Greatest Asian Player

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  1. superpie

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    who was the greastest player with Asian background to play in the NHL, and who are some notable asian players currently in the NHL
     
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    Richard Park, I hear he eats a ton of greasy, fried asian food :sarcasm:
     
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    Rod Langway is listed as born in Taiwan. Paul Kariya, Steve Kariya. The Avs have a Chinese player in their system. So does San Jose.
     
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    Who was the best Russian born on that side of Ural mountains? :sarcasm:
     
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    Jim Paek won a Cup with Pittsburgh.

    David Tanabe is half-Japanese and plays for the Hurricanes.
     
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    The OP is asking for the greatest, not the "greatest at squandering chances and awful giveaways".
     
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    Yutaka Fukufuji
    Peter Ing
    Martin Kariya
    Paul Kariya
    Steve Kariya
    Jason Krog
    Manny Malhotra
    Jim Paek
    Richard Park
    Jamie Storr
    David Tanabe

    Rod Langway was born in Taiwan, but neither of his parents were of Asian heritage. I believe his father was in the service.
     
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    Mogilny grew up within 50 km of the Chinese border!
     
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    Beat me to it. :biglaugh:
     
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    It should begin and end with Paul Kariya. He has Japanese in his background although I dont know how far. I want to say one of his grandparents is Asian but dont quote me. Other than him not a lot of Asians fill NHL spots. Now if we're discussing mathematics then................(I'm kidding of course)
     
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    Born and raised in Asia and of Asian descent? Yutaka Fukufuji is the first, isn't he?

    Jim Paek is a Seoul-born Korean and two time Stanley Cup champion, but his family left his homeland when he was an infant.

    Same with Richard Park, born in Seoul to Korean parents but his family moved to Southern California when he was very young. The fact that he made it to the NHL from Southern California is remarkable in itself!

    There simply is no Asian developmental leagues of any note in the past, other than Russian ones.

    That said, I live in South Korea and have been watching Asian Hockey League games, and the Japanese aren't too far away, having had a league for over twenty years, they might even have a ECHL quality player or two in a few years, the Koreans are a bit behind but catching up, showing great improvement over the last five years I've been here (in 2002 I could've beat them, in 2007 I couldnt... Esa Tikkanen played here in Korea a couple of seasons ago, and ex-Pens captain Steve McKenna helped here last season before heading to Australia to coach their national team). The Chinese teams are gawd awful but with Islanders owner Wang spending millions to send Chinese youth to special hockey schools, a generation of half-decent players will be on the way in a couple of decades.
     
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    Unless any of the pre-NHL era Russian greats were from Siberia, then it's definitly Mogilny. He grew up 50 km EAST of China. If you go any farther east, you'd go back in time.
     
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    wait- stop the thread.

    Steve McKenna was a CAPTAIN???!
     
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    His father was Japanese and his mother is Scottish I believe.

    I say was because sadly his father passed away a few years ago.
     
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    Malholtra is of a punjabi backround.
     
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    I think he was an assistant/alternate but not a captain.
     
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    How would you count Kazak players like Antropov and Kolesnik?
     
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    India is an Asian country .
     
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    They're clearly of Russian extraction, so I wouldn't count them as Asian players.
     
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    Paul Kariya. What else is there to discuss?
     
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    Jimmy Paek won two cups with Pittsburgh and scored a goal in the finals in 1991 and had 4 assists in the playoffs in 1992.

    Jim Paek has two Stanley Cup rings, Paul Kariya has no Stanely Cup rings.

    Kariya may be a more talented player, individually but if you ignore Jim Paek (who was the first Korean to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, by the way) you're ignoring hockey history.

    What else is there to discuss? Plenty.
     
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    For the Avs, that would be Brandon Yip.

    San Jose has Devin Setoguchi. He's of japanese descent.
     
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    I don't understand the obssession in these forums with players having Stanley Cup rings. Yes, Paek was fortunate enough to be on 2 championship teams. However, after he left Pittsburgh, he didn't last too long in the NHL. On virtually every championship team, there are fringe players who were in the right place at the right time. But that doesn't make them great players. The title of this thread is Greatest Asian player. To name Paek and Kariya in the same sentence is a joke. There's no comparison. The only discussion should be whether some parts of Russia are considered to be part of Asia, and thus whether some Russian players should be named in the mix.
     
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    There is no question - trhe greatest Asian player was Alexander Mogilny - he was born and raise in a town 1000kms Northeast of Beijing.
     
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    It was only for a game but he got the 'C'. He spoke about it in an interview when he joined the Asian Hockey league last fall as a player/coach.

    Yeah, he was an alternate captain for a while.
     
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