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    Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Cup’

    2007-08 Japanese players in North America

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 May 29日 Thursday

    Now that the Spokane Chiefs have been crowned as the Memorial Cup champs, Gatineau Olympiques’ Takuma Kawai’s season has ended, along with the seasons of all Japanese players in North America. Here are their 2007-08 stats.

    Player

    Team

    League

    GP

    G

    A

    P

    PIM

     

    Kawai, Takuma

    Gatineau Olympiques

    QMJHL

    47

    5

    8

    13

    20

     
     

    (Playoffs incl. Memorial Cup)

    17

    1

    2

    3

       

    Nishiwaki, Masahito

    Dayton Bombers

    ECHL

    64

    14

    17

    31

    44

     
     

    (Playoffs)

     

    2

    0

    1

    1

    0

     

    Takahashi, Kazuma

    Utah Grizzlies

    ECHL

    28

    0

    5

    5

    31

     
                     

    Player

    Team

    League

    GP

    W

    L

    T

    GAA

    Sv%

    Fukufuji, Yutaka

    Bakersfield Condors

    ECHL

    47

    18

    18

    1

    3.39

    0.899

     

    (Playoffs)

     

    6

    2

    2

    2

    3.55

    0.912

    Kawai played regularly on the powerful Olympiques team, but was converted from forward to defense with 15 games left in the season. He only managed 1 goal in the Q playoffs, but got 2 assists and was an even +/- 0 at the Memorial Cup. Hopefully his appearance in the Memorial Cup sparked an interest in some NHL teams to take a flyer on him with a late round pick.

     

    The five-foot-11, 190-pound Kawai is actually a forward who was moved to defence in February because of injuries on Gatineau’s blue-line. He made an impact in Monday’s Memorial Cup loss to Belleville with two assists.

    He’s a role player with a feisty, hard-hitting style _ hence the missing teeth _ which are desirable qualities whether he plays forward and defence.

    “It was kind of hard at first,” Kawai said of the switch. “I had to adjust. I’m enjoying it right now. I like to make a pass and make a hit too.”

    “Now, I have to use my head a lot. (Before) I just skated, made a hit and came back.”

    Kawai’s older brother Ryuichi Kawai is a defenceman for the Seibu Prince Rabbits of the Asian Hockey League. The younger Kawai started following his brother to hockey practice when he was three years old.

    Nishiwaki is one of Japan’s top forwards and among the league leaders in scoring (more than a point per game) when he was in the Asia League. It took him some time to establish himself on the Bombers, but being 6th on the team in scoring, he was an important player. Hopefully he’ll challenge himself overseas again, as this was only his first season in the States, and he should be better adapted to the minor league hockey environment next season. After Dayton lost out in their best of 3 first round series, Nishiwaki came back to join Team Japan in time for the World Championships Division I in Sapporo where he scored 2 goals in 5 games.

    Takahashi was more of a role player back in Japan where he scored less than a point per game but had at least 1 PIM per game (119 PIM in just 41 GP in 2004-05). He managed to hang on for a full year on the Utah roster, even though he was scratched for many games and was asked to be a role player with limited ice time when he got into games. Hopefully he’ll get another crack at the ECHL next season, as he definitely took a step up from the previous season when he played in the SPHL. 

    Fukufuji was lucky enough to get called up to the NHL the previous season when the LA Kings didn’t want to risk putting Jason LaBarbera through waivers where he probably would’ve been picked up by another team, as he was absolutely dominating the AHL then. Anyways NHL proved to be way beyond Fukufuji’s level as he was shellshocked into 4.37 GAA and .837 Save % in 4 games before being sent back down. Yutaka had a reasonable season and excellent playoffs despite being on a weak team (hence the unimpressive numbers). Hopefully the team in front of him will be better next season, and if he continues his solid play, maybe he can get some time in the AHL between the pipes. I’m interested in seeing what he can do at that level, as he’s proven himself in the ECHL over 5 seasons (including parts) already. 

