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.