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An Heir of Resiliency

The following is a story I originally wrote for the English section of the Rafu Shimpo, the Los Angeles Japanese Daily News (founded in 1903), on a freelance assignment. It was published in their print edition on November 30, 2016, and they have graciously allowed me to reprint the story here.


Los Angeles Kings right wing Devin Setoguchi
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Photo: Juan Ocampo/Courtesy Los Angeles Kings via Getty Images

EL SEGUNDO, CA — When he was playing youth hockey in Canada, Devin Setoguchi’s favorite player was a fellow Japanese Canadian, superstar Paul Kariya, who played for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks (now the Anaheim Ducks) from 1994-95 to 2002-03, before finishing his National Hockey League career with the Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues.

Today, Setoguchi, 29, is playing for the Los Angeles Kings, hoping to complete a comeback story that would add another chapter to a family legacy in Canada that began in Vancouver, British Columbia, and includes his paternal grandparents having to survive incarceration in a horse stable nearly 75 years ago.

Setoguchi grew up in Taber, Alberta, on a farm that was established by his paternal grandparents, who lived in Vancouver until World War II when they were forcibly removed from their home and community.

Indeed, Canadians of Japanese ancestry, along with their immigrant parents, were unjustly incarcerated during World War II—more than 22,000 people in all—in Canadian concentration camps, in similar fashion to the unjust incarceration of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents in American concentration camps and other confinement sites.

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What’s It Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs By The Numbers, April 6, 2015

LA Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, shown here at a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — After a 2-1 come-from-ahead shootout loss at Vancouver on April 6, the Los Angeles Kings lost ground in the Western Conference playoff race.

Here’s the latest numbers and projections for the teams still battling for a playoff berth in the West: Read more of this post

LA Kings Begin Likely Make-Or-Break Road Trip Tonight At Vancouver

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene and Alec Martinez, along with forward Trevor Lewis and head coach Darryl Sutter spoke with the media prior to the team departing on their flight to Vancouver on April 5. You can watch videos of those interviews here!

LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography”]

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After winning both games during their two-game home stand that ended with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on April 4, the Los Angeles Kings held an optional skate on April 5, before flying north of the border to begin a three-game Canadian road trip that will likely decide their playoff fate.

Tonight, the Kings face the Vancouver Canucks, who are in second place in the Pacific Division with 95 points. They are still within reach of the Kings, who have 92 points and a game in hand on the Canucks.

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What’s It Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs By The Numbers, April 4, 2015

LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik, shown here during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — Dwight King, Alec Martinez and Marian Gaborik scored goals, and Jeff Carter and Robyn Regehr each contributed two assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center in Los Angeles on April 4.

The Kings dominated the game, in terms of puck possession, and they managed to limit the Avalanche to just three shots on goal in the first period, four in the second period, and only three in the third, for a total of ten shots in the game.

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What’s It Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs By The Numbers, April 2, 2015 Edition

LA Kings forward Jeff Carter, shown here during a recent
practice, scored two goals in an 8-2 blowout win over the
Edmonton Oilers on April 2, 2015 at Staples Center.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings took advantage of a hapless, hopeless, and literally defenseless Edmonton Oilers team on April 2, blowing them out of Staples Center in Los Angeles, 8-2.

With the win, the Kings improved to 38-25-14, good for 90 points. With five games remaining, they are now projected to finish the season with 96 points.

In other games of interest involving Western Conference teams on April 2:

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