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  • Blades the newest AL team!

    Posted by simon c on 2009 April 14日 Tuesday

    The Tohoku Free Blades have been tentatively accepted into Asia League Ice Hockey starting with the upcoming 2009-10 season!

    The Blades currently only have 12 skaters and 2 goalies on contract, but now they can start their work in earnest to strengthen the team by signing more experienced players (probably some former Seibu Prince Rabbits) and imports, now that they’re more or less officially part of the AL. This is great news for hockey in the Tohoku area (north eastern part of the main Honshu island). The timing is great as most seasons in hockey playing countries are starting to wind down, and players and coaches will be looking for employment for next season. The plan is to play 8~10 games in Hachinohe, Aomori, and other games in the Tohoku area such as Koriyama, Fukushima where the team will be based.

    Edit: The team is expected to operate on an annual budget of 150 million yen = $1.5m (much closer to the Nikko Ice Bucks budget than the Seibu Prince Rabbits’ 500 million yen = $5m), and is going to work to draw an average attendance of 1,500 per game.

    3 Responses to “Blades the newest AL team!”

    1. Deanna said

      Roadtrip? 🙂

      Actually, I wonder which is easier to go to to watch a game… Nikko, or Fukushima? I’ve gone to Sendai just to watch baseball, this can’t be that bad.

    2. Francois Lemay said

      Any news on the Blades’ progress on signing Seibu players? How about advertisement?

    3. Francois,

      No news yet on the Blades new off season signings. The JIHF is pushing for the Blades to sign a few former Seibu players, but we’ll see where this goes, the offseason has just begun.

      Deanna,

      Yeah, a road trip can’t be a day trip, but those locations aren’t far. There will still be some games held at Higashifushimi too.

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