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    Icon107 Asia League 2018/19

    This is more about the following season but seen as the news was announced during the 2018-19 season I guess it has a place here.

    - Nippon Paper Industries Co. have announced that they will shutdown Nippon Paper Cranes at the end of the season if they can not find a buyer. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/.../#.XCwoZlUzaUk

    - High1 will also withdraw at the end of the season. https://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/sp/art...my8zFxFgXUeGPo

    This will reduce the league to six teams for 2019-20 assuming nothing else changes; two South Korean teams, three Japanese and one Russian.

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    It is quite sad to see this, not least forgetting CIHA pulling the plug on Dragon to find more competitive matches. With the expectation of China starting its own league, I don't see any new teams on the horizon from here. Not that the talent level would be strong enough to compete anyway!

    Sapporo is a hockey city so hopefully a buyer comes forward to take on the Paper Cranes. For the sake of reference, the only independently owned team in the league is the Free Blades.
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    Saw this linked shared on National Teams of Ice Hockey's Facebook. Apparently three remaining Japanese teams are considering withdrawing from the league and re-forming a domestic league. Though apparently all teams are to discuss the future of the league with maybe a Asian Championship formed (I guess a tournament of the top ranked teams from each country).

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/...Q#.XGNWl1UzaUk

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    The East Hokkaido Cranes will replace the Nippon Paper Cranes in the ALIH. The team will be based in Kushiro and is retaining at least 15 players, I assume from the Paper Cranes.

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/.../#.XNZcYo4zaUk

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