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Japan men's national ice hockey team

The Japanese national ice hockey team (Japanese: アイスホッケー男子日本代表 Aisuhokkē Danshi Nippon Daihyō) is the national men's ice hockey of Japan. They are controlled by the Japan Ice Hockey Federation and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Japan is currently ranked 23rd in the rankings and currently compete in the IIHF World Championship Division I. They have competed in eight Olympic Games competitions.

Japan
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationJapan Ice Hockey Federation
Head coachYuji Iwamoto
AssistantsMasahito Haruna
Teruhiko Okita
Tomohito Okubo
CaptainTetsuya Saito
Most gamesMasahito Nishiwaki (94)
Most pointsNorio Suzuki (85)
Team colors              
IIHF codeJPN
Ranking
Current IIHF23 Decrease 1 (21 May 2018)[1]
Highest IIHF15 (first in 2003)
Lowest IIHF23 (first in 2017)
First international
Czechoslovakia  12–2  Japan
(Davos, Switzerland; 24 January 1930)
Biggest win
Japan  44–1  Kuwait
(Gangneung, South Korea; 30 January 1999)
Biggest defeat
Czechoslovakia  25–1  Japan
(Moscow, Soviet Union; 4 March 1957)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances44 (first in 1930)
Best result8th (1930, 1957)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances8 (first in 1986)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg Gold (2003, 2007) Silver medal with cup.svg Silver (1986, 1990, 1996, 1999, 2011) Bronze medal with cup.svg Bronze (2017)
Olympics
Appearances8 (first in 1936)
International record (W–L–T)
238–364–47

Contents

Tournament participationEdit

Winter OlympicsEdit

  • 1936 – 9th place (tied)
  • 1960 – 8th place
  • 1964 – 11th place
  • 1968 – 10th place
  • 1972 – 9th place
  • 1976 – 9th place
  • 1980 – 12th place
  • 1998 – 13th place

World ChampionshipEdit

Note: Years in Bold denote participation in the top-level tournament

  • 1930 – Finished tied in 6th place
  • 1957 – Finished in 8th place
  • 1962 – Finished in 9th place (1st in "Pool B")
  • 1967 – Finished in 17th place (1st in "Pool C")
  • 1969 – Finished in 15th place (1st in "Pool C")
  • 1970 – Finished in 11th place (5th in "Pool B")
  • 1971 – Finished in 12th place (6th in "Pool B")
  • 1972 – Finished in 11th place (5th in "Pool B")
  • 1973 – Finished in 12th place (6th in "Pool B")
  • 1974 – Finished in 10th place (4th in "Pool B")
  • 1975 – Finished in 12th place (6th in "Pool B")
  • 1976 – Finished in 10th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1977 – Finished in 11th place (3rd in "Pool B")
  • 1978 – Finished in 10th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1979 – Finished in 14th place (6th in "Pool B")
  • 1981 – Finished in 16th place (8th in "Pool B")
  • 1982 – Finished in 17th place (1st in "Pool C")
  • 1983 – Finished in 13th place (5th in "Pool B")
  • 1985 – Finished in 13th place (5th in "Pool B")
  • 1986 – Finished in 15th place (8th in "Pool B")
  • 1987 – Finished in 17th place (1st in "Pool C")
  • 1989 – Finished in 15th place (7th in "Pool B")
  • 1990 – Finished in 15th place (7th in "Pool B")
  • 1991 – Finished in 16th place (8th in "Pool B")
  • 1992 – Finished in 15th place (3rd in "Pool B")
  • 1993 – Finished in 17th place (5th in "Pool B")
  • 1994 – Finished in 16th place (4th in "Pool B")
  • 1995 – Finished in 18th place (6th in "Pool B")
  • 1996 – Finished in 20th place (8th in "Pool B")
  • 1997 – Finished in 24th place (4th in "Pool C")
  • 1998 – Finished in 14th place
  • 1999 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2000 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2001 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2002 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2003 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2004 – Finished in 15th place
  • 2005 – Finished in 24th place (4th in Division I, Group A)
  • 2006 – Finished in 22nd place (3rd in Division I, Group A)
  • 2007 – Finished in 22nd place (3rd in Division I, Group B)
  • 2008 – Finished in 21st place (3rd in Division I, Group B)
  • 2009 – Finished in 21st place (3rd in Division I, Group A)
  • 2010 – Finished in 21st place (3rd in Division I, Group A)
  • 2011 – Withdrew from tournament citing the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake; remained in Group A
  • 2012 – Finished in 20th place (4th in Division I, Group A)
  • 2013 – Finished in 20th place (4th in Division I, Group A)
  • 2014 – Finished in 19th place (3rd in Division I, Group A)
  • 2015 – Finished in 20th place (4th in Division I, Group A)
  • 2016 – Finished in 22nd place (6th in Division I, Group A)
  • 2017 – Finished in 24th place (2nd in Division I, Group B)
  • 2018 – Finished in 24th place (2nd in Division I, Group B)
  • 2019 – Finished in 25th place (3rd in Division I, Group B)

