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    Puyo Puyo

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 December 30日 Tuesday

    A Puyo Puyo (Tetris+Dr.Mario type puzzle game) comedy sketch in Japanese, but you don’t really need to understand Japanese to enjoy the sketch.

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    China Sharks game times changed

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 December 29日 Monday

    All times for the China Sharks weekend home games in January 2009 have been changed to 15:00 starts. The 4 games will be on 10th and 11th against the Nippon Paper Cranes, and the 17th and 18th against the Oji Eagles to cap off the Sharks home schedule. The weekday dates against the same opponents will start at the originally scheduled 19:05 face off time. (There was a notice on the AL site landing page in Japanese but not English, so I’m just reproducing the notice in English here.)

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    KHL オールスター他

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 December 27日 Saturday

    1月10日にモスクワの赤の広場で開催される、KHL の屋外オールスターゲーム(粋ですね!)のファン投票チームが発表されました。元NHL 選手の名が結構見られます(といっても、ロシアの経済事情だと来年何人残っているのか分かりませんが…年俸全30%減の話が浮上してたらしいのですが、新しく結成されたKHL 選手会の反対で実現しなかったそうです)。ちなみにオールスターチームは外国籍選手のチーム・ヤーガー対ロシア籍選手のチーム・ヤシンで、もちろん彼らスーパースターは投票の対象から外されてましたw

    Team Jagr

      GOALTENDERS: Robert Esche (SKA St. Petersburg) 32,712. Ray Emery (Atlant Mytishchi) 24,160. Rostislav Stana (Severstal Cherepovets) 3,500.
      DEFENSEMEN: Ray Giroux (SKA) 28,548. Kevin Dallman (Barys Astana) 26,869. Ben Clymer (Dinamo Minsk) 24,161. Magnus Johansson (Atlant) 11,353. Karel Rachunek(Dinamo Moscow) 10,707. Mark Popovic (SKA) 9,426. Miroslav Blatak (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) 9,323. Rodrigo Lavins (Dinamo Riga) 6,275. Filip Novak (Dinamo Riga) 6,226. Joel Kwiatkowski (Severstal) 2,197.
      FORWARDS: Pavel Brendl (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod) 41,570. Tony Martensson (Ak Bars Kazan) 35,266. Jan Marek (Metallurg Magnitogorsk) 34,032. Oleg Antonenko (HK MVD Balashikha) 31,167. Alexei Kalyuzhny (Dinamo Moscow) 30,620. Nils Ekman (SKA) 18,159.Jaromir Jagr (Avangard Omsk) excluded from ballot. Marcel Hossa (Dinamo Riga) excl.Jakub Klepis (Avangard) excl.

    Team Yashin

      GOALTENDERS: Alexander Eremenko (Salavat) 18,738. 2. Konstantin Barulin (CSKA Moscow) 8,227. Georgi Gelashvili (Traktor Chelyabinsk) 6,429. Maksim Sokolov (Metallurg Novokuznetsk) 4,845.
      DEFENSEMEN: Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars) 24,854. Vitaly Proshkin (Salavat) 23,026.Konstantin Korneev (CSKA) 19,936. Igor Schadilov (Salavat) 17,886. Kirill Koltsov(Salavat) 12,369. Darius Kasparaitis (SKA) 9,649. Vitaly Atyushov (Metallurg Mg) 8,486.Alexei Zhitnik (Dinamo Moscow) 7,490. Alexander Guskov (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) 6,778.Dmitri Yushkevich (Sibir Novosibirsk) 5,461.
      FORWARDS: Alexei Morozov (Ak Bars) 44,549. Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars) 37,279. Maksim Sushinsky (SKA) 25,839. Alexander Radulov (Salavat) 23,652. Alexander Perezhogin(Salavat) 23,106. Sergei Brylin (SKA) 12,806. Alexei Tereschenko (Salavat) 11,762. Alexei Yashin (Lokomotiv) excluded from ballot. Andrei Nikolishin (Traktor) excl. Alexei Kudashov (Lokomotiv) excl.

