Asian Hockey Players in the NHL (Part III)

These Asian hockey players made a name for themselves in the NHL.

Yutaka Fukufuji

Fukufuji is a Japanese ice hockey player in the Asia League Ice Hockey with the Nikko Ice Bucks.  Fukufuji was the 1st Japanese player to be in an NHL game. The 1st Japanese draft pick, Hiroyuki Miura, was picked by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1992 NHL Draft, however, he never appeared in an NHL game. Fukufuji is the 1st Japanese citizen to be drafted as a goaltender in the NHL and the 2nd Japanese national to be drafted.

Peter Ing

Born in Toronto in 1969, Ing played minor hockey for the Toronto Marlboros and Markham Waxers before being drafted by the Windsor Spitfires in the second round of the 1986 OHL Draft. 

Ing spent most of the OHL seasons in Windsor, where he backstopped the Spitfires to the J. Ross Robertson Cup as the OHL champions in the 1987-88 season. Later, he was traded to the London Knights in 1989, before beginning his pro career.

Paul Kariya

Paul Tetsuhiko Kariya is a Canadian former professional ice hockey winger who spent 15 seasons in the NHL. Known as a fast-skating, skilled offensive player, he played in the NHL for Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators, Mighty Ducks, and St. Louis Blues. After two years with the Penticton Panthers (he was named Canadian Junior A Player of the Year) 

Kariya joined the college ranks with the U Maine Black Bears. When he was a freshman, he got the Hobey Baker Award while guiding his team to the 1993 NCAA title. Picked 4th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Mighty Ducks, he joined the team in 1994.

Stuart Percy

Stuart Percy is a Canadian ice hockey defenseman who is playing for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in the Ontario Hockey League. He was chosen 25th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Asian Hockey Players in the NHL (Part II)

These Asians rocked out on the ice.

Jon Matsumoto

An offensive center, Matsumoto plays with loads of enthusiasm. He’s an excellent playmaker who, regardless of his size, is hard to knock off the puck. He doesn’t shy from traffic or contact. 

Richard Park

Richard Park is a Korean-born American former professional ice hockey player who spent 14 seasons with the NHL with six different teams. Presently, he is a Player Development Coach for the Minnesota Wild. 

Raymond Sawada

Raymond Masao Sawada is a former ice hockey winger with the Canadian league. 

Devin Setoguchi

Devin Charlie Kenichi Setoguchi is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who presently plays with the Adirondack Flames of the AHL. Setoguchi is Half-Yonsei. He was drafted by the Sharks in the first round in the 2005 NHL Draft. Also, he played with the Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames, and Winnipeg Jets.  

Brandon Yip

Brandon Michael Harry Yip is a Canadian professional ice hockey right wing for Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Previously, he played in the NHL for the Nashville Predators, Colorado Avalanche, and the Phoenix Coyotes. He is of Irish and Asian descent.  

Robin Bawa 

Robin N. Bawa is a Canadian retired former professional ice hockey player who spent four seasons in the NHL between 1989 and 1994.

Bawa spent five seasons of junior hockey in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers but wasn’t selected in the NHL Entry Draft. Lastly, after a 57-goal performance in the 1986–87 season, Bawa got a pro contract from the Washington Capitals.

Even though Bawa had been basically a skilled player in junior, he started to fight more frequently in pro hockey and became an enforcer, as that was his best ticket to the NHL. He averaged more than 200 penalty minutes in his first three years with the Capitals. 

Asian Hockey Players in the NHL (Part I)

These Asian Hockey Players are in the NHL.

Believe it or not, there are a good number of Asian-American hockey players in the NHL as well as many Canadian hockey players of Asian descent. The top Asian players in the NHL, over the course of its existence, have a place on this list of the top Asian hockey players in the NHL. 

Players of Asian descent in the NHL go back to the mid-20th century. Who was the 1st Asian NHL player? In 1948, Canadian Chinese hockey player Larry Kowng was the first Asian hockey player to play in the NHL. He played with the New York Rangers in the Montreal Forum. In 1990, Korean hockey player Jim Paek was the 1st Asian-born player to win the Stanley Cup, playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Chris Beckford-Tseu

Chris Beckford-Tseu is a former Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played in one NHL game with the St. Louis Blues in the 2007–08 season. He was drafted by the Blues in the 2003 NHL draft.

