Blades break Bucks’ Streak

Tohoku Free Blades move into Second Place

Nikko Icebucks FB


The Tohoku Free Blades received a 38 save shutout performance from Hata Michikazu to end the Nikko Icebucks four game run. Hata’s second shutout of the year and eight of his career ended a two game losing streak and pushed them into second place, one point behind Anyang Halla.

The first period was scoreless as Ono Kohei stopped 10 shots and Hata 13.

Ryo Tanaka playing in his 250th game scored a 5 on 3 power play goal just over five minutes into the second assisted by Matt  Pope and Cole Jarrett to kick things off.

Rookie, Yushiro Hirano gave the Blades another goal, his 10th, mid-frame with help from Junya Yamada and Goshi Kumagai. The goal ties him with Makuru Furuhashi of the Bucks for rookie goal leader.

Early in the third Goshi scored his 4th at 41:56 and Matt Pope capped the night off with his 24th to reclaim the league goal scoring lead.

Notes: Both teams were missing key players tonight as Nikko’s David Bonk missed his third game in a row with a presumed injury. Tohoku defenseman Logan Stephenson sat out his first of three games as a result of suspension from the previous game. He’s eligible to return for the Blades on January 7th.

The two teams will participate in the  84th All-Japan Ice Hockey Championship from December 16-18 and return to league action December 24th.



Whales kill losing streak, Bucks and Blades battle, High1 win in OT

The Daemyung Killer Whales ended an 11 game losing streak with a 4-3 win against the Oji Eagles.

Nikko Icebucks beat Tohoku Free Blades 3-2 in OT, teams rack up 92 PIM

The Nikko Icebucks got two goals from Mark Derlago in what was a low shooting penalty filled game.


The Blades started the scoring with a power play goal from Ryo Tanaka (12) 1:07 into the game after Ryuichi Kawai was sent off for hooking. Yuhei Shinohara picked up his first point on the play in just his second game of the season after missing the first 29 due to injury. But within two minutes the Icebucks replied on Mark Derlago’s 17th with assists from rookie Makuru Furuhashi and Kazuma Iwamoto.

The second period fell into a bunch of sin bin sitting as the teams racked up 15 penalties and managed 13 shots and 1 goal. Rookie Yushiro Hirano took a pass from Matt Pope to score his 9th of the year. For Pope, the assist makes him the first player to reach 50 points on the season.

During the third period score chances were even fewer than the second, but Derlago popped his 18th past Itoh to send the game to OT where he assisted on Kevin Mitchell’s power play marker (7) for the win.

Notes: 4th consecutive win for Bucks. Rookie Makuru Furuhashi had two points which gives him 20 points which is second among rookies. Logan Stephenson received 34 PIM including a 20 minute game misconduct and could be suspended.


High1 3 China Dragon 2 in OT

Kim Hyeok GWG and assist

High1 concluded their 3 game road trip to China by driving 49 shots at Michio Hashimoto. Tyler Brickler’s 8th goal on a power play in the first started the ball rolling, but Bin Ishioka’s 17th tied it shortly after.

Mike Swift’s 14th and 199th of his career put High1 in front 15:07 into the 2nd and it remained that way until Katsuma Kondo tied it with the extra attacker with 2:19 on the clock in the third period.

Defensmen Kim Hyoek’s 5th won the game at 61:26.

China Dragon 1st win at home: Killer Whales drop 10th straight

China Dragon 10 High1 2

(Image China Dragon FB)
(Image China Dragon FB)

China Dragon



The China Dragon got their first regulation win at home with a 10-2 thrashing of High1 in Shanghai Thursday night.  The win ended an 8 game slide by the Dragon as well as set a new team record for goals in game. The previous record of 9 goals scored occurred 10/2/2014 against Sangmu.

Bin Ishioka lead the way with a hat trick and an assist and Michio Hashimoto his second win of the season.


Oji Eagles 6 Daemyung Killer Whales 0

(Image Daemyung Killer Whales FB)
(Image Daemyung Killer Whales FB)

The Oji Eagles moved into third place while sending the Killer Whales to their tenth consecutive loss. Six players scored for Oji and Haga Yosuke lead all scorers with a goal and 3 assists. Narisawa Yuta record his 49th career win and 9th career shutout by turning away 29 shots. Tyler Weiman suffered his 17th loss of the season.

The teams play again Saturday and Sunday  at Seonhak International Ice Rink 선학국제빙상경기장 in Incheon, Korea. Both games are 5:00 pm starts.









Possible Asia League milestones 11/28-12/4


350 Points 348 David Bonk Icebucks
150 Points 148 Kim Hyung-Joon High1
147 Brett Parnham Killer Whales
146 Eric Regan Halla
145 Takuo Yamashita Free Blades
100 Points 98 Hiromichi Terao Eagles
96 Ryo Hashiba Eagles
250 Assists 248 Cho Min-Ho Halla
200 Assists 196 Kim Sang-Wook Halla
150 Assists 149 Junichi Takahashi Icebucks
148 Bryan Young High1
100 Assists 99 Yoshikazu  Kashino Dragon
95 Takuo Yamashita Free Blades
95 Ruslan Bernikov Sakhalin
200 Goals 198 Mike Swift High1
100 Goals 99 Mike Testwuide Halla
97 Park Woo-Sang Halla
450 Games 448 Daisuke Obara Eagles
250 Games 249 Kim Bum-Jin Killer Whales
248 Shin Sang-Woo Halla
200 Games 199 Hiromichi Terao Eagles
100 Games 97 Park Jong-Soo High1







Anyang Halla 안양 한라 Korea National Champions 2016!

Anyang Halla Korea National Champions 2016!


Anyang Halla 71st Korea National hockey champions (Courtesy of Anyang Halla)
Anyang Halla 71st Korea National hockey champions (Courtesy of Anyang Halla)



Team Time Goal Assist 1 Assist 2
Halla 22:12 신상우

Shin Sang-Woo


Shin Sang-Hoon

Halla 25:37 신상우

Shin Sang-Woo

Alex Plante 신상훈

Shin Sang-Hoon

Halla 27:33 김현수

Kim Hyun-Soo

Mike Testwuide 김상욱

Kim Sang-Wook

Halla 33:40 김상욱

Kim Sang-Wook

Eric Regan Alex Plante
Halla 34:28 신상훈

Shin Sang-Hoon


Cho Min-Ho



High1 will defend the National title in a rematch from 2015

High1Anyang Halla logo11/22 16:00 Mokdong Rink, Seoul







2015 High1하이원 3-2 OT Anyang Halla 안양 한라
2014 Anyang Halla 안양 한라 4-1 High1하이원
2013 Daemyung Sangmu 4-2 High1하이원
2012 High1하이원 7-4 Anyang Halla 안양 한라
2011 High1하이원 6-5 SO Anyang Halla 안양 한라



PSC Sakhalin host China Dragon 11/15

Asia League hockey 11/16
One game today PSC Sakhalin hosts the China Dragon at 17:00 KST/JST, 19:00 Sakhalin time

This is the 13 meeting between these teams and the Dragons have only 1 win (a shootout win at home).

The Dragon play for the first time since October 24
They have lost 5 straight on the road and are 1-9 in their last 10 games overall.

Sakhalin is 8-1 at home and 6-0 at home vs the Dragon all-time.

Possible milestones

100 assists
99 Yoshikazu Kashino, China Dragon



Watch Blades vs Bucks LIVE

Tohoku Free BladesNikko Icebucks




The second place Tohoku Free Blades return home for the first time in almost a month after an eight game road trip to Korea and Kushiro in which they went 4-4. The Nikko Icebucks, currently holding the sixth spot in the standings, went on the same road trip as the Blades and also came away with a 4-4 record.

This is the first of six games between the teams in 2016/17. Last season they split the series. Overall the Blades and Icebucks have played 43 games with the Blades winning 30.

Free Blades Icebucks
2015/16 3 3
2014/15 6 0
2013/14 4 2
2012/13 5 2
2011/12 3 3
2010/11 5 1
2009/10 4 2
Total 30 13


4 games to end October 10/29-30


The Nippon Cranes home rink is hosting four games, yesterday’s, 10/29, first game between the Oji Eagles (as the home team) and Nikko Icebucks went to OT.

