Category: Transfers

Asia League Hockey Transfers – August 8

This is a list of the transfers we were able to confirm at the time of publishing this article. All details here were found through team websites/social media or confirmed by players themselves.

This will be updated as more information/team rosters are released

If you have any more confirmed transfers/signings, please contact us along with a source.

Anyang Halla:

In Out
Jong Hun Chun Free Agent Dong Wook Kim Sangmu?
Jun Il Chang High1 Jin Hui Ahn Sangmu
Scott Barney China Dragon Jung Hyun Ahn Sangmu
Ruslan Bernikov Sakhalin Mike Radja Retired
Yu Won Lee High1 Sang Hoon Shin Sangmu?
Min Woo Lee Sangmu (Military) Woo Je Sung Daemyung Killer Whales
Masahito Suzuki China Dragon
Sang Jin Park Sangmu


Daemyung Killer Whales:

In Out
Woo Young Kim Sangmu
Woo Je Kim Anyang Halla
Shun Sakata Nippon Paper Cranes
Bryan Young High1
Bin Ishioka China Dragons
Young Jun Lee Sangmu
Matt Murley Oji Eagles
Yuta Suzuki Nikko Icebucks
Doo Hyun Hwang Korea Univ.
Chang Hoon Lee Kyunghee Univ.


In Out
Jason Bacashihua HC Banska Bystrica (SVK) Bryan Young Daemyung Killer Whales
Mike Testwuide Anyang Halla Tyler Brickler Dundee Stars (EIHL)
Jun Il Chang Anyang Halla
Yu Won Lee Anynag Halla
Dong Hwan Kim Tohoku Free Blades
Mikko Kukkonen Free Agent

Nikko IceBucks:

In Out
Kentaro Tanaka Grandview Steelers (PIJHL) David Bonk Nippon Paper Cranes
Wataru Matsui Free Agent Mark Derlago Nottingham Panthers (EIHL)
Hiromichi Terao Oji Eagles Yuta Suzuki Daemyung Killer Whales
Jessi Niinimaki Yunost Minsk (Belarus) Junuchi Takahashi Tohoku Free Blades
Kevin Mitchell Free Agent
Ji Man Yoon Free Agent

Nippon Paper Cranes:

In Out
David Bonk Nikko IceBucks Ben Walter Villacher SV (EBEL Austria)
Denis Akimoto EHC Timmendorfer Strand 06 (Germany3) Jeff LoVecchio Fehervar AV19 (EBEL Austria)
Yusuke Kinoshita Sapporo University Casey Borer Free Agent
Kento Suzuki Chuo Univ. Masahiro Ebina Free Agent
Kenta Matsukimu Meiji Univ. Hisashi Ishikawa Retired
Kato MakinoSuke Chuo Univ.
Tim Hambly Krefeld Pinguine (DEL)

Oji Eagles:

In Out
Yusuke Kon Free Agent Matt Murley Daemyung Killer Whales
Hayato Aiki Free Agent Hiromichi Terao Nikko IceBucks
Barry Tallackson Eisbären Berlin (DEL) Ryan Caldwell Free agent


In Out
Ruslan Bernikov Anyang Halla

Tohoku Free Blades:

In Out
Yoshikazu Kashino China Dragon Cole Jarret Belfast Giants (EIHL)
Michio Hashimoto China Dragon Matt Pope Cardiff Devils (EIHL)
Shigeki Hitosata Toyo Univ.
Dong Hwan Kim High1
Junichi Takahashi Nikko IceBucks
Hayato Nakazawa Toyo Univ.

Oh Shoot! David Bonk signs with Nippon Paper Cranes

Six Year Asia League Vet signs with Cranes after tenure with Nikko Icebucks

David Bonk of Brandon, Manitoba reunites with his old linemate, Hiroki Uneo. The duo did some serious damage while with the Icebucks. Bonk always fierce competitor, will set up a goal, score a goal or push your nose to the back of your head depending on the situation. He joins a Cranes team that finished fifth last season and had quick departure from the playoffs.

The Cranes will depend on the Icebucks all-time leading scorer’s 61 points a season average to lead them to a better finish in 2017-18.

Source: Nippon Paper Cranes Facebook Page

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 points (7 G 34) in 39 games. He finished second in assists and in power play scoring with 2o points (3 G 17 A).

Anyang Halla Announce Influx of New Players for the 2017-18 Season

Having been relatively quiet since their Championship win, Anyang Halla has today released a list of the new players signed to the club for the upcoming season.

A total of 8 new players have been signed, the marquee signing being former Sakhalin Captain Ruslan Bernikov.

Bernikov is the first Russian player to play for a non-Russian team since Roman Pantyukhov lined out for the China Dragons back in the 2013-14 season.

Halla has also picked up free agents Scott Barney and Masahito Suzuki, formerly China Dragons. Suzuki will be the first Japanese player to play for Halla since Takayuki Ono way back in the 2010-11 season.

Yu Won Lee and Jun Il Jang both arrive from High1, although this won’t be the first time Yu Won has pulled on a Halla Jersey, having played 5 seasons with Halla previously between 2006 and 2011.

Sang Jin Park and Min Woo Lee both return to the Halla fold having played with Sangmu in the KIHL during their military service.

Former South Korea U-18 Goalie Jong Hun Chun has signed what appears to be his first professional contract.