Team preview ahead of Paralympic Winter Games Qualification Tournament04 Oct 2017
Host nation Japan finished runners up to the Czech Republic at the 2016 World Championships B-Pool
ⒸShuhei Koganezawa and IPC
With less than a week to go until the World Para Ice Hockey Paralympic Winter Games Qualification Tournament in Ostersund, Sweden, we’re taking a closer look at each of the five teams competing for the chance to appear at PyeongChang 2018.
Next up is Japan, who have a history with the Czech Republic. Twice, the two teams faced each other for the gold medal in the World Championships B-Pool, and both times the Czechs ended their hopes. Japan are expected to face tough competition from the Czechs again in the battle for a top-three finish.
Paralympic Winter Games
Vancouver 2010 - silver
Salt Lake City 2002
World Championships history
2016 World Championships B-Pool – silver
2013 World Championships B-Pool – silver
Mikio Annanka and Nao Kodama were Japan’s top scoring threats at the 2016 World Championships B-Pool. Also watch for Satoru Sudo on the defensive end, who has played a crucial role in developing Japan’s national athletes at training camps.