In game two, the visiting Tohoku Free Blades defeated the Cranes 4-1.


Eagles vs Blades at 12:30


Cranes vs Icebucks 16:00 watch live stream

Asia League hockey highlights and Interviews from 10/22 and 10/23

10/23 Anyang Halla vs Nikko Icebucks at Goyang Ice Rink



STN Interview With Brock Radunske

On the Sports Interview with  Karel Pilar

10/23 PSC Sakhalin vs Nippon Paper Cranes


10/23 High1 vs Tohoku Free Blades at Goyang Rink


On the Sports interview with Blades coach Chris Wakabayashi



China Dragon vs Oji Eagles


Anyang Halla vs Tohoku Free Blades Full Game




High1 vs Nikko Icebucks Highlights


Korea National Team roster released for EIHC 10/31-11/6 in Hungary

korean flag

korea national roster

There are a few questions marks on the team. Yes, it is an international tournament and some of the more talented players are being given a rest, but the best players available are playing in the Asia League, not in college or on the military team where they are not faced with the same level of  competition.

The best players available and capable of playing should be going to Europe. Especially if the national team is the team being built for the Olympics, the players should be playing together at every chance, and auditions should be coming from the Asia League teams.

There are plenty of international tournaments this year: 2017 Universiade  in Kazakhstan 1-28-2/8, the Asia Winter Games in Sapporo 2/19-2/26 and there’s also the All Korea Winter National Tournament that pits the professional teams and university teams against each other. All perfect opportunities for players to show their talent.

Two Games on Tuesday 10/18


Tohoku Free Blades @ High1 19:00

The first meeting of the season for the Blades and High1. Last season the Blades won 5 of 6 games. Tohoku and High1 are looking for a win as they’ve lost the last 3 and 2 respectively.

High1 is 5-5 in their last 10 home games including a pair of losses to the Nikko Icebucks by a combined scored of 8-3. Mike Swift is on a 7 game point streak and Tyler Brickler is on a three game goal scoring streak.

The Free Blades lost their first road games vs Halla over the weekend are in a second place tie with the Nippon Paper Cranes. Tanaka Go and Kawai Takuma each have two points over the last two games.

Nikko Icebucks @ Anyang Halla 19:00 Watch the gAME LIVE


It is also the first head to head action for the Bucks and Halla this season. The Icebucks have lost only 1 of 5 road games this season and are coming off three road wins. Mark Derlago has 6 goals in 4 game scoring streak including a hat trick vs High1 Sunday night.

Halla took 4 of 6 last season from Nikko, but 3 of the games required extra time. Halla is 5-0 at home.

Asia League hockey scores and highlights from Sunday 10/16


Oji Eagles 4 Daemyung Killer Whales 2

Brett Parnham took over the Asia League scoring race with two goals in the first period to give him 30 points. Both goals were assisted by Adam Estoclet and Kim Bum-Jin. It wasn’t enough though as the Eagles scored  four including three in second half of the third period.

Kuji Shuhei and Echigo Tomoya each had a goal and an assist for the Eagles. Matt Murley added two assists to give him 12 points in 11 games.

In net, Tyler Weiman made his league league 20th start and turned away 36 of 40 for Daemyung.

Last year’s rookie of the year  Onoda Takuto won his 7th game in 9 starts by making 14 saves.

The Killer Whales have a much needed break that continues until 11/24. The Eagles are back on the ice on Friday, 10/21 in Qiqhar to play the China Dragon.


Full Game REPLAY


Nikko Icebucks 4 High1 1

Mark Derlago’s  3rd Asia League hat trick in his 100th game, his first since 12/18/2012 as a member of Halla, propelled the Nikko Icebucks to victory. Iwamoto Kazuma set a personal record with 3 assists during the game. Tyler Brickler scored his 6th goal (1st ppg) of the season for High1.

Park Sung-Je took the loss while Fukufuji Yutaka claimed the win.

Mark Derlago 3 goals (Nikko Icebucks Facebook)
Mark Derlago 3 goals
(Nikko Icebucks Facebook)
Fukufuji with a save (Nikko Icebucks Facebook)
Fukufuji with a save
(Nikko Icebucks Facebook)







Anyang Halla 3 Tohoku Free Blades 1

Goalies Hata Michio and Matt Dalton made a bunch of key saves in a close game last night. Both teams did a good job of jamming up the neutral zone, but there were a few breakaways and partial breaks that both goalies stood tall on.

Ahn Jung-Hyun start the scoring mid-1st period with a self pass while splitting two defenders and finishing off with a backhand wrap around.

The Blades had bunch f chances on the power play to close out the first but couldn’t get past Dalton.

The second period was tight until Halla with strong pressure and control scored during the middle of the frame. during 5 on 5 Eric took a pass from Alex Plante and wristed a shot through a screen beating Hata for his 6th goal..

The period also had the teams go on 5 power plays, but only the Blades had success on quick one-timer by Kawai Takuma who was left alone in the slot. He took a pass from Matt Pope and fired it glove side past Dalton.

The third period was interesting, if hitting on ice officials with pucks counted toward the score, the Blades would have won. For both teams is was irritating and so no scoring occurred until Mike Testwuide one-timed a feed from Shin Sang-Woo that pin-balled between Hata’s legs and in.

Game Highlights







Asia League hockey games 10/16 and Highlights and full games from 10/15

Game Day

14:00 Oji Eagles vs Daemyung Killer Whales

15:00 High1 vs Nikko Icebucks

17:00 KST Anyang Halla vs Tohoku Free Blades



Oji Eagles 4 High1 2 Highlights




Anyang Halla 2 Tohoku Free Blades 1





Asia League hockey schedule 10/2

 Halla and Cranes kick off 4 game Day at 13:00

halla logoNippon Paper CranesHalla took the first game 3-1, but late third period heroics from the duo of Jeff LoVecchio and Shunsuke Shigeno gave the Cranes a 4-3 decision.





15:30 Harmony in Hachinohe

Tohoku Free BladesPSC SakhalinThe Choir Boys Blades showed Sakhalin all the pleasantness one would extend to a guest on the way to a 3-2 win. Logan Stephenson and Sergejs Pecura get to sit out today’s game after getting game misconducts yesterday.



 16:30 High1 and Eagles wrap 3 game series


High1 is coming off an exciting 4-3 shootout victory against the Nippon Paper Cranes. Meanwhile, the Eagles look for their first win in four games after being swept by Halla yesterday in Sapporo.

The last time these two met, Oji scored 4 in a row in the third to snatch a 6-4 come from behind win.



17:00 Enter the Dragon Part 2

China DragonDaemyung Killer Whales





The China Dragon pulled of an overtime win by scoring 3 straight goals including a sweet finish by Matti Naatanen to seal the game. With a win today the Dragon can get out of the basement. With a win the Killer Whales can move into a tie for 7th spot.


Asia League team news 9/29

Asia League team news 9/29


halla logo


끈질긴 안양 한라, 오지 이글스에 3-2 신승 마르티넥 감독 완벽 용병술로 연승 다시 구가




The Dragon open a six game road trip to Korea 10/1-10/10. They head to Incheon to face the Daemyung Killer Whales (10/1,2,4) in a battle of the Asia League basement. The Following weekend the play High1.


Daemyung Killer Whales

The Daemyung Killer Whales are coming off a hard fought series with the Nikko Icebucks that saw them pickup their first regulation win. The post game celebration has to be seen to be seen to believed. Captain Kim Bum-Jin appears to have another career in the works after hockey.



High1 High1 has two games remaining in Japan before returning home for a week off. 10/1 they play the Cranes and 10/2 against the Eagles.



Nikko Icebucks10月1日 アピタ宇都宮店イベントに選手が参加


The Icebucks are off until 10/8 but will be holding public events.


Nippon Paper Cranes


Cranes vs High1 highlights 9/27



Eagles Vs Halla highlights 9/28




Players and CPM workers “Sakhalin” in the Union

Игроки и работники ПСК “Сахалин” объединись в союз


Tohoku Free Blades



Asia League Hockey news round up 9/29

Asia League Hockey news round up 9/29


Halla 3 Eagles 2

Hashimoto Ryo 橋本 僚 opened the scoring with his 1st for the Eagles with help from Obara Daisuke 小原 大輔 and Domeki Masato 百目木 政人 midway through the first period.

