Tournaments - Events
Winter Olympic BBQ
The Canadian Embassy in Aoyama provided the perfect venue to watch CTV’s live coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympic opening ceremonies in Vancouver, Canada.
The event was hosted by the Tokyo Canadians hockey club to raise money for Canadian athletes and the Canadian Cancer Society.
The team Barbequed burgers and hot dogs, and also served Canadian beer and wine for 250 families and friends.
Several companies contributed in making the event successful: Allied Pickford, The Meat Guy, Constellation wines, McCain foods, Willy Badger, Chez Vous Service company.
The team raised $2,000 with 100% of the proceeds being donated to two selected charities. The Can Fund supporting Canadian Athletes received $1500 with an additional $500 being contributed to the Canadian Cancer Society.
The two Tokyo Canadians Hockey players, Mike Rublack and Jason Young presented a cheque to the Can Fund Executive Director, Jane Roos at he
Can Fund Athlete house.
Q-Schooled in BKK
The Canadians opened the tournament with losses of 5-0 to Taiwan and 4-1 to Hong Kong. Rob Voisine was the lone goal scorer against HKG. The team iced 12 skaters but didn't have much fire power. They tried their best, but the squad needs some young (goal scoring) blood to join the team.
The Boys from the G.W.N. won their third game versus the Singapore Lions 2-1. Young Kevin, who had recovered from another episode of Headache-itis, scored a PP goal and The Starfish brought back memories of old and did his jersey #4 proud for the winning goal in Bobby Orr-like fashion. Veteran goaltender Robbie Gropp, called up from Vancouver, preserved the victory with a flurry of saves late in the game.
James Heather joined the pucksters for the Friday games so Killer Carlson moved up and played left wing with Cam Knox and Mike LaRose. The big line combined for about 650 lbs. of Molson muscle and controlled the puck well in the offensive zone, but couldn't put the biscuit in the basket. Chawanya had a goal called back on a (incorrectly called) hand pass from Satoshi "Koby" Kobayashi. It bounced off Koby's shoulder right onto Chaw's stick and he had a yawning cage staring at him. .
The TCHC lost the quarter final game 3-0 to the Bangkok Farangs. Near the end of a scoreless first period the Canadians got two penalties on one play - a hooking call followed by a body check. At the beginning of the second period Farangs scored two power play goals and then a third goal late in the game. The Canadians started well but couldn't muster up enough chances or sustain good pressure in the offensive zone leading to the loss.
As usual a good time was had by all and Father Joe's Human Development Centre in Bangkok was well supported by many charitable contributions from all teams and sponsors that participated in the tournament.
2008 Seoul Tournament Highlights
- Anto\'s bluetooth cell phone ringing his head off while waiting for the flight in Narita.
- Younger disappearing into the Itewon night life and not to be seen at the Friday games.
- Only seven skaters for the first game against eventual tournament winners, Gekko\'s.
- 10-0 loss to Gekko\'s in game one.
- Seoul-based Canadians joining the TCHC throughout the day to help us out.
- 5-0 loss to Rocky Mountain Tavern in game two.
- 7-2 (?) win versus Inchon Iceholes in game three.
- Younger re-appears on Friday night. Plays on Saturday, but then the Diddler went AWOL after a three goal performance against the Iceholes.
- Quarter final 5-1 (?) win versus Inchon Iceholes.
- 3-1 loss to Rocky Mountain Tavern in the semi-final game.
- Gekko\'s beats Rocky Mountain Tavern in the final game.
-- GK Takeshi (Wonder) Tatsumoto named team MVP for the tournament
Canadians bring home the Brewerkz Cup from Singapo
Eleven of the Tokyo Canadians flew into Changi Airport late Wednesday night, joined by two more on Thursday morning – Dave Lindsay flying in from Qatar (without his hockey bag) and Keith McQueen from Australia, to take part in the Brewerkz Cup at Singapore's Fuji Ice Palace. Ten teams coming from Abu Dhabi (Gulf), Bangkok, Korea, Qatar, Singapore and Tokyo battled it out in the International division.
