Did you know there are at least 5 ice hockey teams in and around Nagoya? From children’s to adult teams, there is no reason to go without just because you live in Japan! You can find the list of rinks and the team affiliations below.
Osu Skate Center
Tots to high school team: Chunichi Wings
Mori Koro Park
Tots to high school team: Aichi Stars
Howa Sports Land
Tots to high school team: Nagoya South
Nippon Gaishi Hall
Used for public skating, figure skating, tournaments, practices but no team affiliation.
Tots to high school: Toyohashi Club
Each team has a different degree of seriousness, ranging from playing for fun to focusing on developing skills that will take you to AAA college level play. Depending on the amount of practice time you want your child to have and how much of a time commitment you would like to make as a family. The teams go to several tournaments each year to different areas of Japan. There are several English speaking players and English speaking parents of players on all teams and a Canadian assistant coach on one team. Many of the children playing hockey in Japan have lived overseas and are quite knowledgeable about the game.
There are more than 20 teams playing in or around Aichi. There are generally two levels. A very high level and there is a tryout to play on one of these teams. B is similar to an adult beer league; much less serious, but still above beginner level.
As for beginner level adult hockey, there are some groups that meet on a casual drop in basis as well. Once again, there are many English speakers on all of the adult teams.
For more information, please email Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org
There must be plenty of Canadian and American kids and adults living in Nagoya that have no idea the sport exists, I hope we can change that!