60th Anniversary of the First Asian to play in the National Hockey League

In 1948 Larry “King” Kwong became the first Asian to play in the National Hockey League. Born Eng Kai Geong in British Columbia to Chinese parents, he grew up listening to hockey games on the radio. As a young boy he convinced his mother to buy him skates and he played shinny on local ponds with mail-order catalogues strapped to his shins. His passion for hockey brought him a successful amateur, minor, professional and British hockey career spanning 20 years from 1939-1958.

King Kwong played for the New York Rangers, but sadly, only in one game.


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