Month: July 2016

Oji Eagles sign last two import players for 2016-17

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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

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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

 

ASIA LEAGUE ICE HOCKEY 7/4-7/8 NEWS

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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

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Oji Eagles start on ice training

 

 

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NIPPON PAPER CRANES WERE OUT PARTICIPATING IN VARIOUS COMMUNITY EVENTS

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TOHOKU FREEBLADES OFF ICE TRAINING

 

 

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

NHLサンノゼ・シャークスのルーキーキャンプに参加する平野裕志朗選手のインタビュー動画です。JPコーチもお元気そうです。

 

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Sakhalin

ВЛАДИМИР КОРСУНОВ ПОДЕЛИЛСЯ ВПЕЧАТЛЕНИЯМИ ОТ ПРИСОЕДИНЕНИЯ К КОМАНДЕ

Vladimir Korsunov interview