Athletes

Japan National Team Captain, Driving a New Future Ice Hockey

KODAMA Nao

Nickname:Nao, Kodama

i enjoy

It feels good when a “clean” play I’ve made gets us a point. When our strategy works and we’re able to block our opponent, get the puck moving, and score that point. In moments like that, I really feel the joy of ice hockey.

Strong points

“My quick left-handed shots. For me it’s less about power and more about making fast, quick-motion shots that the goalie has a hard time reading.”

  • Sport
    Ice Hockey
  • DOB
    1986-12-27
  • Sex
    Male
  • Birth place
    Kawagoe City, Saitama
  • Team
    TOKYO Ice Burns / Kawagoe City Hall
  • Position/Class
    Forward
  • Results
    Latest Triumphs
    ・2013
     2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey
    World Championships B-Pool (Nagano)
    2nd Place
    ・2015
     2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey
    World Championships A-Pool (U.S.)
    8th Place
    ・2016
     2016 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey
    World Championships B-Pool (Hokkaido)
    2nd Place
    ・2017
     WPIH Championships Paralympic Qualification Tournament (Sweden)
    2nd Place
    ・2019
     WPIH Championships A-Pool (Czech Republic)
    8th Place
    Paralympics Triumphs
    ・2018
     PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games
    8th Place
  • Began playing basketball in elementary school, and continued onto the basketball team in junior high school. However, was diagnosed with an osteosarcoma in his right thigh as a third-year. Served as manager of his high school basketball team. Graduated university in March 2009, and began working at Kawagoe City Hall in Saitama Prefecture in 2010. Joined the TOKYO Ice Burns club team in 2011 at the suggestion of a coworker, starting his career in para ice hockey. Later began to participate in training camps for the Japan national team, and made his international tournament debut in 2013. Contributed to the team’s efforts to qualify for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games by playing in the final preliminaries, helping the team get to their first Paralympic Games in eight years. Has served as captain of the Japan national team since 2018. (January 2021)