Manny Malhotra

Emmanuel “Manny” Noveen Malhotra is a Canadian professional ice hockey center who presently plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL. Frequently renowned as the 1st East India. Previously, he played in the NHL for the San Jose Sharks, Carolina Hurricanes, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, and Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Malhotra is famously for being a two-way forward and for his faceoff proficiency. Malhotra was selected in the 1st round as the 7th overall pick of the 1998 NHL draft by the New York Rangers. He became a player in the NHL after a two-year career in the Ontario Hockey.

Victor Bartley

Victor Bartley is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is presently playing with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.

What is Gym Ringette?

This type of game is played on a gym floor.

Gym Ringette is a type of gym floor sport that has been played since the 1950s, maybe even earlier. It’s a fundamental form of hockey and was first created as an alternative ice sport. Ringette presented new rules and team-play ideas that transferred very well to the gymnasium floor.

Gym Ringette can be played as an activity on its own, or as a “dry land” supplement to enhance Ice Ringette skills. It’s ideal for teaching indoors or practicing all year round.

Gym Ringette is created to concentrate on cooperative team play, with stress on speed, agility, and strategy instead of aggression and strength. The rules of Gym Ringette, correctly enforced, encourage safe play, making it an all-encompassing sport.

Benefits of Gym Ringette

  • A good co-ed activity, that necessitates both strategy and finesse 
  • Suitable for all age groups
  • A great form of exercise as players must depend on endurance, agility, and speed
  • Helps create core physical literacy skills including balance, strength, agility, flexibility, agility muscular co-ordination
  • Creates co-operation with teammates, socializing and encourages healthy competition

Gym ringette offers a low cost, highly active, participatory, structured activity and it’s an excellent co-ed activity to enjoy, regardless of size, age, or strength.

As the ringette has been changed from its origins as an ice surface sport to a dry land sport, accessibility has increased exponentially. The numerous varied skills and activities which result from ringette participation are precisely related to the objectives of a physically active lifestyle.

Gym Ringette gives participants new challenges, enriches their physical literacy and encourages a sense of accomplishment. Participants are given the chance to try challenging tasks while they develop capacities and abilities. Ringette encourages cooperation with teammates and delivers the chance for healthy competition.

Gym Ringette is a true sports program and is a way to increase the positive influence sport can have on young people by focusing on the values of inclusion, fairness, fun, and excellence. 

Floorball Explained

Floorball is similar to hockey.

Floorball is a sort of indoor hockey that doesn’t need any bulky equipment. All that’s required is a stick and a ball.

Known as “unihockey” in other parts of Europe, “innebandy” in Sweden, and “salibandy” in Finland, floorball is the official IFF term that is used around the globe. Common misspellings are florbol, floor ball, and florbal.

In approved floorball competition, teams play 5 v 5 with goalies similar to ice hockey. The games consist of three 20-minute periods. Though, floorball is very versatile. On a recreational level, games can be played on any size court (indoors or outside), with any number of players, for any length of time.

A standard floorball court is 65 feet x 130 feet. The boards around the court are typically made of high- density foam, heavy-duty plastic, or composites that measure around 20 inches. While floorball is somewhat like floor hockey, it is safer and quicker due to the distinct rules and the lightweight equipment. The emphasis is on skill and speed instead of strength.

Enjoy Sport!

Floorball is such an excellent activity because it is so much fun. You can play floorball with your friends, at home by yourself, or with your family. Young people will put down the cell phone or video game and become active again. Shooting, Passing, and stickhandling…once you get started, you don’t want to stop. Floorball is played with lightweight sticks that are simple to handle at any age.  Basic rules are:

  • No high sticking. The blade has to remain under the player’s knees
  • Do not play the ball with your hand or head.
  • No slashing (hitting your opponent’s stick).
  • No lifting, pushing or kicking the opponent’s stick.
  • You cannot reach between your opponent’s legs with your stick.
  • You can foot pass the ball to your own teammate, but you can’t kick the ball two times in a row.
  • You can’t jump to get the ball.

