China Dragon adds four Canadians for 2012-13 campaign

TOKYO, Japan – Forwards Matthew Glasser and Rob McFeeters and defensemen Ryan Burkholder and Rob Jarvis have signed with China Dragon for the 2012-13 Asia League Ice Hockey Season.

In order to even out strength and experience as well as to increase the overall level of competitiveness, the league allows teams to recruit a small number of imports (foreign-born players), currently maxed at four players. China Dragon has had the least amount of success in the seven-team league comprised of teams from Japan, Korea and China.

The participating clubs include the Oji Eagles (Tomakomai, Japan), Nippon Paper Cranes (Kushiro, Japan), H.C.TOCHIGI Nikko IceBucks (Nikko, Japan), Tohoku Free Blades (Hachinohe, Japan), Anyang Halla Ice Hockey Club (Anyang, Korea) High1 Ice Hockey Team (Chuncheon, Goyang, Korea) and China Dragon (Shanghai, China).

Glasser, 25, played for Eaters Geleen in the Netherlands last season where he tallied 49 points (17 G, 32 A) in 40 games played. The 5′ 10″, 190-pound native of Calgary, Alberta played his rookie season with the Colorado Eagles (CHL) in 2010-11, posting 21 points (6 G, 15 A) in 60 regular season contests. He played collegiate hockey at the University of Denver (NCAA) and spent three season with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL).

McFeeters, 33, played for ESV Kaufbeuren in Germany for the past five seasons. He previously played two season in the ECHL with the Fresno Falsons (2005-07) and the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (2004-05). The 5′ 11″, 187-pound native of Orillia, Ontario played collegiate hockey at Clarkson University (NCAA).

Burkholder, 25, also played for Eaters Geleen in the Netherlands last season (his rookie year), posting 20 points (6 G, 14 A). the 6′ 0″, 194-pound native of Newmarket, Ontario played collegiately at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, where he was team captain during his junior and senior year. He played four seasons of Junior hockey with the Newmarket Hurricanes (OPJHL).

Jarvis, 27, played the last two seasons with Dijon in France. He played with the Corpus Christi IceRayz (CHL) in 2009-10 and spent his rookie year (2008-09) with the Kalamazoo Wings (IHL). The 6′ 2″, 201-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario played Collegiately at the University of Ottawa (CIS) and Dartmouth College (NCAA).

Asia League Ice hockey is scheduled to start the 2012-13 season on September 8th. Six of the seven teams will play in Japan and South Korea. Unlike previous years, China Dragon will participate in the opening weekend. Rival countrymen Anyang Halla and High1 will face each other in Anyang, South Korea. The Defending AIHL champion Oji Eagles will take on the Tohoku Freeblades in Tomokomai, Japan and the Nikko Icebucks will play against the China Dragon at Nikko, Japan.

The League has changed its schedule this year, having each team meet seven times during the regular season. The teams had been meeting six times a season since the 2008-09 season. As part of the schedule changes, the league has scheduled several double-header games during the season where four teams will play in the same rink on the same day. The first of such will take place on September 29th at Yokohama, Japan.

The season will run from September 8, 2012 – March 3, 2013 with the playoffs beginning on March 9, 2013. The top four teams from the regular season will advance to the playoffs. The League is celebrating its tenth year of operation.

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