Japan women's national ice hockey team

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Japan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Japan Ice Hockey Federation
Head coach Takeshi Yamanaka
Assistants Masahito Haruna
Yuji Iizuka
Captain Chiho Osawa
Most games Hirano Yuka (67)
Most points Kubo Hanae (54)
IIHF code JPN
Ranking
Current IIHF 7 Increase 1
Highest IIHF 7 (2016)
Lowest IIHF 11 (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; February 21, 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Canada 18–0 Japan 
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 22 March 1990)
 Canada 18–0 Japan 
(Richmond, British Columbia, Canada; 5 April 1996)
IIHF World Women's Championships
Appearances 6 (first in 1990)
Best result 7th (2008)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances 5 (first in 1996)
Best result Silver medal with cup.svg Silver (1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011)
IIHF Women's Challenge Cup of Asia
Appearances 3 (first in 2010)
Best result 1st, gold medalist(s) Gold (2011, 2012)
Olympics
Appearances 2 (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) represents Japan at the International Ice Hockey Federation's IIHF World Women's Championships. The women's national team is controlled by Japan Ice Hockey Federation.[1][2][3][4][5] Japan has 2,391 female players in 2011.[6]

Tournament record[edit]

Olympic[edit]

  • 1998 – Finished in 6th place
  • 2014 – Finished in 8th 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 (Demoted 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 (Demoted 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)
  • 2011 – Japan withdrew from the tournament due to the earthquake.[7]
  • 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]

IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia[edit]

Pacific Rim Championship[edit]

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

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championship.[8]

Head coach: Yoshifumi Fujisawa

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
1 G Nana Fujimoto 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 54 kg (119 lb) (1989-03-03) March 3, 1989 (age 28) United States New York Riveters
2 D Shiori Koike 1.59 m (5 ft 3 in) 52 kg (115 lb) (1993-03-21) March 21, 1993 (age 24) Japan Daito Perigrine
3 D Rina Takeda 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) 67 kg (148 lb) (1993-01-16) January 16, 1993 (age 24) Japan Mikage Gretz
4 D Ayaka Toko 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in) 58 kg (128 lb) (1994-08-22) August 22, 1994 (age 22) Japan Seibu Rabbits
6 D Sena Suzuki 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in) 58 kg (128 lb) (1991-08-04) August 4, 1991 (age 25) Canada Toronto Furies
7 D Mika Hori 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 53 kg (117 lb) (1992-02-17) February 17, 1992 (age 25) Japan Toyota Cygnus
9 D Aina Takeuchi 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in) 63 kg (139 lb) (1991-08-16) August 16, 1991 (age 25) Canada Calgary Inferno
10 F Haruna Yoneyama 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in) 54 kg (119 lb) (1991-11-07) November 7, 1991 (age 25) Japan Daito Perigrine
11 F Yurie Adachi 1.56 m (5 ft 1 in) 51 kg (112 lb) (1985-04-26) April 26, 1985 (age 32) Japan Seibu Rabbits
12 F Chiho OsawaC 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) 64 kg (141 lb) (1992-02-10) February 10, 1992 (age 25) Japan Victory Honda
13 F Moeko Fujimoto 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in) 53 kg (117 lb) (1992-08-05) August 5, 1992 (age 24) Canada Calgary Titans
14 F Haruka Toko 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in) 56 kg (123 lb) (1997-03-16) March 16, 1997 (age 20) Japan Seibu Rabbits
15 F Rui Ukita 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) 71 kg (157 lb) (1996-06-06) June 6, 1996 (age 20) Canada Ontario Hockey Academy
16 F Naho Terashima 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in) 56 kg (123 lb) (1993-05-02) May 2, 1993 (age 24) Japan Daishin HC
17 F Yuka HiranoA 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in) 52 kg (115 lb) (1987-01-26) January 26, 1987 (age 30) Japan Daito Perigrine
18 F Suzuka Taka 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in) 51 kg (112 lb) (1996-10-16) October 16, 1996 (age 20) Japan Daito Perigrine
19 F Miho Shishiuchi 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in) 62 kg (137 lb) (1992-08-21) August 21, 1992 (age 24) Finland HPK
21 F Hanae KuboA 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) 63 kg (139 lb) (1982-12-10) December 10, 1982 (age 34) Japan Seibu Rabbits
22 F Tomomi Iwahara 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in) 61 kg (134 lb) (1987-12-19) December 19, 1987 (age 29) Japan Seibu Rabbits
27 F Shoko Ono 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in) 58 kg (128 lb) (1981-09-05) September 5, 1981 (age 35) Japan Mikage Gretz
28 D Aoi Shiga 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in) 54 kg (119 lb) (1999-07-04) July 4, 1999 (age 17) Japan Obihiro Ladies
29 G Mai Kondo 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 54 kg (119 lb) (1992-04-04) April 4, 1992 (age 25) Japan Mikage Gretz
30 G Akane Konishi 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in) 65 kg (143 lb) (1995-08-14) August 14, 1995 (age 21) Japan Seibu Rabbits

Notable former players[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. ^ Profile
  7. ^ Japanese National Teams Withdraw from World Championships
  8. ^ 2016 Roster

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