Toyo University Ice Hockey Club


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We recently had a group interview with three of Toyo University Ice Hockey Club players. This article provides a brief overview into their general profile as university students and athletes.

The members that have been interviewed are Koki Ishikura – the team’s vice captain; Masaki Tokoro – who has been selected to play within a professional team after his final academic year; and Riku Ishida – currently a freshman at Toyo University.


Q: What do you study?

K.I.: Sociology – Department of Sociology
M.T.: Sociology – Department of Sociology and Cultural Systems
R.I.: Sociology – Department of Sociology and Cultural Systems

Q: What other hobbies do you have besides paying ice hockey?

K.I.: Watching movies
M.T.: Working out
R.I.: Watching sports

Q: What motivated you to start playing ice hockey?

K.I.: My dad wanted me to play ice hockey.
M.T.: My older sisters were playing ice hockey.
R.I.: My grandfather was playing ice hockey.

Q: How do you handle your emotions before the game?

K.I.: I keep doing the routine even before the game.
M.T.: I tell myself that I can do it.
R.I.: I focus on staying relaxed.

Q: How do you think ice hockey impacts your daily lives?

K.I.: Ice hockey is a team sport, so I learned so much about teamwork.
M.T.: Teamwork. It has helped me work better with other people.
R.I.: It has improved my teamwork abilities and helped me maintain good communication with people.

Q: How do you generally prepare for matches?

K.I.: I keep being consistent with my routine.
M.T.: I don’t have any specific preparation for the game. I do my best on every practice.
R.I.: I concentrate on the game.

Q: What tools do you use in your preparation for matches?

K.I.: Music app
M.T.: Music app
R.I.: Music app and watching NHL play

Q: What are your main goals as ice hockey players?

K.I.: Teaching kids how ice hockey is a good sport.
M.T.: First, I want to enter the Asian league. After that, I want to go to another country to play with great players.
R.I.: I would like to become a professional ice hockey player.

Q: In your opinion, what is the key attribute that an ice hockey player needs to have in order to be successful?

K.I.: Individual ability and skills are very important, but intelligence is also important.
M.T.: Skills are very important, but being a good person is even more important because ice hockey is a team sport.
R.I.: Being persistent and keep making effort.

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