However, the lead lasted mere minutes as Kim Ki-Sung 김기성 scored his league leading 12th goal on a 5 on 3 power play assisted by his brother,  Kim Sang-Wook 김상욱 who recorded his career 250th point on the play.

The game stayed deadlocked until Kim Ki-Sung, Kim Sang-Wook and Mike Testwuide teamed up mid-2nd for Ki-Sung’s 13th at 31:56.

Alex Plante scored his 4th at 34:17 on a 5 on 4. Assisting on the play  were Kim Ki-Sung and Kim Won-Jun 김원준 with his second assist of the game.

The Eagles applied pressure late in the third as Matt Murley scored his 4th with the assistance of closed out the scoring Haga Yosuke 芳賀 陽介 and Ryan Caldwell.

Matt Dalton 맷 달튼 made 32 saves for his 12th win while Onoda Takuto 小野田 拓人 made 37 stops for his second loss of the year.


Cranes 4 High1 2

Ben Walter scores for Cranes (Image source Nippon Paper Cranes Facebook)
Ben Walter scores for Cranes
(Image source Nippon Paper Cranes Facebook)


The Cranes swarmed High1 in the first with a 16-4 shot advantage but didn’t score until the last two minutes when Jeff LoVecchio ジェフ・ラベッキオ picked of a D to D pass and went in alone, going five hole for his 5th on rookie goalie Park Kye-Hoon 박계훈.

The second period was a more balanced period as the teams traded 10 shots each, but High1 fired two in under a minute.


Yu Shin-Chul 유신철 scored his first career goal with help from Tyler Brickler 타일러 브리클러 and Lee Yu-Won 이유원. 54 seconds later Kwon Tae-An 권태안 buried a rebound for his 3rd.

The Cranes opened the third quickly. Shigeno Shunsuke 重野 駿佑 scored his 1st 1:35 into the third.

The period saw a revolving door on the penalty box as High1 had four power plays and Nippon had two. Ben Walter ベン ウォルター of the Cranes scored the only man advantage goal at 50:37 and Nishiwaki Masahito 西脇 雅仁 finished it off 59 seconds after with his 4th.

High1 goalie Park Kye-Hoon played well in loss stopping 37 of 41 shots.

INOUE MITSUAKI 井上 光明 appeared his 225 career game in a 19 save performance for the win.

2 Games Tonight and Possible Milestones

The Oji Eagles and Anyang Halla  rematch after their first meeting last night resulted in a 5-2 Halla victory. Game time is at 6:30 at Tomakomai.


High1 looks for momentum after last nights 2-1 win against the Cranes. They meet again at 6:30 tonight in Kushiro.


250 Points 249 KIM SANG-WOOK 김상욱 Halla
250 Games 249 BRYAN YOUNG High1
100 Assists 98 ERIC REGAN 에릭 리건 Halla
100 Assists 97 MIKE TESTWUIDE 마이크 테스트위드 Halla

Watch Asia League hockey games 9/27

Asia League 3 games tonight 9/27

The Oji Eagles put their 4-0 record on the line vs 10-1 Anyang Halla. Oji is only undefeated team remaining.
High1 looks to end a five five game losing streak when they take on the Nippon Paper Cranes. With a win the Cranes can move into 6th spot ahead of High1.
In the final game of the night, the Daemyung Killer Whales look for their second consecutive win after climbing out of the basement with a 6-3 against the Nikko Icebucks 9/25. The 5th place Icebucks can hold on to fifth spot with a win tonight.

CJ HIA logo

Whales and Blades look for a win

Daemyung Killer Whales host Tohoku Free Blades

The Daemyung Killer Whales return home to Seonhak rink after a six game road trip that saw them pick up their first win, albeit a overtime win, against High1. Still it’s a positive step for the young team.

For the Whales to find more success, they need to generate more scoring and need more guys to find the back of the net. As of now Daeymung has 13 goals in 9 games. 9 of those goals have come from Parnham 4 and Estoclet 5.

Until they can bury the biscuit more frequently, the defense needs to give the goalies some relief as Killer Whale goalies are facing 43.8 shots a night compared to the team shooting 22.8 shots a night.

The Tohoku Free Blades have only played a pair of games so far which they split with the Cranes a 5-1 win and 3-1 loss.

The Blades are an experienced team that find scoring from the forwards as well as the blue line. If the Whales want to play a feisty, chippy game they’ll be in for a lesson as the Blades are masters of the grinding game in the Asia League.

Game time: 19:00 KST/JST

Watch live :


6 Asia League games this weekend

Asia League hockey weekend, 6 gamesAsia League Ice Hockey (logo)

*Korea and Japan have the same time zone.


Well the  weekend is here and there are three games on Saturday and Sunday.

15:00 KST Daemyung Killer Whales at High1 @ Goyang, South Korea

On the Sports will have a video replay of the complete game at tonight.

The first game sees red and black play red and black as the Daemyung Killer Whales seek their first win of the season when they travel to Goyang, Korea to play High1. It could be a high scoring game as both teams are known for allowing high shot totals. (Daemyung avg 46.3 shots against this season, High1 37.7 2015/16).

Mike Swift begins his march to 200 career goals for High1. Currently he sits at 185 and averages 37 a season.

Goalie Park Sung-Je, if he starts today will become the 11th goalie to play 150 games in the Asia League.


17:00 JST Nippon Paper Cranes at Tohoku Free Blades @ Hachinohe, Japan

MAYBE LIVE STREAM herehere, or here

The first game of the season for both teams.

A full Free Blades roster enter the season with new faces in Matt Pope at C/ W to score and cause havoc. Goalie Shun Hitomi out of Kasai University and representing Japan at the world championships has found a home in the crease.

Hirano Yushiroh returns from a season in the USHL with the Youngstown Phantoms where he scored 46 points in 54 games including 24 goals. The 183 cm 91 kg Hirano is a force to be reckoned with and will be watched with anticipation to see if he can dominate in the Asia League and earn another shot in North America.

20 year old Hayata Seiya returns from five years in Canada to show what he’s got on the blue line.

Meanwhile the Cranes have five new faces. Three rookies (D) Koizumi Kazunari and (F) Nakajima Shogo from 2015-16 university champions Chuo University and (F) Otsu Kosuke from Meiji University Two new import players, Canadian center Ben Walter and American  defenseman Casey Borer, come from European leagues are expected to play key roles for the team.

17:00 KST PSC Sakhalin at  Anyang Halla @ Anyang, South Korea

Watch LIVE

In the most anticipated series of the season, Champions Anyang Halla host PSC Sakhalin in a replay of last season’s championship final.

Sakhalin has finished runner up to Halla the last two seasons so every point in this series is crucial.

Matt Dalton is expected to start for Halla. Sakhalin used a rotation of Denis Korovaev, Andrei Stelmakh and Maksim Tretiak in their opening series against so will wait and see who starts for Sakhalin

Asia League Injury Report/ 부상 보고서 9/8


Asia League Injury Report

부상 보고서









Name Position Team Duration Possible return
Mun Kuk-Hwan 문국환 C Anyang 8/30 (2-3 weeks/ 2~3주) 9/11 vs Sakhalin
Lee Don-Ku


D Anyang 8/30 (2-3 weeks/ 2~3주) 9/11 vs Sakhalin
Park Woo-Sang 박우상 C Anyang ? 11월?


Kim Bum-Jin


D Daemyung 8/30 (2 weeks/ 2주) 9/11 vs High1

Attendance soars as Chinese fans embrace hockey

Chinese fans embrace hockey

China Dragon
China Dragon


Asia League attendance has more than doubled led by the DRagon as 13,270 Chinese fans came out to watch the Chinese team’s home opening series versus Anyang Halla in Jillin. For the final game of the series 5,683 supporters  were on hand. in 2015/16 the Dragon lead the Asia League in home attendance with 36,635. As a comparison, the Kunlun Red Star of the KHL managed to attract 7832 fans to their season opener in Beijing.