Indoor Field Hockey vs. Outdoor Field Hockey-What’s the Difference? (Part II)

Hockey is a sport that can be played both indoors and out.

The Rules

Fouls are similar between the two games. The ball cannot hit your feet. Third-party is a foul. You can’t lift at someone’s body unless they’re in front of the goal. The ball has to move a specific distance before going into the circle. No hacking.  

The largest change is that there is no lifting indoor except on goal.  In outdoor, you can “pop” the ball or lift it above someone’s stick to go around them, but not indoor.  Penalty corners are also played somewhat differently. 

In both outdoor and indoor corners, no one can enter the circle until the ball is inserted and the ball has to come out of the circle and brought back in for a goal to count. In outdoor, the defense can only have four players back while the rest of the team is at the 50-yard line. 

The offense can have as many players on the circle as they’d like. With corners for the indoor game, the defense is allowed to have as many players back as they’d like. The offense can have as many lined around the circle as they’d like.

Similarities 

The goal cages are similar sizes. Several of the fouls are the same. The protective equipment is alike. Though the most important thing is it is all fun. Basically, indoor hockey is the same as outdoor field hockey, but on a smaller field. The game is quicker, much smaller, and more controlled due to the limited space and the chance to rebound the ball off the sideboards. 

The game is known to enhance a player’s vision on the field and stick handling skills. If you’ve been playing outdoor field hockey, your skills can simply transfer over to indoor hockey. All you have to do is practice the basics skills.

 

Indoor Field Hockey vs. Outdoor Field Hockey-What’s the Difference? (Part I)

There are many different arenas’s when it comes to hockey.

The Field

Outdoor field hockey fields are made of grass, field turf, or Bermuda grass depending on the location and level of play. Regardless of the composition, all regulation field hockey fields for the outdoor game are played on a 100-yard x 60-yard pitch.  For indoor, the rules stipulate pitch length in the range 36 to 44 meters and width in the range 18 to 22 meters. The surfaces for indoor range from snap tiles, a gymnasium wood floor, linoleum or vinyl.  

The Stick

Both outdoor and indoor sticks come in composite materials as well as wood, and composite allows for better ball control, so we always suggest going with that choice. They also both have the same basic shape as one round side and one flat side. The biggest differences are that the end of the indoor stick is s and thinner and the weight is much lighter. 

In outdoor, it is critical for sticks to be heftier and have a heavier toe to put up with powerful drives and slaps that are critical when playing on a much bigger field.  The skinnier toe of indoor sticks allows for lifts to happen much quicker and easier, and the lightweight makes it simpler to control the ball while keeping a fast pace.

The Team Size and Positions

Due to the pitch size in indoor being way smaller than the outdoor pitch, fewer players are on the court at a time. In outdoor, there are 10 field players plus a goalie for a total of 11 players. In indoor, there are six players (a goalie and five players). Positions differ from team to team, but most outdoor teams consist of three to four forwards, three to four defenders, and three mid-fielders while an indoor team has two defenders, two forwards, and one mid-fielder.  In both games, all players are supposed to move up and down the field with play, particularly indoor since the field is so small.

Unicycle Hockey? Yes, Seriously! (Part II)

Unicycle hockey

Unicycle hockey became a thing throughout the 1900s.

In 1925, in Germany, a silent movie was shown called Variete (Variety). At one point, the black and white grainy film depicts two men riding unicycles. One of the men has a walking stick and the other has a hockey stick.

They each try and move a small towel around that’s been rolled up and put into a ball. It appears as if there are two very small goals that they’re trying to push the towel into. This seems to be the first reference to anything close to unicycle hockey.

35 years went by without any talk of unicycle hockey. However, in August 1960, an article was in The Bicycle Journal where Lloyd W. Smith discusses being a member of The Albuquerque Unicycle Club. He stated that the activities were riding, basketball, racing, and unicycle hockey.

In the meantime, over in Japan, an article appeared in 1971 with a picture where Takafumi Ogasawara is seen playing unicycle hockey with some weird sticks. Back in the US, a couple of years later in 1976, an organization called Wheel People began playing unicycle hockey games in California.

