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Anyang Halla Make Winning Return to Asia League Ice Hockey

International ice hockey is back in Asia after a long absence due to COVID-19. The Asia League regular season will run through March 5, 2023.

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Players from the East Hokkaido Cranes and Anyang Halla vie for the puck on September 4. (Courtesy of ASIA LEAGUE ICE HOCKEY)

In another sign that sports is slowly getting back to normal, the Asia League Ice Hockey returned to international competition over the weekend of September 3-4 for the first time since the global pandemic disrupted play back in 2020.

South Korean team Anyang Halla made a winning return to the league with a pair of wins over the East Hokkaido Cranes in Kushiro, Hokkaido Prefecture.

Coached by former NHLer Jim Paek, Anyang Halla beat the Cranes 8-5 on Saturday, September 3, then followed that up with a 7-1 win the following day.

In an interview with South Korea’s Yonhap News agency, Paek said he was relieved to see the return of international play.

Read the full story, here, on JAPAN Forward's dedicated sports website, SportsLook.


Author: Jim Armstrong

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The author is a longtime journalist who has covered sports in Japan for more than 25 years. You can find his articles here.

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