Things are looking up in Incheon

Daemyung Killer Whales

The Daemyung Killer Whales drew 1,700 for their home opener and almost 3,000 in total for the first three games. In comparison, last year’s Daemyung Sangmu team managed only 5,215 ( a league low) for all 24 home games at Seonhak rink.

The Killer Whales made a point to garner publicity before the season and sustained it through the summer including with an exhibition at COEX Mall in Seoul to attract families to the game.




Islanders at the Rink


In Sakhalin, numbers are also up 34.7% compared to 2015/16 which was an 32% increase on 2014-15. With loss of the MHL junior team, PSC Sakhalin are now the only game in town which should help their numbers grow.




The season is only nine games old and the sample size small, but it is a very positive sign for hockey’s growth in Asia. Compared to the last two seasons, 2016-17 attendance has exploded with a projection of 230,268. Korea continues to trail the other nations of the Asia League. However, should the Daemyung Killer Whales keep steady attendance numbers they’ll be in the middle of the pack by seasons end.

League HOME attendance 2014/15 – 2015/16

Team 2014/15 2015/16 %
China Dragon 38,457 36,635 -4.7% 
Nikko Icebucks 30,318 32,429 + 6.9%
Oji Eagles 29,250 29,055 -0.67% 
Nippon Paper Cranes 27,480 26,812 -2.4% 
Sakhalin 18,943 25,014 32% 
Tohoku Free Blades 22,757 23,155 1.75 
Anyang Halla 15,539 16,824  8.3%
High1 15,353 7,560  -50.8%
Daemyung Sangmu 7,553 5,215 -30.9% 
LEAGUE 205,741 202,999 -1.3% 

Anyang Halla sweep China Dragon series 3-0

Anyang Halla 6 – 1 China Dragon


The China Dragon concluded there first home stand of the season in Jillin in front of a huge crowd by Asia League standards. Tonight’s game saw 5,683 fans watch Kondo Katsumasa score his first of the year,  assisted by Matti Naatanen and Scott Barney, to open the scoring for the Dragon at 14:21 of the first period. It was a short lived lead however as Eric Regan scored his first of two power play goals on the night at 16:50.  Halla held a 14-8 shot advantage going into the second period.


Halla wasted no time getting on the board when Ahn Jin-Hui scored his first of a pair 1:30 into the second frame. His fifth goal of the season assisted by Kim Won-Jung and Kim Sang-Wook. Regan and Radunske gave Halla a little R&R when they teamed up on the power play again as Halla took a 3-1 lead into the third period.


The third period started the same as the second, but a little faster.  Ahn Jin-Hui tallied his second goal at 1:21 on a power play  with assists by Alex Plante and Kim Sang-Wook. The teams traded chances but no goals came until Sung Woo-Je’s third of the season with help from Shin,Sang-Woo and  Ahn Jung-Hyun at 56:58. It was quickly followed by Kim Ki-Sung’s league leading 6th goal assisted by Kim Won-Jung and Ahn Jin-Hui.

Matt Dalton recorded his six consecutive win while Hashimoto Michio took the loss.


Hockey in Asia 3 Stars: Ahn Jin-Hui 2G,1A, Eric Regan 2 goals, Brock Radunske 2 assists.

Game sheet



PSC Sakhalin go for sweep of Daemyung Killer Whales today

PSK Sakhalin hockeyDaemyung Killer Whales logo

PSC Sakhalin                                                              Killer Whales

Today is the third and final game of the home series between PSC Sakhalin and Daemyung Killer Whales on Sakhalin Island. The previous two games were 4-0 and 7-2 victories for Sakhalin.

Yesterday’s game saw Ruslan Bernikov score a hat trick and add 2 assists while Alexey Eremin had 2 goals and 3 assists. In net, Andrei Stelmakh won his first Asia League game with 18 saves on 20 shots.

Both Killer Whales’ goals came on back to back 5 on 3 power plays during the middle of the second period. Brett Parnham scored his first as a Whale after coming over from the China Dragon. Adam Estoclet added his second of the year just over a minute later. The goals were the the first for the Whales in 217 minutes stretching from the first game of the season and three consecutive shutouts.

Eum Hyun-Seung played in his second game and made his first start since coming out of a three year retirement. He made 44 saves on 50 shots.

NOTE: Daemyung’s  captain,  Kim Bum-Jin 김범진, has not played since the season opener vs Anyang Halla. He’s believed be out with an injury.


Date HOME Score AWAY
9/3 PSC Sakhalin 4 – 0 Daemyung Killer Whales
9/4 PSC Sakhalin 7 – 2 Daemyung Killer Whales
9/5 PSC Sakhalin Daemyung Killer Whales
1/5 Daemyung Killer Whales PSC Sakhalin
1/7 Daemyung Killer Whales PSC Sakhalin
1/8 Daemyung Killer Whales PSC Sakhalin



Sakhalin sign forward Vitali Zatsepilin


Image courtesy of PSK Sakhalin

Forward  Vitali Zatsepilin (22 years old, 175 cm, 74 kg) has signed to play with PSK Sakhalin for the 2016-17 season.

Zatsepilin graduated from “Dinamo” hockey school, then moved to the CSKA system. At age 15, he moved to the USA where he played for three years. First in USHS for Northwood School Prep then for Boston Jr. Bruins in EJHL and USPHL Premier league.

Zatsepilin returned to Russia mid 2013-14 and joined MHL team Atlanty Mytishchi. While playing two seasons, second as captain, he recorded 24 goals and 35 assists in 78 games

Last season he appeared in one game for Khimik Voskresensk of the VHL.

Anyang Halla wins game 3, 4-0, and sweeps the series vs Daemyung Killer Whales

Game Recap

8/30 Anyang Halla vs Daemyung Killer Whales

The third game between Halla and the Killer Whales was much closer than the previous two games.


The first period was scoreless until the last minute when Shin Sang-Hoon took a feed across from Cho Min-Ho for the one timer.

Tyler Weiman made 14 saves and Matt Dalton and 13.

Halla dominated the second by firing 18 shots on Weiman and controlling the play.
The Whale managed only three shots on net and one power play.
Again in the last minute Halla scored on the power play. This time Kim Sang-Wook from Eric Regan.

The third period saw Alex Plante finish off a 2 on 1 with Shin Sang-Hoon and to cap the scoring Sung Woo-Jae scored at 58:46.

Game over? Nope.

The series was a testy physical affair and it came out in full force after the scoring was done.

With less than a minute in the game, the first incident occurred  just after the whistle on an offside call.
Ahn Jung-Hyun took exception to a late hit from Lee Seung-Won.

Ahn threw a punch and Lee got his stick up in Ahn’s face and threw a punch. Then the gloves came off and before they could throw down, Yoon Sang-Won came in and cross checked Ahn in the back driving him into Lee and the Daemyung Whales dog piled Ahn.

In the scrum Lee and Ahn exchanged a few punches. All over? Nope.

After getting out from under, Ahn and Lee were separated by the linesmen,  Ahn kept chirping and Yoon came after him and the two exchanged blows including a few on the button from Yoon.  Ahn ended it by yanking Yoon’s jersey over his head and giving him the  “Right there, Fred!” treatment.

As the officials sifted through the rule book to figure out what to call, the benches and coaches could clearly be heard chirping at each other and gearing up for round 2.

When play resumed Daemyung tough guy Park Tae-Hwan went after Kim Hyun-Soo right from the faceoff.  Kim didn’t even take his gloves off as he was savaged by Park including  punches to the back of the head as the refs separated them.

After another rule book referral, the team’s managed to play out the clock, but not before  another cheap shot from Daemyung to the head sent Sung-Woo-Je into the boards resulting in a misconduct penalty as the clock ran out.

An exciting series that people and players are waiting to see the second half of. Mark it on your calendars. 3/2, 3/4 and 3/5 in Anyang

2016-17 Asia League hockey season predictions

2016-17 Asia League Ice Hockey season predictions


Anyang Halla

has won the regular season the last two years and won their third championship last year. With top flight scoring, defense and goaltending, they are second to none and will finish first again.




continued to tweak the roster in the off-season to find the right chemistry to unseat Halla as the top team. But with only 12 players returning from last year, and all the new faces taking time to adjust to the Asia League, Sakhalin will finish second.







