Anyang Halla (@2.1) vs HK Sakhalin (@2.63)
04-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Anyang Halla will win

Anyang Halla – HK Sakhalin Match Prediction | 04-10-2019 06:00

It is one of the founding and current members of the Asia League Ice Hockey (ALIH).[3] Formed in 1994, it is the oldest professional ice hockey team, and one of only three professional teams, in South Korea. Anyang Halla (Korean: ) is a professional ice hockey team based in Anyang in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

Halla moved away from the heavy Czech influence which had previously dominated the team and filled three of the four spots for foreign players on the team with players from North America. Their defeat of their rivals High1 in the final game of the season marks the first time a non-Japanese team had finished first place in the Asia League.[31] Brock Radunske captured the titles for both the most goals scored with 29 and most points on the season with 57. The league considered the game a forfeit.[29][30] Anyang Halla finished the season in first place with a total of 76 points. In contrast to earlier seasons the team did not lead the league in short-handed goals, ranking in the middle of the pack both in goals for and against.[33] They were the only team not shutout during the regular season.[34] After receiving a bye in the first round of the play-offs Halla had to face the Nippon Paper Cranes in the semi-final. Halla entered the dressing room and refused to return to the ice. Martinec was the only Czech player to remain on the team. They also arranged for Eric Thurston, the head coach of University of Alberta's team, to spend the first three weeks of the training camp assisting the new coach and new North American players. Overall the team finished with five players in the top ten in the overall points tally.[32] For the first time the team ended the season with the number one powerplay scoring 54 goals. He vowed to reorganize the team and set his sights on a league championship.[26] The team's general manager also hired Samuel H. In September head coach Shim was suspended for five games for refusal to play. In addition to the new foreigner players, Song Dong-hwan and Jang Jong-moon returned from military service.[27] In the 2008 pre-season Anyang Cup, Halla finished fourth out of five teams.[28] The AL increased the number of regular season games for the 200809 season to 36. The incident stemmed from a goal that was scored as the final buzzer sounded during a 21 September game against High1. They returned to Anyang for game six of the series leading 32. Following the defeat in the post-season Halla replaced Vejvoda as head coach with Shim Eui-Sik. Kim, then an analyst for SBS Sports and previously an NHL reporter from Vancouver, as a scout for the organization. Shim had spent his entire professional career playing for Halla and during the 20072008 season he was the coach of Little Halla. Martinec finished in second place for the second year in a row in the assists category with 47. Brock Radunske, Brad Fast and Jon Awe became the first three players from North America to play for the team. As a player Shim had 30 points in 80 games.

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Halla did not have another player in the top 10.[24] The team once again led the league in short-handed goals and gave up the fewest short-handed goals against along with the Oji Eagles.[25] In the playoffs the Halla faced the Nippon Paper Cranes in the first round. Halla lost each game by a single goal. Martinec continued to contribute many assists to the team and finished in second place with 29, one point off first. The next season saw the AL further reduce the number of games played to just 30. In the pre-season Halla won the Anyang Cup, which is a pre-season tournament held in Anyang.[23] The team's record in the regular season remained relatively the same and they finished again in fifth place. He finished in fourth place in the overall point totals. During the regular season the two teams split their series, each winning two games. Lee Yu-Won was the top offensive player with 16 goals and was tied for fourth place with three other players. The playoffs told a different story, and Nippon swept Halla in three games.

In the 200506 season Halla improved on the previous year's performance finishing in second place. Martinec ranked number two on the total points list while Song finished in fourth place.[16] Halla also scored the most short-handed goals of any team in the league with 11.[17] The city of Anyang won an award for being "The best Hockey Town in Asia".[7] The team made the play-offs for the first time since the league's formation. They received a bye in the first round and played Kokudo, the winner of the third place and sixth place match-up. They were eliminated in the fourth game which was played in Kokudo's home rink by a score of 51.[18] Kokudo went on to be the league champions for the second year in a row. Song Dong-hwan was the leader in goals for the league with 31 and Patrik Martinec ranked second in assists with 44. Anyang won only a single game out of the first three which were played on home ice. The league saw a reduced season of only 38 games.

He was brought on primarily to coach the players but he also played during the team's games. While the team participates primarily in the Asia League, they also play in tournaments like the All Korea Ice Hockey Championship each year.[9] In the inaugural year of Asia League Ice Hockey, Halla played a shortened seasons of only 16 games, and failed to break .500. In the off-season the team changed their name from Anyang Halla Winia to Anyang Halla with the expiration of the sponsorship contract. Tikkanen felt that as the players played against more skilled teams their own skill level showed greater improvement. Their top offensive player, Marco Poulsen, finished fifth in the overall points race,[12] however they did not reach their goal that year of making the playoffs,[13] finishing in fifth place one spot out of the playoffs. In the following year they brought Esa Tikkanen, a veteran player of 20 NHL seasons, on board. He also felt that they should play more games and that the season was too short.[10] That year the team was also noted for showing great improvement over the first year's effort.[11] Halla finished the season winning 18 games out of 42 with 5 ties.

