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HC Nikkō Ice Bucks
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City: Nikkō, Tochigi
League: Asia League Ice Hockey
Founded: 1999 (1999)
Home Arena: Nikkō Kirifuri Ice Arena (capacity 2,000)
Colors:               
Head Coach: Murai Tadahiro


The HC Nikkō Ice Bucks are an Asia League Ice Hockey team based in Nikkō, Tochigi, Japan.

Logo design: The word IceBucks in italicized English in black with white trim, with the words "NIKKO KOBE" in bold italics in orange trimmed with white

Mascot: An orange and white furred male deer wearing a hockey helmet.

HistoryEdit

The Nikkō area has a long history of ice hockey, with the Furukawa Electric semi-professional team (one of the oldest in Japan) having been established in 1925, and becoming a founding member of the Japanese Ice Hockey League in 1966. In 1999, however, the team was forced to disband due to financial difficulties.

A outflow of support from the city and local financing allowed the team to be recreated as a club team, supported locally. It was renamed the HC Nikkō IceBucks and joined the league in time for the next season's start. The team, despite fervent local support, was never one of the successes of the JIHL even when they were supported as Furukawa Electric, and had a rocky start as the HC Nikkō IceBucks, having to relaunch their business model in 2001. The team has consistently placed near or at the bottom of the league.

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When the league expanded into the Asia League Ice Hockey, Nikkō was one of the teams that was part of the new league. In the summer of 2005, the team arranged to play a number of its home games in Kobe, Hyogo, and changed its name to the Nikkō Kobe IceBucks to reflect its new two-city home. In 2007-2008 season Kobe is no longer home and the name was reverted to the older HC Nikkō Ice Bucks.

HonoursEdit

Year-by-year recordEdit

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Hiroshi Shiratori wearing the Ice Buck's away jersey preparing his ice during a game vs the Anyang Halla on January 10, 2009

JIHL 1999-2004Edit

Season GP W W(OT) W(PS) T L(PS) L(OT) L GF GA PTS Finish Playoffs
1999-00 30 3 5 22 45 106 11 6th/6 Out of playoffs
2000-01 40 10 1 29 91 164 21 6th/6 Out of playoffs
2001-02 40 6 2 2 2 2 26 103 163 23.0 6th/6 Out of playoffs
2002-03 32 7 0 4 1 2 18 68 114 23.0 5th/5 Out of playoffs
2002-03 24 1 0 1 0 1 21 33 112 4.5 4th/4  ?
2003-04 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 19 56 0.0 4th/4  ?

ALIH 2003-presentEdit

complete records for previous seasons

Season GP W W(OT) W(GWS)* T L(GWS)* L(OT) L GF GA PTS Finish Playoffs
2003–04 16 2 0 2 0 12 38 67 6 5th/5 No Playoffs due to shortened season
2004–05 42 13 1 2 2 24 110 125 45 6th/8 N/A
2005–06 38 16 2 2 1 17 103 118 55 6th/9 Lost in quarter-final
2006–07 34 12 0 1 0 21 90 158 37 6th/8 Lost in semi-final
2007–08 30 8 2 2 0 18 60 109 30 6th/7 Lost in quarter-final
2008–09 36 4 2 1 1 1 27 74 161 20 7th/7 N/A
2009–10 36 12 2 1 2 2 17 103 118 46 6th/7 N/A

*prior to the 2008–2009 season, there were no shoot-outs and games ended in a tie

Current rosterEdit

Goaltenders
# Country Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
29 Flag of Japan Ito Keisuke 2010 Japan
39 Flag of Japan Kikuchi Naoya 2009 Japan
44 Flag of Japan Fukufuji Yutaka L 2010 Japan
Defencemen
# Country Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
2 Flag of Japan Hagiwara Yugo (A) 2006 Japan
3 Flag of Japan Yamaguchi Kazuyoshi 2009 Japan
6 Flag of Japan Sumida Yousuke 2010 Japan
7 Flag of Japan Fukuzawa Noaya 2008 Japan
22 Flag of Japan Ohkubo Tomohito 2009 Japan
34 Flag of Japan Okamoto Toshiaki 2007 Japan
43 Flag of Japan Kawamura Masahiro 2009 Japan
Flag of Canada Richard Rochefort 2010 Canada
Forwards
# Country Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
8 Flag of Japan Suzuki Takahito (C) W R 2009 Japan
11 Flag of Japan Tsukada Hiroyuki 2008 Japan
12 Flag of Japan Uchiyama Tomohiko W 2009 Japan
13 Flag of Japan Tagawa Akira W 2010 Japan
15 Flag of Japan Kurata Ryuichi L 2010 Sapporo, Japan
16 Flag of Japan Tsuchida Hideji W Japan
17 Flag of Japan Takahashi Kazuma 2009 Hachinohe, Japan
18 Flag of Japan Tsuji Kojiro W 2004 Japan
19 Flag of Japan Nakai Musashi C 2007 Japan
45 Flag of Japan Setaka Tetsuo (A) C 2005 Japan
47 Flag of Japan Shinohara Kota (A) C 2005 Japan
58 Flag of Canada Bud Smith C 2009 Rochfort Bridge, Canada

Past import playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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