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    Blades win!

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 September 12日 Saturday

    The Tohoku Free Blades hosted their first preseason game today in Hachinohe, Aomori against the Nikko Ice Bucks. And despite local reports that it was a rough game with lots of penalties against the Blades, the expansion team managed to pull off a wild 9-6 win over the stronger than usual Bucks squad. The shots on goal were Blades 35 – 36 Bucks, so it looks like the Blades have improved a lot compared to their first pair of preseason games in Nikko where they were clearly being outplayed. Apparently there was a decently sized crowd as well (there better be, as it was a weekend game, and the first one against an AL team at that.)

    Edit: Official game sheet. There were 420 spectators, this’ll have to improve during the regular season.

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    Blades – Bucks preseason results

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 August 30日 Sunday

    The new AL team Tohoku Free Blades faced off against the bolstered Nikko Ice Bucks over the weekend for two preseason games. These two games were the Blades first official games (their games up to now had been against understrengthed squads, non-AL teams or not full 3×20 games).

    29 August 2009

    Nikko Ice Bucks 4 (0-1, 2-0, 2-1) 2 Tohoku Free Blades

    SOG: 43 – 12

    Attendance: 872

    30 August 2009

    Nikko Ice Bucks 4 (1-0, 2-0, 1-1) 1 Tohoku Free Blades

    SOG: 30 – 16

    Attendance: 882

    The word is that Steve Munn and Jon Smyth were solid for the Blades, Bin Ishioka scored both goals in game 1, Michio Hashimoto kept the team in the game despite being vastly outshot in the first game, and the team was less tense in the second game and played a more overall solid game despite the untelling scoreline.

    Goalies in game 1 were starters and former Buck Michio Hashimoto for the Blades and national team goalie Naoya Kikuchi for the Bucks, backup goalies played in game 2 for both teams.

    Images from game 1 via Freeblades.jp

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    More images and game report here.

    On another note, national team defenceman and former Seibu Prince Rabbit Ryuichi Kawai and his younger brother and first Japanese player to appear in the Memorial Cup Takuma Kawai are in a small town near Lethbridge, Alberta at staying at Kiyoshi Ryan Fujita’s house and training. Not sure what they’re aim is but maybe they’re looking for some tryouts in the North American minor leagues.

    Posted in 02_English, Asia League Ice Hockey, hockey, information, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

    Preseason Hokkaido Derby

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 August 6日 Thursday

    Defending Asia League champions Nippon Paper Cranes will face off against the Oji Eagles for two preseason games at the beginning of September. Free admission for both games.

    3 Sept (Thu) 18:30 faceoff

    4 Sept (Fri) 10:30 faceoff

    Both games are held at the Oji Skate Center and which is located a mere 4 minute walk from JR Tomakomai station on Oji Street.

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    2009アジア・ベースボール杯

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 May 31日 Sunday

    7月31日から8月4日に札幌で開催される2009アジア野球選手権の予選にあたる2009アジア・ベースボール杯がタイのバンコクで開催されました。結果は以下の通り:

    Aグループ: タイ、パキスタン、スリランカ、マレーシア
    Bグループ:
     香港、インドネシア、ミャンマー、カンボジア

    5月25日
    インドネシア 6 – 0  カンボジア
    香港 11 – 1 ミャンマー
    スリランカ 3 – 1 タイ
    パキスタン 20 – 0 マレーシア (5回コールド)

    5月26日
    パキスタン 10 – 0 スリランカ
    タイ 16 – 0 マレーシア (5回コールド)
    インドネシア 11 – 1 ミャンマー
    香港 10 – 0 カンボジア

    5月27日
    インドネシア 7 – 2 香港
    ミャンマー 3 – 1 カンボジア
    パキスタン 9 – 4 タイ
    スリランカ 9 – 1 マレーシア

    準決勝 (5月29日)
    パキスタン 7 – 2 香港 
    インドネシア 7 – 4 スリランカ
    タイ 5 – 0 ミャンマー
    カンボジア 20 – 8 マレーシア

