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Crosby scores the golden goal in Vancouver!!!!

March 17, 2010

Hello hockey fans,happy St. Patrick’s Day from Japan ,I have a lot of stuff to talk about hockeywise today the most important being the Gold medal for Canada at the Vancouver Olympics,I watched the first 2 periods with my friends John,Sean,Burt and Robin at John’s place in Kichijoji and we were screaming our heads off with Canada leading 2-1 after 2.I had to leave for work after that which was a major bummer,John jinxed Team Canada by getting the bottle of champagne from the fridge with about a minute left in the game and Parise tied the score with 24 seconds left.I was waiting for my student to arrive and learned of the golden goal from the Score mobile app on my iPhone.I swear I would have smashed my phone on the ground if Canada had lost.Crosby you rock and are a Canadian hero forever and ever.Here is a picture of me at an outdoor rink in Tokyo 5 days before the big gold medal game.I finally had a chance to see the end of the game last Saturday night when NHK in Japan replayed the gold medal game not as much screaming as 2 weeks ago but it still felt good.

On to the Asia league,the playoffs have started as they changed the playoff format this year with only the top 4 teams qualifying,Anyang Halla won the league title and is battling against High1  who finished 4th in an all Korea semifinal,Anyang presently has a 2-1 lead in the best of 5 series with game 4 being tonight in High1’s arena.The other semifinal is an all Japan affair with bitter rivals Oji Paper  Eagles who finished 2nd and Nippon Paper Cranes who finished 3rd,the Cranes presently lead the series 2-1 with game 4 tonight in Kushiro home of the Cranes. So the final will feature a Korean team versus a Japanese team for the first time in Asia League history.

I will give a brief rundown of an Asia League game I went to last month between Tohoku Free Blades and the Nikko Icebucks.It was one of the last games of the season which were played at the Higashi Fushimi Arena in Tokyo.It was a 5-2 win for the Free Blades with #81 Okuyama being the offensive star of the game with 2 goals and an assist and the goalie of the Free Blades Hashimoto who ironically enough was the number 1 goalie for the Ice Bucks last season making 41 saves for the win.Here is a pic of him and his teammates before the game.Let’s move onto the Bruins report,well the big news has been the loss of Marc Savard for the season due to a cheapshot from Matt Cooke of the Penguins,however judgement day is on March 18th where the Bruins will get their revenge against the cheapshot artist Cooke at home versus the Penguins.The Bruins are fighting for their playoff lives as they presently sit in 8th spot 3 points ahead of the New York Rangers after a huge win tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes where they scored 5 goals in a rare offensive outburst for them. My friend Beau is a huge Rangers fan so I hope the Bruins can beat the Blueshirts for the last playoff spot.

Hockey pool update Patrick the rookie has all but wrapped up first place with about 3 weeks left in the season he has 892 points,Johnny boy who has never won the pool in second with 846,Papa Rog in third with 795,Jay the minister in 4th with 762,me in 5th with 750 and Brian the sophomore in last with 737.I still have hope that I can pass Jay and get into 4th but with a goalie who isn’t even the starting goalie on his team it will be hard.

Finally the Yahoo fantasy update,it is pretty ugly for me I am in 5th place out of 6 teams.Johnny boy is in first with 43.5 points and it looks like he will win it.Jeff from Spruce Grove in second with 36.5 points,arrogant Dave from Calgary with 34,5 points in 3rd,Thomas in 4th with 32,5 points,me in 5th with 30 points and Kevin from Toronto in last place with 12 points with his worst showing in the Slapshot Tokyo fantasy pool ever!!!

One more thing before I sign off,my oldest niece in Japan Yu graduated from high school this month and we are taking her to Hawaii  this week for 4 days as a graduation present.Here  is a picture of me and her at her graduation ceremony.

China Dragon win a game in the Asia League!!!!

December 8, 2009

Hey Hockey fans I decided to do a post on my birthday which I share with my mother who unfortunately passed away 9 years ago so I dedicate this blog post to her.

First let us get into the Asia League,I did manage to get out to a game 2 weeks ago where I watched the Nikko Icebucks beat the Nippon Paper Cranes 4-2 ,the star of the game was Kikuchi the Icebucks goalkeeper,the Icebucks powerplay was pretty good in this game,they scored 4 goals in the second period to put the game away.Here is a pick of #39 Kikuchi the Nikko goalie.The Cranes powerplay was terrible they must have had about 7 powerplays and did not get a powerplay marker.They do have a new Canadian defenceman named Pierre-Olivier Beaulieu #55 who played okay and he managed to hit a few guys in a very low hitting game as most Asia league games are.Here is a picture of him in the game.Let us take a look at the standings and see that the China Dragon won a game against the Nikko Icebucks to break their 0 and 19 losing streak,they lost one more game  to start the season than the NJ Nets in the NBA  who lost 18 in a row,however the China Dragon lost the next 2 so they  are a brutal 1 and 20 after 21 games.At the top of the league,the Oji Eagles from Hokkaido and Anyang Halla from Korea are tied with 45 points after 21 games,the Nippon Paper Cranes have 44 points after 23 games,High1 from Korea are next with 40 points after 23 games ,the Nikko Icebucks are after them with 32 points,the Tohoku Freeblades have 19 points and the China Dragon are in the basement with 3 points.I might go to a game in Aomori to see the Tohoku Freeblades battle the Nippon Paper Cranes and experience some real winter weather in the northern part of Japan.

