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Canadians Continue Amazing Streak

2002-02-27

It was business as usual for the Tokyo Canadians as they continued their amazing dominance of Tokyo based teams with a pair of victories over the Mitsubishi Express. Despite great efforts from the speedy corporate club, Mitsubishi couldn't break the Canucks winning streak which stretches back to almost four months. The Canadians have not lost a game since dropping a 5-2 decision to Team USA in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The January 18th contest at Yoyogi Arena featured stellar goaltending from veteran Lyle Warbinek who kept Mitsubishi at bay until the boys could finally put the game away with an 11-2 win. Dave "Cool Pad" Lindsay led the way with a four goal night. Stu Kimoto, Bobby Chung, Cam Knox, Scott McCaskie, Jason "MVP" Young and Satoshi Kobayashi rounded out the scoring.

The second game of the home-and-home series took place at the less spacious Higashi-Fushimi Arena. Once again, Warbinek stood on his shiny head limiting Mitsubishi to only a handful of goals as Tokyo cruised 10-3. Stu "the Reaper" Kimoto matched his opponents efforts with a hat trick. He was followed up by goals from Young, Lindsay, McCaskie and Brent Carlson. The goal of the night - and what could be his last as a Canadian - was a nifty backhand from the legend John Richmond.


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Canadians Get Around


Several Tokyo Canadians will be adding some stamps to their passports when they compete in various tournaments abroad this spring.

Lyle Warbinek is expected to join former Canadian teammate Chris Parsons at the 10th Annual Hockey North America games in Holland next month. This is the third straight trip to Europe for Warbinek.

Later in the month, Joji Hiratsuka, Dave Lindsay and Jason Young will join Team Budweiser for the Dubai Tournament in the United Arab Emirates. The team is made of players from around the Middle East.


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Line Changes


The Tokyo Canadians made a few adjustments with the roster recently by adding forwards Cam Knox and Satoshi Kobayashi. Both players play regularly for the Tokyo Thunderbirds, and bring lots of experience and speed to the club.

Cam Knox brings perhaps the best resume to the team having toiled with the Dayton Bombers (ECHL) and the Central Texas Stampede (WPHL) before finally realizing his lifetime dream of becoming an English Teacher in Japan. He's now moved to a cushy banking job courtesy his Canuck teammates.


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John Richmond Night


And finally, Tuesday, March 19th has been chosen as a rare promotional night for the club when they pay tribute to the forty-something-year-old legend of Japanese hockey, John Richmond, by playing the Tokyo Vanguards at Takadanobaba's apply named "Senior" Citizens Center at 9:45pm. This will be the last game for the team's captain as he returns to Canada next month after 12 years in Japan. The first twenty....ah, never mind...ANYONE who shows up to the game can have their picture taken with the fiery number 13 so be sure and bring your camera.

Canadians Extend Streak To Five

2002-01-15

The Tokyo Canadians extended their tremendous winning streak to five games on Thursday night by defeating the Pirates of Takadanobaba at Yoyogi Arena. The exact score was not known but it was believed to be somewhere around 15-8.

All Tokyo Canadians figured onto the scorers sheet in one way or another by the end of the evening. Dave Lindsay lead the way with a hat trick while Joji Hiratsuka, Bobby Chung, and Cam Knox each added pairs.

The Canadians will try and keep their winning ways going this Friday night when they play Mitsubishi at Yoyogi Arena.

Canadians Win At Yoyogi

2002-01-08

The Tokyo Canadians started out the new year in style on Sunday night with an 8-3 thrashing of the Tokyo Monsters inside the cozy confines of Yoyogi National Stadium in Harajuku. This was the first ever game for the Canadians at Yoyogi Arena, home of the 1964 Olympics and several NHL games in 1997 and 1998. Unfortunately, the building was about as quiet as an Ogiso press conference as 99% of the 10,000 seat arena sat empty.