During the 80s, European countries began to play the sport and Germany, specifically, was a very keen early adopter. In 1985 their first team was LAHIMO and stayed their only team until 1990 in which Bremen came to the arena with their Uniwheelers team. Frankfurt followed in 1991 with their RADLOS team which encouraged several other teams to develop rapidly. 

Over in Great Britain, John Dash began to promote the sport to the world after returning from Germany where he played from 1987-88. Teams began to form rapidly in many of the big British cities.

In 1994, Unicycle Hockey participated for the first time in the World Unicycling Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Teams from Canada, Germany, USA, and Puerto Rico participated, and the result was Germany winning. 

Unicycle Hockey Today

Presently, there are unicycle hockey teams all around the globe and the sport is acquiring interest all the time.

 

Unicycle Hockey? Yes, Seriously! (Part I)

Yes, unicycle hockey was a thing.

Unicycle hockey is a sport that is like inline or roller hockey, although played while on a unicycle. There aren’t any records as to when or where the first unicycle hockey game was played. Though, in the 1925 film Variety, the sport was shown.

A unicycle hockey team has five players and substitutes. Though, some clubs don’t have goalkeepers. Substitutes are permitted at any time. It’s not necessary to tell this to the referee. A unicycle hockey court is between 20 to 25 meters wide and 35 to 45 meters in length. It can either have round or bevel corners. This sport can be played indoors or outdoors.

Any sticks legal for ice hockey, but the ones the goalkeeper uses can be used in unicycle hockey. A street hockey or tennis ball can be used. The ruling body for this sport is the International Unicycling Federation. In Germany, the UK, and Switzerland, there are registered unicycle hockey leagues.

Unicycle Hockey History

Today, unicycle hockey is with us on an international level, having national leagues and teams appearing and increasing in numbers every year. Every game is now documented and stored somewhere on the internet. But where it originally emerged from is not so obvious. You have to learn about the history of unicycle hockey.

The Invention of the Unicycle 

In June 1791, a vehicle called a Celerifere was created and displayed to the folks of Paris, by Comte De Sivrac. It was only a piece of wood linked to two wheels. The rider would straddle the wood and move around with his feet. Looking at this now, you’d think that it looked like a child’s toy. A few years later, and the Celerifere started to take on new models frequently with ornate horse heads cut into the front section.

 

Give Inline Hockey a Try!

Inline skates became popular in the 80s.

Scott and Brennan Olson, brothers from Minnesota, are usually credited with restarting roller hockey in the U.S. After finding an old pair of 60s vintage roller skates with wheels in a straight line instead of the 2×2 quad design, they saw the chance for off-season practice. Their efforts ultimately resulted in “rollerblade” inline skates in 1984. 

The Olson brothers’ Rollerblade skates possess high-wear polyurethane skate wheels and excellent ball bearings which radically enhanced the skates’ performance over the slower and more hard -to-maneuver quad skate. Rollerblade skates were clean turning, fast, and smooth. By the late 80s, inline skating had blown up, although first as a form of exercise.

Lucky for brothers Olson, at that same time, ice hockey pro-Wayne Gretzky was at the top of his greatness, reigning the sport, accumulating legendary stats, and getting large television audiences. When the L.A. Kings got Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers, southern Cali had a new hero who encouraged kids to take up street hockey. Soon enough, the streets of sunny Southern California were filled with rollerbladers right beside the ubiquitous skateboarders.

This phenomenon was not lost on the NHL. Soon other nice weather markets like Dallas, San Jose, Anaheim, and Tampa Bay were creating professional ice hockey teams. The league growth of pro-level franchises into warm-weather territories, linked with the increasing popularity of inline skating, turned out to be a chance mix for roller hockey. By the mid-90s, roller hockey had again taken off in the US with national competitions and numerous leagues.

Roller hockey, while popular worldwide, has had an up-and-down history in the USA, although its popularity is increasing. Given the substantial exposure the NHL has, and the general popularity of inline skating or Rollerblading, inline roller hockey will continue to rise like any exciting and quick-moving sport should.