Boston Bruins report is next,good news and bad news,last Friday was really bad as the Bruins lost to the Hab scum in Montreal 5-1 on a special 100th anniversary game,I believe the Bruins were thinking one night ahead to the big game against the Toronto Maple Laffs and the return of Phil Kessel to Beantown.This game was a great massacre of the Maple Laffs,7-2 for the Bruins with Marc Savard getting a hattrick and Kessel the glory boy being -3 and pointless on the night.Tuuka Rask continues to play well for the Bruins and got the win against the Maple Laffs after he had mopup duty in the third period against the Habs the night before where he allowed no goals.Injury news Milan Lucic is out of the lineup again,I really hope he can get back and help the team soon.As for the Northeast division the Bruins are in first 1 point ahead of the Sabres who they are battling for the third seed in the Eastern conference.

Yahoo fantasy update,I am presently in fourth as my team is having problems scoring and racking up powerplay points and my team plus minus is abysmal and falling fast.Spruce Grove Jeff   is in first after pulling off a blockbuster trade with me,I sent him Sidney Crosby and Dennis Wideman and he gave me Marc Savard,Dustin Penner and Dan Boyle,early on he seems to have won the trade as Crosby has been on fire since I traded him.Arrogant Dave from Calgary is in second,Johnny boy from Vancouver in 3rd,Thomas in 5th and Kevin from Toronto is in last place just like his Leafs in the Northeast division,I have to say I am enjoying seeing Kev in last place every day.

Finally the main pool,Johnny boy is in first place with 348 points,I am in second with 339,Patrick the rookie is in 3rd with 338.Papa Rog in fourth with 331,Brian the sophomore in 5th with 315 and Jay the minister in last with 312.The pool is turning out to be a great 4 way race with only about 2o points separating 1st from 4th.I finally made my first trade dropping Setoguchi and taking Kessel.Jay has used all his trades so he is out of the running this year I am afraid.

Have a good holiday season all if I don’t get a chance to write another post this year.

Asia league on a 2 week break!!!

November 9, 2009

Hello Hockey fans I am back after a long hiatus and ready to give you some insight into the Asia league,the Boston Bruins,fantasy hockey and our hockey pool.

Let us look at the Asia league first,The Nippon Paper Cranes are tied for first place with 30 points with Anyang Halla from Korea and Oji Paper is in 3rd with 26 points,all these teams having played 12 games. High1 from Korea which has the two leading scorers Alex Kim and Tim Smith is in fourth with 25 points but they have played 15 games,the Nikko Ice Bucks are in fifth,the  Tohoku Freeblades the newest team in the league has 13 points and in last place the China Dragon with 0 points and no wins after 15 games.The Dragon have a Japanese goalie and he has been peppered with pucks every game as they could go winless for the whole season.I hope to get to some games this weekend in Yokohama as there will be four games played on Saturday and  Sunday by the four Japanese teams.Pictures to follow in the next blog post.DSCN1949_2Here is a picture of Chris Yule from last year he presently has 6 goals and 5 assists for the Nippon Paper Cranes in 12 games this season,he was born in Edmonton,but has become a naturalized Japanese citizen and has played for the Japanese national team at the Nagano Olympics and other international tournaments.

On to the Bruins they have made it back to .500 hockey with a great 4-2 win over the Northeast leading Buffalo Sabres last Saturday which I watched on NHL Gamecenter with much hooting and hollering from 9-12 in the morning,however they are not in the playoffs at the moment due to having some injury problems right now as their leading scorer Marc Savard  is on the shelf for 4-6 weeks.The other injury is to Milan Lucic the reincarnation of Bruins legend Cam Neely who broke his finger and is out for 4-6 weeks as well.Tuuka Rask the backup goalie for the Bruins is playing well and got the win for the Bs on Saturday.Here is a picture from 2006 of the Finnish Junior team of which Rask was a member in downtown Vancouver during the World Junior Championships which Canada won of course.DSCN2953Next on to Yahoo Fantasy Hockey,I am in first place as all my players have been scoring and racking up the penalty minutes.My 3 goalies are Tim Thomas,Steve Mason and Evgeni Nabokov.Thomas and Mason have been below average so far but Nabokov has been stellar.Arrogant Dave is in second and his players have been heading to the injury list in droves.Spruce Grove Jeff  my fraternity brother is in third and has been trash talking me quite a bit.Johnny boy from Vancouver in 4th with Luongo on the injured list,Kevin from Toronto in fifth and Thomas in last.The lack of players is disappointing but oh well lots of players available on the waiver wire.

