The Shu Drops Again, and again and…


Date of Game: October 28, 2023

TCHC White

by Dickie Dunn, Staff Writer

Final score TCHC White 10, REDBLACKS 5

The Tokyo Canadians reconvened for Hockey Night in Tokyo on Saturday, Oct 28 at Meiji-Jingu Ice Arena and were treated to the Shu Hayakawa show, leading the entertainment for the Team White over the REDBLACKS in the final game of the month.

A good turnout drove a solid pace to the game, with both sides trading goals in the initial 20 minutes, seeing the game even at 3-3 after the 1st. With a hat trick for TCHC White, Hayakawa, was flanked by ‘Rico’ Reay and Jesse Starosta who added helpers to all three tallies.

Hayakawa played like he was shot out of a cannon in his first game back after being sidelined with a broken finger for six weeks.

Starosta suited up again with the Canadians after a nine-year run with the Bangkok Flying Farangs. He played for the TCHC from 2010-2014 before hitting the free agent market and headed for warmer climes. The Canadians needed some more scoring up front and consummated a trade a few days before puck drop.

Rico Reay finally ended his early season holdout and came down from the mountain top, strapped on the blades for Team White, and went to work looking no worse for wear.

The Kobayashis (Ryan and Satoshi, no relation) and Hiroki Yamashita would all add a goal and a helper each to aide in the REDBLACKS effort, but the force of the Hayakawa, Reay and Starosta line had much more to do. Hayakawa added a second hat trick through the next frame, Starosta (5) and Reay (3) giving plenty of assists for their side and the two forwards also added two goals apiece to top out Team White’s total at 10 for the night. Chawanya would add a late goal for the REDBLACKS for their fifth tally but fell far short of the White’s offensive onslaught. Final score 10-5 TCHC White. 

Eisuke Shimizu had his hands full battling against his former teammate, Hayakawa, and made some miraculous second and third saves, battling to keep the White team at bay. Nick Fridell for the Team White put up a solid evening in net as well, keeping rebounds out of reach of the REDBLACKS for most of the night. 

The Tokyo Canadians would like to announce their new sponsor, Yokohama Keiai Eye Clinic, and to give a special thanks to Dr. Shimizu for supporting the team. More coming soon about the clinic, but in the meantime please take a look at our Sponsorship page on this site to learn more about the good work done at Yokohama Keiai Eye Clinic and the services they provide, including English speaking doctors.

The next game is on Saturday, November 4 at Minami Funabashi against the swashbuckling Pirates. Until then hockey fans…

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Tokyo Canadians #22 Shu Hayakawa scored a double hat trick to lead the way.