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Asian Hockey Card Collection

Not many people talk about this guy, but based on my research, he could be the first player of South Asian descent to be drafted by an NHL team, Aniket Dhadphale @aniket9 - 

1. “Neak” or “Neaker” was an Indian American sniper from Marquette, Michigan. 

2. Neak was supremely talented in the offensive zone, where he had a knack for scoring in front of the net. He lit up the @mwjhlhockey with the Stratford Cullitons in 1994-95, scoring 64 points in 46 games. His combination of size and offense made him an attractive @nhl prospect, which prompted the @sanjosesharks to draft him 245th overall in the 1994 Entry Draft. 

3. Neak played 4 seasons with @notredame. He had a great freshman season, when he led the Irish with 13 goals, but then suffered a sophomore slump in which he totaled just five goals on 109 shots. He rebounded with 25 goals as a junior and then ranked eighth among @cchahockey players with 18 goals in his final 1998-99 season. He was equally successful off the ice, where he was a five-time Dean’s List student with a 3.40 cumulative GPA as a finance major. 

4. Neak went on to play 3 seasons in North American minors split between the Greensboro Generals, @trentontitanshockey, Roanoke Express, Macon Whoopee, and @ahlbruins. His best season occurred in 2000-01, where he notched 65 points in 68 games with the Titans. 

5. Neak finished off his career playing 5 seasons in Europe (Finland, Italy, Germany, France, and Switzerland). After retiring from hockey, Neak founded a pharmaceutical distribution company, Republic Pharmaceuticals, based out of Ann Arbor.

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