Oji Eagles

looked like they would miss the playoffs last season, but hot rookie goalie Onoda Takuto and scoring by committee propelled them into the playoffs. This season Shuhei Kuji returns from Germany. Two seasons ago, he led the Eagles with 61 points. Stephane Veilleux who joined mid-season last year brings his scoring and nastiness back. Two new imports, C/W Matt Murley and D Ryan Caldwell should  make the Eagles bigger and tougher to play against too.






Tohoku Free Blades

After injuries to leading scorers Tanaka Go and Kim Staal caused them to miss the first 15 games, as well as injuries and under production from other players, goal scoring dropped from 188 to 138 goals last year.

The Blades were 8-7 in one goal games last year, so a healthy roster and the addition of Matt Pope should result in more offense and wins this year.

The goalies, Hata and Ito performed well but were a little off from their previous season. They should also see improvements this year with the added scoring.

On defense Logan Stephenson had a career year with 35 points and led league defensemen with 17 goals. He and Cole Jarrett will be called upon to provide the physical dissuasion to opponents venturing into the defensive zone.






Nippon Paper Cranes

After missing the playoffs two years ago, the Cranes went out and got 40 goal scorer Uneo Hiroki as a free agent. He scored 34 in his Cranes debut.

Nishiwaki Masahito had his best season since his rookie year and Shigeno Shunsuke, Yanadori Shinya, and Shun Setaka all had career years.

Import player Jeff LoVecchio led the team with 56 points while Wacey Rabbit scored 41.

Goals against went from 3.27 to 2.60 and Ishikawa Hisashi rebounded from his worst season to have a career best 2.43 as a starter.

This season the Cranes are bigger with new imports. Casey Borer on the blue line is physical, can score and clear out the traffic.
Play making center Ben Walter is also good defensively and should work well with LoVecchio.






Nikko Icebucks

Last season the Icebucks led the league by playing in 22 games decided by one goal and won 13. 15 games went to extra time, also first in the league. They made the playoffs with 71 points also an improvement over 58 points the previous season.

The Bucks depend heavily on goaltending to get them through games. The return of Fukufuji Yutaka from Europe saw them reduce their goals against from 199 to 150.

Four players scored more than 40 points last year with Mark Derlago leading with 63. David Bonk followed with 55 in 40 games.The Asia League’s all-time goal scorer, Saito Takeshi got 45 points and Saito Tetsuya matched a career high 40.

The Bucks are bringing in five new faces including Kevin Mitchell on defense. Yoon Ji-Man comes from Sangmu where he had 24 points. And three rookies who played for Japan’s U-20 team will get their first taste of pro hockey.






Last season was a disaster. It was the worst season for the team since 2012-13  when that team was also comprised of many rookies and players with limited experience. The 2015-16 team collapsed in the second half winning 6 of 24

Goal scoring was down by 43 goals to average 2.52 goals per game while averaging 3.54 goals against. Also the 121 goals scored were the the lowest since 2010-11 and the 170 allowed the the worst ever.

The additions of Kim Hyeok from Daemyung Sangmu and Mikko Kukkonen from Europe to the defense corps, should help reduce the goals against. Meanwhile, Shin Hyung-Yun and Kim Hyung-Joon from Sangmu should also add some pop to goals for column.

Park Sung-Je again started almost every game but went from 20 to 12 wins and a career worst 27 losses and 3.42 GAA

All was not doom and gloom though. Kwon Tae-An had a break out season with 41 points. Rookie Tyler Brickler was on his way to the rookie scoring title until an injury sidelined him. He finished with 34 points in 40 games missing the scoring title by 3 points.

Mike Swift had yet another great year and won his fourth league scoring title

With a new coach this season and experience the team will improve, but it might not be enough to get into the playoffs.








China Dragon

Eight is a lucky number for the Chinese and in this, the eighth, season of the China Dragon will see them get out of the basement. Last year they made strides under Coach Jeff Hutchins,(who has since returned to the EIHL).

For one thing the Dragon were in a lot of close games. They improved their powerplay and penalty kill. Also more players were given a chance to develop and play in different situations and for some it was an awakening.

This year’s team will have new imports Kevin Quick on defense to play with Matti Naatanen who scored 43 points last season.
Scott Barney returns to the Asia League after three seasons in Europe. When he last played in the Asia league, he scored 87 points with High1 in 2012-13. His monster size will create more scoring opportunities for his defenseman and other players as he is very hard to move from in front of the net.








Daemyung Killer Whales

As the new team in the league they will finish ninth. With so many inexperienced players on the team and despite bringing in Brent Parnham and Adam Estoclet to lead the offense, they lack an offensive edge.

This team built by coach Benedict Song, who was known for a mean streak as a player in the Asia League, is full of similar players. It will make for exciting games, but with nine rookies just out of university it could also make for some long nights.

Th Killer Whales have only one way to go and with every win they’ll prove the doubters wrong.

Sakhalin training camp and preseason schedule Подготовка к сезону началась


HC Sakhalin starts training camp

XK Сахалинские Подготовка к сезону началась

Sakhalin players, coaches and staff arrived in Moscow yesterday and will have medical exams then start training in the gym and on the ice.

Goalkeepers: Denis Korovaev, Andrei Stelmakh

Defenders: Dmitry Fakhrutdinov Alexei Shagov, Roman Alekseev, Alexey Koledaev, Igor Gorokhov, Timur Rasulov, Vladimir Korsunov

Forwards:. Ruslan Bernikov, Alexey Eremin Andrey Golyshev, Igor Ushakov, Sergejs Pechura, Timofei Shishkanov, Alexander Golovin, Daniel Bogdziul and Roman Voloshenko

Preseason Schedule

8/3 VS HK Slavutich (Smolensk) Russia 3 league










8/7 and 8/9 VS Khimik Voskresensk of the VHL.






8/15 to 8/19 Governor’s Cup of Tver Region tournament



8/20 to 8/25  HC Rostov.”


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8/28 Return to Sakhalin to start Asia League play.

Oji Eagles sign last two import players for 2016-17


Today the Oji Eagles announced they have signed defenseman Ryan Caldwell and center/winger Matt Murley for the 2016-17 season. The signings fill out the Asia League quota of three players per team. The Eagles re-signed Stephane Veilleux in the spring.

Caldwell, a former New York Islanders draft pick, recorded 7 points in 13 regular season games for second place Lorenskog of the Norwegian Get Ligaen, and 5 points in 16 playoff games where Lorenskog lost in the finals to first place Stavanger Oilers. He’s just the latest Lorenskog player to join the Asia League after Jeff LoVecchio, Wacey Rabbit, and Alex Plante last season.

Matt Murley, a former 2nd round Pittsburgh Penguins, comes in from the Nürnberg Ice Tigers of the DEL where he recorded 25 points in 51 regular season games and 3 in 12 playoff games. He’ll get to clash with former Ice Tigers Cole Jarrett of the Tohoku Freeblades.

Hockey is Coming! 2016-17 Asia League schedule released today


The Asia League released the 2016-17 schedule today. As per the press release:


The AL will open the regular season portion with games starting on Saturday, August 27, 2016 before rounding out the season on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Nine teams will play in a combined total of 216 games over the course of six months. Six teams atop the final regular season standings will advance to the playoffs and will vie for the title of AL Champion. Both the first round will feature a best-of-three series and semi-finals and finals will feature a best-of-five series format which will begin in March and April.

■2016-2017 Participating Teams
Oji Eagles (Tomakomai/Japan) / Nippon Paper Cranes (Kushiro/Japan) / H.C.Tochigi Nikko IceBucks (Nikko/Japan) / Tohoku Free Blades (Hachinohe/Japan) / Anyang Halla Ice Hockey Club (Anyang/Korea) / High1 Ice Hockey Team (Goyang/Korea) / Daemyung Killer Whales (Incheon/Korea) / China Dragon (Qiqihal/China) / Sakhalin (YuzhonoSakhalinsk/Russia)

■League Schedule
・Regular Season: Saturday, August 27, 2016 – Sunday, March 12, 2017
・Playoffs: Saturday, March 18, 2017 – Sunday, April 16, 2017

※Playoff rounds will feature a best-of-five series format.(First Round is a best-of-three) Playoff game schedule and start times will be determined at the conclusion of the regular season and semi-finals. Games will be played only as necessary.