    決勝
    3位決定戦: 香港 5 – 6 スリランカ
    決勝: パキスタン 2 – 3 インドネシア

    カンボジアはアメリカへの移民(難民?)のJoe Cook 氏がほぼ一人で母国での野球を立ち上げ、自身の資金を使い果たしてまでしてチームを運営していますので、IBAFの公式戦での勝利は大きな一歩でしょう。彼は普段のアメリカでの調理師としての仕事をこの大会の為に離れる事が出来なかったので、なんと仕事中にカンボジア・チームの監督として国際電話を使いコーチと共にチームに指示を出していたそうです!おめでとう、カンボジア!

    開催国のタイが不振でしたね。Honda鈴鹿で社会人野球をやってるタイハーフの白倉キッサダー投手は出場したのかな?札幌大会にはインドネシアが、日本、韓国、台湾、中国、フィリピンと共に出場します。おめでとう、インドネシア!

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    2009 Kanto University Championship

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 May 2日 Saturday

    The 2009 Kanto University Ice Hockey Championships (aka 58th Chichibunomiya Cup) concluded on 29 April with the bronze medal game and the finals held at Dydo Drinco Ice Arena in Higashifushimi, Tokyo.

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    The Rabbits no more at Higashifushimi. But the White Bears junior teams are prominent, and that’s kind of fitting since the Seibu Railway team that occupied Higashifushimi before their merger with Kokudo was the White Bears.

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    This championship is a knockout tournament with placement games.

    The first game was the third place match between Hosei University and Meiji University.

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    Meiji looking funky in their throwback-ish uniform. The game was no contest though, as Hosei took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, then never looked back on their way to a comfortable 5-2 victory.

    And the feature game of the day was the finals between Waseda University and Toyo University, powerhouse Japanese university teams.

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    Waseda players start to warm up on the ice while Meiji and Hosei players were still on their way off. There was no Zamboni between the previous game and the next game’s practice, as the schedule was pretty tightly packed. The Zamboni came on after the pre-game practice though.

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    Waseda’s #21 Shuhei Kuji who was heads and shoulders above the other players on the ice, as he singlehandedly scored Waseda’s first goal by dancing through the Toyo defence from the blue line before cleanly beating the goalie to score unassisted. Kuji has already played and has scored for the senior national team, and it shows, he’s got quick hands and feet. Hopefully his growth as a player won’t be stunted in the near future.

    Waseda looks like Harvard (no surprise as a self-professed Japanese Ivy) and Toyo’s looking NY Rangers. The standing room only crowd was much larger than at most Asia League games.

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    Kuji also scored Waseda’s only other goal in the game, but as teams Toyo was far superior and the game ended 6-2 for Toyo with an empty netter.

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    Congratulations Toyo University, the 2009 Kanto champions!

    Posted in 02_English, hockey, information, Japan, opinion, tokyo | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

    ラトビア、スウェーデンに勝つ!

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 28日 Tuesday

    今のところ順当に進んでいるスイスのベルンとチューリッヒで開催されているIIHF 世界選手権(相変わらず選手層の薄いスロバキアは苦戦しながらなんとか勝っていますが)、ついに金星が出ました。GWS ですが、エリート国から一歩下がった位置にいるラトビアがスウェーデンに勝ちました!これでどこまで行けるか、ラトビア…?