    カナダ・オタワではU20 のジュニア世界選手権(早速5連覇を目指しているカナダがチェコ相手に8-1の大勝)、スイスのダボスでは伝統のスペングラー杯が共に幕開けして、年末にも盛り上がっている海外のホッケー界です、是非とも日本とアジアにもおすそ分けしてほしいですね(アジアシリーズの札幌クリスマスゲームズの満員御礼は嬉しかったのですが)。

    ジュニア選手権前の強化試合でのJohn Tavares (来年のNHL ドラフト1位指名ほぼ確定)のスーパーゴール:

    ついでにロシアが無敗で独走してるEuro Hockey Tour (参加国はチェコ、スウェーデンと、フィンランド、各国で持ち回りのグループ試合を行う)のハイライト。世界チャンピオンのロシア、強いです:

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    Posted by japanstats on 2008 December 25日 Thursday


    「SEIBUプリンスラビッツアイスホッケー部の存続を求める署名」活動 のバナーを左コラムに貼りました。まだ署名をしてない方は是非、会場に足を運んでか、オンラインで署名を!今まで日本とアジアホッケー界を引っ張ってきたチームがこのままだと消滅してしまいます。東北フリーブレイズが生まれたとはいえ、これはいきなりかなりの向かい風です。日本とアジアホッケー界の為にも是非、宜しくお願いしますっ!





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    Seibu Prince Rabbits to fold after 2008-09

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 December 19日 Friday

    Seibu Prince Rabbits, the perennial powerhouse team in the Asia League Ice Hockey (and also separately as Seibu and Kokudo in the Japan Ice Hockey League before their merger) will effectively cease team operations following the current 2008-09 season due to the termination of funding from the main sponsor Prince Hotel Group (a Seibu Holdings company). This announcement was made to the players from the team owner on 18 January.

    Head coach Chris Wakabayashi was in tears after the announcement, captain Takahito Suzuki was in shock and said “I can’t believe this right now. The most important thing at the moment is to finish the season, but this will be very difficult for (Japanese and Asian) ice hockey.” 

    The current economic climate also aided in this decision by the parent company to stop funding the team, which is said to cost about JPY 500 million (~ US$4.5 million) per season (equivalent to the salary for a couple of Saitama Seibu Lions star baseball players…). There is a possibility that the Seibu team will continue to exist as a club team (like how Yukijirushi (Snow Brand) became Sapporo Polaris for a season, and how Furukawa became the Nikko IceBucks as the parent companies ceased to fund these teams), but with the lack of fan base and community support, this seems like a rather unlikely scenario for Seibu, and Tokyo area hockey fans will lose their only source of watching live high level hockey. The Asia League should continue to exist in the current 7 team form next season, as the Tohoku Free Blades based in northeastern Honshu should be entering the league, barring any more unexpected team foldings.)

    On the same day, the much larger American Football X-League’s Onward Skylarks also announced that they will not be participating in the upcoming season as the team has effectively folded as well.

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    WBC warm up games for Asian teams

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 December 18日 Thursday


    2/24(Tu) 19:00 Japan vs Australia Kyocera Dome Osaka Goes on sale 

    17 Jan 10am~

    2/25(We) 18:00 Japan vs Australia
    2/28(Sa) 12:00 China vs Yomiuri Giants Tokyo Dome
    19:00 Japan vs Saitama Seibu Lions
    3/1(Su) 12:00 China vs Saitama Seibu Lions
    19:00 Japan vs Yomiuri Giants
    3/2(Mo) 12:00 Korea vs Saitama Seibu Lions
    19:00 Taiwan vs Yomiuri Giants
    3/3(Tu) 12:00 Taiwan vs Saitama Seibu Lions
    19:00 Korea vs Yomiuri Giants


    World Baseball Classic 2009, Asian teams warm up games that take place in Japan has been officially announced.

    Interestingly Australia will play 2 games early against Japan (in 2006 it was Japan vs PL and Japan vs CL at Fukuoka, if I remember correctly).

    Also, Japan seems to have set up the warm up games and tournament schedule with full control of the schedule, giving Team Japan 3 days rest between the last warm up games while Korea and Taiwan only get 1 day of rest. And Japan gets the first of 2 wins needed to enter round 2 of WBC out of the way early with its opening match against China all but guaranteed. It’s obviously rigged in Japan’s favour as hosts for the Asia round, but this tournament is still in its infancy and this is one of the kinks that needs to be worked out in the future ensure better fairness.

    Giants and Lions are rewarded(?) with the right to play against the 4 Asian WBC teams in warm up games. Well, Yomiuri’s involvement is obvious what with Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper being a WBC sponsor.


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    Posted by japanstats on 2008 December 14日 Sunday

    MLB シカゴ・カブスの本拠地リグレー・フィールドで、2009年元旦に開催されるシカゴ・ブラックホークス対デトロイト・レッドウィングスのウィンタークラシック2009のイメージ図がNHL から公表されました。



    ちなみにライバルリーグのロシアのKHL は2009年のオールスターゲームを1月10日に、モスクワの赤の広場で屋外開催するそうです。

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    Posted by japanstats on 2008 December 12日 Friday






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    The Big Three

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 December 11日 Thursday


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