The TCs took on the Qatar Canucks in their 1st game. The TCs lit the lamp first with an end to end rush by Rock Voisine that ended with a nifty deak that beat the tender 5-hole. Qatar answered to even it up at one apiece 5 minutes into the 2nd frame. Slaton fired a feed from Kimoto on the power play to take the lead 2-1. It looked like the lead would stand, but Qatar scored with just 1.8 seconds left to tie the game. The game ended with a few skirmishes with Slaton and Voisine dropping the mitts with opposing players after a McQueen laid out Qatar’s high flying top player.
The 2nd game saw the TCs take on the Flying Farangs Shadows (the Farangs alter ego team). Typical in TC fashion, after shaking off the traveling legs, the team came out flying with a quick 2-0 lead, again led by Rob Voisine who netted 2 in the victory. Scott Mccaskie, who was determined to quadruple his production (on the ice) from the Bangkok tourney, found the back off the net after a mad scramble in front. Scooter also chipped in another to score 2 for the TCs. Chris Antonelli put on a Mongolia goalie clinic stacking his pads on more than one occasion to keep the TCs in the lead. Midway through the 2nd period Kimoto was crossed checked from behind going for an open net goal and landed awkwardly. He was later treated and diagnosed with torn ligaments in his left wrist.
Friday morning fans saw the TCs slated against the Singapore Thirsty Islanders. JO Caron was the game’s first star as he registered 5 goals in a 12-0 drumming of the Singapore B team. McCaskie and Slaton added 2 of their own while Voisine, Doris, and Takagi also tallied for the Canadians. Antonelli recorded his second shut out in as many games looking good as Tokyo’s “Hey Kitty”.
The 2nd game of the day was against the defending champions, the Singapore Brewerkz Brewins. The Brewins scored first on the man advantage on a screen shot that beat Antonelli stick side. Voisine took a pass from Kimoto (who played with his hand in a make shift cast) and answered with a power play goal that tied the game at 1-1. The game was decided on the next power play, this time for the Brewins and the game ended handing the TCs their first loss.
Following late rule changes, the Canadians' next opponent was the Rocky Mountain Tavern Chiefs from Seoul. After a late meal that filled the bellies of all the Tokyo Canadians, the players came out slow and did not play at the level as what was expected. The Canadians also faced many penalties and after the first period the game was knotted at 2 a piece. On a perfect feed to the high slot from Voisine, Dave Lindsay netted the go-ahead goal with a quick snapshot low to the stickside. Guy Roberge finally made it onto the score sheet scoring a pair of goals. Final score 5-2 Canadians.
Semi finals – Bangkok Flying Farangs versus the Tokyo Canadians
The Flying Farangs, who finished first coming out of the International A Division, were only challenged once, playing Abu Dhabi on Thursday and easily winning that game. So their toughest challenge was now upon them, facing the 3rd place Tokyo Canadians. But it was the Farangs who scored first on a power play to take an early lead 1-0. Frustrated, the TCs took many penalties but great penalty killing by rookie Frank Harrison, Mike Doris and Keith McQueen kept the game close, even when the Farangs had a 2 man advantage with Slaton off for high sticking. Rock Voisine tied the game on a blast from the point. Late in the 2nd frame Slaton battled for a puck along the boards in the TC end and then made a beauty pass between 2 Farang defenders onto Kimoto’s stick for a breakaway. With 1:12 seconds on the clock, Kimoto shot the puck short side lighting the lamp and securing the win that sent the Tokyo Canadians to the final.
Final Game – Abu Dhabi (Gulf) Scorpions versus the Tokyo Canadians
The final game was a rematch of the game that knocked out the TCs of the Bangkok Cup 5 months prior and this time they TCs were looking for revenge. Before the game, an emotional speech from McCaskie had the boys playing for more than the championship, they were playing for their teammate – “Let’s do it for Rosey!” A loud “Canadians!” was shouted and the game was on. Four lines continued to roll and they followed the game plan that got the boys to the final. Speedy Frank Harrison forced an early turnover shooting on sprawling Giguere that left an open net for Kimoto to tap in. Tokyo 1 – Scorpions 0.
