Tohoku Free Blades

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Tohoku Free Blades
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City Hachinohe, Aomori
League Asia League Ice Hockey
Founded2008;15 years ago (2008)
Home arena Flat Hachinohe
Owner(s)Xebio Co. Ltd.
General managerKeisuke Araki
Head coachChris Wakabayashi
CaptainGo Tanaka

The Tohoku Free Blades (東北フリーブレイズ) are an Asia League Ice Hockey team based in Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan.


Community contributions

The team has a number of community programs it runs under the mantra of "Team Social Responsibility". The team engages in youth oriented activities like running skating schools, working with high-school teams, visiting schools to interact with kids, and other kinds of junior hockey workshops. The team also attends various festivals and events in the communities in which they play. [1]


The team plays mainly out of several rinks, including Niida Indoor Rink in Hachinohe City. The rink was completed in 1984 and renovated in 2002. It features an ice surface 30m wide by 60m long and seats 1,576 people. [2] In the 2010-2011 season, the Free Blades played games as the home team out of the Shin-Yokohama Skate Center, which is the Seibu Prince Rabbits old home arena. The team also played games in Morioka Ice Arena in Morioka, Iwate, Bandai Atami Ice Arena in Kōriyama, Fukushima, and Higashi-Fushimi Ice Arena in Nishitōkyō, Tokyo. [3] The team previously used Misawa Ice Arena in Misawa, Aomori, for some home games. [4]

Team colors and mascot

The Free Blades' logo consists of the word Free Blades written on two lines as solid blue letters with a light blue and white outline. The L is replaced with a hockey stick and a puck is featured at the end of the word "Blades". The text is set on a pair of white wings. It is also stylized with the "B" and "S" having extended points and the "S" also featuring a sweeping bottom stroke. All letters are capitalized. [5]


Both the home and away jerseys feature silver on the shoulders and arms. The home jersey features a silver and blue panel along the side of the body while the away jersey features a solid white panel. The away jersey has a silver and green ring around the bottom while the home jersey features no ring. The home jerseys feature thin silver, green and white rings around the elbows, and the away jerseys have a single thick green ring. The logo is set in the middle of the chest and the jerseys have sponsor logos on top and in front of the shoulders. Additional sponsorship logos appear on the lower back of the jersey. The home jersey has a solid dark blue core and the away jersey has a solid white core. [6]


The Free Blades mascot is a white horse with light blue hair. The horse has an aggressive look and features blue eyes as well as two upward pointed ears. The hair is light blue and stringy pointed in several directions. The mascot wears the away jersey, which features additional blue panelling under the arms, and has two white wings attached on the back. The mascot is named "Blazey." [7]


Founded in 2008, they played their first Asia League season in 2009–10. The Free Blades have been one of the more successful teams since its creation, winning three Asia League titles (2011, 2013, 2015).

Year-by-year record

complete records for previous seasons [8]

2009-10 3613041018132142485th/7Did not reach playoffs
2010-11 361813248160112683rd/7Won Co-Championship
2011-12 361331414106111526th/7Did not reach playoffs
2012-13 4224023313187141732nd/7Won Championship
Totals1506841010843585506--2 Championships


The Tohoku Free Blades in a pre-game circle wearing their away uniforms Freebladespregame.jpg
The Tohoku Free Blades in a pre-game circle wearing their away uniforms

updated 1 November 2010 [9]

#CountryPlayerCatchesAcquiredPlace of Birth
31 Flag of Japan.svg Michio Hashimoto L2009 Hachinohe, Japan
50 Flag of Japan.svg Shigehito Kimoto L2011 Obihiro, Japan
55 Flag of Japan.svg Hata Michukazu L2012 Kushiro, Japan
#CountryPlayerShootsAcquiredPlace of Birth
2 Flag of Japan.svg Yugo Hagiwara L2011 Matsudo, Chiba
3 Flag of Japan.svg Yuuya Ariyoshi L2010 Sapporo, Japan
4 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Darrell Hay R2013 Kamloops, Canada
8 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Hu Tianyu R2012 China
27 Flag of Japan.svg Tomohito Ohkubo L2012 Tomakomai, Japan
44 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brad Farynuk R2012 Enderby, Canada
54 Flag of Japan.svg Goshi Kumagai 2013Japan
58 Flag of Japan.svg Yuhei Shinohara R2013 Japan
84 Flag of Japan.svg Kyouhei Kikuchi A R2010 Japan
#CountryPlayerPositionShootsAcquiredPlace of Birth
9 Flag of Japan.svg Michitaka Motono FL2013Japan
10 Flag of Japan.svg Katsumasa Kondo FL2013Japan
11 Flag of Japan.svg Masahito Suzuki RWR2009 Tomakomai, Japan
14 Flag of Japan.svg Go Tanaka - C CL2010 Sapporo, Hokkaidō
18 Flag of Japan.svg Naoto Mizuuchi FR2012 Tomakomai, Hokkaidō,
19 Flag of Japan.svg Takahashi Kosuke F 2012 Hokkaido, Japan
21 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Yamamoto RWL2009 Hokkaidō, Japan
22 Flag of Japan.svg Ryō Tanaka RWR2009 Sapporo, Hokkaidō
23 Flag of Japan.svg Yoshikazu Kashino LW/RWR2009 Tomakomai, Hokkaidō
25 Flag of Japan.svg Kawamoto Akihito LWR2011 Nagoya, Aichi
28 Flag of Japan.svg Takuro Yamashita LWR2011 Kushiro, Hokkaidō
40 Flag of Japan.svg Takuma KawaiLWL2009 Eniwa, Japan
43 Flag of Montenegro.svg Ned Lukacevic LWL2013 Podgorica, Montenegro
47 Flag of Japan.svg Kota Shinohara CR2012 Kushiro, Japan


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Head coaches


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