Anyang Halla (@2.1) vs HK Sakhalin (@2.63)

Our Prediction:

Anyang Halla will win

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

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.

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.

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.


The series began in Japan, but Halla took two of three games and upon returning to South Korea they won the fourth game of the best-of-five series and knocked the Eagles out.[56] The Free Blades defeated the Cranes and Halla were set to face them on 12 March 2011 in Sendai, Japan. Cho Min-ho also made the top ten ranking and finished in eight place with 18 goals. The team was second in the league in goals scored with 65.[50] Halla retained Dustin Wood who was brought in as a replacement in the previous season. However, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Sendai area about one hour after the team landed there to prepare for the games.[57] The League immediately cancelled the three games scheduled in Sendai and on 22 March 2011 they officially cancelled the final series, award co-championship titles to both Anyang Halla and Tohoku Free Blades.[58] This decision made Halla only the second team to capture back-to-back championships since the league's inception. They also finished fifth in goals scored with 130, one behind High1, but allowed the second fewest goals with 94, three behind the Eagles.[52] While the team's penalty kill was ranked fifth in the league, they were tied for the most short-handed goals with the Cranes with six goals. Overall Cho Min-ho led the team with 44 points and finished ninth in the league.[54] Dustin Wood led the team in penalty minutes with 45.[55] With their fourth-place finish, Halla had to face the Eagles in the first round of the playoffs. Like the previous season, Halla lost the opening game against High1. On 14 November 2010 the team defended their Korea Domestic Championship title against High1 by defeating them 51 in the final game of the week-long tournament.[51] After finishing first two consecutive years, Halla finished in fourth place one point behind the Free Blades. However, they once again found themselves on top at the midpoint of the season. Their powerplay was ranked third, and they gave up the second fewest short-handed goals.[53] Brock Radunske led the team with 20 goals and finished fourth in the league. Kim Ki-sung was the only Halla player to make the top ten in assists and finished in tenth place with 27. They won their season series against all teams except the Cranes and Eagles.

The teams mascots are a male and female polar bear. The male polar bear wears the Halla home jersey and the female polar bear wears the away jersey. She also wears a white skirt and has red eyes.

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.

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.

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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.

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.