Japan Ice Hockey

by Kevin R Burns
(Kanagawa, Japan)

Japan Ice Hockey: I scold the other media outlets here for the largely non-existent reporting on ice hockey in Japan. Ice hockey is such a great game and Japan has a lot of good players and a great little pro league, The Asian League. The AL has teams in China, South Korea and Japan, and boasts players from all over the world. Moreover, it always has some former NHL and European League players.

AL -- News from The Asian League

All the news from the premier ice hockey league in Asia.

Find out the latest news from the

Asian League: http://www.alhockey.com/

Team Japan Ice Hockey

Team Japan just won the bronze medal in the Tier 1 International Ice Hockey tournament in Europe so will be promoted to play with the "big boys," like Canada, the USA and Russia. Japan is always exciting to watch with very fast and skillful players. If you get a chance to watch the Japanese national ice hockey team I encourage you to go! Japan Hockey News (iihf)

The women`s team is often in the top 10 in the world, and the men`s team in the top 20 or 30.

Nagano Cup - Ice Hockey Tournament

The Nagano Cup is an Ice Hockey tournament, held annually at Nagano City`s Big Hat Arena. The was the huge arena used for the Nagano Olympics in 1998. I was fortunate enough to go and watch Team Canada play the USA. I even met Walter Gretzky!And the Canadian gold medal winning, women`s curling team sat behind me. Boy were they lucky to sit near me! (LOL)

Asia Pacific Hockey League

The Asia Pacific Hockey League was created to raise the level of ice hockey across Asia by providing a framework for development through a combination or regularly scheduled games and specific hockey training. The games will be played in tournament format in events scheduled across Asia.

As well there is a very active university league in Japan.

Goalie Fukufuji hopes overseas experience helps Icebucks

NIKKO, Tochigi Pref. (Kyodo) One-time NHL goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji said Thursday he is willing to contribute his overseas experience in playing for the Nikko Icebucks of the Asia League Ice Hockey League.

"I want to offer my overseas experience for the team. I will give my all to help the team win," Fukufuji said as he was unveiled by the club at Nikko Kirifuri Ice Arena.

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