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    Posted by japanstats on 2008 September 25日 Thursday

    福藤豊選手は、またECHL のベーカーズフィールド・コンドルズで開幕します(多分正ゴーリー)が、チームがアナハイム・ダックスの傘下に入ったという事もあって、活躍したらAHL に登れるチャンスの年です。(一休.comで4部に渡るのインタビューがあります。)

    昨シーズン同じECHL のユタ・グリズリーズでプレーした高橋一馬選手は、今カナダでトレーニングをしていて、チーム探しをしている状況です。NHL が開幕するまでは、下のリーグのロースターがなかなか決まらないものなので、こればかりはいつもの辛抱なのでしょうか。またECHL でプレーできれば良いです。

    西脇選手は一年だけの留学でECHL でプレーしていたのですが、今年は北米ホッケー界に新しい日本人選手が現れました。家族でホッケーしにチェコに行っている桐渕家の長女の絵理さん(19)が、その年代では世界トップのNCAA ディビジョンI の大学・ミネソタ州のBemidji State に入りました(経歴が長いw)。チームにゴーリーは3人いて、皆1年生だという事で、いきなり正ゴーリーになるチャンスです!(このレベルでプレーした日本人は過去にいないので、間違いなく将来の日本代表候補でしょう。福藤選手の女版みたいな存在ですね。)




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    Dinamo Riga English Website and KHL Team Budgets

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 September 25日 Thursday

    Dinamo Riga (Latvia) of the upstart KHL (Kontinental Hockey League, mostly Russian league with ambitions to rival NHL in the future, or even now what with the Alexander Radulov signing) has an English website now! (And it looks great too, coming from a web-savvy Baltic nation maybe this shouldn’t be a surprise.) This is great news, as Riga and KHL info, stats, and news are now available in English.


    And KHL team budgets are now available and there is quite the gap between the richest and the poorest clubs. This seems to be total operating budgets that include player salaries, but nonetheless very interesting.

    1. AK Bars Kazan – $55 mill. 

    2. -4. Salvat Ulaev Ufa, SKA St. Petersburg, Avangard Omsk – $50 mill.

    5. Metallurg Magnitogorsk – $45 mill.

    6. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl – $40 mill.

    7. Atlant Moscow – $35 mill.

    8. -9. Dinamo Maskava, Sibir Novosibirsk – $25 mill.

    10. CSKA Moscow – $22 mill.

    11.-12. HK MVD Balashikha, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod – $20 mill.

    13. Spartak Moscow – $18 mill.

    14. Amur Khabarovsk – $17 mill.

    15. Dinamo Minsk – $16 mill.

    16.-17. Severstal Cherepovets, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk- $15 mill.

    18.-19. Metallurg Novokuznetsk, Vityaz Chekhov – $13 mill.

    20. Lada Togliatti – $12 mill.

    21.-22. Dinamo Rīga, Traktor Chelyabinsk – $11 mill.

    23.-24. Barys Astana, Khimik Voskresensk – $10 mill.

    For a team with such a lot budget, Riga is off to an awesome start leading the Kharlamov Division right now with 5 wins, 2 OT/SO losses, and 2 losses in 9 games, good for 17 points.

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    China Sharks Update

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 September 25日 Thursday

    The only team to not have opened their 2008-09 Asia League campaign, the China Sharks, will start their season on the road with a game against the Nikko IceBucks tonight.

    The team made a fairly bland press release on 17 September, but in it is a video of an in depth 20 minute press conference. And contained in it are some nuggets, like how:

    • The Sharks will instantaneously have, by far, the largest capacity arena in the league now as the brand new Shanghai arena seats 6000, I hope they do a hell of a marketing job to get enough butts into those seats to create some atmosphere and excitement. The Sharks management actively seeked out this arena, so they seem ready, let’s hope the Shanghai citizens are ready for some hockey!
    • The Sharks organization will, in effect, run the Chinese national hockey program through coaching, player selection, etc. (This is the Sharks side of the story, not sure if it’ll completely match up with the Chinese Ice Hockey Association’s story.)
    • China is going to make a run for the 2018, or more likely the 2022, Winter Olympics, and want to make sure that they have a competitive hockey team, and that is one of the reasons for the Sharks involvement.
    The new China Sharks uniform (home darks, I assume) was also unveiled. But ugh, the Chinese red completely clashes with the Sharks black and teal. Guess we’ll see what colours their helmets, pants, and socks will be from tonight’s Bucks game photos.
    Also, Kato “Kataribe” Jiro interviewed China Sharks head coach Derek Eisler and he said even though he is confident with the team, and found some good Chinese and import players through tryouts (as well as signing known quantities in Steve McKenna, Wade Flaherty, and Adam Taylor, and Harvard grad Kevin Du, and keeping Jason Beeman and Kevin Korol from last season, the former was a one man wrecking crew of the otherwise pathetic Sharks offense last season), playing coaches McKenna and Flaherty will see more time as coaches in the latter half of the season depending on how the season is progressing. (Sharks season opening roster)

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    Posted by japanstats on 2008 September 25日 Thursday


    という事で、カブス球史100周年にワールドシリーズを制覇できるように、新たなカブス応援歌Someday We’ll Go All The Wayを新しく書き下ろしました。




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    Posted by japanstats on 2008 September 25日 Thursday








    細川の肩脱臼で1ヶ月戦線離脱は西武にとって痛いですね、なんとかCS 2nd ステージには間に合いそうだけど、体調は万全に戻せないだろうし。

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