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  • Realistic Asia League expansion team for 2009/10

    Posted by simon c on 2008 November 10日 Monday

    There have been rumours over the years about adding teams to the Asia League, anything from a Kazakhstani team to a third Korean team to the most recently floated idea by the China (and San Jose) Sharks brass about bringing back a second Chinese team (and my hope that Amur Khavarovsk will send one of its minor league teams to the AL).

    But this time there is a serious financial backer with a seemingly realistic plan. Xebio’s capitalization and annual sales are both over $1 billion, which should be enough to sponsor a few million dollars a year budget of an AL team, but the company’s about 1/10th in capitalization when compared to Seibu, Oji, and Nippon Paper. I’ll translate the short article that appeared in the Hokkaido Shimbun newspaper’s Doshin Sports daily.

    Xebio has established an ice hockey team

    8 November 10:14

    Xebio Co., Ltd., a sporting equipment retailer, announced on 5 November 2008 that it has established a new ice hockey team with the aim of joining the Asia League Ice Hockey next season (Ed: 2009/10). Details will be revealed in upcoming press releases including one in Koriyama city (Ed: Fukushima prefecture).

    The team will call the entire Tohoku (northeast) area of Japan as its home territory, and its training base will be in Hachinohe city, Aomori prefecture (Ed: the Tohoku hockey hotbed). The managing company Tohoku Ice Hockey Club has already been established with former Nikko IceBucks president and current Xebio employee Keisuke Araki as president. About 10 new student-athletes from various universities who will be graduating this upcoming spring have already accepted their offer to join the team.

    Currently, the Asia League features 7 teams of which 4 are based in Japan including the Oji and Nippon Paper teams. According to the league agreement, adding expansion teams requires the consent of the league general assembly where the tentative club will be judged on criteria such as financial stability and its ability to ice a competitive team.

    Original Japanese article after the break:

    ゼビオがアイスホッケーチームを結成(11/08 10:14)

     スポーツ用品店を展開するゼビオ(福島県郡山市)は5日、アイスホッケーの新チームを結成すると発表した。アジアリーグへの来季参入を目指すとしている。12日に郡山市などで記者会見を行い、詳細を公表する。

     東北地方全体をホームと位置付け、練習の本拠地は青森県八戸市に置く計画。すでに同社社員で、日光アイスバックス元社長の荒城啓介氏を社長とする運営会社「東北アイスホッケークラブ」を設立。来春卒業予定の大学生10人程度の入部が内定している、という。

     アジアリーグは今季、王子、日本製紙ら国内4チームを含む7チームが参戦。リーグ規約によると、新規加盟には総会の承認が必要で、運営会社の資金的安定やチーム戦力の充実などが審査の対象となる。 

     

    One Response to “Realistic Asia League expansion team for 2009/10”

    1. […] team was established in Xebio as part of its subsidiary, so it’s another industrial team insted of a club team. The Blades already have 12-13 players […]

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