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R&W August

Tokyo Canadians Hockey club scrimmage

On Sunday, August 21st, the Tokyo Canadians held their monthly R&W scrimmage at Jingu rink. Now with Rio over we can focus our efforts on competing in 2018 in Pyeongchang.

With two plus lines per side there were plenty of legs for fatigue not to be an excuse, and as expected, there was an upbeat pace held throughout the night.

The scoring opened on a nice connection between Taro Kurokawa and Paul Dupuis. Taro dipsy doodled in the offensive zone for what seemed to be 45 seconds before firing a hard and accurate pass that was deftly deflected into the top corner by a streaking Dupes. 1-0 Red.

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R&W April

R&W scrimmage

On Sunday, April. 17th, the Tokyo Canadians held their monthly R&W scrimmage at Jingu rink. Note that the following recap has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence. Good enough for shinny though.

A high level of commitment to the evening was evident from the very start. Guys were already in the dressing room a full half hour before the drop of the puck. Maybe it’s because tax season is over, or maybe it’s the start of the NHL playoffs. Either way there was energy in the air!

Play began evenly enough, with red striking first. A quick tally from Ishii-san, still reeling off the energy from the Bangkok tournament. White then took over, tallying more than a few marks in succession, with guest Issei from the Vanguards leading the charge with a hat trick. Just before his third goal, Issei fired a laser just wide of the night, catching the glass and creating such a deafening noise that even Naoto from the bench said, “Whoa!”

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R&W February

Second R&W scrimmage of 2016

On Sunday, Feb. 21st, the Tokyo Canadians held their monthly R&W scrimmage at Jingu rink. We would like to thank all the extra people spending money by going to the public skating sessions; Jingu can now afford to turn on the lights.

The night began unceremoniously for team white as Tommy led a “Go Team White” stick tap in the crease. Unfortunately only the goalie was there with him, and more out of obligation than by choice. Tommy, your efforts did not go unnoticed.

After 10 minutes of back and forth scoreless play, Mikael of Red broke the deadlock with a short side goal on Tatsu. White answered back shortly thereafter with a lucky goal, bouncing in off an errant pass from Red. Kevin Holt, who was on the bench at the time, amazingly earned two assists on the play.

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R&W January

Tokyo Canadians had a first R&W scrimmage of 2016.

On 17 January 2016, Tokyo Canadians had a first R&W scrimmage of 2016.

We had over 30 skaters including some alumnis and guests,

White wins 6-2.

R&W scrimmage December

the Tokyo Canadians skated in their final Red & White scrimmage of 2015

On Sunday, December 20th, the Tokyo Canadians skated in their final Red & White scrimmage of 2015.

With several members out of town over the holidays, a number of friends of the Canadians joined as guests.

Team Red jumped out to an early lead and received solid goaltending from Takeshi Tatsumoto. Team White also received solid goaltending from keeper Aaron McCain. At one point he made a dazzling windmill save à la Cirque du Soleil. Unfortunately he slingshot the puck into the net during his dismount.

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R&W October

2nd Red & White scrimmage of the season

On October 18th, 2015, the Tokyo Canadians took to the ice again for their 2nd Red & White scrimmage of the season. Due to Bronze Week — Golden Week’s even more distant cousin — many full-time members could not join the skate. Fortunately, an army of talented guests joined, and TCHC member Daisuke Tomiyama dug up some scouting reports to divide the teams as evenly as he could. So how did Daisuke do?

White started hotter than this year’s Montreal Canadians, with their guest goaltender who allegedly played pro in Estonia. Yes, Estonia. Anyway, a few solid looking saves early on, and two quick goals by White sent Red into a panic. We began crafting our excuses on the bench, muttering words about rebuilding à la Toronto. All that changed when Brendan Madden rifled a slap shot five-hole. White was alive.

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Last R&W 2014

Tokyo Canadians had last R&W game for 2014

 Tokyo Canadians had last R&W game for 2014 at 21st, December, 2014

Whiteout in Jingu

The end of a hockey season is often toughest on the veteran players

The end of a hockey season is often toughest on the veteran players of a team, for they are the ones who continuously get badgered with questions like “do you have it in you to return for one more?”, “not the way you would’ve liked to end it, eh?” or “such high hopes early on, but to end the season like this must be particular hard on you.’” In fact, Sunday night’s Red & White game was no exception to this rule, as it would be last time (for now) that three TCHC veterans – Rob Smaal, Nobu Araki, and Brent McCain – laced-up the skates this late on a Sunday night for quite some time.

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R&W Roundup – Jan 22

Red Removes White with Full Team Effort

12 RED    – FINAL –   WHITE 7
Red Skaters
White Skaters
Player
G
A
PTS
Player
G
A
PTS
Tommy Anderson
2
3
5
Brent McCain
2
2
4
Koichi Ogi
2
2
4
Naoto Hamashima
1
3
4
Chris Antonelli
2
1
3
Guy Roberge
1
1
Satoshi Chawanya
1
2
3
Kevin Holt
1
1
Frank Harrison
2
2
Patty Morris
1
1
Joji Hiratsuka
2
2
Scott McCaskie
1
1
Rob Smaaly
1
1
2
Shawn Montague
2
2
Mita (Keio)
1
1
Dave McKinnon
1
1
Tim Laurie
1
1
RED & WHITE WRAP: “Red Removes White with Full Team Effort”
January 22nd, 2012
As we head into the All-Star break, this year’s Tokyo Canadians team seemed very keen to replace the lapse in televised hockey for the real game itself. With two full squads of 16 players aside signed up for Sunday night’s tilt, team management was nearly given the unpleasant task of making several healthy scratches ahead of the game. Luckily however, after nominating a referee, and confirming some less frequently seen names such as McCaskie and Waechter were indeed on the team roster, everyone found a side and the puck dropped for the second Red & White game of 2012.

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October R&W Game Roundup

Seesaw Battle Ends in a 7-7 Draw

TCHC – October R&W Roundup
Seesaw Match Ends in a Draw
Redd Fischer
Hockey is starting everywhere and thanks to the quality of the NHL Gamecenter package I was able to catch a few games this week. Hockey returned to Winnipeg and it was great to see the emotion in the building with grown men welling up as the national anthem played and the “Go Jets Go” chants rained down. The Habs spoiled the party but hockey is back where it belongs even if the current Jets look an awful lot like the rather mediocre NHL squads that patrolled that ice in the 80’s and 90’s. Optimism reigns supreme in Canada’s self proclaimed “centre of the universe” as Phil Kessel leads the league in scoring and James Reimer seems to be the same as he was last year when he took the league by storm. Leaf haters will remind us that last season started 4-0 and ended in disappointment but this team seems more focused and maybe they can save the truculent Ron Wilson from himself. The Habs are hurt. Again. This just in: when your top line averages 5’8’’, you will lose significant games to injury. Carey Price cannot pitch shutouts every night and the Habs look curiously like the team that backed into the playoffs last year and not at all like the team that led its division at the quarter post. Vancouver looks to shake off the stink of the embarrassing on ice and off ice performance in G7 of last year’s final. Edmonton has some great young talent and are fun to watch. Calgary and Ottawa are in tough this year to be competitive. All in all, I would put the over/under on Canadian teams in the playoffs at 2. The NHL talent pool has never been better and I am anxiously waiting to see how this all turns out.

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