Fukufuji Makes NHL Debut

Fukufuji Blazes Trail for Asian-born Hockey Players

There may be very few hockey players from the Far East looking to make a name for themselves in North America, but for those who dream of playing on a bigger stage, Japanese goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji is a pioneer and an inspiration. He is the first Japanese-born player to appear in an NHL game. The 24-year-old Fukufuji, recalled by the Los Angeles Kings Friday with Mathieu Garon sidelined with a finger injury, entered Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Blues to start the third period in relief of Barry Brust. With St. Louis up 5-4, Fukufuji came in to face five shots and allowed a power play goal to Blues defenseman Dennis Wideman.

Golden Brett Gets It Right

Another Hull commentary addressed the proposal to enlarge the nets to increase goal scoring. He called it, “one of the dumbest ideas I’ve heard in an awful long time.”
Using a net and goalie equipment in the studio, he demonstrated how changes — softening the corners of the pads, narrowing arm pads, getting rid of the wide “cheater” at the base of catching glove and reducing the thickness of the posts — would provide more room for the shooters.”

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1 Response to Fukufuji Makes NHL Debut

  1. Chop Stix says:

    When does Fukuwanger make his debut?

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