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    2009 IIHF アジア・チャレンジ・カップ

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 2日 Monday

    アジアのホッケー途上国の為にIIHF が設定したアジア・チャレンジ杯の第2弾が3月15日-20日まで、なんとアラブ首長国連邦のアブダビで開催されます!

    参加国の中で、唯一IIHF 世界選手権の参加経験があるのがモンゴルで、彼らは去年のDivion 3 で苦戦しました。でも、アジアホッケーの発展の為には、これはとても有意義なトーナメントですね。これからも期待してます。

    A グループ 
    タイ 
    マレーシア
    モンゴル 
    インド 

    B グループ
    香港 
    マカオ
    シンガポール
    アラブ首長国連邦

     

    スケジュール:

    Sunday 15-03-2009
    1 11:30 – 1:30 THAILAND vs. INDIA
    2 2:00 – 4:00 HONG KONG vs. SINGAPORE
    3 4:30 – 6:30 MALAYSIA vs. MONGOLIA
    4 7:30 – 9:30 UAE vs. MACAU

    Monday 16-03-2009
    5 11:30 – 1:30 INDIA vs. MONGOLIA
    6 2:00 – 4:00 MALAYSIA vs. THAILAND
    7 4:30 – 6:30 MACAU vs. HONG KONG
    8 7:30 – 9:30 SINGAPORE vs. UAE

    Tuesday 17-03-2009
    9 11:30 – 1:30 THAILAND vs. MONGOLIA
    10 2:00 – 4:00 SINGAPORE vs. MACAU
    11 4:30 – 6:30 MALAYSIA vs. INDIA
    12 7:30 – 9:30 HONG KONG vs. UAE

    Wednesday 18-08-2009
    – Day off –

    Thursday 19-03-2009
    13 11:30 – 1:30 7th PLACE GROUP A vs. 8th PLACE GROUP B
    14 2:00 – 4:00 7th PLACE GROUP B vs. 8th PLACE GROUP A
    15 4:30 – 6:30 1ST PLACE GROUP A vs. 2ND PLACE GROUP B SEMI FINAL
    16 7:30 – 9:30 1ST PLACE GROUP B vs. 2ND PLACE GROUP A SEMI FINAL

    Friday 20-03-2009
    17 11:30 – 1:30 LOSER FROM GAME 13– LOSER FROM GAME 14 (place 8 & 7)
    18 2:00 – 4:00 WINNER FROM GAME 13 – WINNER FROM GAME 14 (place 6 & 5)
    19 4:30 – 6:30 LOSER FROM GAME 15 – LOSER FROM GAME 16 (place 4 & 3 )
    20 7:30 – 9:30 WINNER FROM GAME 15 – WINNER FROM GAME 16 ( FINAL, place 1 & 2)

     

    噂によるとタイが強いらしいのでA グループの方が難関ぽいですね、決勝はタイ対モンゴルと見た!

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    Raymond Sawada

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 2日 Monday

    Yet another Japanese descent player in the NHL!

    Raymond Sawada just made his NHL debut with the Dallas Stars, scoring his first goal in the debut on his birthday, how awesome is that!? (Prospect note)

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    Blades and Bucks update

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 2日 Monday

    The Tohoku Free Blades played an exhibition match against the last place Asia League team Nikko Ice Bucks on 28 Feb during the Ice Bucks Fan Appreciation Day. The game was 3 periods of 15 minutes each, and the Bucks won easily 8-3. But the real news was that the Free Blades only had 15 players dressed. 2 goalies, 6 defencemen, and 7 forwards. I assume that the Blades are going to sign the rest of the players during the off season, depending on whether they’re accepted into the Asia League or not (decision on signing imports and their number depends on this). 

    Bucks in black and Blades in grey, not sure if the Blades uniforms are just practice unis or the real thing:

    blades1

    blades2

    Also a note of concern was that the Bucks were only able to draw 572 fans to the exhibition match despite it only costing 1000 yen and the event being held on a Saturday. Then Bucks supporters club used to have over 4000 members, but is now hovering around 1000 members. I pray that the Bucks survive (currently they’re carrying more than 100 million yen = $1m in debt on an operating budget of about 250 million yen per year) and that the Blades join the Asia League now that Seibu Prince Rabbits are folding (the best option here would be another company buying the team or it becoming a club team, but this is very unlikely in the current economic climate).

    Posted in 02_English, Asia League Ice Hockey, hockey, information, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

    Ichiro at bat

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 2日 Monday

    Whenever Ichiro was at bat, the camera flashes went crazy like fireworks in the stands. This video doesn’t quite do justice as the campact digital camera’s video mode’s not sensitive enough to capture all the flashes. There were at least 2-3x more visible than what is captured here.

    As for the WBC warmup games themselves. Saitama Seibu Lions beat down the Japanese national team 7-2, and the Yomiuri Giants barely lost 1-2 in extra innings on a wild pitch. And both club teams were lacking a few regulars to the national team, and were in full spring training mode by the latter half of the games, with lineups full of bench players and minor leaguers taking the mound. Needless to say, Samurai Japan looked horrible on both days, but hopefully this (and the opening game against China on Thursday) serves as a wakeup call for the team, otherwise they may not even make it out of the 1st round held at home in the Tokyo Dome. Notorious slow starter Ichiro is also having a horrible lead up to the WBC with only 3 hits in 23 at bats (and at least 2 of them were of the infield kind).

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