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Nagano Summer Tourney2005
The Tokyo Canadians embarked on their trip to Nagano on Saturday, July 15th, to play in the Kansai/ Kanto Summer Hockey Tournament. This was the third time the Tokyo Canadians have played in the tournament that draws teams from Nagano, Osaka, and Tokyo.
After a good (hour or two) night's rest, the day would start out just like any other normal Saturday for the Tokyo squad, waking up at 6am and starting out on a soleful mission in quest of hockey glory. Before the departure from Younger's abode, one of the key playmakers of the tournament (Mr. Miller) was carefully strapped into the back of Linds' car, and then the roadtrip officially started with each of the four cars in the caravan heading in a different direction. After a few phone calls, and several changes in direction, the group became one, and raced onto the Chuo Expressway to begin their battle with the holiday-weekend traffic.
During the four-hour drive southwest to the mountainous region of Nagano, veteran center Cam Knox was discussing strategies with Linds, and explaining the benefits of deep meditation.
MTV and pop culture movie lovers alike would have been happy to meet and greet Napolean Dynamite, and his Uncle Rico, as they were on hand to take part in the action. There was some speculation on whether Uncle Rico could actually throw a football over the mountains, but it was never tested.
Once the games were underway, the Tokyo Canadians struggled with the Nagano Kates squad for the first 5 to 10 seconds, but managed to learn from it and were able to skate to a 22-1 victory. With the mountain air being a little bit thinner than the city boys of Tokyo are used to, after the game they headed to the nearest town to load up on liquids, to keep the squad well lubricated for the first night's events.
As everyone knows, great champion breakfasts are made of salad, a bowl of rice, meatballs, and miso soup; which must have been the start the Canadians were looking for. Next, a 30 minute drive filled with at least 15 U-turns was included in the tour de Nagano that ended up at it the local golf course to enjoy some of the recreation facilities on hand. A par 72 mini-putt golf course had everyone looking like giants as the team showed fine golf course etiquette during their one round of tournament stroke play. The TSN turning point of the Nagano Open was on the 16th hole when Knox putted in a hole in one tieing him the lead with 2 holes to play. On the 18th, with the gallery watching anxiously, Knox putts in a 10 foot putt for birdie (ask him and it was 16-20 feet) to win the Nagano Open with a score of 8-under.
Day Two was another challenge for the Tokyo squad as it was the first time the Canadians played the Osaka team, who recently recruited a young university player. The Osaka squad also had a few guys who appeared to be caught up in Lance Armstrong mania, donning yellow jerseys (their team was white). According to local rules, the guys in yellow were "untouchables". Not heeding to any localization, J. Scott Lackey would not give an inch to the men in yellow, winning every race to the puck. Tokyo downed Osaka 18-0. A rookie to the Tokyo Canadian team, recruited from Hamatsucho, but hailing from the Kootneys in the BC Glaciers, standing at 7 feet tall (in skates), the Sasquatch, scored a hat-trick in the victory. Stellar goaltending by Troy "Ginger" MacPhee kept the team together late in game.
The tournament is held in good sportsmanship and everyone had a crack at Tokyo Canadian's MVP Keg Miller during the BBQ after the game. Not taking any gambles, Monster's Guy Le kettle noir kept an eye on the Tokyo Canadians antics to see how the Tokyo Canadians prepare the night before a big game. But he would have had to have been in the Canadians locker room the next morning to see Jifi reveal his new sole that sparked the Canadians to their 14-4 skate against the Monsters.
To understand a three-hour game of cribbage played by monkeys, why Cam and Jay don't wear shirts, a Canadian sun burn, cooking burritos in a kettle, overflowing sinks, and PEI golf etiquette --- you had better go to the Nagano tourney next year!
2005 Kimchi Pot Tournament
The Tokyo Canadians made their third visit to the Kimchi Pot tournament in Seoul, Korea. After being edged out by the Seoul Geckos Glaciers in the last two year's final, the Canadians struggled in the semi-final and finished in 3rd place this year.
Even Stu Kimoto's motivational speeches, like "Okay boys, if we score more goals than them, we win", weren't enough to produce a semi-final victory against the Korean Allstars, who had several excellent college-aged players.
One of the highlights of the tournament was watching team president Jason Young invent and master a new move. Labelled by Joji Hirastuka as "The Starfish", Younger somehow managed to skate in one direction, then collapse in the opposite direction, face first, with all his limbs spread eagle, and using his chin to cushion the fall.
The tournament was full of great hockey action and fun-filled nights out on the town. The Tokyo Canadians wish to thank the Seoul Geckos and the Rocky Mountain Tavern Chiefs for their hospitality, and for once again organizing a fantastic tournament.
2005 Dubai International Tournament
The Tokyo Canadians had to do some recruiting to come up with enough players to help tournament regulars Jason Young, Joji Hiratsuka, Dave Lindsay, Satoshi Chawanya, Mike Slaton, and Cam Knox field a team for the 2005 Dubai tourney. Coming to the rescue were Tokyo Canadian alumni Sean Hopkins, in from Tennessee, Craig Roessel and Matt Peahl from Seoul Korea, James Kodrowski from Malaysia, and goalie Roby Gropp from Vancouver. Other late additions were Johnny Boulianne from Kuala Lumpur, and Dave Peahl (Matt's Dad) straight from vacationing in Mexico.