Some notes on the schedule:

The league’s newest team, Daemyung Killer Whale, will open the 14th season with a three game series against the three time champions Anyang Halla from 8/27-8/30 at

-Japanese teams will not start play until 9/10 as the Japanese national team play in Latvia 9/1 – 9/4 in the final Olympic qualification round. Japan will face Latvia, Germany and Austria in Riga, Latvia in a must win situation.

The China Dragon will play home games in four different cities this year:

  • The Dragon’s first 3 games of the season will be in Jilin against Halla
  • Qiqihar will host 12 and be the HOME rink
  • Shanghai has 3 games
  • Beijing will see 6 games to close out the regular season

High1 will play home games in three rinks:

  • 13 at Goyang
  • 9 at chuncheon
  • 2 “Home” games at Anyang vs the Eagles and Cranes in the Anyang Classic

Anyang Halla weekend game starts are at 17:00 and weekday games 19:00.

14 game venues have not be decided yet


2016-17 English Schedule  2016-2017シーズン日程のお知らせ




Nikko Icebucks start on ice training with 17 players and no imports. Icebucks training schedule

icebucks open trainng july 4







7/6 Head coach 岩本 裕司 IWAMOTO Yuji and players hold press conference about season expectations.


7/6 interview with rookie 古橋真来(フルハシ マクル)MAKURU FURUHASHI


Oji Eagles start on ice training









Sports and Moore interview with Hiranoh Yushiro and J.P. MacCallum






Vladimir Korsunov interview

Kunlun Red Star join KHL; could be a problem for the China Dragon

Kunlun logo

What affect could  the addition of the Kunlun Red Star, the new Beijing based KHL team, have on the China Dragon of the Asia League? The KHL rules state five players from a teams’ country must be on the roster and currently the Dragon are China’s top professional hockey team.

Before panicking let’s look at some options. The Chinese players could come from somewhere else. Andong Song perhaps? Nope. He’s at the New York Islanders Prospects mini-camp until July 1, and received a “Bona Fide Offer” which means the Isles retain his rights. Also, he’s likely to attend college in the US. Maybe his defense partner on the Chinese 2014-15 U-18 team, Simon Chen? No. He’s off to college in the US as well.

So the Red Star will have a few options to look for talent in China. Which are: getting players from the Dragon, picking guys from one of the four teams of the Chinese League, or going with youth by asking the Beijing Ice Hockey team for players.

Two other options could be to sign players born in China or with a Chinese parent, but grew up abroad or recruit foreign nationals to play for the Chinese National team. This move would allow them to fit under the KHL rules. It’s not like it hasn’t been done before.


Possible affect for the China Dragon

Although the China Dragon have struggled to find success since their inception, a few players have started to emerge. After all, people forget that on  the Asia League website it says they want to develop players to compete on the international stage.

One of these players is 23 year old, Mingxi Yang. The 177 cm, 76 kg defenseman has represented China for the last seven seasons. In 2015-16, he had his best season, both as a pro and in international competition. Another defenseman, Hu Tianyu won two Asia League championships in three seasons with the Tohoku Freeblades before returning to the Dragon. It’s likely the knowledge and training he gained could see him as a possible candidate for joining the Red Star. Also forward and energy player, Peng Sun could be wearing a Kunlun jersey next year. Although not a scorer, Peng wasn’t afraid to get physical when needed.

Whatever happens in the next few months,  the addition of the Kunlun Red Star could have a immediate negative affect on the Dragon. However, long term, it is a win for Chinese hockey.



FACEBOOK has knocked off Hockey in Asia

Hi everybody. Today FB book kicked “Hockey Inasia” off for some reason. The ID you’ve chatted with over the year or so.

You can contact at twitter @hockeyinasia or gmail until we try to get this fixed


Nikko Icebucks sign 19 for 2016-17


# Pos. Name
1 G Ryu Shoutaro 龍 翔太郎
38 G Ono Kohei 小野 航平
44 G Fukufuji Yutaka 福藤豊
5 D Ishikawa Takahiro
9 D Sato Hiroto 佐藤 大翔
28 D Ohtsu Yusei 大津 夕聖
34 D Takahashi Junichi 高橋 淳
54 D  Ito Goshi 伊藤 剛史
74 D Kawai Ryuichi 河合 龍
10 LW Mark Derlago マーク・ディレイゴ
12 W Konno Mitsuyoshi 今野 充彬
13 C Iwamoto Kazuma 岩本 和真
16 C Saito Tetsuya 齋藤 哲也
18 F Furuhashi Makuru
22 F   Omuku Maito
23 RW Suzuki Yuta 鈴木 雄大
30 C Gorai Takuto 牛来 拓都
51 C  David Bonk デイビッド ボンク
91 RW Saito Takeshi 齋藤 毅

Sakhalin ПСК Сахалин continues to retool the roster with 4 new additions in 3 days

hcsakhalinSo far with 15 confirmed signings including 5 new players the 2016-17 Sakhalin roster is taller, heavier and the oldest in the league at just over 30 years old on average. The defense has undergone the most change with three new faces: Igor Gorokhov (25) and Timur Rasulov (27) signed 5/27 and Vladimir Korsunov (33) signed 4/18.

Gorokhov had only 12 points in 46 games played over the past two seasons with three different low ranked VHL teams. Perhaps he will get be given a chance to show what he can really do with Sakhalin.

Rasulov has played in four leagues the past four seasons and will be looking for a stable spot on the Sakhalin blueline.

Korsunov brings world class experience after having won gold for Russia for U-17-U-20 as well as a VHL championship in 2010-11. He was VHL defenseman of the month in December 2015, and the 33 year-old former Anaheim Ducks draft pick should bring a calming presence and grit to the defense corps.

Goalie  Andrei Stelmakh, is the eight goalie for Sakhalin and will likely be the backup to Denis Korovayev if he re-signs for a third year. Korovayev along with Daniel Metliuk, Alexander Golovin, and Dmitry Fakhrutdinov were offered contract extensions in April with only Fakhrutdinov signing so far.

Yesterday’s signing of 22 year-old C/LW  Daniel Bogdziul of Lithuania, a big center who is coming off his best professional season of 47 points in Norway’s second league, gives Sakhalin a good face-off man and another solid playmaker. Bogdziul will be an exciting player to watch judging from his international awards and scoring prowess in IIHF competitions.


Sakhalin hires new coach and assistant coach

hcsakhalinFrom Sakhalin team website.



The team has hired Sergei Tertyshny Сергей Тертышный as its new head coach and Yevgeni Ikonnikov Евгений Иконников as assistant coach. Teryshny, 45, was an assistant coach with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL/Russia league from 2007-2014. He’s a former Washington Capitals draft pick from 1994 and played for the Portland Pirates of the AHL 1994-96 before returning to Russia where he retired form played in 2006.

During his time with Trakor Chelyabinsk, the team made five playoff appearances including the Gagarin Cup finals in 2011-12 against Dynamo Moscow.

