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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Halla 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Icebucks are off until 10/8 but will be holding public events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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High1 looks for momentum after last nights 2-1 win against the Cranes. They meet again at 6:30 tonight in Kushiro.
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|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|
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 : http://onthesports.co.kr/
*Korea and Japan have the same time zone.
Well the weekend is here and there are three games on Saturday and Sunday.
On the Sports will have a video replay of the complete game at https://www.youtube.com/user/hc365 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.
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.
Sakhalin has finished runner up to Halla the last two seasons so every point in this series is crucial.
|Mun Kuk-Hwan 문국환||C||Anyang||8/30 (2-3 weeks/ 2~3주)||9/11 vs Sakhalin|
|D||Anyang||8/30 (2-3 weeks/ 2~3주)||9/11 vs Sakhalin|
|Park Woo-Sang 박우상||C||Anyang||?||11월?
|D||Daemyung||8/30 (2 weeks/ 2주)||9/11 vs High1|
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.
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.
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.
|Nikko Icebucks||30,318||32,429||+ 6.9%|
|Nippon Paper Cranes||27,480||26,812||-2.4%|
|Tohoku Free Blades||22,757||23,155||1.75|
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.
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.
|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|
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.”
8/28 Return to Sakhalin to start Asia League play.
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.
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)
・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 Seon Hak Ice Rink 선학국제빙상경기장
-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:
High1 will play home games in three rinks:
Anyang Halla weekend game starts are at 17:00 and weekday games 19:00.
14 game venues have not be decided yet
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.
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.
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|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|
|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|
So 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.
From 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
|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.|
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
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.
|Group 1||Group 2|
Poland 12/12 – 12/18
ASIA LEAGUE TEAM OFFICIALS MEET IN TOKYO TO DISCUSS EXPANSION AND IMPORT PLAYERS
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.
|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|
|Mike Testwuide||Anyang Halla||RW||1st|
|Cho Min-Ho||Anyang Halla||C||1st|
|Eric Regan||Anyang Halla||D||2nd|
|Takuto Onoda||Oji Eagles||G||1st|
|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)|
|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|
All three games tonight will affect the playoff positions of all involved.
Top 6 as of 2/25/2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Watch the game:
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
Watch the game:
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
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
일본제지 크레인즈 vs 사할린
日本製紙クレインズ vs サハリン
Ниппон Пэйпер Крейнс vs Сахалин
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
*http://onthesports.co.kr/ will post highlights and a replay of today’s Sangmu game, but no live feed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Cranes games are sometimes streamed by a fan at http://twitcasting.tv/hiroat9hours , 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.
The Nikko Icebucks games are also sometimes streamed by a fan at http://twitcasting.tv/kirihuridayori , 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!
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.