Japan women's national ice hockey team

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Japan
Japan national ice hockey team 2015.png
Nickname(s)Smile Japan
スマイルジャパン
Association Japan Ice Hockey Federation
Head coach Yuji Iizuka
Assistants Kanae Aoki
Masahito Haruna
Yujiro Nakajimaya
Captain Chiho Osawa
Most games Yuka Hirano (67)
Most points Hanae Kubo (54)
IIHF codeJPN
Ranking
Current IIHF 6 Steady2.svg (1 September 2021) [1]
Highest IIHF6 (2019)
Lowest IIHF11 (first in 2011)
First international
Japan  Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 5–2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
(North York or Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; 21 April 1987)
Biggest win
Japan  Flag of Japan.svg 46–0 Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong
(Sapporo, Japan; 21 February 2017)
Biggest defeat
Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 18–0 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 22 March 1990)
Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 18–0 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan
(Richmond, British Columbia, Canada; 5 April 1996)
World Championships
Appearances17 (first in 1990 )
Best result6th (2021)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances6 (first in 1996 )
Best resultGold medal asia.svgGold (2017)
Challenge Cup of Asia
Appearances3 (first in 2010 )
Best resultGold medal asia.svgGold (2011, 2012)
Olympics
Appearances3 (first in 1998 )
International record (W–L–T)
88–92–8

The Japanese women's national ice hockey team (Japanese: アイスホッケー女子日本代表, Hepburn: Aisuhokkē Joshi Nippon Daihyō) represents Japan at the International Ice Hockey Federation's Women's World Championships, the Winter Olympics, and at other international ice hockey tournaments. The women's national team is governed by the Japan Ice Hockey Federation. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] Japan had 2,587 registered female players in 2017 and 1,439 as of 2020. [7] [8]

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The nickname of Japan women's team is "Smile Japan" (Japanese: スマイルジャパン, Hepburn: Sumairu Japan). [9]

Tournament record

Olympic Games

World Championship

Asian Games

IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia

Pacific Rim Championship

Team

Current roster

Roster for the 2021 IIHF Women's World Championship [12] [13]

Head Coach: [[Yuji Iizuka]

No.Pos.NameHeightWeightBirthdateTeam
1G Nana Fujimoto 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)55 kg (121 lb)3 March 1989 (age 32) Flag of Sweden.svg Färjestad BK
2D Shiori Koike 1.59 m (5 ft 3 in)53 kg (117 lb)21 March 1993 (age 28) Flag of Japan.svg DK Peregrine
3D Aoi Shiga 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)60 kg (130 lb)4 July 1999 (age 22) Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Cygnus
4D Ayaka Toko A 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)58 kg (128 lb)22 August 1994 (age 27) Flag of Japan.svg Seibu Princess Rabbits
5D Fumika Sasano 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)68 kg (150 lb)26 June 1997 (age 24) Flag of Japan.svg Seibu Princess Rabbits
6D Sena Suzuki 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)56 kg (123 lb)4 August 1991 (age 30) Flag of Japan.svg Seibu Princess Rabbits
7D Yukiko Kawashima 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)63 kg (139 lb)16 November 1996 (age 24) Flag of Japan.svg DK Peregrine
8D Akane Hosoyamada A 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)59 kg (130 lb)9 March 1992 (age 29) Flag of Japan.svg DK Peregrine
10F Haruna Yoneyama 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)53 kg (117 lb)7 November 1991 (age 29) Flag of Japan.svg DK Peregrine
11F Mei Miura 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)63 kg (139 lb)16 November 1998 (age 22) Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Cygnus
12F Chiho Osawa C 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)63 kg (139 lb)10 February 1992 (age 29) Flag of Sweden.svg Luleå HF
13F Moeko Fujimoto 1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)51 kg (112 lb)5 August 1992 (age 29) Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Cygnus
14F Haruka Toko 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)64 kg (141 lb)16 March 1997 (age 24) Flag of Japan.svg Seibu Princess Rabbits
15F Rui Ukita 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)69 kg (152 lb)6 June 1996 (age 25) Flag of Japan.svg Daishin
16F Akane Shiga 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)61 kg (134 lb)3 March 2001 (age 20) Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Cygnus
18F Suzuka Taka 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)53 kg (117 lb)16 October 1996 (age 24) Flag of Japan.svg DK Peregrine
19F Chika Otaki 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)53 kg (117 lb)14 December 1998 (age 22) Flag of Japan.svg DK Peregrine
21F Hanae Kubo 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)64 kg (141 lb)10 December 1982 (age 38) Flag of Japan.svg Seibu Princess Rabbits
22F Miho Shishiuchi 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)60 kg (130 lb)21 August 1992 (age 29) Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Cygnus
23F Hikaru Yamashita 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)54 kg (119 lb)23 September 2000 (age 20) Flag of Japan.svg Seibu Princess Rabbits
24F Makoto Ito 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)60 kg (130 lb)2 May 2004 (age 17) Flag of Japan.svg Daishin
27F Remi Koyama 1.46 m (4 ft 9 in)52 kg (115 lb)17 July 2000 (age 21) Flag of Japan.svg Seibu Princess Rabbits
28D Shiori Yamashita 1.59 m (5 ft 3 in)52 kg (115 lb)28 April 2002 (age 19) Flag of Japan.svg Seibu Princess Rabbits
29G Mei Sato 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)52 kg (115 lb)21 September 2000 (age 20) Flag of Japan.svg Kushiro Bears
30G Akane Konishi 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)70 kg (150 lb)14 August 1995 (age 26) Flag of Japan.svg Seibu Princess Rabbits

Notable former players

Coaches

Source: IIHF Guide & Record Book 2020 [18]

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