Asian Hockey Players in the NHL (Part V)

These Asian players went down in history on the ice.

Martin Kariya

Martin Tetsuya Kariya is an ice hockey right-winger. Former NHL left-winger Paul Kariya is his older brother.

Hiroyuki Miura

Miura became the 1st Japanese player to be drafted to the NHL, as the Montreal Canadiens chose him in the 11th round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Miura came to North America and played in the ECHL with the Wheeling Thunderbirds, for only six games before going back home and playing with the Kokudo Keikaku HC.

Zachary Yuen

Zachary Yuen is a Canadian Chinese professional ice hockey defenseman. He is presently playing for Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League. Yuen was the 1st player of Asian descent to be drafted in the NHL Entry Draft. 

Jomar Cruz

Jomar Cruz played in four leagues over the course of his hockey career. 

Ryan Kuwabara

Ryan Kuwabara is a Japanese ice hockey player. He competed in the ‘98 Winter Olympics. 

Matt Oikawa

Matt Oikawa played in three leagues over the course of his career. 

Shim Kyuin

Kyuin Shim played in five leagues over the course of his career. 

Steve Tsujiura

Steven Ken Tsujiura is a Canadian former professional ice hockey center who played in the Swiss National League A, the American Hockey League, and the Japan Ice Hockey League. He played in the ‘98 Winter Olympics for Japan.

Matt Dumba

Mathew Dumba is a Canadian ice hockey defenseman who is presently playing for the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League (WHL).


Spencer Foo

Spencer Foo is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward presently playing for HC Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League. In 2017, Foo turned professional by signing an entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames of the NHL as an undrafted college free agent.