Month: May 2016

山田 佑哉 YAMADA Yuya has retired



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The Tohoku Freeblades have announced the retirement of defenseman Yamada Yuya.  Yamada spent nine seasons in the Asia League (2007-2016 with four different teams. He started with Seibu Prince Rabbits in 2007-08 where he played for two seasons and reached the finals in 08-09 before going over to Korea and playing for High1.

His career year came with High1 in 09-10 when he scored 12 goals and added 15 assists. His 12 goals lead all league defenseman.

After two seasons in Korea, Yamada packed up for Japan to don the orange and black of the Nikko Icebucks for three seasons. In his first year the Icebucks went to their first and only Asia League finals losing 3 games to 1 to Oji.

Not a man to stay in one pace for long, he moved up the highway to join the Tohoku Freeblades and won the Asia League championship in 2014-15.

Yuya Yamada played 330 games and recorded 124 points good for 14th among defensemen.



Nikko Icebucks add 3 new players for 2016-17

HC Tochigi Nikko Ice Bucks, Held a press conference at the Tochigi Prefectural Government Press Club to introduce three new players for the the 2016-2017 season

Furuhashi MAKURU, FW, #18, 1993-09-30, 172 CM, 82 Kg, Chuo University中央大学 shoots: Left

furuhashi小  Furuhashi was assistant captain for and won gold with the Japan U20 team at the IIHF D2A in 2012-2013. He also lead the tournament in +/-.

MAITO OMUKU, FW #22, 1993-11-28, 174 CM, 76 KG, Meiji University, Shoot: Left

oomuku小 Maito won gold with the Japan  U20 team at the IIHF D2A in 2012-2013.

TAKAHIRO ISHIKAWA, D #5, 1993-04-26, 165 CM, 86 KG, Waseda University, Shoots: Left

ishikawa小 Takahiro won gold with the Japan  U20 team at the IIHF D2A in 2012-2013 and bronze with U18 team in IIHF D1A in 2009-10.

 Photos courtesy of Nikko Icebucks