Japan women's national ice hockey team

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Japan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Smile Japan
(スマイルジャパン)
AssociationJapan Ice Hockey Federation
Head coachTakeshi Yamanaka
AssistantsMasahito Haruna
Yuji Iizuka
CaptainChiho Osawa
Most gamesHirano Yuka (67)
Most pointsKubo Hanae (54)
IIHF codeJPN
Ranking
Current IIHF7 Increase2
Highest IIHF7 (first in 2016)
Lowest IIHF11 (first in 2011)
First international
 Japan 5–2 Netherlands 
(North York or Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; 21 April 1987)
Biggest win
 Japan 46–0 Hong Kong 
(Sapporo, Japan; 21 February 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Canada 18–0 Japan 
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 22 March 1990)
 Canada 18–0 Japan 
(Richmond, British Columbia, Canada; 5 April 1996)
World Championships
Appearances16 (first in 1990)
Best result7th (2008, 2015)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances6 (first in 1996)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg Gold (2017)
Challenge Cup of Asia
Appearances3 (first in 2010)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) Gold (2011, 2012)
Olympics
Appearances3 (first in 1998)
International record (W–L–T)
88–92–8

The Japanese women's national ice hockey team (Japanese: アイスホッケー女子日本代表 Aisuhokkē Joshi Nippon Daihyō) represents Japan at the International Ice Hockey Federation's World Women's Championships. The women's national team is controlled by the Japan Ice Hockey Federation.[1][2][3][4][5] Japan has 2,587 female players as of 2017.[6]

The nickname of Japan women's team is "Smile Japan" (Japanese: スマイルジャパン Sumairu Japan).[7]

Tournament record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

  • 1998 – Finished in 6th place
  • 2014 – Finished in 7th place
  • 2018 – Finished in 6th place

World Championship[edit]

  • 1990 – Finished in 8th place
  • 1999 – Finished in 9th place (1st in Group B, Promoted to Top Division)
  • 2000 – Finished in 8th place (Relegated to Division I).
  • 2001 – Finished in 10th place (2nd in Division I).
  • 2003 – Finished in 9th place (1st in Group B, Promoted to Top Division)
  • 2004 – Finished in 9th place (Relegated to Division I)
  • 2005 – Finished in 10th place (2nd in Division I)
  • 2007 – Finished in 10th place (1st in Group B, Promoted to Top Division)
  • 2008 – Finished in 7th place
  • 2009 – Finished in 8th place (Relegated to Division I)
  • 2011Withdrew from the tournament due to an earthquake.[8]
  • 2012 – Finished in 11th place (3rd in Division IA)
  • 2013 – Finished in 9th place (1st in Division IA, Promoted to Top Division)
  • 2015 – Finished in 7th place
  • 2016 – Finished in 8th place (Relegated to Division I)
  • 2017 – Finished in 9th place (1st in Division IA, Promoted to Top Division)

Asian Games[edit]

  • 1996Finished in 2nd place Silver medal with cup.svg
  • 1999Finished in 2nd place Silver medal with cup.svg
  • 2003Finished in 2nd place Silver medal with cup.svg
  • 2007Finished in 2nd place Silver medal with cup.svg
  • 2011Finished in 2nd place Silver medal with cup.svg
  • 2017Finished in 1st place Gold medal with cup.svg

IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia[edit]

  • 2010Finished in 2nd place Silver medal with cup.svg
  • 2011Finished in 1st place Gold medal with cup.svg
  • 2012Finished in 1st place Gold medal with cup.svg

Pacific Rim Championship[edit]

  • 1995 – Finished in 4th place
  • 1996 – Finished in 4th place

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

The following is the Japan roster for the women's ice hockey tournament at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[9][10]

Head coach: Japan Takeshi Yamanaka     Assistant coaches: Japan Yuji Iizuka, Japan Masahito Haruna

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate 2017–18 team
1 G Nana Fujimoto 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in) 56 kg (123 lb) 3 March 1989 Japan Vortex Sapporo
2 D Shiori Koike 1.59 m (5 ft 3 in) 52 kg (115 lb) 21 March 1993 Japan DK Peregrine
4 D Ayaka Toko 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in) 58 kg (128 lb) 22 August 1994 Japan Seibu Princess Rabbits
6 D Sena SuzukiA 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in) 58 kg (128 lb) 4 August 1991 Japan Seibu Princess Rabbits
7 D Mika Hori 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 54 kg (119 lb) 17 February 1992 Japan Toyota Cygnus
8 D Akane HosoyamadaA 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 59 kg (130 lb) 9 March 1992 Japan DK Peregrine
9 D Aina Takeuchi 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in) 65 kg (143 lb) 16 August 1991 Japan Daishin
10 F Haruna Yoneyama 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in) 55 kg (121 lb) 7 November 1991 Japan DK Peregrine
11 F Yurie Adachi 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in) 51 kg (112 lb) 26 April 1985 Japan Seibu Princess Rabbits
12 F Chiho OsawaC 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) 63 kg (139 lb) 10 February 1992 Japan DK Peregrine
13 F Moeko Fujimoto 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in) 55 kg (121 lb) 5 August 1992 Japan Toyota Cygnus
14 F Haruka Toko 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in) 64 kg (141 lb) 16 March 1997 Japan Seibu Princess Rabbits
15 F Rui Ukita 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in) 71 kg (157 lb) 6 June 1996 Japan Daishin
16 F Naho Terashima 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in) 58 kg (128 lb) 2 May 1993 Japan Daishin
18 F Suzuka Taka 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in) 51 kg (112 lb) 16 October 1996 Japan DK Peregrine
19 F Miho Shishiuchi 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in) 59 kg (130 lb) 21 August 1992 Japan Toyota Cygnus
21 F Hanae Kubo 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) 64 kg (141 lb) 10 December 1982 Japan Seibu Princess Rabbits
22 F Tomomi Iwahara 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in) 58 kg (128 lb) 19 December 1987 Japan Seibu Princess Rabbits
23 F Ami Nakamura 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) 64 kg (141 lb) 15 November 1987 Japan Seibu Princess Rabbits
27 F Shoko Ono 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in) 59 kg (130 lb) 5 September 1981 Japan FTS Mikage Gretz
28 D Aoi Shiga 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 57 kg (126 lb) 4 July 1999 Japan Obihiro Ladies
29 G Mai Kondo 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in) 56 kg (123 lb) 4 April 1992 Japan FTS Mikage Gretz
30 G Akane Konishi 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in) 61 kg (134 lb) 14 August 1995 Japan Seibu Princess Rabbits

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's ice hockey team "Smile Japan" chase Olympic dream - Olympic News". Olympic.org. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  2. ^ Samer Kalaf (2013-12-18). "Japan's Women's Hockey Team Is The Lovable Underdog Of The Olympics". Deadspin.com. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  3. ^ Meadows, Mark (2009-04-01). "Ice hockey-Japan's 'Bunnies' boiled by economic crisis". Blogs.reuters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  4. ^ Watanabe, Tadashi. "Women's ice hockey team banking on Sochi". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  5. ^ "Japan's ice hockey women chase Olympic dream". Al Jazeera English. 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  6. ^ IIHF profile
  7. ^ Asahi Newspaper Digital: Nickname is "Smile Japan" Women's National Ice Hockey Team (in Japanese) Archived 28 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Japanese National Teams Withdraw from World Championships
  9. ^ "2018 Japan Olympic Women's Hockey Team". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  10. ^ Team Roster Japan

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