Yuji Iwamoto’s start

Japan’s goal is to go up

Yuji Iwamoto has taken over as the head coach of the Japanese national team and wants to get his young squad focused and pull in the same direction.

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Strong test for Japan

Lithuania finishes second in home tournament

Three of the teams participating in the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group B had their first tests of the season in November 2017.

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Kasparaitis back on stage

Plays first game for native country Lithuania

Long-time NHL defenceman Darius Kasparaitis for the first time represented his native country Lithuania on Friday in an exhibition game against Estonia.

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Alisauskas moving up

Second ever Lithuanian to grace the KHL

Following in the footsteps of his hometown hero, the KHL becomes the next step in the ascending career of Lithuanian blueliner Nerijus Alisauskas.

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New coach for Japan

Federation puts hope on home-grown leadership

The Japanese Ice Hockey Federation named Yuji Iwamoto head coach of the Japanese men’s national team.

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Romania rising

Hosts celebrate instant return to Division I

A disciplined Romanian team barged ahead to win the top spot at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A on home ice in Galati.

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Back to EBEL

Medvescak Zagreb plans to switch leagues

Croatia’s leading hockey club, Medvescak Zagreb, is set to compete in Austria’s cross-border EBEL next season after four campaigns in the KHL.

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Coming to Kaunas

Lithuania’s second city offers big venue

Lithuania will host the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group B and selected nothing less than the biggest arena of the Baltic countries.

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Scoring high in Switzerland

Krakauskas finds home away from home

Due to the lack of professional hockey at home, some of the best Lithuanian players have moved to many leagues from the NHL to Russia.

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