Category: Asia League ice hockey news

Asia League attendance up last season!

 

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Team 2014/15 % 2015/16 2016/17
China Dragon 38,457 -4.74%  36,635 32,036 -12.6%
Nikko Icebucks 30,318 6.96% 32,429 34,773 7.23%
Oji Eagles 29,250 -0.67%  29,055 30,232 4.1%
Nippon Paper Cranes 27,480 -2.43%  26,812 29,583 10.3%
Sakhalin 18,943 32.1%  25,014 23,970 -4.17%%
Tohoku Free Blades 22,757 1.75  23,155 25,126 8.51%
Anyang Halla 15,539  8.3% 16,824 13,272 -21.1%
High1 15,353  -50.8% 7,560 7,252 -4.1%
Daemyung Sangmu 7,553 -30.9%  5,215  -
Daemyung Killer

Whales

 - 9,405
LEAGUE 205,741 -1.3% 202,999 205,649 1.3%

 

Asia League games tonight 12/29

Tonight Mike Radja will make his debut for Anyang Halla, and the team will retire Jung Byung-Chun‘s number 10 vs High1 on a night of  possible  major milestones for High1 and Halla players alike.

High1 sits in seventh place, 8 points out of a playoff spot with 18 games remaining but a huge shootout win in Sakhalin on Monday could be the catalyst needed to get them moving in the right direction.

Halla is 8-2 in it’s last 10 at home and is on 3 game winning streak.

The Halla game can be seen live at Anyang Halla youtube. The game is at 7pm Korea Standard Time (5 AM Eastern for people in Toronto and New York)

Mike Radja, Anyang Halla
Jung Byung- Chun 정병천
200 Goals 199 Mike Swift High1
150 Points 148 Eric Regan Halla
150 Assists 148 Bryan Young High1
100 Assists 98 Lee Don-Ku Halla
100 Goals 99 Park Woo-Sang Halla
100 Points 99 Shin Sang-hoon Halla

 

 

 

The other game today sees the old rivals Oji Eagles and Nippon Paper Cranes in Kobe, Japan 18:30 JST.  This is the final game in the six game regular season series which has seen the Eagles at 5-0. The Eagles are the hottest team over the past 10 games with an 8-2 record but the Cranes are also flying at 7-3.

Tonight’s possible milestones for  Eagles and Cranes

300 Points 297 Shuhei Kuji Eagles
400 Games 399 Sho Sato Eagles

Asia League recent signings

Anyang Halla signs two

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Anyang Halla recently signed university graduates Kim Young-Jun (#76) and Lee Kang-Soo (#81).

Kim is a 22 year-old defenceman from Korea University. The 178 cm rookie has represented Korea twice in international competitions, WJC-18 D2A and WJC-20 D2B. winning gold both times and registering 10 points in 10 games.

 

Forward Lee Kang-Soo played for  Fox Cities High School in Appleton, Wisconsin for two seasons before playing at Yonsei University and playing for the gold medal winning Korea National team at the WJC-20 D2B in 2013/14.

 

 

Tohoku Free Blades acquire Li Hang

Li Hng (Free Blades FB)
Li Hang (Free Blades FB)

Li Hang has come over from the China Dragon as part of an ongoing development agreement between the Free Blades and Dragon. The agreement sends Japanese players to China and vice versa to assist  the Chinese with training and development.

 

 

Blades break Bucks’ Streak

Tohoku Free Blades move into Second Place

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Nikko Icebucks FB

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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.