Record Number of NHL Players of Asian Descent to Start 2021

At the beginning of the 2021 NHL season, there are a record eight players of Asian descent on a NHL roster - a significant increase from the five players of Asian descent at the beginning of the previous 2019-2020 season. These include: Matt Dumba (RD, Minnesota Wild): A top-pairing NHL defenseman and co-founder of the… Continue reading Record Number of NHL Players of Asian Descent to Start 2021

Manny Malhotra Hired as Leafs’ Assistant Coach

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Manny Malhotra as their Assistant Coach and will be the first coach of Asian descent to regularly stand behind a NHL bench. Previously an Assistant Coach with the Vancouve Canucks since 2017 where he was responsible for pre-scouting and individual player development while presenting an “eye-in-the-sky role” during games,… Continue reading Manny Malhotra Hired as Leafs’ Assistant Coach

Matt Dumba Awarded King Clancy Trophy

Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba has won the King Clancy Trophy for his work advancing inclusiveness in hockey. A second-generation Flipino-Canadian, Dumba is one of the founders of the Hockey Diversity Alliance and has also had a leading role in the Rebuild Minneosta initative to help businesses affected by the George Floyd protests. I spend… Continue reading Matt Dumba Awarded King Clancy Trophy

Sam Kim Hired as Leafs’ Video and Coaching Coordinator

Most recently the Video Coach for the Edmonton Oilers' AHL affiliate, Sam Kim will be joining the Toronto Maple Leafs as their Video and Coaching Coordinator as the next step for one of the most unique careers in hockey. Kim's first position in hockey was interning for the New York Islanders, working as the team's… Continue reading Sam Kim Hired as Leafs’ Video and Coaching Coordinator

2019 NHL Draft Recap: Ryan Suzuki, Nick Robertson, and Jordan Spence Drafted

Three players of Asian descent were selected in the 2019 NHL Draft. Centre Ryan Suzuki was drafted in the first round, 28th overall, by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2019 NHL Draft. The younger brother of Canadiens prospect Nick Suzuki, Ryan also plays a cerebral, patient, and skilled game. Although there are clear similarities with… Continue reading 2019 NHL Draft Recap: Ryan Suzuki, Nick Robertson, and Jordan Spence Drafted

Profile: Devin Setoguchi

The story of Setoguchi's career is one of perseverance in the face of unimaginable challenges. A 31-goal-scorer as a 21-year-old, he was out of the NHL just seven years later, battling alcoholism and drug use. A Yonsei (fourth-generation Japanese-Canadian), Setoguchi was born on New Years Day in 1987 in Taber, Alberta and grew up on… Continue reading Profile: Devin Setoguchi

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: Manny Malhotra

One of the elite two-way forwards of his generation, Malhotra starred in the NHL for 16 seasons where he played in 1,026 games. He was among the best in NHL history at faceoffs, with the fourth-highest career faceoff winning percentage (58.85%) ever. A second-generation Punjabi-Canadian, Malhotra played minor hockey in Mississauga, ON before being drafted… Continue reading Profile: Manny Malhotra

Profile: Stan Wong

The most-decorated American in IIHF history, Stan Wong has served as Team USA's athletic trainer for 17 World Juniors (2002-2019), 4 Olympics (2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018), 12 world championships (2006-2018), and 10 Deutschland Cups. “He’s a guy who cares about everybody. Sometimes he’s got 40 kids on the ice and everybody knows it’s hard… Continue reading Profile: Stan Wong