Kohei Sato @asianzing18 -
1. Kohei is a fast, skilled Japanese forward from Nishitokyo. Skating is in his blood, as his grandfather, Tsuneo, represented Japan in speed skating in the 1952 Olympics. In addition, his dad, Masahiro, played professional hockey in Japan.
2. At the age of 14, Ko left his homeland for Quebec to play for the Harrington College minor system. After 4 years in Canada, in 2014, he joined the @northiowabulls of the @na3hl. Ko managed a point a game pace over 3 seasons with the Bulls with 73 points in 71 games, and he won a championship in 2015-16.
3. Kohei played his first full @nahlhockey season in 2016-17 with the @negenerals. Despite playing in only 48 games (the first half of the season was with the Bulls), Kohei finished 2nd in team scoring with 36 points in 48 games.
4. In 2017, Kohei made history by being the first Japanese born hockey player to suit up for an @ncaaicehockey Division I team. He played 4 seasons with @uofnh, notching 29 points in 104 games. He also represented Japan in the 2019 D1B World Championships, where he won a Bronze medal and scored 4 points in 5 games.
5. Kohei is committed to @bentleyu this season.
Ko understands and embraces his position as a role model for Japanese hockey players. In an interview, Kohei said it was his dream to be a “pioneer” for Japanese players and play in the @nhl one day. “It feels nice, but I want to do good so people like me growing up in Japan, playing overseas, will be inspired to play here [in North America]. Hopefully I can make a path for them.”