2021 Season Summary (Junior)

Despite a chaotic 2020-2021 season, there were a number of standout performance by players of Asian descent in the North American junior leagues this year.

Centreman Trevor Wong (WHL Kelowna Rockets) is the likeliest junior player of Asian descent to hear his name called at this year’s NHL draft. Wong led the Rockets in scoring and is ranked as a mid-round pick by most major prospect evaluators, one of which was Scott Wheeler, who said:

[Wong] was nightmare fuel on the minor hockey circuit (I’ve been hearing his name for years). Only he got to play this year and actually show that he could take steps towards getting to that level in junior, posting 16 points in as many games as Kelowna’s leading scorer in their shortened season in the WHL. Wong’s a dexterous player who always seems to re-find the puck when it’s briefly bumped off of him or sticks crowd in. He also plays hard, flies around the sheet, and loves to be in the fight in the guts of the ice.

Scott Wheeler (The Athletic, 2021)

Major Junior

Alex Kannok-Leipert (WAS 6th round 2018)

Defensemen Jordan Spence (LAK 4th round 2019) and Alex Kannok-Leipert (WAS 6th round 2018) led their teams from opposite ends of the country, while forward Arshdeep Bains (WHL Red Deer Rebels) was also a major contributor for his team in this abbreviated season. All OHL teams had their seasons cancelled.

Last NameFirst NamePositionTeamGPGATPLeague
PanwarSahilFFlint Firebirds0000OHL
WongNicholasCKingston Frontenacs0000OHL
BainsArshdeepFRed Deer Rebels2381321WHL
Kannok-LeipertAlex DVancouver Giants2271118WHL
WongTrevorCKelowna Rockets1661016WHL
LeeBrendanFEverett Silvertips17246WHL
NguyenMarcusRWPortland Winterhawks16112WHL
NgMatthewFEverett Silvertips5101WHL
Sadhra-KangKaydenDLethbridge Hurricanes9011WHL
MaySammyFSaskatoon Blades11011WHL
SpenceJordanDVal-d’Or Foreurs32103040QMJHL


Oliver Chau (NCAA UMass)

NCAA teams were able to have a more complete season south of the border, and centreman Oliver Chau (NCAA UMass) won a NCAA Division 1 National Championship as the team’s second-leading scorer. Centreman Jordan Kawaguchi (NCAA University of North Dakota) had another stellar season, captaining his team to the national semi-finals, before starting his professional career with the Texas Stars of the AHL (DAL).

Last NameFirst NamePositionTeamGPGATPLeague
KawaguchiJordanCUniv. of North Dakota28102636NCAA
OkabeZacharyRWSt. Cloud State Univ.3061622NCAA
HiroseAkitoDMinnesota State Univ. (Mankato)2811415NCAA
MiuraYukiCLake Superior State Univ.294812NCAA
InamotoTylerDUniv. of Wisconsin26189NCAA
SatoKoheiLWUniv. of New Hampshire22178NCAA
LeeJaydenDQuinnipiac Univ.23257NCAA
SandhuJordanCArizona State Univ.26257NCAA
YoonBryanDColorado College19112NCAA
SuzukiMadokaLWLong Island Univ.8011NCAA
KimNoahDAir Force Academy2000NCAA
SasakiChadDColorado College2000NCAA
GrollJoshFUniv. of Michigan2000NCAA
ZhongPeterLWArizona State Univ.4000NCAA

Junior A

David Ma (USHL Chicago Steel)

Centreman Austin Wong (EDM 7th round 2018) spent a year in the USHL after his NCAA team Harvard cancelled their season. Defenseman David Ma (USHL Chicago Steel) was ranked a late-round pick in last year’s NHL draft, although eventually went undrafted and won a USHL championship this year. He has an outside shot of joining Wong as a NHL draftee, as do forwards Yusaku Ando (USHL Youngstown Phantoms) and Yu Sato (USHL Lincoln Stars).

Last NameFirst NamePositionTeamGPGATPLeague
SchleppeTylerFCoquitlam Express20111122BCHL
YanJunchengFVictoria Grizzlies2061319BCHL
HoTylerRWPenticton Vees197613BCHL
LuiCoreyDCowichan Valley Capitals16123BCHL
SandhuChaseFWest Kelowna Warriors17022BCHL
YeeWilliamDCoquitlam Express15011BCHL
ChanEzraDSalmon Arm Silverbacks1000BCHL
WongJonathanDNanaimo Clippers7000BCHL
WangBrendanDFort McMurray Oil Barons1511213AJHL
ChuJasonDCalgary Canucks14156AJHL
KimHoonDOlds Grizzlys14224AJHL
ChinCameronDCanmore Eagles2022AJHL
WooKyleFCalgary Canucks0000AJHL
WongAustinCFargo Force4915924USHL
AndoYusakuFYoungstown Phantoms4581523USHL
SatoYuLWLincoln Stars4841216USHL
MaDavidDChicago Steel383811USHL
AliBrennanCUSNTDP Juniors11112USHL