The "Silent But Deadly" Koichi "Ogi" Ogiso quickly got things rolling when he registered two straight goals off assists from Brent Carlson. Soon after, Carlson and Joji Hiratsuka signed their names to the scorer's sheet giving the Canadians a strong lead.

Satoshi Kobayashi netted another pair of pucks at the midway mark. Peterborough native Sean Hopkins scored a nice goal in his Canadians debut while Stu "The Reaper" Kimoto rounded out the scoring on a breakaway off a Dennis Waechter feed.

The only thing the Monsters could manage successfully was shutting down scoring threat of Dave Lindsay and ending his scoring streak at four games. Lindsay was unable to score all evening mainly because he was vacationing in Arizona. He is expected to be suited up on Thursday night when the Canadians play the Pirates at Yoyogi Arena. Face off is 10:15pm. Plenty of seats still remain.


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Stars of the Game
The number one star-of-the-game on Sunday night was Brent Carlson for his 1 goal and 2 assist effort.
Number two star went to the Monsters' Dennis Waechter. Not only did "The Diesel" score a nice one for the Blueshirts, he also mistakenly assisted on Kimoto's goal when his blind pass was intercepted and returned for a goal. "He also got hacked all night and didn't complain a bit," added assistant captain Joji Hiratsuka.

Number three star went to Kevin Meehan because, according to Hiratsuka, "for being able to lug all that weight around and still being able to skate."


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Canadians Get Hat Trick
Despite constant efforts by several teammates, the team only managed three babies in 2001. Earlier in the year, Eddie Takaya became a first time father while Mike La Rose simply added another one, Jacob, to the list.
Brent and wife Ikuyo (Kate) Carlson completed the team trifecta on December 21st when the couple had a son, Leon.

All conceptions were unassisted.

Fans Emotional Over Moody Decision

2001-12-07

While many consider December 7th, 1941 as a day of infamy, so will December 7th, 2001 to many Japanese hockey fans.

The Tokyo Canadians Hockey Club and women across Kanto were stunned today at the sudden retirement of long-time Canadians' defenseman Neil Moody. The 44 year-old native of North Vancouver, British Columbia had been hoping to make a comeback since suffering a mysterious back injury which occurred sometime during the 2000 Chevron Cup Tournament in Bangkok.

"The way my back is, I can hardly walk let along skate", said Moody, having to fight back tears most likely brought on by an allergic reaction to Jason Young's "Armani" Cologne.

One of the few remaining members of the founding 1996 team, Moody had been sidelined on a number of occasions by a string of injuries over the past three seasons. In addition to an injured back, he had also suffered from bad ankles, a torn rotator cuff, a degenerative hip, a splintered stick, mildewed equipment, occasional feelings of inadequacy, a large rash, poor decision skills, as well as seriosis and tetur.

Moody's ability to stick handle through the most dangerous of situations, both on and off the ice, will be sorely missed by the team. Retirement, however, doesn't mean it will end of the founding member's association with the Canadians. "We'll most likely keep him on as an official team advisor", said John Richmond, "being that he seems to know something about everything."

"This is a real surprise to some of us", said a teammate who asked to remain anonymous, "especially those of us who didn't even realize he was still in Japan."

There was no mention of retiring his number.

Canadians too scarey for Monsters

2001-11-30

 

After a victory against the Monsters last week, the Canadians were back in action against the same squad; this time both teams had a full compliment of players for the rematch.

Although the Canadians carried the play in the first period the score remained 0-0 at the end of twenty minutes. The unlikely icebreaker was perennial party boy, Rob "it ain\'t that" Smaal, who scored a pair (and allegedly did the same in Roppongi last week too). Once the dam broke and the floodgates opened the Canucks went on to score a 9-2 victory. Other goal scorers were Mike La Rose also with pair and singles came from Joji Hiratsuka and rookies Bobby Chung, Bruce Hill, Dave Lindsay and Stu Kimoto.


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