Nippon Paper Cranes
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City: Kushiro, Hokkaidō
League: Asia League Ice Hockey
Founded: 1949 (1949)
Home Arena: Kushiro Ice Arena (capacity 3000)
Colors: Navy & White
Head Coach: Syunji Tanaka
General Manager: Kaoru Shimanuki,
Osamu Ono

The Nippon Paper Cranes are an Asia League team based in Kushiro City in Hokkaidō, Japan.

The club were founded as Jūjō Papaer Kushiro Ice Hockey Club in 1949. They adopted the new name Nippon Paper Cranes in 1994 when Jūjō Paper and Sanyō Kokusaku Pulp merged to form Nippon Paper.

They won the inaugural Asia League Ice Hockey championship in the 2003-04 season. They also won the 2006 (73rd) All Japan Ice Hockey Championship for the first time in their history.


  • All Japan Championship:
    • Winners (2): 2006, 2007

Import playersEdit

Current RosterEdit

# Country Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
31 Flag of Japan Ohsima Ryousuke R 2006 Tokyo, Japan
42 Flag of Japan Kiyokawa Kazuhiko R 2008 Tomakomai, Japan
61 Flag of Japan Ishikawa Hisashi R 2004 Tochigi, Japan
# Country Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
2 Flag of Japan Tonosaki Jun L 2006 Sapporo, Japan
3 Flag of Japan Ito Kengo R Kushiro, Japan
23 Flag of Japan Osawa HideyukiC R Tomakomai, Japan
33 Flag of Japan Kito Toshiyuki R 2006 Makubetsu, Japan
34 Flag of Japan Haratake Daisuke R Kushiro , Japan
37 Flag of Japan Kakuta Hiroshi R 2007 Sapporo, Japan
55 Flag of Canada Pierre-Olivier Beaulieu L 2009 Quebec City, Canada
77 Flag of Japan Yanadori Shinya R 2009 Kushiro, Japan
# Country Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
1 Flag of Japan Imamura Yutaro C/W L 2007 Tomakomai, Japan
10 Flag of Japan Yamano Yu W L Kushiro, Japan
11 Flag of Japan Nishiwaki MasahitoA W R 2004 Kushiro, Japan
14 Flag of Japan Sato Masashi W L Kushiro, Japan
15 Flag of Japan Tsuchizuka Shuhei C/W R 2005 Kushiro, Japan
17 Flag of Japan Iimura Yoshinori C/W R 2006 Obihiro, Japan
19 Flag of Japan Sato Hiroshi C/W R Kushiro, Japan
20 Flag of Japan Darcy Mitani Takeshi C/W R Dryden, Canada
21 Flag of Japan Sakai Takayuki C/W R Kushiro, Japan
24 Flag of Japan Iizuka Hiroo W L Kushiro, Japan
47 Flag of Japan Kubo Naoya C/W R 2008 Tomakomai, Japan
50 Flag of Japan Kokubo Hidenao F - 2009 Japan
75 Flag of Japan Chris Yule C/W L 2008 Edmonton, Canada
76 Flag of Japan Obara Daisuke F L 2009 Kushiro, Japan

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