After northern Japan was hit with the 5th largest earthquake in recorded history, many companies and events had to restructure their business and time frames, including sports leagues.
We extend our sincere condolences to the lives lost and express our deepest sympathy to those who are affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Tohoku region on March 11. We would like to inform you that, taking into consideration the devastating catastrophe caused by the earthquake, which has made it impossible to secure safety at the game sites, the Asia League Ice Hockey cancelled the playoff Final series and has completed its 2010-2011 season. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and would like to ask our fans and all those concerned for their understanding with this matter.
– Asia League Ice Hockey
In Koriyama Japan, about 50 KM (30 miles) south of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the Tohoku Free Blades felt the rumbles of the earth quake and had to evacuate the arena during practice. The team and their rivals, South Korea’s Anyang Halla, were uninjured. Those die-hard hockey fans in Asia can continue to watch the National Hockey League (NHL) online instead in the rest Asian season. If you want to do this, just search Google for “how to watch hockey online”. An interesting side note: Sidney Crosby Jerseys and Alex Ovechkin jerseys lead the hockey jerseys selling in North America this last week.