Asia league playoffs and All Japan Championships

dscn26481Hi all this has been awhile but I have been busy moving,we are in 2 houses right now.We finally move out of the old place on March 8th Sunday.Hockeywise it has been very busy in Japan,last month was the all Japan championships.I was only able to make it to one of the first games,it was Hosei university against Bushukan high school from Hokkaido,the university team only won 5-2 .I was impressed by a defenceman on the high school team #88 Nakamoto ,he had 2 points in the game and was a solid dman but a little small.As for Hosei,they had a dman #3 Ishikawa who was big and strong but it is not too hard to be tough against high school players. Here are pics of both the players and the final scoreboard.dscn2648dscn2647
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Well the winner of the tournament was the Seibu Prince Rabbits in their final season ever, they beat the Nippon Paper Cranes in the final 6-5 in a very exciting game.

Next the Asia league playoffs have started and the Nippon Paper Cranes beat High1 in the first round 2-0 in a best of 5 series.The Seibu Prince Rabbits have moved into the finals with a 4 game sweep of the Oji Eagles which I was surprised by because the Eagles are the defending Asia League champs but Seibu is on a mission to win in their final season in the league because they are folding as Seibu has pulled their sponsorship of the club.The other semifinals series is a great one,Anyang Halla has a 3-2 lead in the series as it moves back to Korea for the final 2 games if needed.I hope that Nippon Paper comes back and wins the series but it will be hard for them in the opponent’s rink.

Fantasy and hockey pool update,well in the pool it has been a disaster I have fallen to fourth place as all my players have been playing like minor leaguers and even papa Rog is ahead of me now,it looks like a 2 man race between Jay the minister and Johnny boy who has moved into first place,he has never won the pool so it will be a miracle if he wins.

In Yahoo fantasy I have fallen to second place as Kevin from Toronto has had a great run recently,arrogant Dave from Calgary is in third Johnny boy in 4th,my goalies have kept me in contention and Luongo has finally started to play like the allstar that he is. On the trade front my goon Carcillo has been traded to the Flyers and I hope he can be a Broad Street bully like Dave “the Hammer “Schultz and Bobby Clarke.I hope I can at least finish in second ahead of arrogant Dave.

Finally in the NHL the big bad Bruins have fallen out of first overall as the Detroit Dead Wings took over top spot today,they are 1 point ahead of the Bruins and the Sharks.The Bruins made 2 trades at the deadline picking up oldtimer Mark Recchi from the Tampa Bay Lightning ,he has 2 Stanley Cup rings so I hope he still has some life in left in his legs and he can chip in a few goals and assists in the playoffs.The other trade was picking up Steve Montador a solid stay at home dman from the Ducks for Peteri Nokelainen,he also has a ring he won with the Ducks.

Well the move is almost finished I have to find a new internet provider,might upgrade to the 1GB super high speed internet woo hoo.More news soon about the Asia League championship series.

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