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Ayaka Toko
床 亜矢可
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Toko in 2017
Born (1994-08-22) 22 August 1994 (age 28)
Higashimurayama, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb; 9 st 6 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
SDHL team
Former teams
Linköping HC
Seibu Princess Rabbits
Daishin
National team  Japan
Playing career 2011–present

Ayaka Hitosato née Toko (Japanese: 人里亜矢可 née 床, Hepburn: Hitozato Ayaka née Toko, born 22 August 1994) is a Japanese ice hockey player and member of the Japanese national team, currently playing in the Swedish Women's Hockey League (SDHL) with Linköping HC Dam. She previously served as captain of the Seibu Princess Rabbits of the Women's Japan Ice Hockey League (WJIHL) and All-Japan Women's Ice Hockey Championship.

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Japanese language

Japanese language

Japanese is spoken as a native language by about 128 million people, primarily Japanese people and primarily in Japan, the only country where it is the national language. Japanese belongs to the Japonic or Japanese-Ryukyuan language family. There have been many attempts to group the Japonic languages with other families such as the Ainu, Austroasiatic, Koreanic, and the now-discredited Altaic, but none of these proposals has gained widespread acceptance.

Hepburn romanization

Hepburn romanization

Hepburn romanization is the most widely used system of romanization for the Japanese language. Originally published in 1867 by American missionary James Curtis Hepburn as the standard in the first edition of his Japanese–English dictionary, the system is distinct from other romanization methods in its use of English orthography to phonetically transcribe sounds: for example, the syllable [ɕi] is written as shi and [tɕa] is written as cha, reflecting their spellings in English.

Ice hockey

Ice hockey

Ice hockey is a team sport played on ice skates, usually on an ice skating rink with lines and markings specific to the sport. It belongs to a family of sports called hockey. In ice hockey, two opposing teams use ice hockey sticks to control, advance and shoot a closed, vulcanized, rubber disc called a "puck" into the other team's goal. Each goal is worth one point. The team which scores the most goals is declared the winner. In a formal game, each team has six skaters on the ice at a time, barring any penalties, one of whom is the goaltender. Ice hockey is a full contact sport, and is considered to be one of the more physically demanding sports.

Japan women's national ice hockey team

Japan women's national ice hockey team

The Japanese women's national ice hockey team represents Japan at the International Ice Hockey Federation's Women's World Championships, the Winter Olympics, and at other international ice hockey tournaments. The women's national team is governed by the Japan Ice Hockey Federation. Japan had 2,587 registered female players in 2017 and 1,439 as of 2020.

Swedish Women's Hockey League

Swedish Women's Hockey League

The Swedish Women's Hockey League, abbreviated SDHL, is the elite league for women's ice hockey in Sweden. It was established in 2007 as the Riksserien by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association and was renamed prior to the 2016–17 season. The league has ten teams and employs a system of promotion and relegation with the Damettan. The unexpected withdrawal of Göteborg HC after playing only thirteen games of the 2022–23 season caused the number of teams to decrease to nine for the remainder of that season.

Linköping HC Dam

Linköping HC Dam

Linköping HC Dam or LHC Dam is an ice hockey team in the Swedish Women's Hockey League (SDHL). They are the representative women's ice hockey team of Linköping HC, a sports club based in Linköping, Östergötland, Sweden, and play at the Stångebro Ishall. LHC Dam won the Swedish Championship in 2014 and 2015.

Captain (ice hockey)

Captain (ice hockey)

In ice hockey, the captain is the player designated by a team as the only person authorized to speak with the game officials regarding rule interpretations when the captain is on the ice. At most levels of play each team must designate one captain and a number of alternate captains who speak to the officials when the captain is on the bench. Captains wear a "C" on their sweaters, while alternate captains wear an "A".

Seibu Princess Rabbits

Seibu Princess Rabbits

The Seibu Princess Rabbits are an ice hockey team in the Women's Japan Ice Hockey League and All-Japan Women's Ice Hockey Championship. They are based in Nishitōkyō, a city in the western Tōkyō Metropolis, and play at the Higashi-Fushimi Ice Arena.

Women's Japan Ice Hockey League

Women's Japan Ice Hockey League

The Women's Japan Ice Hockey League is the premier women's ice hockey league in Japan. Also known by the nickname Smile League or Smile Japan League, it was founded in 2012 by the Japan Ice Hockey Federation and is contested in addition to the All-Japan Women's Ice Hockey Championship tournament. Nine teams participated in the 2020–21 season, of which eight were based in the northern island-province of Hokkaido and one in the Tokyo Metropolis.