Asian Winter GamesEdit

  • 1986 – Finished in 2nd place
  • 1990 – Finished in 2nd place
  • 1996 – Finished in 2nd place
  • 1999 – Finished in 2nd place
  • 2003 – Finished in 1st place
  • 2007 – Finished in 1st place
  • 2011 – Finished in 2nd place
  • 2017 – Finished in 3rd place

TeamEdit

RosterEdit

Roster for the 2018 IIHF World Championship Division I Group B.[2]

Head coach: Yuji Iwamoto

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth Club
29 Yutaka Fukufuji L 1.85 m 83 kg (1982-09-17)17 September 1982 (aged 35)   Nikko Ice Bucks
1 Yuta Narisawa L 1.79 m 75 kg (1987-04-14)14 April 1987 (aged 31)   Oji Eagles
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
5 Ryo Hashiba R 1.79 m 80 kg (1986-05-06)6 May 1986 (aged 31)   Oji Eagles
7 Ryo Hashimoto (A) L 1.77 m 76 kg (1992-10-23)23 October 1992 (aged 25)   Oji Eagles
20 Seiya Hayata L 1.80 m 80 kg (1995-12-04)4 December 1995 (aged 22)   Tohoku Free Blades
24 Goshi Ito R 1.70 m 85 kg (1992-07-09)9 July 1992 (aged 25)   Nikko Ice Bucks
6 Ryuichi Kawai L 1.80 m 90 kg (1983-09-26)26 September 1983 (aged 34)   Nikko Ice Bucks
12 Hiroto Sato L 1.71 m 76 kg (1993-11-15)15 November 1993 (aged 24)   Nikko Ice Bucks
2 Mei Ushu L 1.81 m 85 kg (1991-05-02)2 May 1991 (aged 26)   Nippon Paper Cranes
3 Kotaro Yamada L 1.85 m 93 kg (1992-01-06)6 January 1992 (aged 26)   Oji Eagles
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
25 Tomoya Echigo L 1.60 m 70 kg (1992-08-18)18 August 1992 (aged 25)   Oji Eagles
18 Makuru Furuhashi L 1.72 m 82 kg (1993-09-30)30 September 1993 (aged 24)   Nikko Ice Bucks
15 Taiga Irikura R 1.79 m 81 kg (1996-09-04)4 September 1996 (aged 21)   Nippon Paper Cranes
10 Takuma Kawai (A) L 1.81 m 92 kg (1988-08-10)10 August 1988 (aged 29)   Tohoku Free Blades
17 Yuki Miura R 1.76 m 72 kg (1996-07-19)19 July 1996 (aged 21)   Lake Superior State Lakers
19 Shogo Nakajima R 1.75 m 78 kg (1993-10-26)26 October 1993 (aged 24)   Nippon Paper Cranes
23 Yushi Nakayashiki L 1.93 m 93 kg (1997-06-29)29 June 1997 (aged 20)   Oji Eagles
16 Tetsuya Saito (C) R 1.76 m 77 kg (1983-12-14)14 December 1983 (aged 34)   Nikko Ice Bucks
9 Kenta Takagi R 1.82 m 87 kg (1993-12-14)14 December 1993 (aged 24)   Nippon Paper Cranes
14 Go Tanaka L 1.71 m 76 kg (1983-10-06)6 October 1983 (aged 34)   Tohoku Free Blades
13 Hiromichi Terao L 1.73 m 80 kg (1989-06-15)15 June 1989 (aged 28)   Nikko Ice Bucks
21 Junya Yamada L 1.73 m 75 kg (1991-11-07)7 November 1991 (aged 26)   Tohoku Free Blades

Notable coachesEdit

All-time record against other nationsEdit

As of 12 November 2017[4]

Team GP W T L GF GA
  China 31 25 2 4 221 71
  Denmark 33 19 1 13 146 108
  South Korea 25 20 1 4 174 47
  Serbia/
  Yugoslavia
31 15 2 14 123 128
  Norway 36 13 7 16 123 151
  Netherlands 29 17 4 8 154 87
  Romania 25 14 1 10 115 98
  Austria 39 13 4 22 123 151
  France 27 11 1 15 95 109
  North Korea 11 11 0 0 93 19
  Hungary 26 14 0 12 96 72
   Switzerland 31 9 3 19 93 141
  Bulgaria 11 8 0 3 66 29
  Italy 32 9 3 20 82 121
  Australia 8 7 0 1 94 22
  Poland 38 5 2 32 88 201
  Great Britain 13 6 1 6 34 38
  Lithuania 6 6 0 0 19 3
  Canada 40 1 3 36 76 218
  East Germany 16 3 1 12 45 89
  Kazakhstan 16 2 2 12 32 65
  Croatia 4 4 0 0 17 3
  Estonia 3 2 1 0 15 7
  Slovenia 15 3 1 11 26 51
  Kuwait 1 1 0 0 44 1
  Thailand 1 1 0 0 39 0
  Belgium 1 1 0 0 24 0
  Chinese Taipei 1 1 0 0 18 0
  Spain 1 1 0 0 11 2
  Israel 1 1 0 0 7 1
  Ukraine 13 5 2 6 21 37
  Belarus 7 1 1 5 14 27
  Finland 7 0 1 6 15 57
  Russia/
  Soviet Union
10 0 0 10 24 117
  Czech Republic/
  Czechoslovakia
13 0 0 13 22 139
  Sweden 4 0 0 4 1 44
  Slovakia 6 0 0 6 12 47
  Germany/
  West Germany
18 2 0 16 41 102
  Latvia 10 0 0 10 19 64
  United States 8 0 0 8 20 77
Total 669 238 47 364 2548 2875

All-time record against other teamsEdit

As of 27 August 2016[4]

Team GP W T L GF GA
  Battleford Millers 2 0 0 2 2 33
  Victoria Navy 1 0 0 1 1 9
Pacific Coast Amateur League All Stars 1 0 0 1 9 10
  Nanaimo Labatts 1 0 0 1 5 10
  Chilliwack Volvos 1 0 0 1 4 9
  Powell River Regals 4 1 0 3 3 31
  Kamloops Cariboos 1 0 0 1 1 6
  Central Alberta Hockey League All Stars 1 0 0 1 2 17
  Lethbridge Maple Leafs 1 0 1 0 4 4
  Regina Caps 1 0 0 1 5 9
  Brandon Wheat Kings 1 1 0 0 8 6
  Winnipeg Maroons 1 0 0 1 4 11
  Kenora Thistles 2 1 0 1 9 16
  Thunder Bay Junior League All Stars 2 0 0 2 8 12
  Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 0 0 1 3 7
  New Westminster Royals 2 2 0 0 18 6
  Chilliwack Steelheads 1 0 0 1 4 10
  Victoria Commercial League All Stars 1 1 0 0 8 5
  Nanaimo Clippers 1 0 0 1 5 7
  Portland Royals 1 1 0 0 11 4
  Victoria Intermediate All Stars 1 1 0 0 6 5
  Lethbridge Sugar Kings 1 1 0 0 5 2
  Yorkton Terriers 1 0 0 1 3 12
  Saskatchewan Junior League All Stars 1 1 0 0 12 4
  Manitoba South Junior All Stars 1 0 0 1 2 7
  Kingston Merchants 1 1 0 0 7 6
  Halifax Canadiens 1 1 0 0 7 4
  Grand Falls Cataracts 1 0 0 1 3 7
  Bathurst Papermakers 1 1 0 0 4 3
  Manitoba North Junior All Stars 1 1 0 0 8 6
  North Peace River League All Stars 1 1 0 0 7 4
  Prince George Mohawks 1 1 0 0 8 7
  Penticton Broncos 1 1 0 0 6 5
  Finland B 4 1 0 3 1 16
  Czechoslovakia B 1 0 0 1 2 9
  USSR B 2 0 0 2 5 16
  West Germany U20 1 1 0 0 4 3
  Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs 1 0 0 1 4 5
  Western Michigan Broncos 1 0 0 1 4 9
  Spartak Moscow 1 0 0 1 2 13
  Saskatchewan Huskies 1 0 0 1 2 7
  Michigan Tech Huskies 1 0 0 1 4 6
  Alaska Gold Kings 1 1 0 0 4 1
  Amur Khabarovsk 15 1 1 13 13 60
  Sweden B 2 0 0 2 2 17
  Russia B 2 0 0 2 3 13
  Canada B 1 0 1 0 4 4
  Denmark B 1 0 0 1 1 4
  Japan All Stars 1 0 0 1 5 6
  Tappara 1 0 0 1 3 6
  TPS Turku 1 0 0 1 4 5
  Malmö Redhawks 1 0 0 1 2 3
  Schwenninger Wild Wings 1 0 0 1 2 5
  EV Zug 1 1 0 0 5 2
  Krefeld Pinguine 1 0 0 1 2 7
  Modo Hockey 1 0 0 1 3 4
  Augsburger Panther 2 0 0 2 3 6
  HC Lugano 1 1 0 0 5 2
   Switzerland B 2 1 0 1 4 9
  Qiqihar 2 0 0 2 5 22
  Khabarovsk 1 0 0 1 3 5
  HC Pardubice 1 0 0 1 2 5
  Saint Georges Garaga 1 0 0 1 2 3
  Île-des-Chênes North Stars 1 1 0 0 4 1
  Salavat Yulaev Ufa 2 1 0 1 3 6
  Mid-West Islanders 2 2 0 0 13 3
  HKm Zvolen 1 0 1 0 3 3
  Frankfurt Lions 1 0 1 0 2 2
  Amurskie Tigry 1 1 0 0 4 3
  PSK Sakhalin 1 1 0 0 4 1
  Straubing Tigers 1 0 0 1 1 3
  Kölner Haie 1 0 0 1 1 5
  Düsseldorf EG 1 0 0 1 1 2
Total 106 30 5 71 347 608

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  2. ^ "2018 World Championships Division 1B Team Japan. (Men)" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  3. ^ "2.128 Tsutomu Kawabuchi". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Japan-Men-All-Time-Results-1.pdf" (PDF). National Teams of Ice Hockey. Retrieved 30 December 2017.

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