9/1/2018 Cranes fly high over Icebucks, Free Blades cut through Eagles

Cranes fly high over Icebucks The Nippon Paper Cranes continued their high flying home opening success with  a 6-1 thrashing of the Nikko Icebucks. For the Cranes it was their 11th home opening victory in 16 seasons and fourth win in five openers against the Icebucks. Sniper Hiroki Ueno started the scoring

16th Asia League Ice Hockey season starts today!

The 2018-19 Asia League ice hockey season starts today with a pair of games. The Nippon Paper Cranes host the Nikko Icebucks @ 17:00 in Kushiro, Japan. The Cranes are 10-5 in season home openers, but have lost the last two including a 4-3 shootout loss to the Icebucks last season. Today

Icebucks sign Finnish forward, Jesse Niinimaki

Well traveled 33-year-old forward to suit up for his 17th professional team The Nikko Icebucks have announced the signing of Jesse Niinimaki, who is coming off the  most productive season of his career. The 190 cm forward played for Yunost Minsk last season and finished sixth in league scoring with 41