All-Japan Women's Ice Hockey Championship

All-Japan Women's Ice Hockey Championship

The All-Japan Women's Ice Hockey Championship is an annual ice hockey club tournament in Japan. First contested in 1978 and officially sanctioned by the Japan Ice Hockey Federation in 1982, the championship is one of the oldest continuously held women's ice hockey tournaments in the world. It can be interpreted as the women's counterpart to the men's All Japan Ice Hockey Championship.

International play

Toko's first foray into international competition was as a member of the Japanese national under-18 ice hockey team at the 2010 IIHF Women's World U18 Championship, where she notched three assists in five games. At the 2011 IIHF Women's World U18 Championship, she served as an alternate captain and scored her first world championship goal.

Toko made her debut with the senior Japanese national ice hockey team in February 2013 at the final qualification for the women's ice hockey tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Later that same year, she participated in the 2013 IIHF Women's World Championship Division I.

She participated at the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship.[1] She competed at both the 2014 and the 2018 Winter Olympics.[2]

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Japan women's national under-18 ice hockey team

Japan women's national under-18 ice hockey team

The Japanese women's national under 18 ice hockey team is the national under-18 ice hockey team of Japan. The team represents Japan at the International Ice Hockey Federation's U18 Women's World Championship and other international tournaments and events.

2010 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship

2010 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship

The 2010 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship was the third junior female world ice hockey championships. It was held from March 27 through April 3, 2010, in Chicago, Illinois. The championship is the Under-18 junior ice hockey edition of the women worlds, organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

Assist (ice hockey)

Assist (ice hockey)

In ice hockey, an assist is attributed to up to two players of the scoring team who shot, passed or deflected the puck towards the scoring teammate, or touched it in any other way which enabled the goal, meaning that they were "assisting" in the goal. There can be a maximum of two assists per goal. The assists will be awarded in the order of play, with the last player to pass the puck to the goal scorer getting the primary assist and the player who passed it to the primary assister getting the secondary assist. Players who gain an assist will get one point added to their player statistics.

2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship

2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship

The 2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship was the fourth junior female world ice hockey championships. It was held from January 1 through January 8, 2011, in Stockholm, Sweden. The championship was the Under-18 junior ice hockey edition of the women worlds, organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

Goal (ice hockey)

Goal (ice hockey)

In ice hockey, a goal is scored when the puck entirely crosses the goal line between the two goal posts and below the goal crossbar. A goal awards one point to the team attacking the goal scored upon, regardless of which team the player who actually deflected the puck into the goal belongs to. Typically, a player on the team attempting to score shoots the puck with their stick towards the goal net opening, and a player on the opposing team called a goaltender tries to block the shot to prevent a goal from being scored against their team.

Ice hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Women's qualification

Ice hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Women's qualification

Qualification for the women's tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics determined by the IIHF World Ranking following the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championships. The top five teams in the World Ranking received automatic berths into the Olympics, Russia received an automatic berth as host, and all other teams had an opportunity to qualify for the remaining two spots.

Ice hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Women's tournament

Ice hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Women's tournament

The women's tournament in ice hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics was held in Sochi, Russia.

2014 Winter Olympics

2014 Winter Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially called the XXII Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as Sochi 2014, was an international winter multi-sport event that was held from 7 to 23 February 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Opening rounds in certain events were held on 6 February 2014, the day before the opening ceremony.

2013 IIHF Women's World Championship Division I

2013 IIHF Women's World Championship Division I

The Division I Group A tournament was held at DNB Arena in Stavanger, Norway, from 7 to 13 April 2013. The Division I Group B was contested from 8 to 14 April 2013 at Patinoire Iceberg in Strasbourg, France. The winners of the Division I Group A were initially presumed to be promoted to the 2015 Top Division. However, with the Divisions I and II playing in an Olympic year, and the eight Olympic entries being in none of those tournaments, it was determined that the last placed Olympic team will play a challenge series with the 2014 Division I Group A champion for promotion to the 2015 Top Division. The last-placed team of the Division I Group A was relegated to the Division I Group B for 2014. The Group B winners moved up to Group A, while the last placed team was relegated to the Division II Group A.

2015 IIHF Women's World Championship

2015 IIHF Women's World Championship

The 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship was the 16th such event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation. The competition also served as qualifications for the 2016 competition. Venues included the Malmö Isstadion, and Rosengårds Ishall.

2018 Winter Olympics

2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially the XXIII Olympic Winter Games and also known as PyeongChang 2018, were an international winter multi-sport event held between 9 and 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with the opening rounds for certain events held on 8 February, a day before the opening ceremony.

