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    Nagano Cup 2010

    Posted by simon c on 2010 January 15日 Friday

    The international tournament that’s been abandoned since 2007 is back.

    Nagano Cup 2010!

    Feb 11(Thu/Hol) 13:00 Japan v Slovenia; 16:00 Denmark v Kazakhstan
    Feb 12 (Fri)16:00 Slovenia v Denmark;  19:00 Japan v Kazakhstan
    Feb 13 (Sat) 13:00 Kazakhstan v Slovenia; 16:00 Japan v Denmark

    All games at Nagano Big Hat, tickets are 2000 yen.

    http://www.cnplayguide.com/evt/evtdtl.aspx?kcd=39009

    Unfortunately, the exhibition game announced to be on Feb 9 in Higashifushimi, Tokyo has been cancelled.

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

    Team Japan for Vancouver 2010 Final Qualifying

    Posted by simon c 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 »

    Quarterfinals set for 2008 Worlds

    Posted by simon c on 2008 May 14日 Wednesday

    The quarterfinals for the 2008 World Championship in Halifax and Quebec City has been set. With the disappointing performance (combined with the ineligible German player controversy) sent Slovakia down to a relegation series against Slovenia, which it won (France, with Huet being the difference maker, won the other relegation battle against Italy.)

    Quarterfinals on 14 May are:

    Czech Republic – Sweden

    Norway – Canada

    Russia – Switzerland

    USA – Finland

    The CZE-SWE and RUS-FIN matches will be great clashes of titans, and the Swiss are always strong and can easily give the talented Russian squad a run for its money. Canada has the easiest draw, but the team only won 2-1 over Norway thanks to a last minute Nash goal, so we’ll see if Grotnes can pull off the supergoalie gig yet again. 

    Some great quotes from the Norwegians  🙂

    Even getting this far is an amazing triumph for the Norwegian national hockey program, which operates on an annual budget of less than $1-million. Heatley alone operates on an annual budget 10 times that.

    It is a team that boasts a former NHL player, 32-year-old Anders Myrvold, who last played for the Detroit Red Wings in 2004, and a collection of European professionals, semi-pros and amateurs.

    But they have, Myrvold said, a secret weapon.

    “We have Viking blood,” he said. “You know Viking blood? It doesn’t exist in Canada.”

    The players are salesmen and teachers – one for kindergarten – but mostly they are in building trades, carpenters like Grotnes, electricians and plumbers.

    “If you need anything, just give us a call,” Myrvold said with a laugh. “You can’t call the Canadian team. All they can do is play hockey.”

    Hahaha.

    Surprisingly, attendance has been disappointing, especially in Halifax where all Canada games have been held so far.

    Posted in 02_English, hockey, information, International, opinion, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    IIHF Uniform Watch

    Posted by simon c on 2008 May 10日 Saturday

    The great, the good, and the ugly

    Canada, of course, in a money grub move have new sweaters for this IIHF 100th anniversary tournament they’re hosting at home. Other teams all have the same Nike template uniforms, which are all boring except for a couple of them. Luckily, all teams wore throwback jerseys from various eras, and they were mostly good.

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    Posted in 02_English, culture, hockey, information, International, NHL, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »