Nikkō Ice Bucks

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HC Nikkō Ice Bucks
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City Nikkō, Tochigi
League Asia League Ice Hockey
Founded 1999 (1999)
Home arena Nikkō Kirifuri Ice Arena (capacity 2,000)
Colours               
Owner(s) Kobayashi Sumio
Head coach Mark Pederson
Captain Setaka Tetsuo

Website
http://www.icebucks.jp/

The HC Nikkō Ice Bucks (ホッケークラブ日光アイスバックス Hokkē Kurabu Nikkō Aisu Bakkusu?) are an Asia League Ice Hockey team based in Nikkō, Tochigi, Japan.

Logo design: The word IceBucks in italicized English in black with white trim, with the words "NIKKO KOBE" in bold italics in orange trimmed with white

Mascot: An orange and white furred male deer wearing a hockey helmet.

History[edit]

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The Nikkō area has a long history of ice hockey, with the Furukawa Electric semi-professional team (one of the oldest in Japan) having been established in 1925, and becoming a founding member of the Japanese Ice Hockey League in 1966. In 1999, however, the team was forced to disband due to financial difficulties.

A outflow of support from the city and local financing allowed the team to be recreated as a club team, supported locally. It was renamed the HC Nikkō IceBucks and joined the league in time for the next season's start. The team, despite fervent local support, was never one of the successes of the JIHL even when they were supported as Furukawa Electric, and had a rocky start as the HC Nikkō IceBucks, having to relaunch their business model in 2001. The team has consistently placed near or at the bottom of the league.

When the league expanded into the Asia League Ice Hockey, Nikkō was one of the teams that was part of the new league. In the summer of 2005, the team arranged to play a number of its home games in Kobe, Hyogo, and changed its name to the Nikkō Kobe IceBucks to reflect its new two-city home. In 2007-2008 season Kobe is no longer home and the name was reverted to the older HC Nikkō Ice Bucks.

Honours[edit]

Year-by-year record[edit]

Sumida Yousuke wearing the team's away jersey which was introduced in 2011

JIHL 1999-2004[edit]

Season GP W W(OT) W(PS) T L(PS) L(OT) L GF GA PTS Finish Playoffs
1999-00 30 3 5 22 45 106 11 6th/6 Out of playoffs
2000-01 40 10 1 29 91 164 21 6th/6 Out of playoffs
2001-02 40 6 2 2 2 2 26 103 163 23.0 6th/6 Out of playoffs
2002-03 32 7 0 4 1 2 18 68 114 23.0 5th/5 Out of playoffs
2002-03 24 1 0 1 0 1 21 33 112 4.5 4th/4  ?
2003-04 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 19 56 0.0 4th/4  ?

ALIH 2003-present[edit]

complete records for previous seasons[1]

Season GP W W(OT) W(GWS)* T L(GWS)* L(OT) L GF GA PTS Finish Playoffs
2003–04 16 2 0 2 0 12 38 67 6 5th/5 No Playoffs due to shortened season
2004–05 42 13 1 2 2 24 110 125 45 6th/8 -
2005–06 38 16 2 2 1 17 103 118 55 6th/9 Lost in quarter-final
2006–07 34 12 0 1 0 21 90 158 37 6th/8 Lost in semi-final
2007–08 30 8 2 2 0 18 60 109 30 6th/7 Lost in quarter-final
2008–09 36 4 2 1 1 1 27 74 161 20 7th/7 -
2009–10 36 12 2 1 2 2 17 103 118 46 6th/7 -
2010–11 36 10 3 1 0 2 20 95 112 40 6th/7 -
2011–12 36 18 0 4 0 1 13 158 103 63 3rd/7 -
2012–13 42 15 3 3 2 0 19 123 141 59 5th/7 -
Totals 346 110 15 10 9 5 9 188 954 1212 - - -

*prior to the 2008–2009 season, there were no shoot-outs and games ended in a tie

Current roster[edit]

Goaltenders
# Country Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
29 Japan Ito Keisuke L 2010 Nikko, Japan
38 Japan Ono Kohei L 2011 Machida, Japan
44 Japan Fukufuji Yutaka (A) L 2010 Kushiro, Japan
Defencemen
# Country Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
3 Japan Yamaguchi Kazuyoshi L 2009 Kushiro, Japan
6 Japan Sumida Yousuke L 2010 Soja, Japan
7 Japan Fukuzawa Noaya R 2008 Tomakomai, Japan
8 Japan Ono Takayuki (A) R 2011 Tomakomai, Japan
9 Japan Yamada Yuya R 2011 Tomakomai, Japan
11 Japan Tyadg Mcgauley R 2012 Tokyo, Japan
34 Japan Takahashi Junichi R 2011 Nikko, Japan
80 Japan Kato Makoto 2012 Memuro, Japan
Forwards
# Country Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
10 Japan Saito Kenta LW L 2011 Kushiro, Japan
12 Japan Uchiyama Tomohiko LW L 2009 Kushiro, Japan
16 CanadaJapan Yakura Dean R 2008 Canada
18 Japan Suzuki Takahito (C) RW R 2009 Tomakomai, Japan
19 Japan Nakai Musashi C/RW L 2007 Hachinohe, Japan
20 Japan Tonosaki Kei LW L 2011 Sapporo, Japan
21 Japan Omachi Noritoshi RW L 2011 Japan
23 Japan Suzuki Yuta 2012 Japan
41 Canada Garett Bembridge RW R 2012 Melfort, SK, Canada
45 Japan Setaka Tetsuo C L 2005 Tomakomai, Japan
48 Japan Ueno Hiroki LW/RW L 2011 Nagano, Japan
51 Canada Dave Bonk C L 2011 Brandon, MB, Canada
71 Japan Ishizuka Takeshi LW L 2012 Tomakomai, Japan

Past import players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archive Record". Alhockey.com. Retrieved 12 January 2009. [dead link]

External links[edit]