Personal life

Her father, Yasunori, represented Japan at the 1991 Men's Ice Hockey World Championship – Group B in Yugoslavia. Her younger siblings are also ice hockey players. Her younger sister, Haruka (born 1997), is a two-time Olympian with the Japanese national ice hockey team and, as of the 2022–23 season, also plays with Linköping HC in the SDHL. Her younger brother, Yutaka (born 2003), has represented Japan with the Japan men's national junior ice hockey team and in the men's ice hockey tournament at the 2023 Winter World University Games.[3]

After graduating from Hosei University in 2016, Toko joined All Nippon Airways through the Top Athlete Employment Support Navigation (AthNavi) program of the Japanese Olympic Committee.[4]

Toko married ice hockey forward Shigeki Hitosato (人里 茂樹) in June 2022. The 2022 IIHF Women's World Championship was her first major tournament played using her married name.

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Japan men's national ice hockey team

Japan men's national ice hockey team

The Japanese national ice hockey team is the national men's ice hockey of Japan. They are controlled by the Japan Ice Hockey Federation and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Japan is currently ranked 23rd in the rankings and currently compete in the IIHF World Championship Division I. They have competed in eight Olympic Games competitions.

1991 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships

1991 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships

The 1991 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships was the 55th such event sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), and at the same time served as the 66th and last Ice Hockey European Championships. Teams representing 25 countries participated in several levels of competition. The competition also served as qualifications for group placements in the 1992 competition.

Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia was a country in Southeast Europe and Central Europe for most of the 20th century. It came into existence after World War I in 1918 under the name of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes by the merger of the provisional State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs with the Kingdom of Serbia, and constituted the first union of the South Slavic people as a sovereign state, following centuries in which the region had been part of the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary. Peter I of Serbia was its first sovereign. The kingdom gained international recognition on 13 July 1922 at the Conference of Ambassadors in Paris. The official name of the state was changed to Kingdom of Yugoslavia on 3 October 1929.

Haruka Toko

Haruka Toko

Haruka Toko is a Japanese ice hockey player and member of the Japanese national ice hockey team, currently playing with Linköping HC Dam of the Swedish Women's Hockey League (SDHL). She has played with the Seibu Princess Rabbits of the Women's Japan Ice Hockey League (WJIHL) and All-Japan Women's Ice Hockey Championship.

Japan men's national junior ice hockey team

Japan men's national junior ice hockey team

The Japanese men's national under-20 ice hockey team represents Japan at the International Ice Hockey Federation's World Junior Hockey Championship Division I.

2023 Winter World University Games

2023 Winter World University Games

The Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games, commonly known as Lake Placid 2023, was an collegiate multi-sport winter sports held between January 12 to January 22, 2023 and had Lake Placid, New York, United States as main host city. Alongside Lake Placid, events were also hosted by neighbouring cites of Wilmington, Saranac Lake and Potsdam also located at the New York state. The event is also known as the 31st Winter Universiade as administered by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

Hosei University

Hosei University

Hosei University is a private university based in Tokyo, Japan.

All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways

The All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. , also known as ANA (Ē-enu-ē) or Zennikkū (全日空) is an airline in Japan. Its headquarters are located in Shiodome City Center in the Shiodome area of Minato ward of Tokyo. It operates services to both domestic and international destinations and had more than 20,000 employees as of March 2016.

Japanese Olympic Committee

Japanese Olympic Committee

The Japanese Olympic Committee is the National Olympic Committee in Japan for the Olympic Games movement, based in Tokyo, Japan. It is a non-profit organisation that selects teams and raises funds to send Japanese competitors to Olympic events organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

2022 IIHF Women's World Championship

2022 IIHF Women's World Championship

The 2022 IIHF Women's World Championship was an international ice hockey tournament organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) which was contested in Herning and Frederikshavn, Denmark from 25 August to 4 September 2022, at the KVIK Hockey Arena, and Scanel Hockey Arena. Historically, a top division tournament was not played during Olympic years, but in September 2021, the IIHF announced the change to play the tournament each year, even during Olympic years.

Source: "Ayaka Toko", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayaka_Toko.

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References
  1. ^ "2015 IIHF World Championship roster" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 January 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Ayako Toko". PyeongChang2018.com. PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games. Archived from the original on 21 April 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  3. ^ "床亜矢可 両親の夢を同時にかなえた孝行娘 母「誇りに思う」 - スポニチ Sponichi Annex スポーツ". スポニチ Sponichi Annex (in Japanese). Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  4. ^ "JOCトップアスリ−ト就職支援ナビゲ−ション「アスナビ」を通じた採用内定のお知らせ". All Nippon Airways (Press release) (in Japanese). 3 October 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
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