Kwong, Larry

KWONG, Larry, hockey player (b 17 June 1923, Vernon; d 15 Mar 2018). Known as the "China Clipper," he was the first CHINESE Canadian to play in the NHL. After playing midget HOCKEY in VERNON he joined the legendary TRAIL SMOKE EATERS for the 1941–42 season. All the other players worked at the COMINCO smelter but the company would not hire him because he was Chinese. After playing in NANAIMO and VANCOUVER and serving in the army he rejoined the Smoke Eaters in 1945–46, helping them to become...

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