Could Kailer Yamamoto become a real life version of Taro Tsujimoto? Photo: Andy Devlin/NHL via Getty Images
Patrick Blennerhassett
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Patrick Blennerhassett

Kailer Yamamoto and the spirit of ‘Taro Tsujimoto’ lives on as the NHL readies for its first Asian superstar

  • A harmless prank in the 1970s by the Buffalo Sabres now looks like a reality as players of Asian descent are making an impact in the NHL
  • Kailer Yamamoto and Nick Suzuki are part of a first wave showcasing the growing diversity of North America and its accompanying sports leagues

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Could Kailer Yamamoto become a real life version of Taro Tsujimoto? Photo: Andy Devlin/NHL via Getty Images
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Patrick Blennerhassett

Patrick Blennerhassett

Patrick Blennerhassett is an award-winning Canadian journalist and four-time published author. He is a Jack Webster Fellowship winner and a British Columbia bestselling novelist. His work has been published in The Guardian, Reader's Digest, The Globe & Mail, Business Insider, MSN and his commentary has appeared on the BBC and the CBC.