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A growling polar bear is shown protruding from the top half of the triangle and underneath the team name "Halla" is shown in stylized gold letters. Below the team name is a semicircular shape which contains the city name "Anyang" in white letters on a blue background. The Anyang Halla logo features a black triangle in the background surrounded by a white and black border.

Halla also had several other regular players injured including Kim Won-jun, Kim Kyu-hun, and Lee Seung-yup.[38] After 18 games Halla led the league with 94 goals.[36] On 31 January 2010 Halla defeated the Oji Eagles in overtime by a score of 43, clinching first place for the second year in a row. The win also set up a semi-final match-up against Korean rivals High1, guaranteeing that a Korean team would appear in the final for the first time in league history.[39] Halla won all of their series against opposing teams, except against their rival High1. The series went to the full five games and four of the games went to overtime. Particularly hard hit were the team's foreign imports. Halla opened the 200910 season with a loss on home ice, but at the midpoint of the season they were tied for first place with the Oji Eagles.[36] The league maintained the number of games at 36. The team led the league in goals scored with 180.[40] Individually, Kim Ki-sung led the team in goals scored with 22, while Patrik Martinec again led with 40 assists and 51 points.[41] Halla finished with five players in the top ten point list.[42] The team also led in both powerplay goals for, with 57, powerplay percentage, with 34.97%, and shorthanded goals for, with 10.[43] In the annual end of season awards, Patrik Martinec took the award for Most Valuable Player and Best Playmaking. Halla replaced Awe quickly with Dustin Wood, who has played in both the American Hockey League and Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Anyang city won the award for Best Hockey Town for the second time for their spirit and sell-out crowds.[44][45] Anyang Halla defeated High1 by a score of 52 to win the semi-finals three games to one, winning their first play-off series and becoming the first Korean team to play for the Championship Cup.[46] Halla faced the Cranes, who had knocked them out of the playoffs twice, in the final. Of 18 possible points available in their six-game series, Halla took only eight. Brock Radunske was also on the injury list with a concussion, while Patrik Martinec was day to day with a lower-body injury. Fast was replaced by Lee Don-ku from Yonsei University. Cho Min-ho took the award for Young Guy of the Year. After the third game of the season Jon Awe was diagnosed with a sports hernia that required surgery and was scheduled to miss 812 weeks.[37] On 29 November, Brad Fast received a knee injury that would sideline him for 46 months, ending his season. They were the only team to win a series against the Nippon Paper Cranes. The first half of the season saw Halla plagued with injuries.

It was so named because Mando is a subsidiary company of Halla and Winia is a brand of air conditioner sold by the company.[5] In 1997 the team was disbanded for a short time during the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. The team was founded in 1994 by the Halla Group to help promote hockey in Korea. The Halla Group also felt that by creating an ice hockey team, it would help them to fulfill their role as a responsible corporation by providing something to the community.[1] The team was originally named "Mando Winia".

Team history[edit]

As a member of the Korean Ice Hockey League the team won the championship five times. During this time, the team also changed their name from "Mando Winia" to "Halla Winia".[7] The team first looked at adding foreign players to their roster in late 2001 with other members of the Korean League.[8] In 2003, the team was one of the founding members of Asia League Ice Hockey.

The logo changed names and the uniforms had colored shoulders removed from them. The away jerseys feature a solid white background with dark blue striped borders on the cuffs and bottom of the body, it also contains the same rough blue shapes behind the trim. As the team changed its name from the Winia to the Halla the uniforms had minor changes made to them. The current home jerseys feature a solid blue background with yellow stripes on the cuffs and bottom of the body as well as a number of blue rough shapes behind the gold trim as well as sponsor logos on the shoulders.

Starting goaltender, Kim Sung-Bae, retired after the previous season. Two of the team's top players, Song Dong-hwan and Jang Jong-moon, had to report for compulsory military service. During the regular season Kangwon won six of seven meetings, and the quarter finals were no different. Even though they were missing these players they were noted for having more players with more than 10 goals and 10 assists than in the previous season.[19] With the departure of Song offensive output dropped slightly, the team's top offensive player finished seventh overall in goals with 21. However Martinec won the assists race with 53 and the overall points total with 71.[20] The team shared top spot in the short-handed goals with 2 other teams, scoring 10 over the course of the season.[21] With a further shortened season of only 34 games the team finished in fifth place and faced the other Korean team, Kangwon Land in the quarter finals. After the conclusion of the 200506 season there were some roster changes.