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Yutaka Fukufuji | Goalie

Team: Los Angeles Kings
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/17/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 180

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Yutaka Fukufuji was called up from the minors on Tuesday January 16.
Wed, Jan 17, 2007 01:21:00 AM

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Yutaka Fukufuji started his first NHL game in the Kings' 6-2 loss the Thrashers on Tuesday night.

Fukufuji allowed three goals on just nine shots and was pulled in favor of Barry Brust after the first period. Brust stopped seventeen of the twenty shots he faced in relief. Alexander Frolov and Tom Kostopoulos scored the Kings' goals, while Mike Cammalleri collected two assists in the game.
Tue, Jan 16, 2007 10:35:00 PM

Yutaka Fukufuji became the first Japanese-born player to play in the NHL when he replaced Barry Brust on Saturday.

Fukufuji may start this week as Barry Brust has struggled between the pipes. It is a testament to the growing popularity of hockey around the world. The Kings are becoming a true international team, as teammate Anze Kopitar became the first Slovenian-born player to participate in an NHL game earlier this season.
Mon, Jan 15, 2007 12:38:00 PM

Yutaka Fukufuji has been called up to Los Angeles, and became the first Japanese-born player to dress for an NHL game on Saturday.

Fukufuji is here only until Dan Cloutier's shoulder is sound enough to allow him to dress. That is unlikely to happen in time for the Kings' game Tuesday against Calgary, but Barry Brust is getting the ice time right now. Coach Marc Crawford said the team has no problem using Fukufuji, but he is definitely not worth a pick up in your league.
Source: LA Times
Mon, Dec 18, 2006 10:18:00 AM

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