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Kings goalie Fukufuji becomes first Japanese man to play in an NHL game
Canadian Press
Jan 13, 2007, 5:07 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Los Angeles Kings goalie Yutaka Fukufuji became the first Japanese-born person to play in the NHL when he entered Saturday's 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Blues at the start of the third period.

Fukufuji replaced Barry Brust, who allowed five goals in the first two periods.

The 24-year-old Fukufuji was recalled Friday on an emergency basis after Mathieu Garon was placed on injured reserve with a finger injury. Fukufuji became the first Japanese native to dress for a league game Dec. 16 against Dallas in another emergency stint.

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