The Vancouver Canucks made history in the second round of the NHL Draft, making Jett Woo the highest player ever selected of Chinese descent.
While he’s never been to the country, Woo, who was raised in Winnipeg, spent a lot of time growing up with his grandparents, who were born in Canton, China.
On the ice, Woo became a fan favourite during his three seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey league. Fans would reportedly serenade him with chants of “Woo!” after big hits.
That seems like a perfect fit for this fanbase, as not only does the loud speaker go “Woo!” everytime the Canucks score in Rogers Arena, but he could be an entry point into hockey fandom for many of Vancouver’s Asian residents.
Woo (6’0, 205 lbs.) had 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 44 games, and had three points (two goals, one assist) in 14 WHL playoff games.
He also acquitted himself nicely at the Under-18 World Championships, registering two points in five games.
It’s possible the right-handed rearguard ends up forming a formidable pairing with left-handers Olli Juolvei or first-rounder Quinn Hughes.
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