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    Posts Tagged ‘sendai’

    Free Blades Golden Week events

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 29日 Wednesday

    The upstart ALIH team Tohoku Free Blades will be hosting promotional events in Fukushima and Sendai (two of their 3 home towns) on 3 and 5 May, the latter being Boy’s Day, a national holiday.

    2009/Fukushima Airport YOU/YOUR Festival

    [Event] 2009/Fukushima Airport YOU/YOUR Festival

    [Date] 3 May (Sun) 9:00~16:00

    [Location] Fukushima Airport

    [Details] Take your shots event, autograph session

    [Participating players] #9 Takuya Nakamura, #18 Kota Tanaka, #19 Kosuke Takahashi

    Ice Rink Sendai Golden Week Special Event

    [Date] 5 May (Tue) 13:00~14:00

    [Location] Ice Rink Sendai

    [Details] Ice hockey shooting demo, skating class, autograph session

    [Participating players] #8 Shuji Kikuchi, #16 Jeffrey Koichi Honma, #21 Kazuki Yamamoto, #41 Yujiro Kasahara

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    Tohoku Free Blades is born!

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 14日 Friday

    Official press conference for the perspective Asia League franchise was announced on 12 November in Koriyama (Fukushima, the team’s headquarters), Hachinohe (Aoyama, the team’s training base), and Sendai (Miyagi, the largetst city in the Tohoku area). The team’s name is the Tohoku Free Blades, incorporating the meaning of free and sharp newcomer in the league that will cut through the old bureaucracy (not sure how realistic this is.)

    The team was established in Xebio as part of its subsidiary, so it’s another industrial team insted of a club team. The Blades already have 12-13 players under contract, and are planning of adding about 10 players who are new graduates this spring from various university teams, and also through some tryout sessions (open to foreigners, though all players bear all costs during the tryout) in December 10-11. It will definitely be a young team, and if it is approved to join the AL in the April meeting, I expect them to be compete with the Bucks and Sharks for the last playoff spot.

    The team intends on drawing talent from the hockey rich Tohoku area eventually, but is mainly compoased of players from hockey hotbed Hokkaido for now. The Blades will host games in Koriyama and Hachinohe, but will also host games in Morioka and Mitsuzawa also in Aomori. 

    This is wonderful news for Japanese and Asian hockey which has been constant decline in the number of teams. Hopefully the Blades will be granted the permission to join the Asia League next season, they certainly seem keen enough.

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