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    Posts Tagged ‘wade flaherty’

    China Dragon are official

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 September 3日 Thursday

    Yes, it sounds like  a Chinese restaurant, but the Chinese entry in the Asia League has cut off its affliation with the NHL San Jose Sharks after one season, and now will be known as the China Dragon and will split their home games between Harbin and Shanghai (It’s good to see elite hockey back in Harbin on one hand, but this’ll lessen the impact in Shanghai, too bad China can only put together one viable AL squad.) The team is currently training in Harbin, and only has one import, the super veteran 42-year old Igor Andryushchenko who was instrumental in the Belarussian Junost Minsk winning the 2007 European Continental Cup (one level below the European Champions League or its equivalent) along with his then teammate and now China Dragon coach Andrei Kovalev.

    The Dragon plan on adding 2 or 3 more imports but they do not intend on maximizing the 7 import slots that they have in order to grow domestic talent. But they will be hard pressed to avoid being a doormat team again without an elite goalie like they had with Wade Flaherty last season. Imports are expected to be Belarussian and Kazakhstani. Though the coach or the Belarussian media still think that the now defunct Seibu Prince Rabbits are the team to beat in the league, so accurate information seems to be hard to come by. Unless the Dragon get an elite goalie, with the traditionally sieve defence of the Chinese, it’ll be a long season, especially with the highly bolstered Bucks lineup to contend with, and the Blades may be no pushovers either.

    Anyways, it’ll be yet another interesting season coming up in the ever changing Asia League.

    The Chinese hockey federation (government) is apparently saving money by going the Belaruss route instead of American, but I thought the Sharks provided coaching and players for almost free last season, but I might be wrong, and the economic downturn doesn’t help. This is mostly speculation.

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    China Sharks Update

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 September 25日 Thursday

    The only team to not have opened their 2008-09 Asia League campaign, the China Sharks, will start their season on the road with a game against the Nikko IceBucks tonight.

    The team made a fairly bland press release on 17 September, but in it is a video of an in depth 20 minute press conference. And contained in it are some nuggets, like how:

    • The Sharks will instantaneously have, by far, the largest capacity arena in the league now as the brand new Shanghai arena seats 6000, I hope they do a hell of a marketing job to get enough butts into those seats to create some atmosphere and excitement. The Sharks management actively seeked out this arena, so they seem ready, let’s hope the Shanghai citizens are ready for some hockey!
    • The Sharks organization will, in effect, run the Chinese national hockey program through coaching, player selection, etc. (This is the Sharks side of the story, not sure if it’ll completely match up with the Chinese Ice Hockey Association’s story.)
    • China is going to make a run for the 2018, or more likely the 2022, Winter Olympics, and want to make sure that they have a competitive hockey team, and that is one of the reasons for the Sharks involvement.
    The new China Sharks uniform (home darks, I assume) was also unveiled. But ugh, the Chinese red completely clashes with the Sharks black and teal. Guess we’ll see what colours their helmets, pants, and socks will be from tonight’s Bucks game photos.
    Also, Kato “Kataribe” Jiro interviewed China Sharks head coach Derek Eisler and he said even though he is confident with the team, and found some good Chinese and import players through tryouts (as well as signing known quantities in Steve McKenna, Wade Flaherty, and Adam Taylor, and Harvard grad Kevin Du, and keeping Jason Beeman and Kevin Korol from last season, the former was a one man wrecking crew of the otherwise pathetic Sharks offense last season), playing coaches McKenna and Flaherty will see more time as coaches in the latter half of the season depending on how the season is progressing. (Sharks season opening roster)

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    Anyang Cup 2008 missing game results

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 September 9日 Tuesday

    Details of missing game results here. 

    Good to see Kuwabara and Alex Kim doing well at High1, Wade Flaherty played part of the game against High1 but I guess his coaching means just as much to the team and they’d want to try out their domestic goalies (EDIT: Flaherty also played the full game against the Cranes in the 0-3 loss). And Chris Yule seems to be comfortable with the Cranes recording 1G+1A against High1. Upcoming weekend is Nikko IceBuck at Seibu at Higashifushimi in west Tokyo, faceoff at 14:00.

    9.5

    HIGH1 4 (2-1,1-2,1-2) 5 EAGLES

    GK HIGH1 : Eum, Hyun Seung

    EAGLES : Tada

    Scorer ( )=assists

    HIGH1 : (1)Osterby(Kuwabara, Alex Kim) (2)Alex Kim (3)Kim, Dong Hwan(Allen, Gauvreau) (4)Kuwabara(Allen)

    EAGLES : (1)Minami(Endicott, Ishizuka) (2)Persson(Minami, Iwata) (3)Domeki(Keller, Te. Saito) (4)Kawamoto(Oikiri) (5)Domeki(Keller, Ta. Saito)

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    9.6 HIGH1 2 (0-0,0-1,2-1,0-0,0-1) 3 CRANES

    GK HIGH1 : Kanamaru

    CRANES : Kiyokawa

    Scorer ( )=assists

    HIGH1 : (1)Lee, Seung-Joon(Alex Kim, Osterby) (2)Lee, You

    CRANES : (1)Yule(Fairchild, Kitoh) (2)Fairchild(Yule)

     

    SHARKS 2 (0-1,2-3,0-1) 5 ANYANG HALLA

    GK SHARKS : Xie Ming

    HALLA : Son, Ho Sung → Kim, Sun Ki

    Scorer ( )=assists

    SHARKS : (1)Fu, Nan(Wang, Jiang) (2)Zhang, Weiyang(Wang, Jiang)

    HALLA : (1)Kim, Ki Sung(Park, Woo Sang, Fast) (2)Kim, Ki Sung(Park, Woo Sang) (3)Kim, Ki Sung(Yoon, Kyung Won, Kim, Han Sung) (4)Martinec(Kim Kyu Hun, Song, Dong Hwan) (5)Yoon, Kyung Won(Kim, Han Sung, Fast)

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