The Tohoku Free Blades (東北フリーブレイズ) were founded in 2008 and have played six seasons in the Asia League. The team has won the league championship three times.
Of the four active teams to win the championship, only the Blades have done so without finishing first in regular season standings.
The team plays in several rinks during the season in order to spread the popularity of the game and has resulted in annual increases in attendance.
The Blades skated into their first season with 16 rookies on the 21 man roster and finished fifth in the seven team league. Although the team failed to make the playoffs, it wasn’t by much.
There were other positives from that first year as well. Left winger Bruce Mulherin led the team with 51 points and finished third in league scoring. The Blades were also a league best 4 -1 in shootouts.
in 2010-11 the team finish third. Tanaka Go won the league scoring title with 59 points. Cole Jarret was third and led all defensmen with 51 points (Still a Free Blades record), and Suzuki Masahito came in sixth with 46 points (Also a team record for a RW).
The team’s success and first round playoff win quickly became unimportant on March 11, 2011 when a devastating earthquake and Tsunami struck Japan. The finals were cancelled and the Blades and Anyang Halla were declared co-champions.
Soon a pattern emerged: the Free Blades would miss the playoffs, then return and win the championship.
With 2015-16 season approaching, will the Blades reverse the trend?
- Asia League Ice Hockey
- 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17
- エスプロモ株式会社 テクノルアイスパーク八戸 Technol Ice Park Hachinohe
Tohoku Free Blades roster 2015-16
|2||Cole Jarrett コール・ジャレット||32||1983-01-04||D||182||91|
|5||Imajo Kazumoto 今城 和智||28||1987-11-03||D||174||73|
|6||Yamada Yuya 山田 佑哉||31||1984-07-24||D||178||85|
|8||Kikuchi Shuji 菊池 秀治||29||1986-09-07||D||174||80|
|9||Motono Michitaka 元野 道隆||28||1987-06-21||F||170||74|
|11||Ikeda Shohei 池田 昇平||25||1990-07-21||F||173||80|
|14||Tanaka Go 田中 豪||32||1983-10-06||C||173||74|
|16||Iwatsuki Shogo 岩槻 翔悟||23||1992-01-10||F||170||74|
|17||Omiya Ryo 大宮 良||23||1992-01-08||F||170||75|
|19||Kim Staal キム ストール||37||1978-03-10||RW/LW||182||87|
|21||Yamamoto Kazuki 山本 和輝||28||1986-11-12||Rw||177||80|
|22||Tanaka Ryo 田中 遼||28||1987-04-22||C||180||88|
|24||Satoh Hikaru 佐藤 光||23||1991-12-03||D||170||72|
|28||Yamashita Takuro 山下 拓郎||27||1988-05-22||C/LW||183||82|
|35||Itoh Yuto 伊藤 優人||24||1991-8-08||G||172||73|
|38||Yamada Junya 山田 淳哉||23||1991-11-07||F||172||78|
|40||Kawai Takuma 河合 卓真||27||1988-08-10||LW||181||94|
|47||Shinohara Kota 篠原 亨太||31||1984-03-28||LW||170||74|
|50||Kimoto Shigehito 木本 栄人||27||1988-06-09||G||175||75|
|54||Kumagai Goshi 熊谷 豪士||27||1988-08-19||D||180||79|
|55||Hata Michikazu 畑 享和||25||1990-03-17||G||173||72|
|58||Shinohara Yuhei 篠原 優平||25||1989-12-25||D||174||75|
|75||Logan Stephenson ローガン スティーブンソン||29||1986-02-19||D||191||93|
|84||Kikuchi Kyohei 菊池 恭平||31||1984-04-13||D||175||83|