An overview of hockey players of Asian descent for the 2019-20 season.
Profile: Yutaka Fukufuji
On January 13th, 2009, Fukufuji relieved Barry Brust to start the third period for the Los Angeles Kings in an eventual 6-5 loss against the St. Louis Blues, becoming the first Japanese national to play in the NHL. Born in Kushiro on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, Fukufuji spent his formative years with Kokudo,… Continue reading Profile: Yutaka Fukufuji
Profile: Ryan Kuwabara
Kuwabara is currently the Assistant Coach of the Saginaw Spirit in the Ontario Hockey League after an 18-year professional career. He is a third-generation Japanese-Canadian and was born in Hamilton, ON in 1972. In 1989, Kuwabara was drafted by the Ottawa 67's eighth overall in the OHL draft. He would spend the next three seasons… Continue reading Profile: Ryan Kuwabara
Nippon Paper Cranes Fold After 70 Years
The Nippon Paper Cranes are folding after 70 years on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido in the city of Kushiro. Owned by the paper manufacturing company Nippon Paper Industries, the team will cease operations at the end of the 2018-19 Asian League Ice Hockey (ALIH) Season due to declining revenue and a desire to… Continue reading Nippon Paper Cranes Fold After 70 Years
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