Let the Games Begin: Asia Ice Hockey League Playoffs 2010
The race for the Asia League Ice Hockey Championship is about to begin, and oh what a race it will be.
The Nippon Paper Cranes will begin to defend their title against Japanese arch rival, and 2008 Asia League Champions, the Oji Eagles. The Cranes, which won and emotional and memorable series against the now defunct Seibu Prince Rabbits last season, will certainly have their hands full, going up against the Asia League's top goalie, HARUNA Masahito.
The other semi final is just as fierce, featuring Korean Super Rivals, Anyang Halla and High 1. Anyang Halla has had much regular season success, and boasts the Asia Leagues MVP in Patrick Martinec, as well as top scorer Alex Smith. However with all their firepower, they have yet to translate that into any Championships, and you can be sure that High 1 will do everything in their power to give Halla a dissapointing end to their Season.
Both Semi Finals are best of 5's and begin March 11th. The Championship Series begins March 21.
Buckle up kids. We're in for a wild ride.