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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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    Team Japan for Vancouver 2010 Final Qualifying

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 January 23日 Friday

    Team Japan was announced on 15 January for the final round of qualifying for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Japan is in a very tough group against Austria, Slovenia, and hosts Germany. The games will take place 5-8 February in Hannover. The winner of the group will qualify for the Vancouver Olympics. Japan is essentially going into this round of qualifying with the exact same team that won the first round of qualifying in Poland last November. The team will hold camp in Italy from 27 Jan – 2 Feb before heading over to Hannover. You can see each player’s individual stats in the 2008-09 Asia League.

    GK Haruna (35) Oji Eagles    
    GK Ishikawa (27) Nippon Paper Cranes
        
    GK Kikuchi (33) Seibu Prince Rabbits
        
    DF J. Tonosaki (25) Nippon Paper Cranes
        
    DF Miyauchi (36) Seibu Prince Rabbits
        
    DF Osawa (30) Nippon Paper Cranes
        
    DF R. Kawai (24) Seibu Prince Rabbits
        
    DF Minami (23) Oji Eagles
        
    DF Yamashita (21) Oji Eagles
        
    DF Keller (33) Oji Eagles
        
    FW Domeki (25) Oji Eagles
        
    FW Kon (30) Seibu Prince Rabbits
        
    FW Kamino (29) Seibu Prince Rabbits
        
    FW Ogawa (26) Oji Eagles
        
    FW G. Tanaka (25) Seibu Prince Rabbits
        
    FW Obara (27) Seibu Prince Rabbits
        
    FW Iimura (27) Nippon Paper Cranes
        
    FW T. Suzuki (33) Seibu Prince Rabbits
        
    FW Ta. Saito (27) Oji Eagles
        
    FW Mitani (35) Nippon Paper Cranes
        
    FW Te. Saito (25) Oji Eagles
        
    FW Nishiwaki (26) Nippon Paper Cranes
        
    FW S. Sato (25) Seibu Prince Rabbits
        

    IIHF World Rankings:

    Germany (10), Slovenia (15), Austria (16), Japan (22)

    Posted in 02_English, Asia League Ice Hockey, hockey, information, International, Japan, JIHF, olympics, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

    Chris Yule to Nippon Paper Cranes!

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 June 7日 Saturday

    For whatever reason, the Seibu Prince Rabbits’ Chris Yule, a Team Japan veteran, had been released by the club following the 2007-08 season, even though with 10 goals and 25 assists for 35 points in 30 games he was tied for 5th in the league in scoring! Well, the Nippon Paper Cranes have signed the 33 year old Yule (via Kataribe Jiro-san) who is amazingly going into his 15th season in Japan. The Cranes reached the AL playoff finals this year, and a top sniper in Masahito Nishiwaki (24 goals in 2006-07 was 5th in the league) is returning from a year in the ECHL and should be a stronger player than before he left Japan. With these additions, the Cranes will definitely be one of the favourites to win it all in AL 2008-09.

    Posted in 02_English, Asia League Ice Hockey, ECHL, hockey, information, Japan, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

    Japanese National Team Final Roster

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 13日 Sunday

    The final 23-man roster for the Japanese National Team (Pos, Name, Club Team) for the 2008 Ice Hockey World Championships Division I Group B in Sapporo, Japan (13-19 April):

     

    GK 1  Haruna (Oji)

    GK 29  Kikuchi (Seibu)

    GK 30  Ishikawa (Cranes)

     

    DF 2  Tonosaki, Jun (Cranes)

    DF 4  Keller (Oji)

    DF 5  Miyauchi (Seibu)

    DF 6  Haga (Toyo Univ)

    DF 23  Osawa (Cranes)

    DF 24  Kawai (Seibu)

    DF 27  Yanadori (Meiji Univ)

       

    FW 7  Domeki (Oji)

    FW 8  Kon (Seibu)

    FW 9  Sato (Seibu)

    FW 10  Kamino (Seibu)

    FW 11  Nishiwaki (Dayton Bombers)

    FW 13  Ogawa (Oji)

    FW 14  Tanaka (Seibu)

    FW 16  Obara (Seibu)

    FW 17  Iimura (Cranes)

    FW 18  Suzuki (Seibu)

    FW 19  Saito, Takeshi (Oji)

    The two university defensemen made the roster, they will be interesting to watch as they represent a future of Japanese hockey.