In the main pool,Patrick the newcomer is in first,but the beginners luck should wear out soon,Johnny boy in second,Jay the minister in third,me in fourth,Papa Rog in fifth and Brian the sophomore in last.I have 3 players on the injured list Briere,Toews and Setoguchi and am contemplating making my first trade.It is rare for me to have not pulled the trigger on a trade by now as all other poolies have made at least one trade.This strategy could pay off for me in 2010 when I will be able to bolster my team for the  stretch run in march and April.

One last thing before I go,my Dad will probably kill me for posting this picture but here is a pic of the oldtimer who just celebrated his 66th birthday on November 5 some time in the 1970s in the dressing room for his army team.img113See you soon and enjoy the hockey wherever you are!!!!!

Hockey is back and so am I!!!

September 28, 2009

Hi hockey fans the summer is over and hockey is back,I went back to Calgary and Vancouver in July for 10 days and the only sort of hockey pic I have is Ron Maclean at the Calgary Stampede giving out some awards on the last day of the rodeo.DSCN3260The Asia league is already 2 weeks into the season and the Oji Eagles are in first place but they have played 5 games so that is more than most of the other teams.A new team has joined the league called the Tohoku Freeblades a team from the northern part of Japan who will play games in Fukushima and Aomori prefectures,they did manage to win their first game of the season yesterday against the Nikko Icebucks in Nikko.I might go see a game next weekend in Nikko as the Icebucks will play the China Dragon,the new Chinese team which is based in Shanghai,they were the China Sharks last year but it looks like the San Jose Sharks have pulled their affiliation with the Chinese team.They have 2 foreigners on the China Dragon one German and one Russian.The Seibu Prince Rabbits folding last season sent some players to the Icebucks Eagles and Cranes and the new coach of the Freeblades is the old Seibu coach.More info to come in my next post next I will move onto the pool and NHL reports.

The main pool will be held this Sunday at 630pm and we have 5 confirmed participants Jay the minister Johnny boy Papa Rog back after a 1 year absence and Joey the golden boy of finance and me.If you would like to join us please email or call me 13 players and 1 goalie with 3 trades.Players get 1 point for goals and assists as do goalies and goalies get 1 point for a win and 2 for a shutout.

As for  the yahoo fantasy  this is where we have a problem only 4 players so far but interest from Brian the sophomore and Jeff from Spruce Grove and a fellow Bruins fan.I hope we can keep this pool alive because it has been going on for 9 years so I will be very disappointed if it doesn’t go ahead.If you are interested the pool name is below and the password will be supplied if you want to join.

http://hockey.fantasysports.yahoo.com/hockey/127920/

The Bruins report well the season starts in 3 days and the GM traded Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for 2 first round picks and a second round pick.I really like this trade it reminds me how we ripped off the Leafs in the Raycroft -Raask trade,speaking of Tuuka Raask he will be the backup goalie for the Bs this year and he has an NHL record of 1 win a shutout and 100% save percentage from last year but in only 1 game.Marco Sturm should pick up the scoring slack left behind because of the loss of Kessel.

Well thats all for now hockey fans see you soon and enjoy the opening games of the NHL season this week!!!!

June 30, 2009

hey everyone going to Calgary in 10 days I hope I can meet up with some of you there!!!

June 17, 2009

waiting for the iphone 3.0 update it is June 17th in japan I want my copy and paste already!!!

June 3, 2009

hey all new blog post is up at
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The finals have begun!!!

June 3, 2009

Well back again for a Finals edition a little late but what  the hell here goes nothing.I did make a prediction of Pens in 6 before the series started and have slightly modified it to Pens in 7 after game 3 finished.The Wings are a strong team but the Pens really played well in the third period  tonight but they played poorly in the second  so they were lucky to get the win and get back in the series and a non-call for a too many men on the ice penalty in the game helped them avoid a Wings powerplay as well.Fleury played well today and recovered from the bad goal he gave up in game 2.Looking forward to game 4 on Friday morning in Japan,but I have to work so I will try to keep up on the game between breaks at work and hope for a long overtime so I can see the winning goal in OT by the Penguins.

Hockey pool news,  Jay the minister is hanging on to first but is only 2 points ahead of Billyboy,Malkin is giving him a shot  to win it all,all other poolies are out of it and dreaming of the regular season pool next season.

Bruins news, the Bruins have signed David Krecji to a 3 year extension of his contract which is great news as he was the second leading scorer on the team this year and the big man Z, the captain has been nominated for the Mark Messier leadership award which will be handed out on June 18 at the NHL awards in Las Vegas where it is being held for the first time in history.

That is all for now over and out,enjoy the rest of the Finals and  a day without hockey is like a day without oxygen.

June 3, 2009

wings lose there isn’t anything sweeter except for a Bruins win and a Habs loss Pens in 7 is the prediction modification!!!

May 20, 2009

new blog post is up at http://ping.fm/KPxJd