Posted by simon c on 2009 October 31日 Saturday
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Posted by simon c on 2009 July 4日 Saturday
Asia League Ice Hockey office has announced the tentative 2009-10 season schedule (pending Tohoku Free Blades approval into the league in the September general counsel, which seems backwards). The Blades basically take the place of the now defunct Seibu Prince Rabbits, and the league will operate just like last year with 4 Japanese teams, 2 Korean teams, and 1 Chinese team as a 7 team league. The teams will play 6 games against each other for a 36 game regular season that opens on 19 September in Korea and Hokkaido.
Due to (cost cutting? and) to avoid clashing with the Vancouver Olympics, the playoffs have been shortened from 2008-09 and will only feature 4 teams playing two rounds of best of 5 series to determine the champion (last season included a best of 3 play-in round between 4th and 5th place teams, then best of 7 series).
The expansion Tohoku Free Blades will open the season against the defending champion Nippon Paper Cranes in Kushiro. And the Greater Tokyo area will host a few games as the four Japanese teams will play doubleheaders in Shin-Yokohama on 14-15 November, in Sapporo on 19-20 December, and in Nishi-Tokyo (Higashifushimi) on 6-7 February.
The Tohoku Free Blades will play half its home games at the Tohoku hockey hotbed of Hachinohe, Aomori, and will play the rest of the games in various cities around Tohoku including Koriyama, Fukushima.
In addition to the officially announced player transfers, China Sharks have acquired tall scoring pest Joel Prpic (Seibu 35GP 43P 174PIM, he managed to score and draw a penalty simultaneously twice in one game I went to see) and Bin Ishioka (Seibu 36GP 8G+10A=18P). Though this alone won’t keep the Sharks up with the newly powerful Bucks, it is a step in the right direction (Prpic is a Japan/Asia vet that knows the league well with a long and successful career, and Ishioka won’t count as an import because Japan/Korea/China nationals do not count against imports in this league). (Thanks Martin!)
Posted in 02_English, Asia League Ice Hockey, hockey, information, opinion, tokyo | Tagged: china, cranes, free blades, hachinohe, higashifushimi, hokkaido, ishioka, kushiro, nippon paper, prince rabbits, prpic, seibu, sharks, tohoku, Vancouver, yokohama | 4 Comments »
Posted by simon c on 2009 June 14日 Sunday
Japanese moguls queen Aiko Uemura has tied the knot with alpine skiier Kentaro Minagawa! Good luck on the marriage and Vancouver 2010!
Posted in 02_English, information, olympics, opinion | Tagged: 2010, aiko, alpine, Japan, minagawa, moguls, ski, skiing, uemura, Vancouver, world cup | Leave a Comment »
Posted by simon c on 2009 April 27日 Monday
Puck Prospectus has a fluffy interview with Minnesota Twin and Canadian Justin Morneau about hockey. Morneau was once a backup goalie on a major junior team before fully commiting himself to baseball (good choice).
DL: Do you come across many hockey fans playing Major League Baseball?
JM: There are quite a few, but it’s mostly the Canadian guys. I’ll talk hockey with [Jason] Bay or [Matt] Stairs, and there are some guys from the Michigan and Minnesota areas that know the game, and what‘s going on. I try to convert as many guys as I can into becoming hockey fans.
While the American players get busy with fantasy football as the baseball season draws to a close, Canucks will talk hockey anywhere any time.
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Posted by simon c on 2009 March 29日 Sunday
A couple of interesting posts from the Canadutch blog of Leon Boyd, the Dutch-Canadian pitcher who was the closer for the both Dutch wins over the Dominican Republic in the 2009 WBC. One about the daily routine in the Toronto Blue Jays camp in Dunedin, Florida, and another with a collection of links and photos to interesting articles about his Dutch exploits.
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Posted by simon c on 2008 October 27日 Monday
Japan Ice Hockey Federation has announced the national teams for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics qualifying tournament on 6-9 November. The men’s team will train in Germany from 29 Oct, and will enter Poland on 3 Nov for the tournament against Great Britain, Romania, and the hosts Poland. The women’s team will play in Shanghai against Norway, the Czech Republic, and China.
Masahito Haruna (35) Oji Eagles
Hisashi Ishikawa (27) Nippon Paper Cranes
Naoya Kikuchi (33) Seibu Prince Rabbits
Jun Tonosaki (24) Cranes
Fumitaka Miyauchi (35) Seibu
Hideyuki Osawa (29) Cranes
Ryuichi Kawai (24) Seibu
Ryota Minami (22) Oji
Takafumi Yamashita (20) Oji
Aaron Keller (33) Oji
Katsuya Ogawa (23) Oji
Masato Domeki (24) Oji
Yosuke Kon (30) Seibu
Toru Kamino (29) Seibu
Masafumi Ogawa (24) Oji
Go Tanaka (24) Seibu
Daisuke Obara (27) Seibu
Takahito Suzuki (33) Seibu
Takeshi Saito (27) Oji
Darcy Mitani (34) Cranes
Kei Tonosaki (26) Oji
Tetsuya Saito (24) Oji
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