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    2007-08を北米でプレーした日本人選手の成績

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 May 23日 Friday

    河合卓真選手(西武と日本代表の河合選手の弟)が所属しているGatineau Olympiques (Gatineau はオタワから川の向かい側にある) が、カナダのメジャージュニア3リーグの勝者同士の決勝トーナメントのメモリアル・カップから敗退してしまったので、これで北米でプレーオフに関わっていた日本人選手全員のシーズンが終わった事になります。実は日ア連のサイトに、メモリアルカップ前のインタビューなんてのもあります。今期はレギュラーシーズンで、シーズン後半に小5以来のディフェンスにコンバートされながらも、47試合5ゴール8アシストの13ポイントと反則20分。優勝したQMJHL のプレーオフでは14試合で1ゴール(エンプティネット)、そしてカナダ全土の決勝のメモリアルカップでは3試合2アシスト。チームの活躍に欠かせない選手でしたが、メモリアルカップに出場した事と、ディフェンスも出来る起用さを買ってもらい、NHLのチームにドラフトされてくれないかな~…?

    日本代表のレギュラーで、アジアリーグのポイントランキングでも上位だった西脇選手は、北米初挑戦の年にECHL Dayton Bombers で64試合31ポイント(14G+17A)、そしてファイティングメジャーも含めた44 PIM。 チームが敗退してしまったプレイオフの第1ミニラウンドでも2試合で1アシスト。チーム6位タイのポイントだったので来年も北米でプレーするのであれば、まずはECHL でまたチャンスを貰えるでしょう。

    元日光アイスバックスの高橋一馬選手は、チームでいろいろな役割を渡されながら、ECHL Utah Grizzlies で28試合5アシストと31 PIM。去年はもっと下のリーグでプレーしてたので、確実にレベルアップしてます。来期はどこからスタートできるかは、どのチームがチャンスを与えてくれるか…

    そして言わずと知れたECHL Bakersfield Condors の福藤豊選手。正ゴーリーとして47試合に出場して、チームベストの防御率3.39 とセーブ率.899、そして負けの方が多かったチームにいながら18勝18敗。プレーオフも6試合で2勝2敗2引き分け(延長)、防御率3.55 とセーブ率.912 という数字を格上のVictoria 相手に残しました。是非AHL でプレーするチャンスが欲しい所ですが、来期もまたECHL からでしょう。

    Player

    Team

    League

    GP

    G

    A

    P

    PIM

     

    Kawai, Takuma

    Gatineau Olympiques

    QMJHL

    47

    5

    8

    13

    20

     
     

    (Playoffs incl. Memorial Cup)

    17

    1

    2

    3

       

    Nishiwaki, Masahito

    Dayton Bombers

    ECHL

    64

    14

    17

    31

    44

     
     

    (Playoffs)

     

    2

    0

    1

    1

    0

     

    Takahashi, Kazuma

    Utah Grizzlies

    ECHL

    28

    0

    5

    5

    31

     
                     

    Player

    Team

    League

    GP

    W

    L

    T

    GAA

    Sv%

    Fukufuji, Yutaka

    Bakersfield Condors

    ECHL

    47

    18

    18

    1

    3.39

    0.899

     

    (Playoffs)

     

    6

    2

    2

    2

    3.55

    0.912

     

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    日本人初、メモリアルカップ出場!

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 May 20日 Tuesday

    カナダのメジャージュニアでNHLを目指している選手として、QMJHL でプレーしてる河合選手(西武と日本代表の河合選手の弟)のチームGatineau Olympiques がなんとリーグ優勝(QMJHL はカナダ東部で一番レベルの高いジュニアリーグ)をして、今まさにカナダジュニアホッケーの決勝大会(4チームで行われる)のメモリアルカップに出場しています。 

    ヘローキィさんの日記にも書かれてるし

    なんとCanadian Press (カナダの共同通信みたいな機関)の記事にもなりました! 

    しかも第2試合はBelleville に3−6で負けちゃったけど、しっかり2アシスト取ってて+2、凄い! 

    メモリアルカップ

    これからが楽しみな選手ですね!

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