Meiji Univ)
FW 7 Domeki (Oji)
FW 8 Kon (Seibu)
FW 9 Sato (Seibu)
FW 10 Kamino (Seibu)
FW 11 Nishiwaki (Dayton Bombers)
FW 13 Ogawa (Oji)
FW 14 Tanaka (Seibu)
FW 16 Obara (Seibu)
FW 17 Iimura (Cranes)
FW 18 Suzuki (Seibu)
FW 19 Saito, Takeshi (Oji)
The two university defensemen made the roster, they will be interesting to watch as they represent a future of Japanese hockey.
ECHL Dayton’s Nishiwaki is on the team, I’m interested in seeing how his play style changed after a year in NA.
Haruna should be the starting goalie, having the hot hand in the AL playoffs winning all 9 games to the championship and also in NT training camp and training matches. (He’s also my sentimental favourite, having been a long time Nikko IceBuck, singlehandedly keeping the team in too many games where they didn’t deserve, until he moved to Oji and finally captured a well deserved championship this year.)
Obara’s been playing great in the NT training and practice matches against Amur Khavarovsk. He should be a player to watch.
Cranes had a poor year, and that’s represented in the final roster of the NT.
Despite Ukraine’s presence, this is Japan’s best chance for promotion with the first home tournament in 25 years! Go Japan!
Puck drops now for the first game of the tournament!!