Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/14/11 at 10:36 AM ET
from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,
The Facebook messages were flying in China when Zach Yuen was drafted last June by the Winnipeg Jets.
The Vancouver born and raised defenceman had obviously distinguished himself as a special hockey player just being drafted 119th overall.
But for anyone of Chinese ethnicity it’s just a little more special.
Yuen, 18, is the first Chinese blueliner to be drafted into the league and, according to the NHL, would, if he gets to the big league, become one of the rare few to make it all the way to the top….
“There really hasn’t been any full Chinese-Canadians playing at such a high level, and I hope I can be a role model and inspire other kids to pursue hockey,” the 5-foot-11, 196-pound Yuen said Tuesday, before his Jets prospects team took on Edmonton.
Yuen sees a day when more players of Chinese descent are playing in the NHL.
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