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Asian Hockey Card Collection

1. George was a high scoring Chinese Canadian forward from Lucknow, Ontario. He was one of 14 children. His parents owned Chin’s Chinese Restaurant, and the basement floor was often frozen and used for neighborhood hockey games. The Canadian great Paul Henderson was one neighborhood kid who learned to play hockey in the basement (George’s father gave Paul his first hockey equipment). 

2. George and two of his brothers, Bill and Albert, were a dominant trio in Western Ontario in the 1940s. They were fan favorites of their hometown while frequently encountering racial taunts on the road. As teens, they led the Lucknow Maple Leafs to an undefeated season in 1942-43. In 10 games the brothers accounted for 67 of the 117 goals scored by their team. Of the 280 points recorded by the Maple Leafs, the Chins tallied more than one half of that amount amassing 155 points among them. The Chins’ electrifying play made headlines throughout Ontario, which prompted the @mapleleafs to invite them to training camp. While their play impressed fans, they were released. The Chins returned to their Lucknow team, where George would immediately score 18 goals in 2 games. The Chins were also reportedly signed by the @detroitredwings, but they were never given an opportunity to play for the organization. 

3. George would go on to play for the @windsorspitfireshockey inaugural season in 1946-47, where he notched 31 points in 24 games. In 1949-50, George played for the Chatham Sr. Maroons, tallying 40 points in 38 games. The Maroons won the IHL Turner Cup, and the team was later inducted into the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame. 

4. Loaded with a hockey scholarship, George then played 4 years @umichhockey from 1950-54. He scored 122 points over this span while leading the team in scoring during their 1952 and 1953 @ncaaicehockey championship seasons. 

5. After college, George played one season of pro for the Nottingham Panthers, scoring 75 points in 60 games.

George is a trailblazer in every sense of the word, and his story is very similar to Larry Kwong’s: extremely talented players of Asian descent whose marks on the game are far too often forgotten.

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George Chin

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