Shin Larsson Yahata @jappswe -
1. Shin was an offensively gifted, playmaking Japanese Swede who was born in Stockholm. His mother, who was Japanese and loved the Swedish novella, “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils,” moved to Sweden, where she met Shin’s father.
2. Shin grew up playing in Sweden and advanced as a teenager to play in the Swedish Elite league with the @leksandsif, before moving to Canada to play for Verdun College - Francais of the @lhjmq_qmjhl_ in 1993-94, where he recorded 21 points in 48 games.
3. Shin then signed a pro contract with Kokudo in Japan, where he played for 8 seasons and won 5 JIHL championships. Shin also represented Japan as one of the “gaijin samurai” in the 1998 Olympics, where he led the team in scoring with 5 points in 4 games.
4. In 2003, Shin moved to France to play for Mulhouse, then to the U.K. to suit up for the @manc_phoenix, before returning to Japan in 2004 to play for the Oji Eagles. He retired in 2005 after notching 30 points in 40 games for the Eagles.
5. Since 2006, Shin has worked as a scout at various levels. He is now the Director of European Scouting for the @sanjosesharks, an @nhl organization that has employed him since 2007.