Japan men's national ice hockey team

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Japan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Japan Ice Hockey Federation
Head coach Takahito Suzuki
Assistants Burke Henry
Tomohito Okubo
Captain Go Tanaka
Most games Toshiyuli Saki (84)
Most points Norio Suzuki (85)
IIHF code JPN
Ranking
Current IIHF 23 Decrease2
Highest IIHF 15 (first in 2003)
Lowest IIHF 23 (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
Appearances 43 (first in 1930)
Best result 8th (1930, 1957)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances 8 (first in 1986)
Best result Gold 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
Appearances 8 (first in 1936)
International record (W–L–T)
238–342–47

The Japanese national ice hockey team (Japanese: アイスホッケー日本代表 Aisuhokkē nihondaihyō) is the national men's ice hockey of Japan. They are currently ranked 20th in the IIHF World Ranking and currently compete in IIHF World Championship Division I. They have competed in nine Olympic Games competitions.

Tournament participation[edit]

Winter Olympics[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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
  • 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)

Asian Winter Games[edit]

  • 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

Roster[edit]

Roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.[1]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth Club
30 Shun Hitomi L 184 cm 85 kg (1993-06-01) 1 June 1993 (age 24) Japan Kansai University
1 Takuto Onoda L 178 cm 73 kg (1992-05-02) 2 May 1992 (age 25) Japan Oji Eagles
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
23 Yosuke Haga R 174 cm 78 kg (1986-09-05) 5 September 1986 (age 31) Japan Oji Eagles
5 Ryo Hashiba R 179 cm 80 kg (1986-05-06) 6 May 1986 (age 31) Japan Oji Eagles
4 Shun Sakata L 182 cm 88 kg (1987-06-13) 13 June 1987 (age 30) Japan Nippon Paper Cranes
3 Kazumasa Sasaki R 179 cm 80 kg (1989-11-12) 12 November 1989 (age 28) Japan Oji Eagles
6 Kotaru Yamada L 185 cm 85 kg (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 25) Japan Oji Eagles
20 Takafumi Yamashita R 178 cm 84 kg (1987-11-11) 11 November 1987 (age 30) Japan Oji Eagles
22 Shinya Yanadori L 179 cm 80 kg (1986-12-15) 15 December 1986 (age 30) Japan Nippon Paper Cranes
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
26 Yushiroh Hirano R 185 cm 92 kg (1995-08-18) 18 August 1995 (age 22) United States Youngstown Phantoms
10 Takuma Kawai L 181 cm 95 kg (1988-08-10) 10 August 1988 (age 29) Japan Tohoku Free Blades
21 Shuhei Kuji R 170 cm 77 kg (1987-04-27) 27 April 1987 (age 30) Germany Eisbären Berlin
15 Kohei Mitamura L 175 cm 83 kg (1992-02-19) 19 February 1992 (age 25) Japan Oji Eagles
11 Masahito Nishiwaki R 178 cm 80 kg (1982-10-06) 6 October 1982 (age 35) Japan Nippon Paper Cranes
16 Daisuke Obara L 170 cm 75 kg (1981-06-04) 4 June 1981 (age 36) Japan Oji Eagles
24 Yuto Osawa R 181 cm 90 kg (1993-10-03) 3 October 1993 (age 24) Japan Oji Eagles
9 Kenta Takagi R 184 cm 96 kg (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 23) Japan Nippon Paper Cranes
8 Seiji Takahashi R 174 cm 78 kg (1993-02-24) 24 February 1993 (age 24) Japan Oji Eagles
14 Go Tanaka R 172 cm 74 kg (1983-10-06) 6 October 1983 (age 34) Japan Tohoku Free Blades
13 Hiromichi Terao L 173 cm 79 kg (1989-06-15) 15 June 1989 (age 28) Japan Oji Eagles
27 Hiroki Ueno L 178 cm 84 kg (1986-04-08) 8 April 1986 (age 31) Japan Nippon Paper Cranes
28 Takuro Yamashita R 183 cm 83 kg (1988-05-22) 22 May 1988 (age 29) Japan Tohoku Free Blades

All-time Record against other nations[edit]

As of June 6, 2009

Team GP W T L GF GA
 China 29 23 2 4 200 70
 Denmark 30 19 1 10 143 95
 South Korea 16 15 1 0 150 23
 Yugoslavia 30 14 2 14 118 128
 Norway 36 13 7 16 123 151
 Netherlands 25 13 4 8 138 82
 Romania 23 12 1 10 106 98
 Austria 32 11 4 17 111 130
 France 26 11 1 14 93 105
 North Korea 11 11 0 0 93 19
 Hungary 17 11 0 6 75 47
  Switzerland 31 9 3 19 93 141
 Bulgaria 11 8 0 3 66 29
 Italy 26 7 3 16 75 106
 Australia 7 7 0 0 93 17
 Poland 34 4 2 28 77 184
 Great Britain 9 4 1 4 27 28
 Lithuania 4 4 0 0 19 3
 Canada 40 3 3 34 76 218
 East Germany 16 3 1 12 45 89
 Kazakhstan 11 2 2 7 26 39
 Croatia 2 2 0 0 10 1
 West Germany 9 2 0 7 27 54
 Estonia 2 1 1 0 9 5
 Slovenia 6 1 1 4 14 24
 Kuwait 1 1 0 0 44 1
 Thailand 1 1 0 0 39 0
 Belgium 1 1 0 0 24 0
 Spain 1 1 0 0 11 2
 Israel 1 1 0 0 7 1
 Ukraine 6 0 2 4 7 23
 Belarus 5 0 1 4 10 22
 Finland 7 0 1 6 15 57
 Russia 1 0 0 1 1 6
 Czech Republic 4 0 0 4 10 31
 Sweden 4 0 0 4 1 44
 Slovakia 6 0 0 6 12 47
 Germany 8 0 0 8 14 43
 Latvia 8 0 0 8 14 58
 United States 8 0 0 8 20 77
 Soviet Union 9 0 0 9 23 111
 Czechoslovakia 9 0 0 9 12 108

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