IHLC Team Profiles – Japan (Men’s)

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japan-11 JAPAN (JPN) Men’s National Ice Hockey Team
1 win, 1 reign, 1 game with IHLC – ranked 21st
IHLC last held November 1, 1997

Japan first burst on to the international scene in 1930, quite an anomaly for an Asian squad in the largely European / North American dominated hockey scene. Japan competed for their first IHLC in 1957, and made a number of World Championship appearances thanks to the IIHF allowing a “Far East” competitor to play in tournaments they otherwise wouldn’t have qualified for, before winning their first and only IHLC forty years later from Canada. While Japan has not played for the IHLC since, they have stayed a mainstay of Division IA, looking to reach the World Championship’s top pool once again.

IHLC GAMES
Total IHLC Games Played: 14
First IHLC Game: 16-0 loss vs. ussr-11 URS, Feb. 24, 1957
Only IHLC Win: 5-3 win vs. canada1965-11 CAN, Oct. 11, 1997
Latest IHLC Game: 2-2 tie vs. norway-11 NOR, Nov. 4, 1997
Largest IHLC Defeat: 16-0 (2 times, latest vs. ussr-11 URS, Feb. 12, 1980)

IHLC HOSTING
IHLC Games Hosted:
17
First Game Hosted: ussr-11 URS 3-3 TCH czech-11, May 24, 1989 (Tokyo)
Latest Game Hosted: czech-11 CZE 1-0 RUS russia-11, Feb. 22, 1998 (Nagano)
Major Tournaments Hosted: Olympic Games (2: 1972, 1998)

MAJOR TOURNAMENT RECORDS
Best IIHF World Championship Result: 8th (3: 1930, 1957, 1960)
Best Olympic Games Result: 8th (1: 1960)
Best Canada/World Cup Result: n/a

COMPETITIVE IHLC RECORDS
canada1965-11 CANADA: 1 win, 1 loss, 1 tie
finland-11 FINLAND: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties
norway-11 NORWAY: 0 wins, 1 loss, 2 ties
slovakia-11 SLOVAKIA: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties
ussr-11 SOVIET UNION: 0 wins, 6 losses, 0 ties

COMPLETE IHLC HISTORY
01. ussr-11 URS 16-0 JPN japan-11 – 02/24/1957 – WC – Moscow ussr-11
02. finland-11 FIN 11-2 JPN japan-11 – 02/03/1976 – OG – Innsbruck austria-11
03. ussr-11 URS 16-0 JPN japan-11 – 02/12/1980 – OG – Lake Placid usa-11
04. ussr-11 URS 10-1 JPN japan-11 – 05/25/1989 – JC – Tokyo japan-11
05. ussr-11 URS 10-6 JPN japan-11 – 05/28/1989 – JC – Tokyo japan-11
06. ussr-11 URS 17-3 JPN japan-11 – 05/13/1990 – JC – Tokyo japan-11
07. ussr-11 URS 10-2 JPN japan-11 – 05/16/1990 – JC – Tokyo japan-11
08. slovakia-11 SVK 7-2 JPN japan-11 – 08/29/1993 – OQ – Sheffield britain-11
09. canada1965-11 CAN 4-1 JPN japan-11 – 10/07/1997 – EX – Calgary canada1965-11
10. canada1965-11 CAN 3-3 JPN japan-11 – 10/10/1997 – EX – Olds canada1965-11
11. japan-11 JPN 5-3 CAN canada1965-11 – 10/11/1997 – EX – Drumheller canada1965-11
12. norway-11 NOR 5-3 JPN japan-11 – 11/01/1997 – EX – Sarpsborg norway-11
13. norway-11 NOR 3-3 JPN japan-11 – 11/03/1997 – EX – Hamar norway-11
14. norway-11 NOR 2-2 JPN japan-11 – 11/04/1997 – EX – Oslo norway-11

Photo Credit: WMIA 2014 – IIHF – HHOF – IOC

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