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
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 (26 May 2019)[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 result Gold (2003, 2007) Silver (1986, 1990, 1996, 1999, 2011) Bronze (2017)
Olympics
Appearances8 (first in 1936)
International record (W–L–T)
238–364–47

Tournament participation

Winter Olympics

  • 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 Championship

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 Games

  • 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

Team

Roster

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 coaches

All-time record against other nations

As of 12 November 2017[4]

TeamGPWTLGFGA
 China31252422171
 Denmark3319113146108
 South Korea25201417447
 Serbia/
 Yugoslavia
3115214123128
 Norway3613716123151
 Netherlands29174815487
 Romania251411011598
 Austria3913422123151
 France271111595109
 North Korea1111009319
 Hungary26140129672
  Switzerland31931993141
 Bulgaria118036629
 Italy32932082121
 Australia87019422
 Poland38523288201
 Great Britain136163438
 Lithuania6600193
 Canada40133676218
 East Germany1631124589
 Kazakhstan1622123265
 Croatia4400173
 Estonia3210157
 Slovenia1531112651
 Kuwait1100441
 Thailand1100390
 Belgium1100240
 Chinese Taipei1100180
 Spain1100112
 Israel110071
 Ukraine135262137
 Belarus71151427
 Finland70161557
 Russia/
 Soviet Union
10001024117
 Czech Republic/
 Czechoslovakia
13001322139
 Sweden4004144
 Slovakia60061247
 Germany/
 West Germany
18201641102
 Latvia1000101964
 United States80082077
Total6692384736425482875

All-time record against other teams

As of 27 August 2016[4]

TeamGPWTLGFGA
Battleford Millers2002233
Victoria Navy100119
Pacific Coast Amateur League All Stars1001910
Nanaimo Labatts1001510
Chilliwack Volvos100149
Powell River Regals4103331
Kamloops Cariboos100116
Central Alberta Hockey League All Stars1001217
Lethbridge Maple Leafs101044
Regina Caps100159
Brandon Wheat Kings110086
Winnipeg Maroons1001411
Kenora Thistles2101916
Thunder Bay Junior League All Stars2002812
Minnesota Golden Gophers100137
New Westminster Royals2200186
Chilliwack Steelheads1001410
Victoria Commercial League All Stars110085
Nanaimo Clippers100157
Portland Royals1100114
Victoria Intermediate All Stars110065
Lethbridge Sugar Kings110052
Yorkton Terriers1001312
Saskatchewan Junior League All Stars1100124
Manitoba South Junior All Stars100127
Kingston Merchants110076
Halifax Canadiens110074
Grand Falls Cataracts100137
Bathurst Papermakers110043
Manitoba North Junior All Stars110086
North Peace River League All Stars110074
Prince George Mohawks110087
Penticton Broncos110065
 Finland B4103116
 Czechoslovakia B100129
 USSR B2002516
 West Germany U20110043
Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs100145
Western Michigan Broncos100149
Spartak Moscow1001213
Saskatchewan Huskies100127
Michigan Tech Huskies100146
Alaska Gold Kings110041
Amur Khabarovsk1511131360
 Sweden B2002217
 Russia B2002313
 Canada B101044
 Denmark B100114
Japan All Stars100156
Tappara100136
TPS Turku100145
Malmö Redhawks100123
Schwenninger Wild Wings100125
EV Zug110052
Krefeld Pinguine100127
Modo Hockey100134
Augsburger Panther200236
HC Lugano110052
  Switzerland B210149
Qiqihar2002522
Khabarovsk100135
HC Pardubice100125
Saint Georges Garaga100123
Île-des-Chênes North Stars110041
Salavat Yulaev Ufa210136
Mid-West Islanders2200133
HKm Zvolen101033
Frankfurt Lions101022
Amurskie Tigry110043
PSK Sakhalin110041
Straubing Tigers100113
Kölner Haie100115
Düsseldorfer EG100112
Total10630571347608

See also

References

  1. "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  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. "Japan-Men-All-Time-Results-1.pdf" (PDF). National Teams of Ice Hockey. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
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