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    2009 NHL プレーオフ・ラウンド1

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 27日 Monday

    4月、という事はNHLのプレーオフが開幕され、ファーストラウンド真っ只中です。早速各シリーズの状況を見てみましょう。(語りべ加藤じろうさんのプレーオフ記事等はこちら。)

    イースタン・カンファレンス

    ボストン・ブルーインズ(1) 4-0 モントリオール・カナディエンズ(8)

    第1シードのボストンが、100周年記念シーズンの古豪でありよきライバルのモントリオールを4タテでスイープ。本命ブルーインズ好調な滑り出しです。

    ワシントン・キャピタルズ(2) 3-3 ニューヨーク・レンジャーズ(7)

    弱い南東地区を制したキャピタルズは、レンジャーズ相手に第7戦まで持ち込まれました。第5戦ではワシントンのスーパースターのオベチキンが、4人のレンジャーズをかわしてこのスーパーゴールを決めました。

    ニュージャージー・デビルズ(3) 3-3 カロライナ・ハリケーンズ(6)

    カロライナが絶対的守護神でNHLの通算ゴーリー勝利数歴代1位のマーティン・ブロデュアが戻ってきたニュージャージー相手にこれも第7戦まで健闘しています。

    ピッツバーグ・ペンギンズ(4) 4-2 フィラデルフィア・フライヤーズ(5)

    因縁のペンシルベニア・ダービーは、スーパースターのシドニー・クロスビー率いる若手主体のペンギンズが勝利。ペンギンズは東のダークホースかな。

    ウェスタン・カンファレンス

    サンノゼ・シャークス(1) 2-3 アナハイム・ダックス(8)

    レギュラーシーズン最強だったサンノゼが、カリフォルニアダービーで第8シードのアナハイム相手に苦戦しています。頑張れ、デビン・セトグチ!

    デトロイト・レッドウィングス(2) 4-0 コロンブス・ブルージャケッツ(7)

    強豪の常勝軍団デトロイトが同地区のコロンブス相手に力の差を見せ付けました。2008年のスタンレー・カップ覇者は相変わらず強いです。

    バンクーバー・カナックス(3) 4-0 セントルイス・ブルーズ(6)

    バンクーバーがカナダのチームとして、カンファレンス準決勝の椅子をまず確保。守護神ルオンゴとスターのセディン・ツインズがどこまでこのチームを引っ張れるか見ものです。

    シカゴ・ブラックホークス(4) 3-2 カルガリー・フレームズ(5)

    有望な若手が多いシカゴが、カナダ第2のカンファレンス準決勝進出チームを拒む事に王手をかけています。

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    Eri Kiribuchi at the Worlds

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 22日 Wednesday

    Goaltender Eri Kiribuchi, born in Japan, learned hockey in the Czech Republic, and now attending Bemidji State University in Minnesota, USA, playing for the Japanese national team for the first time in her career against USA at the 2009 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Finland. She gave up 4 goals against the world champions in half the game in Japan’s 0-8 loss in pool play, she looks to be a key piece for the future of the Japanese national team as she is the only person playing outside of the country and in the de facto women’s elite league that is NCAA Division I.

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    Fred Brathwaite on Team Canada!

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 22日 Wednesday

    Fred Brathwaite is the 3rd goaltender for Team Canada at the IIHF 2009 World Championships in Zurich, Switzerland. It’s great to see the national program recognize Fred’s success with the Mannheim Eagles this past season, and his success in Europe in general.

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    Suntory The Straight

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 16日 Thursday

    Finally, a new happoshu (the second rate beer imitation) that’s drinkable has returned to the market. After the demise of the original Santory Magnum Dry, I’ve been looking for drinkable happoshu as their price points are about 100 yen cheaper than real beer which usually start at around 220 yen. Suntory The Straight seems to be repackaged Magnum Dry, as it’s crisp and goes down easy. A poor man’s Asahi Super Dry, as you can say in both cases. It’s just that Magnum Dry had disappeared off the shelves in recent months (a year?) so I had been looking for a decent substitute and other happoshu just weren’t doing the job (let alone the sub-happoshu that’s classified as 3rd class “beer” made of soy beans, ugh, nothing half decent in this category, just move along). So, if you’re looking for Asahi Super Dry on the cheap for spring-summer drinking season, I recomment Suntory’s The Straight. Maybe an upcoming post about the hangover effects of this drink, as happoshu tend to give you worse hangovers than beer.

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