    ECHL Dayton’s Nishiwaki is on the team, I’m interested in seeing how his play style changed after a year in NA.

    Haruna should be the starting goalie, having the hot hand in the AL playoffs winning all 9 games to the championship and also in NT training camp and training matches. (He’s also my sentimental favourite, having been a long time Nikko IceBuck, singlehandedly keeping the team in too many games where they didn’t deserve, until he moved to Oji and finally captured a well deserved championship this year.)

    Obara’s been playing great in the NT training and practice matches against Amur Khavarovsk. He should be a player to watch.

    Cranes had a poor year, and that’s represented in the final roster of the NT.

    Despite Ukraine’s presence, this is Japan’s best chance for promotion with the first home tournament in 25 years! Go Japan!

    Puck drops now for the first game of the tournament!!

    Posted in 02_English, Asia League Ice Hockey, ECHL, hockey, information, International, Japan, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    Japan vs Amur Khavarovsk

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 6日 Sunday

    Game details of the Japanese national team’s 2 warm up matches against Amur Khavarovsk (this team sent its 3rd team Golden Amur into the Asia League a few seasons ago, and has been playing practices matches against various Japanese teams in the years since then, hopefully they’ll make a return to the Asia League in the near future. The continued relationship with Japanese hockey is promising.)

    ———–

    Game 1 (Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan) 1 April 2008

    Japan 4(3-3、1-1、0-0)4 Amur

    Goals
    1P
    01:48 JPN 1-0 (G)Obara (A)Tanaka (A)Okubo (PPG)
    04:08 AMU 1-1 (G)36 (A)21 (PPG)
    04:31 JPN 2-1 (G)Suzuki (A)Sato (A)Mitani
    08:22 AMU 2-2 (G)9 (A)5 (A)2
    16:06 AMU 3-2 (G)10 (A)37 (A)5 (PPG+2)
    19:37 JPN 3-3 (G)Yamashita (A)Okubo (A)Obara (PPG)

    2P
    04:29 JPN 4-3 (G)Suzuki
    13:48 AMU 4-4 (G)35 (A)77 (A)10 (PPG)

    Shoot Out
    Japan 1(○-×、×-×、×-×)0 Amur
    1:Tanaka ○
    2:Kuji ×
    3:Obara×

    Lines
    1st Kuji 〜 Kon 〜 Takeshi Saito 〜 Jun Tonosaki 〜 Osawa
    2nd Sato 〜 Mitani 〜 Suzuki 〜 Keller 〜 Haga
    3rd Kei Tonosaki 〜 Obara 〜 Domeki 〜 Miyauchi 〜 Yamashita
    4th Kamino 〜 Go Tanaka 〜 Ogawa / Iimura 〜 Okubo 〜 Kawai

    GK Kikuchi 4 GA (60:00)

    Game MVP
    Yamashita (Oji)

    ———–

    Game 2 (Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan) 3 April 2008

    Japan 2(0-0、1-1、1-0)1 Amur

    Goals
    2P
    0:46 JPN 1-0 (G)Obara (A1)Iimura (A2)Keller (PPG+2)
    1:52 AMU 1-1 (G) 9 (A1)24
    3P
    3:28 JPN 2-1 (G)Obara (A1)Takeshi Saito (A2)Osawa (PPG)

    SOG
    Japan 24-19 Amur

    Penalties
    Japan 8-9 Amur

    Shoot Out Exhibition
    Japan 1(○-×、×-○、×-×)1 Amur
    1:Takeshi Saito
    2:Kamino
    3:Domeki

    Lines
    1st Kamino 〜 Go Tanaka 〜 Ogawa 〜 Kawai 〜 Yanadori
    2nd Domeki 〜 Kon 〜 Takeshi Saito 〜 Jun Tonosaki 〜 Osawa
    3rd Kei Tonosaki 〜 Okuyama 〜 Uchiyama 〜 Keller 〜 Haga
    4th Sato 〜 Obara / Iimura 〜 Kuji 〜 Okubo 〜 Yamashita

    GK Haruna (Oji)  GA 1 (60:00)

    Game MVP
    Obara (SEIBU)

    It turns out all 3 university players, Haga, Kuji, and Yanadori
    got a look in the 2 test matches against Amur, turns out I didn’t look
    carefully enough on my blog post earlier (doh!) They look to be promising
    young players.

