Monday, March 29, 2010
Anyang Halla, your 2009-2010 Asia League Ice Hockey champions.
From the Anyang Halla site.
Reader "This Is Me Posting" emailed and told me the Anyang Halla (안양한라) became the Asia League Ice Hockey champions Sunday night, defeating the Nippon Paper Cranes in overtime of Game 5 a five-game series. This is the first time a non-Japanese team has won the league championship. The Cranes won it last year, and have won it three of the seven times it's been awarded since the league formed in 2003-04. There's more on the Anyang Halla official site, in English as well as Korean, including this game recap.
We've had conversations about Korean ice hockey a couple times on this site: in November to remind readers that there are two pro teams in South Korea, and in February when the Korean government said it was going to invest in "unpopular" sports in order to get more Olympic medals. The Halla play in Anyang, a city just outside of Seoul, and have their home games at the Anyang Sports Complex. For Game 3 of the championship series, the last game in Anyang this season, 1,496 people showed up on a Wednesday evening to watch.