IHLC Team Profiles – ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan (Men’s)

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๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต JAPAN (JPN) Menโ€™s National Ice Hockey Team (1930-)
1ย win, 1ย reign, 1ย game with IHLC – rankedย 21st
IHLC last held 01 November 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 tournamentsย they otherwise wouldn’t have qualified for, before winning their first and only IHLC forty years laterย from Canada. While Japan hasย 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:ย 16-0 loss vs. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URS, 24 Feb 1957
Only IHLC Win:ย 5-3 win vs. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN, 11 Oct 1997
Latestย IHLC Game: 2-2 tie vs. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด NOR, 04 Nov 1997
Largest IHLC Defeat:ย 16-0 (2 times, latestย vs. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URS, 12 Feb 1980)
Longest IHLC Winless Streak: 10 games (24 Feb 1957 – 10 Oct 1997)

IHLCย HOSTING
IHLC Games Hosted:
17
First Game Hosted: ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URS 3-3 TCH ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ, 24 May 1989 (Tokyo)
Latest Game Hosted:ย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย CZE 1-0 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ, 22 Feb 1998 (Nagano)
Major Tournaments Hosted:ย Olympic Games (2: 1972, 1998)

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

COMPETITIVE IHLC RECORDS
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA: 1 win, 1 loss, 1 tie
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย FINLAND: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ดย NORWAY: 0 wins, 1 loss, 2 ties
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย SLOVAKIA: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ SOVIET UNION: 0 wins, 6 losses, 0 ties

COMPLETE IHLC HISTORY
01. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URS 16-0 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 24 Feb 1957 โ€“ WC โ€“ Moscow ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
02. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย FIN 11-2 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 03 Feb 1976 โ€“ OG โ€“ Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
03. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URS 16-0 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 12 Feb 1980 โ€“ OG โ€“ Lake Placid ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
04. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URS 10-1 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 25 May 1989 โ€“ JC โ€“ Tokyo ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
05. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URS 10-6 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 28 May 1989 โ€“ JC โ€“ Tokyo ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
06. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URS 17-3 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 13 May 1990 โ€“ JC โ€“ Tokyo ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
07. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URS 10-2 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 16 May 1990 โ€“ JC โ€“ Tokyo ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
08. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย SVK 7-2 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 29 Aug 1993 โ€“ OQ โ€“ Sheffield ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
09. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 4-1 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 07 Oct 1997 โ€“ EX โ€“ Calgary ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
10. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 3-3 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 10 Oct 1997 โ€“ EX โ€“ Olds ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
11. ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตย JPN 5-3 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 11 Oct 1997 โ€“ EX โ€“ Drumheller ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
12. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ดย NOR 5-3 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 01 Nov 1997 โ€“ EX โ€“ Sarpsborg ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
13. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ดย NOR 3-3 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 03 Nov 1997 โ€“ EX โ€“ Hamar ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
14. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ดย NOR 2-2 JPN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต โ€“ 04 Nov 1997 โ€“ EX โ€“ Oslo ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

Photo Credit:ย WMIA 2014ย –ย IIHFย –ย HHOFย –ย IOC

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