    Obara is hot, and Haruna continued to look strong in goal, after winning 9 straight AL playoff games (only allowing more than 2 goals once) leading Oji to the championship and will probably be Japan’s main goalie in the tournament as Fukufuji (who became the first Japanese NHLer last season) is tied up in the ECHL playoffs with the Bakersfield Condors during IHWC.

    I have no clue what calibre of players Amur brought over for these games because names were not given in the game reports (what?) But probably they’re probably similar to the Golden Amur players (young player and over the hill veterans that participated in the AL a few seasons ago for Amur’s 3rd team).

    Japanese national team currently has 30 players in camp, and the roster will get pared down to its proper roster for the IIHF World Championship in Sapporo which starts on the 13th.

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    IHWC Div I 2008: Japan NT preparations

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 5日 Saturday

    The Japanese national team has been preparing to host the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I tournament at Sapporo in the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan. The games will run 13 – 19 April against Ukraine, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, and Croatia.Since the end of the Asia League season, the national team has been in training in Hokkaido and has recently played 2 practice matches against Amur of Khavarovsk (an RSL team, but no idea what kind of roster the team brought over, as the box scores only indicate uniform numbers and no names).

    Game 1 ended in a 4-4 tie. All goals were scored by the 34th minute in a flurry of a first half. One of the two remaining university players, standout defenseman Haga was used in the 2nd pairing with Aaron Keller. And High1 defenseman Okubo was used in the 4th pairing, but successfully quarterbacked the power play and assisted on 2 PPGs. Kikuchi (Seibu) allowed 4 goals, though the number of shots was not recorded.

    Japan eked out a 2-1 win in game 2 against an Amur squad that was fresher after a day of rest. Obara (Seibu) scored both goals on the power play this game, and combined with his 2 PP points (1G + 1A) in game 1 and has been playing great. Haruna (Oji) continued his hot play from the AL playoffs where he reeled off 9 straight victories (only allowing more than 2 goals in a single game), as he only let in 1 of the 19 shots he faced. Haruna has the hot hand and the original Japanese NHLer Fukufuji will be tied up in the ECHL playoffs with the Bakersfield Condors, so the Oji veteran should be the starting goalie in the upcoming tournament. AL’s top scorer in recent seasons Nishiwaki who is playing with the Dayton Bombers this season, and if his team loses in the first round of the playoffs (a best of 3 play in series), then he’ll be able to squeak into Sapporo for the start of the tournament.

    JIHL/ALIH and Japanese national team veteran Ryan Kiyoshi Fujita, who always plays way above his size, was nowhere to be seen over the Amur games although he’s listed on the long list of players in training camp. It’s unknown whether he was dropped because of injury, fitness, or team plans. 

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    Japanese National Teams News

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 February 2日 Saturday

    According to Japanese ice hockey commentator “Kataribe” Jiro-san (Japanese), JIHF has announced the national team selection schedule (information not on JIHF site yet) for the senior national teams that will be competing in this year’s IIHF World Championships. Japan will host the men’s Division I Group B tournament in Sapporo, Hokkaido at the Tsukisamu Arena.

    Preliminary selections of 40 players for the men’s team and 30 players for the women’s team will be announced on 9 February in Kushiro, Hokkaido.

    The men’s roster will be trimmed down to 30 players at the 1 March announcement. (Location TBA.)

    Men’s selection camp with the 30 players will be held starting on 31 March in Tomakomai, Hokkaido. 2 training matches will be scheduled (opponents TBD) and the final roster of 23 players will be announced in Sapporo on 12 April, the day before the start of the tournament.

    Dates and locations above are subject to change, and further details for the women’s team selection process was not announced.

    Posted in 02_English, 03_Translations (英訳ポートフォリオ), hockey, information, International, Japan, JIHF | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »