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The 9 team Asia League's 2005-06 season opens this weekend with derby matches in Anyang (Korea), Qiqihar and Harbin (China), and Higashifushimi (West Tokyo on the Seibu-Shinjuku line, Japan). The matches in Tokyo are a good deal with 2 games per day that you can attend with just one 2500 yen ticket.
http://www.alhockey.com/
http://www.alhockey.com/schedule/index.html
This year features 4 returning Japanese teams (Kokudo, Cranes, Oji, Bucks), a returning (Halla) and new (Kangwon Land), 2 returning Chinese teams (Harbin and Qiqihar), and a mostly Swedish Scandinavian team in Beijing (Nordic Vikings) who will take on 6 Chinese players in an effort to aid hockey development in China.

Last year's 3rd place finisher's parent team Amur (Khavarovsk, Russia) played against Kokudo in preseason games this past week. There seems to be a change in ownership at Amur who pulled out of the AL after just one season, citing financial difficulties. By keeping contact with AL, Amur may still be interested in fielding an AL team in the future once their new ownership situation settles down..? But then again, I wonder if they'll have the finances to field a third team anymore, and moving Amur-2 into the AL might be too drastic..? Lots of questions as usual with this league, and particularly the Russians [Image: tongue.gif]
http://www.hcamur.ru/
http://www.hcamur.ru/vs_Kokudo_1809...kudo180905.html
http://www.hcamur.ru/vs_Kokudo_1709...kudo170905.html

Of course, with the NHL back in action, I'm preparing for a crazy fantasy draft [Image: biggrin.gif]
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#2
NHL will be great this season! Have you seen Philly and Pittsburgh's rosters..Insane! but...

GO CANUCKS!!
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#3
the rangers got waxed yesterday. looks like another long season...
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#4
Canadian teams look pretty good with the new CBA. Go Sens Go! I'll see the Habs game in Ottawa, can't wait. NHL tickets are bloody expensive though, around $50 for 300 level seats!? Insane.
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<!--quoteo(post=114814:date=Sep 21 2005, 08:15 PM:name=number9)-->QUOTE(number9 @ Sep 21 2005, 08:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->Canadian teams look pretty good with the new CBA. Go Sens Go! I'll see the Habs game in Ottawa, can't wait. NHL tickets are bloody expensive though, around $50 for 300 level seats!? Insane.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Tickets just went on sale, they were people who lined up overnight to get tickets to the first home game. It was sold out within hours.
I missed hockey and hope to see the cup come back to Montreal! [Image: smile.gif]
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#6
So whats the deal on tickets to the games at Yoyogi in January? I am in Japan till the 13th but am willing to extend my trip by a couple days to catch these games if anyone wants to go.
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#7
There's no games in Yoyogi this year, last year was the final year for Yoyogi games, for the time being. This season, there's a game in Nagano on Dec 21. Then there are games in Higashifushimi (west Tokyo on the Seibu-Shinjuku line) on Jan 7-8. Let's go catch the Asia league together man!
http://www.alhockey.com/schedule/index.html
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#8
^ I am game! (no pun intended) If you know how to get there, then were all set. What dates exactly and how much are tickets?
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#9
They probably won't be very good games on Jan 7-8 (both days 14:00) at Higashifushimi, Tokyo (about 15-20 minute ride on the Seibu-Shinjuku line from Takadanobaba on the Yamanote line between Shinjuku and Ikebukuro.) Tickets are 2500 yen (not cheap.. but hey, how often do you get to see Asian hockey!) The reason why they probably won't be good, unless Qiqihar improves quickly, is that Qiqihar opened the season with a 5-3 loss, but allowed 2:1 shot ratio with 57 shots(!) Qiqihar was the worst team in the league by far last year, and only won one and tied one out of 42 games. While Kokudo won the championship trophy last year. So there's a significant difference in team strength (when Kokudo fielded a full squad last year against Qiqihar, it won like 10-1).

If I'm not off skiing somewhere, I'll definitely go to at least one of the games though. Let's decide on details closer to the date :-)
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#10
This lady I work with...well it turns out her brother plays for the Niko Ice Bucks. She said she would email him for some tickets. So we don't even need to worry about the tickets situation [Image: smile.gif]
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#11
Wow, small world eh! Good stuff [Image: biggrin.gif]
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#12
Yeah her brother is Hisaki Kevin Kimura #21.. Heyyy my number!
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#13
SUCK IT T.O.!!!!!!!!! Les Canadiens sont de retour!!!!!!!!!!! [Image: buttrock.gif]
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<!--quoteo(post=118647:date=Oct 8 2005, 10:34 PM:name=Bad Medicine)-->QUOTE(Bad Medicine @ Oct 8 2005, 10:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->SUCK IT T.O.!!!!!!!!! Les Canadiens sont de retour!!!!!!!!!!! [Image: buttrock.gif]<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->


lol...neither team will succeed this season! Vancouver Canucks - need I say more [Image: cool.gif]
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Wow, Kevin Kimura's sister!? I just saw him play a few weeks ago in the AL opening games.
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#16
Wow there's 47 Finns who have contract with NHL team this year!
Good boys goes to Heaven.

Bad boys goes to Lapland.
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<!--quoteo(post=118751:date=Oct 9 2005, 09:15 AM:name=number9)-->QUOTE(number9 @ Oct 9 2005, 09:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->Wow, Kevin Kimura's sister!? I just saw him play a few weeks ago in the AL opening games.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

That would be him


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hehe nothing new, thought that there would be more if anything
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#18
New blood+new rules=AWESOME SEASON

What do you guys think of these changes?

I find that it makes the game so much less predictable and more fast paced.
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#19
From what I have observed from these first few games, is that the tempo has defitnetly gotten faster. The only thing I find annoying is the amount of penalties being called as the players get used to the "no clutching/grabbing" rules. Still too early to tell whether or not these changes improve or worsen the game. Only time will tell I suppose!
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#20
Players must adopt to penalties actually being called. Simple as that. Looks like it's good hockey tho, too bad I can't see them..
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