Abu Dhabi who only played with 9 skaters answered quickly and tied the game on a power play but Guy Roberge knocked in a rebound from a Mike Doris shot that had the TCs fans on their feet cheering. Tokyo’s third goal game on a hard fore-check by Kimoto who stole the puck from the Scorpion defence man and stuffed the puck behind Giguere’s skate to get the lead to 3-1. Tokyo continued their play of dump and chase and this proved to be the winning formula as the Scorpions acknowledged their defeat when the game was only 5 minutes into the second period. Doris (after hitting at least 6 posts and 2 crossbars) sent the water bottle high into the air and now it was 4-1. Tokyo could start to taste the victory with about 6 minutes remaining in the game but a late penalty by Kimoto had the Scorpions on the power play once again. Great communication by the TC bench and superb penalty killing saw JO Caron swipe the face-off into the Scorpion zone towards and empty net that Caron later tapped into seal the deal.
The Tokyo Canadians raised the Brewerkz Cup and drank the beer inside…thanked their fans and posed for photos before heading off to the closing ceremony where Antonelli took home the award for Tournament MVP and Rob Voisine was voted the tournament's Top Defenceman.
Canadians Stung by Scorpions
October 28, 2006 - Bangkok, Thailand
Game 1: Singapore
First blood was drawn by Tokyo with Guy Roberge and Satoshi Kobayashi discovering their passing games and Kobayashi finishing a beautiful give and go. Late in the game Larose buried a nice pass from Captain Knox for the insurance goal. Strong defence and solid goaltending by Todd Bengert sealed the win shutting down a determined Singapore team.
Game 2: Hong Kong
Stu Kimoto buried a Knox pass and the Canadians were on their way to another shut out win. The insurance goal was a product of the Guy and Koby passing show, with Roberge on the finish and Koby with the smooth pass. And again the defence corp and Bengert were impenetrable and held the Hong Kong team scoreless.
Game 3: Indochine Cobras
A hard fought contest that could have gone either way. Unfortunately it went the wrong way and after a series of strange bounces, and a very skilled and determined Indochine team, despite another snipe by Mike Larose the Canadians came out on the short end of the score.
Quarterfinals vs Gulf Scorpions
The eventual tournament winners proved to be as strong as expected and despite almost stealing the game being outshot by a considerable margin, this was the last game for the Canadians in the 2006 Land of Smiles Tournament. A five star effort from Bengert, who saw more rubber than a.....,,umm,... who faced a barrage of shots from the relentless Scorpions, and a vintage Kimoto strike that had given the Canadians an early lead, were not enough to prevail. Mckaskie, and Didcott came heartbreakingly close to changing the outcome, Didcott having trouble holding on to the puck being slick with Thai massage oil, but in the end an empty netter sealed the Canadians fate.
Thai tourney rookies Holt, Ropponguy Roberge, and Didcott providing some vintage Tokyo Canadian moments. Young Kevin Holt, playing solid D and seeing more r.....sights than many of the veterans had in multiple trips. Mark Didcott for buoying the Thai economy with his support of the massage industry, setting a possible world record for number of massages per day, playing a superlative two-way game throughout the tourney. And also for butting his head into the mix when the going got rough. RopponGuy Roberge, for just being a good "guy" and providing endless entertainment and who discovered the high cost of room service at Thai hotels.
Tourney veteran Mike Larose scoring some nice goals and constantly rallying the troops by flashing his patented "V" for victory sign. And for providing the team with some good laughs with his elegant and eloquent way with words.
Ryo, Yammer, and Chawanya, showing amazing stamina playing for two teams, Ryo with some electrifying rushes in the quarterfinal game, Yammer solid on defense and Chawanya as steady as ever playing whatever role required of him.
Captain Knox, again provided leadership on and off the ice.
Rob Voisine played a strong tourney, with some highlight reel moves. And during the games he did very well also.
James Heather, Jason Young stalwart on defense, solid and dependable as always, providing support for the Jifi the Elder who proved that despite old age and a bum knee one can still play, sometimes even suiting up for hockey.
Veteran Dave Lindsay proving once again that there is life after 40, and that pools and alcohol don't mix, doing the Mark Didcott maneuver on the bottom of the pool.
Stu Kimoto and Kobayashi, as always offensive threats on the ice, and providing some memorable moments off the ice, which sometimes are hard to remember because.....
Scott Mckaskie who broke his record for consecutive games in one tourney, lasting all 4 games and playing a great tourney all around. Also his local knowledge of Thai culture and customs proved invaluable to those new to the country.
And finally Todd Bengert who kept us in the games and was steady and cool throughout the tourney.
Special thanks to Terri and Sita who provided support, patience, and good humor, and most of all tremendous open mindedness, throughout the tourney.