Assistant coach Yevgeni Ikonnikov, 37, played in Russia and Kazahkstan as center from 1996 to 2012 and this his first coaching stint with a professional club


Daemyung Killer Whales

대명 킬러웨일즈

Daemyung Killer WhaleS








Pos  Name DOB Ht (cm) Wt kg) Previous team
G 엄현승 Eum Hyun-Seung 1984-05-28 175 73 Anyang Halla (Asia)
G 이창민 Lee Chang-Min 1992-07-14 185 88 Dongyang Eagles (KIHL)
D 조재형 Cho Jae-Hyeong 1990-10-22 180 83 Dongyang Eagles (KIHL)
D 김범진 Kim Bum-Jin 1987-01-11 178 84 Sangmu (Asia)
D 오현호 Oh Hyeon-Ho 1986-10-29 175 77 High1 (Asia)
D 이승원 Lee Seung-Won 1993-03-12 182 85 Korea Univ.
D  이재규 Lee Jae-Gyu 1993-10-13 181 80 Korea Univ.
D 이호성 Lee Ho-Sung 1993-08-18 179 75 Yonsei Univ.
D  오광식 Oh Kwang-Sik 1987-04-20 174 83 Sangmu (Asia)
F 이동민 Lee Don-Min 1989-06-27 172 65 Sangmu (Asia)
F 김동연 Kim Dong-Yeon 1988-01-12 170 70 Waves (KIHL)
F 김준희 Kim June-Hee 1993-12-03 171 75 Korea Univ.
F 박기선 Park Ki-Seon 1993-04-13 178 78 Korea Univ.
F 박중현 Park Jung-Hyun 1993-11-24 178 78 Yonsei Univ.
F 박태환 Park Tae-Hwan 1989-06-24 177 80 Dongyang Eagles (KIHL)
F 서동현 Seo Dong-Hyun 1994-09-12 180 82 Islanders HC USPHL Elite
F 이동근 Lee Dong-Gun 1994-01-10 170 80 Yonsei Univ.
F 윤상원 Yoon Sang-Won 1993-04-01 172 73 Yonsei Univ.


Japan’s final chance to make the 2018 Winter Olympics

The Japanese national men’s hockey team will have its last chance to qualify for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea when they play in Latvia 9/1 – 9/4 in the final Olympic qualification round. Japan will face Latvia, Germany and Austria in Riga, Latvia in a must win situation.

The national team had a disappointing showing at the 2016 Ice Hockey World Championship division 1 group A tournament in April 2016. The Japanese lost all five games and managed to score only seven goals while allowing five per game.

Riga, Latvia 9/1 – 9/4, 2016


Korea to be busy at 3 EIHC tourneys in 2016-17, including as host of one

The South Korean men’s national hockey is scheduled to play in three European Ice Hockey Challenges in 2016-17. The first one will be in Hungary 10/31-11/6, the second in Poland 12/12-12/18 and Korea will host 2/6-2/12,2017.

Hungary 10/31 – 11/6

Group 1 Group 2
Denmark Austria
Hungary Italy
Poland Korea



Poland 12/12 – 12/18



korean flagKorea 2/6 – 2/12



Complete Euro ICE Hockey Challenge 2016-17 schedule












Team representatives and Asia League officials concluded a two day meeting yesterday in Tokyo to discuss the future of the league. A plan to add two Chinese teams for the 2016/17 has been pushed back to 2017/18 as the the unnamed candidates failed to meet league criteria. With the addition of two teams the league would have been been divided into two conferences.

The increase in the limit of import players and the changing status of Russian players were also discussed along with the general management of the league and sports marketing.


Asia League Award Winners 2015-16

Award Player Team Position Previous wins
MVP Mike Testwuide Anyang Halla RW 1st
Most Points Mike Swift High1 C 4th
Most Assists Alexei Eremin Sakhalin LW 1st
Top Goal Scorer Mike Testwuide Anyang Halla RW 1st
Best Save Percentage Takuto Onoda Oji Eagles G 1st
Rookie of the Year Takuto Onoda Oji Eagles G
Hockey Town in Asia Anyang Halla 3rd
Leaders Flag Anyang Halla 4th


top 6 players

Player Team Position Previous wins
Mike Testwuide Anyang Halla RW 1st
Alexei Eremin Sakhalin LW 1st
Cho Min-Ho Anyang Halla C 1st
Eric Regan Anyang Halla D 2nd
Kirill Stepanov Sakhalin D 1st
Takuto Onoda Oji Eagles G 1st

Scoring streaks 2015-2016


Current Streaks Team Position Games ( Points)
  Brett Parnham Dragon C 8 (8 goals 6 assists)
Alexei Tkachuk Sakhalin RW 8 (4 goal 9 assists)
Kim Staal Blades LW/RW 7 (6 goals 7 assists)
Kawai Takuma Blades LW 6 (3 goals 4 assists)
Kirill Stepanov Sakhalin D 5 (1 goal 6 assists)


Team Position Games ( Points)
Jeff LoVecchio Cranes LW 16 (12 goals 16 assists 28 points)
Shigeno Shunsuke Cranes C 15 (8 goals 16 assists 24 points)
Alexei Eremin Sakhalin C 14 (6 goals 19 assists 25 points)
Kim Sang-Wook Sangmu C 14 (8 goals 18 assists 26 points)
Cho Min-Ho Halla C 12 (5 goals 22 assists 27 points)
Mike Testwuide Halla RW 12 (15 goals 11 assists 26 points)
Michael Swift High1 C 11 (6 goals 11 assists 17 points)
Eric Regan Halla D 11 (2 goals 11 assists 13 points)
Michael Swift High1 C 10 (8 goals 14 assists 22 points)
Tyler Brickler High1 RW 9   (4 goals 11 assists 15 points)


Team Position Games (Goals)
Jeff LoVecchio Cranes LW 8 (12 goals)
Shin Sang-Woo Halla C 6 (6 goals)
Park Woo-Sang Halla LW 6 (6 goals)
Mark Derlago Icebucks C 5 (5 goals)
Mike Testwuide Halla RW 5 (9 goals)
Mark Derlago Icebucks LW 4 (5 goals)
Kim Sang-Wook Sangmu C 4 (5 goals)
Mike Testwuide Halla RW 4 (5 goals)
Ruslan Bernikov Sakhalin LW 4 (5 goals)
Ueno Hiroki Cranes LW 4 (5 goals)


Eric Regan Halla D 11 (11 assists)
Shigeno Shunsuke Cranes C 10 (14 assists)
Jeff LoVecchio Cranes LW 8 (10 assists)
Daisuke Obara Eagles C 8 (11 assists)
Kim Sang-Wook Sangmu C 8 (11 assists)
Evan Stoflet Dragon D 7 (8 assists)
Michael Swift High1 C 7 (10 assists)
5 tied with 6 games

Tonight: Island Hockey

All three games tonight will affect the playoff positions of all involved.

Top 6 as of 2/25/2016

Top 6 as of 2/25/2016


Sakhalin vs China Dragon at 6 Pm KSt/ 7 PM local time in Sakhalin

Second place Sakhalin is hosting the last place China Dragon in the first of a three game season ending series tonight that can it be seen here.

Sakhalin is currently on a five game win streak and can set a league record with their 33rd win tonight. However, should the Dragon win or take the game to extra time they will damage Sakhalin’s chance of finishing first overall.

Sakhalin is six points behind first place Halla which only needs to win one of its remaining two games to finish first (based on total wins) and would also have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

The last place Dragon have lost their last three, but only need three points to set a team record for points in a season.

Oji Eagles vs Nippon Paper Cranes 7 PM JST

at Big Hat Arena in Nagano, Japan

Two points separate the Cranes and Eagles who are in third and fourth respectively. They both play Halla and High1 in double headers on Saturday and Sunday in Tokyo.

The Cranes have lost 4 in a row, but the Eagles are on a 3 game win streak.

As for tonight’s game, an Eagles win will prevent  the Tohoku Freeblades from advancing beyond fifth place.

Nikko Icebucks vs Tohoku freeblades at 6:30 PM JSt in Nikko

The Blades are riding a 3 game win streak and the Bucks won there last game the Icebucks are 7 points behind the Blades in the standings.

Watch here


Halla/High1 game review


Anyang Halla vs High1 5:00 KST today 2/21 at Anyang

Watch the game live HERE

High1 upset Halla yesterday with a 4-2 win ending Halla’s 18 game winning streak at home. They also ended their own 10 game road losing streak.

High1 got out to a quick lead at 1:44 of the first when Mike Swift opened the scoring with a power-play goal for his 400th career point.  He is the sixth player in the Asia league to record 400 points. Swift would also add another goal, his 30, and an assist to give him 68 points on the season and first place in the scoring race.

Rookie Tyler Brickler scored his 10th at the midway point of the first to give High1 a 2-0 lead on 6 shots after 20.

Halla shelled High1 goalie Park Sung-Je with 21 shots in the first but he was solid and cool as a cucumber in face of the shots.

The second started like the first, Brickler scored his 11th on the powerplay at 23:48 to put High1 up 3-0.