After retrieving lost hockey bags from the airport, and enjoying the thrills and near-spills of four-wheeling in the desert dunes, the Tokyo Canadians managed to remain undefeated through the preliminary round of the tournament.
Game 1 was a 2-2 tie against the Dubai Buds, with the Canadians coming back after the Bud's Petter Nyberg scored within the first minute of the game. Jason Young and "Kodi" Kodrowski scored for the Canadians.
The Tokyo Canadians got their game together in Game 2 with a 7-2 win over the Dubai Mighty Camels B team. Cam Knox netted two goals, and Lindsay, Chawanya, Young, Hopkins, and Kodrowski all scored one apiece. There was a scary moment midpoint in the game, when Jason Young caught a stick in the mouth. Jay, experienced at bleeding in tournament play, only missed a couple shifts and returned to the game after receiving 25 stitches in his lower lip and losing half a tooth.
Game 3 was a 0-0 battle with the Abu Dhabi Scorpions, until Mike "Slates" Slaton gave Tokyo the win by top-shelving a shot with 18 seconds remaining.
With Dave Peahl out with a knee sprain, the Canadians were down to 7 forwards and 4 defensemen for the semi-final against the Dubai Mighty Camels A team. The Canadians skated steady with the Camels, and were tied at 1-1 on a goal by Mike Slaton, until a deflected shot from the point squeaked under Gropper's pads with 57 seconds remaining in the game.
It was another dissappointing playoff loss for the Tokyo Canadians, but another fun tournament full of good times.
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2004 NWA Charity Hockey Tournament
Tokyo – The Higashi Yamoto icehouse was the site of the 2004 NWA Charity Hockey Tournament. The tourney took place on December 3-5, and saw teams from Korea and Japan play for East Asia’s most prized trophy, the TCHC Samurai Sword.
Team communication was at its finest, on the way to the first semi-final match-up at 10:00AM Sunday morning, when five teammates failed to let napping Arron “Bulldog” Dobrescu know that it was time to get off the train. Apparently, Dober (who regularly relies on people to help him get up for a game) managed to get about 6 train stops of extra rest time, missing most of the first period. This late start allowed the Korea’s Geckos Glaciers to tally the first goal of the game. Tournament MVP Mike “Slates” Slaton, playing without the center (who opted to stay home in bed) of the Slaton-McCaskie-LaRose “Production Line”, managed to tie the game late in the final period to even up the game at one apiece. It took only 4 minutes and 17 seconds in the sudden-death O.T. for J. Scott Lackey to fire a bullet over the Korean tender’s shoulder, sending the hometown fans into an uncontrollable frenzy.
The championship game was a rematch of last year’s Red and White game. Defending champions, Team Red, had another strong team this year; however, off-season trades and new acquisitions made for a talented (and hungry for revenge) Team White. Team Red, missing three top defensemen (two were accounted for, and one apparently also opted to stay home in bed) came out flying after losing their first game to Team White. Red managed to get a puck behind White’s rock-solid goaltender Troy MacPhee when Patrick “Just Married” Morris notched his 6th goal of the tournament. With McPhee sprawling and Joji “Jifi” Hiratsuka and Dave Hilson digging, Morris was able to pounce on a loose puck and put Red ahead 1–0. The lead would not last when White’s Mike “Lucky” LaRose kareemed a pass off of Red’s tender Lance “Cooney” Leeder’s derrière. Again it was LaRose who buried the winner in a highlight-reel shot into the top left corner of the cage. Empty net goals by “Koby” Kobayashi and Chuck “Picture Hanger” Vincent sealed the 4-1 win and saw Team White hoist the TCHC Samurai Sword.
Besides playing 7 games of hockey within 48 hours, the Tokyo Canadians stayed busy refereeing; selling T-shirts, raffle tickets, and beverages; consuming Icefield water and other liquid refreshments; keeping the fans warm and entertained; and making sure that the visiting team from Korea got their money’s worth of late nights and good times.
The tournament banquet, held at Mad Mulligans, summed up the weekend tournament and was where the NWA first place raffle ticket winner was drawn, with two roundtrip Northwest Airlines tickets going to the tournament’s Top Defenseman, Geckos’ Mike Rilanti. The banquet was also a place to witness the actual sighting of Scott “I’m too sick!” McCaskie. The party at Mad Mulligans extended past numerous last calls, last songs, and spilt drinks. Good times were had by all!
More importantly, the hugely successful 2004 Northwest Airlines Charity Hockey Tournament raised 200,000 yen for donation to the YMCA Foreign Community Supporting Committee. The YCMA-FCSC are key contributors for the YMCA’s Challenged Children Camps, Youth Leadership Projects, and other related activities for children in need.
February, 2004 – Singapore Hong Kong Selects their own ref and win the Brewerkz Cup
January, 2004– Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia: CDNs get cold reception in Edmonton... er... Mongolia
November, 2003 – Bangkok, Thailand: Not such a Great Wall for the Canadians to take down
September, 2003 – Tokyo, Japan: All Canadians Final
July, 2003 – Seoul, Korea: Koreans outshoot Canaldians in fina
November, 2002– Chiang Mai, Thailand: Canadians capture Chiang Mai Cup
May, 2002– Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: World Ice Hockey 5's
November, 2001– Chiang Mai, Thailand: Tokyo Canadians Winless in Thailand