Nippon Paper Cranes

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Nippon Paper Cranes
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City Kushiro, Hokkaidō
League Asia League Ice Hockey
Founded 1949 (1949)
Home arena Kushiro Ice Arena (capacity 3,000)
Colours                    
Owner(s) Nippon Paper Group
General manager Kaoru Shimanuki,
Osamu Ono
Head coach Syunji Tanaka

Website
http://www.nipponpapergroup.com/cranes/index.html

The Nippon Paper Cranes (日本製紙クレインズ Nippon Seishi Kureinzu?) are an Asia League Ice Hockey team based in Kushiro City in Hokkaidō, Japan.


History[edit]

The club were founded as Jūjō Paper Kushiro Ice Hockey Club in 1949. They adopted the new name Nippon Paper Cranes in 1994 when Jūjō Paper and Sanyō Kokusaku Pulp merged to form Nippon Paper.

They won the inaugural Asia League in the 2003-04 season, and have won it three more times since then. They also have won the All Japan Championship six times.

Honours[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Kiyokawa Kazuhiko in goal for the Paper Cranes wearing the away jersey.

updated September 10, 2009[1]

Goaltenders
# Country Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
31 Japan Ohsima Ryousuke L 2006 Tokyo, Japan
42 Japan Kiyokawa Kazuhiko L 2008 Tomakomai, Japan
61 Japan Ishikawa Hisashi L 2004 Yokohama, Japan
Defencemen
# Country Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
2 Japan Tonosaki Jun – A L 2006 Sapporo, Japan
3 Japan Itoh Kengo R 1997 Kushiro, Japan
4 Japan Sakata Shun L 2010 Kushiro, Japan
5 Japan Ebina Masahiro L 2010 Hachinohe, Japan
15 Japan Sato Ikuya R 2011 Kushiro, Japan
23 Japan Osawa Hideyuki R 2001 Tomakomai, Japan
33 Japan Kito Toshiyuki L 2006 Makubetsu, Japan
77 Japan Yanadori Shinya L 2009 Kushiro, Japan
Forwards
# Country Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
1 Japan Imamura Yutaro C/W L 2007 Tomakomai, Japan
9 Japan Takagi Kenta 2012 Tomakomai, Japan
10 CanadaIsrael Oren Eizenman C L 2012 Toronto, Canada
11 Japan Nishiwaki Masahito – A LW R 2004 Kushiro, Japan
14 Japan Ebata Hayato C L 2010 Kushiro, Japan
16 Japan Obara DaisukeC C L 2009 Kushiro, Japan
17 Japan Iimura Yoshinori C/W R 2006 Obihiro, Japan
18 Japan Shigeno Shunsuke C 2012 Kushiro, Japan
19 Japan Sato Hiroshi C/W L 2002 Kushiro, Japan
22 United States Mike Radja C L 2012 Yorkville, USA
35 South Korea Shin Hyung yun 2012 Korea
47 Japan Kubo Naoya C/W R 2008 Tomakomai, Japan
50 Japan Kokubo Hidenao LW L 2009 Kushiro, Japan
75 JapanCanada Chris Yule C/W L 2008 Edmonton, Canada
79 Japan Sakagami Motoki RW R 2010 Kushiro, Japan

Year-by-year record[edit]

complete records for previous seasons[2]

Season GP W W(OT) W(GWS)* T L(GWS)* L(OT) L GF GA PTS Finish Playoffs
2003-04 16 13 0 0 0 3 80 49 39 1st/5 Won League
2004-05 42 31 0 5 0 6 206 85 98 1st/8 Lost in finals
2005-06 38 30 2 1 0 5 240 66 95 1st/9 Lost in finals
2006-07 34 27 1 1 2 3 198 79 86 1st/8 Won championship
2007-08 30 15 1 2 1 11 97 85 50 4th/7 Lost in finals
2008-09 36 18 3 2 2 3 8 120 95 69 4th/7 Won championship
2009-10 36 18 3 3 2 0 10 128 101 68 3rd/7 Lost in finals
2010-11 36 21 2 1 3 2 7 141 95 74 2nd/7 Lost in semi-finals
2011-12 36 16 1 3 1 1 14 128 110 58 4th/7 Lost in semi-finals
2012-13 42 17 4 6 3 3 9 176 130 77 3rd/7 Lost in semi-finals
Totals 346 205 17 15 9 12 11 76 1514 895 - - 3 Championships

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

Past import players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "選手 Team Roster". alhockey.com. Retrieved 10 September 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Archive Record". Alhockey.com. Retrieved 12 January 2009. [dead link]

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