Bryan Young delivered some awesome hits throughout the period, including one that sent Kim Hyun-Soo flying.

Halla continued to hammer away with 19 shots in the period and got on the scoresheet when defenseman Alex Plante came in and swept a lose puck by a sprawled Park for his 6th at  38:15.

High1 managed only 4 shots in the 2nd.

Halla got a quick goal to start the third. Kim Won-Jun scored his 6th at 1:27 into the 3rd and Halla.

MIke Swift added his second goal, an empty netter at 49:59 to give High1 a 4-2 lead

Halla kept up the barrage with 15 shots but couldn’t get back even with a 5 on 3 powerplay in the last 1:20 of the 3rd.

Son Ho-Sung saw only 14 shots during the game stopping 11.

Eric Regan and Alex Plant combined for 13 shot of Halla’s 55 shots.

Tyler Brickler’s 2 points give him 33 and fa two way tie for first among rookies.

Legend, Song Dong-Hwan had three assists for High1 to give the all-time leading Asia League scorer 466 points.

2/20/2016 Game Previews

Game previews 2/20/2016

China Dragon vs Tohoku Freeblades 4pm

The Dragon play their final home game today before heading on the road for the final 3 games at Sakhalin.
With a win today, the Dragon can set a new team record for points in a season.

The fifth place Blades go for their 20th win today.

Anyang Halla vs High1 5pm
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Halla has the best home record with only one loss in 22 games and has won 18 in a row at home including 9 straight 60 minute wins.
High1 has lost 9 in a row overall and the last 10 on the road.

Daemyung Sangmu vs Nikko Icebucks 6pm

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The Icebucks have won all 4 games against Sangmu this season including a 5-3 on 2/18/2016

Sangmu had a 3 game home winning streak snapped with the 5-3 loss and are 3-7 their last 10

Watch Asia League Games this weekend 1/30-31/2016

Icebucks vs High1 at 14:00 JST

닛코 아이스벅스 vs 하이원

H.C.栃木日光アイスバックス vs ハイワン

Никко Айс Бакс vs Хай 1

Cranes vs Sakhalin at 15:00 JST 

일본제지 크레인즈 vs 사할린

日本製紙クレインズ vs サハリン

Ниппон Пэйпер Крейнс vs Сахалин

Halla vs Freeblades at 15:00 JST

안양 한라 vs 도호쿠 프리블레이즈

東北フリーブレイズ vs アニャンハルラ

Анян Хала vs Тохоку Фри Блейдс

Sangmu vs Eagles at 14:00 JST*

대명상무 vs 오지 이글스

王子イーグルス vs デミョンサンム

Сангму vs Одзи Иглз

* will post highlights and a replay of today’s Sangmu game, but no live feed.

Game Previews 1/28/2015

High1 at Nikko Icebucks 18:30 JST

High1 currently trails the Icebucks for the sixth and final playoff spot by 10 points. The Icebucks just played three games against first place Anyang Halla that required extra time and came away with 4 of 9 points. High1 has lost seven in a row on the road including an overtime loss. In that span they have scored only 8 goals.

The Icebucks haven’t done much better, with only two overtime wins in their last ten home games. However, they’ve found the scoring touch with 19 goals in 6 games in January.

High1 has gone 3-5 at Nikko since 2012-2013, most them have been close games.

Daemyung Sangmu at Oji Eagles 18:30 JST

The fourth game of the year between these two. The Eagles are looking to put space between themselves and the fifth place Free Blades and at the same time try to gain ground on the third placed Nippon Paper Cranes.

The Eagles lead the season series 2-1 after 5-2 and 6-0 wins and an 2-3 OT loss in October in Incheon.

The Eagles are coming off two losses at home to Sakhalin. In both games the Eagles had 2-0 leads but couldn’t hold on. January hasn’t been kind to the Eagles they are 3-6 this month.

Sangmu is 2-7 in January and is looking to play spoiler the rest of the season. They can still finish in seventh place.

Sakhalin at Nippon Paper Cranes 18:30 JST

This is the fourth game of a penalty filled series. So far the teams have combined for 6 for 46 on the power play and Sakhalin has 2-1 advantage.

The Cranes are 5-3 this month including two consecutive shutouts of Sangmu, before losing 3-2 on the 26th.

Sakhalin is 5-2 in January.


Anyang Halla at Tohoku Freeblades 19:00 JST

Halla has won all three games by a score of 18-5, but Halla is so-so on the road and the Blades have won their last 5 at home.




Game Previews 1/23/2016

Nikko Icebucks vs Anyang Halla, 16:00, Nikko, Japan

After an 8-0 home stand, first place Anyang Halla start a six game road trip to Japan with a three game set against the sixth place Icebucks. The Icebucks are returning home after a 3 game series in Sakhalin where they went 1 and 2. The last time they meet was back in September in Anyang and Halla won 2 games to 1. It’s the only loss for Halla on home ice this season.

Halla has already secured a playoff spot, but the team from The House of Orange is clinging to the final position with High1 and Sangmu knocking on the door.

The Icebucks have lost 5 straight at home, including back to back shutouts by the Oji Eagles, and Halla sweep the China Dragon in their last road action.

Last 10: Halla 10-0 Icebucks 4-6

Nippon Paper Cranes VS Daemyung Sangmu 17:00, Kushiro, Japan

The Cranes are glad to be home after a long 3-5 road trip.They host Sangmu after sweeping them 3-0 by a combined score of 15-2 in October in Incheon.

Sangmu is currently on a 10 game road trip that has seen them play Halla and the Dragon and come with out a 1 and 3 record in the process.

Sangmu has leaned on centerman Kim Sang-Wook to be the offensive spark for the team. Earlier in the year he had 14 game scoring streak (8 goals 18 assists 26 points). Not to be outdone, the Cranes Jeff LoVecchio had a 16 game streak (12 goals 16 assists 28 points) and Shigeno Shunsuke had a 15 game streak (8 goals 16 assists 24 points).

Expect an entertaining game.

Tohoku Freeblades Vs High1, 17:00 at  Hachinohe, Japan

High1 will play their remaining 11 games of the season on the road after going 9-15 at home. High1 has 4 wins in 14 road games so far.

The Blades are another team happy to be on home ice where they are  11-7. They are coming home after being swept in Sakhalin 3-0. The Blades managed 3 goals while allowing 13.







Watch this weekend’s games 1/23-24/2016 games online!



The Tohoku Freeblades will be streaming their games versus High1 this weekend and Tuesday here:

Broadcast schedule times are Japan Standard Time (JST). The feed will begin 10 minutes before game time.
January 23 (Sat) 16:50 start (17:00 played)
January 24 (Sun) 14:50 start (15:00 played)
January 26 (Tuesday) 18:50 start (19: 00 played)

You can also watch replays of previous games.


nippon_paper_cranes The Cranes games are sometimes streamed by a fan at , who goes offline during the intermissions and returns. He gives a play by play in Japanese. The Cranes will be playing Daemyung Sangmu. There are replays of games and previous periods under the “Live History” link on the page.



nikko_ice_bucks The Nikko Icebucks games are also sometimes streamed by a fan at , who also goes offline during intermissions. There are replays of games and previous periods under the “Live History” link on the page.

Got a noisy neighbor? Become the noisy one, and crank it as you get to hear the loudest, most energetic fans in the league cheer on the Bucks against first place Anyang Halla when you watch these live streams!



Sangmu marches to victory against the Dragon

Mun Kuk-Hwan’s 7th goal of the year just 49 seconds into the game was all Hwang Hyun-Ho needed as he stopped 38 shots to give Daemyung Sangmu a 4-0 win and earn his third career shutout.

Park-Sang Jin (10th) and Kim Hyun-Joon (3rd) scored in a span of 1:14 in the second period, and Lee Chan-Hwi scored an empty-net goal for his first for Sangmu since coming over from High1 in early December.

Hashimoto Michio stopped 22 of 25 shots for the Dragon in the loss and Brett Parnham made his return from an injury that cost him 13 games and had 5 shots on goal and a -1 rating.


It was a mild game with only 7 penalties called. Both teams combined 0-7 on the powerplay.