Ryuichi Kawai -
1. Ryu is a well-decorated, veteran Japanese defenseman from Sapporo. He is the older brother of follower @cranes40kawai, who was previously featured.
2. As a 17-year old, Ryu competed in the @iihfhockey 2000 Division 1 U-18 World Junior Championships, where he scored 8 points in 4 games while capturing a Bronze medal; he also led the tournament with 7 🍎 by a defenseman. That same year, Ryu competed in the Division 2 U-20 tournament, where he helped win a Silver medal.
3. From 2000 through the present, Ryu has been a stalwart on Japan’s blueline, having won an additional Gold, 2 Silver, and 4 Bronze medals in IIHF tournaments.
4. Since the 2002-03 season, Ryu has played pro in Japan and Korea for various teams, including the Seibu Bears and @seibuprincessrabbits, High1, @h.c.tochigi_nikko_icebucks, and @freeblades. In 2010-11, he won an Asia League championship with the FreeBlades.
5. Ryu is currently rostered with the @easthokkaido.cpa and will provide steady defense and a veteran presence.