Kai HUANG

#12

  • Nationality: Taiwan-Canada

    Position:Forward

    Shoots: Right

    BIO

    Hometown – Taipei, Taiwan
    Member of the TCHC from 2023-present

    Born in 1988 (skirting by as a Showa-era baby), Kai split his days between Taipei, Vancouver and Tokyo choosing to most recently reside in Tokyo after graduating high school in Canada. He is supposedly tri-lingual but remains adamant that he is bad at languages, clearly humble bragging.

    Picking up hockey in Vancouver, he can’t quite recall the moment that it dawned on him, except perhaps seeing a couple of minor-leaguers playing one day at the local rink. This spawned an interest in hockey that would follow Kai to this day, despite never seeing a Canucks game in the 8+ years he lived in Vancouver. The pressures of adulthood coupled by a growing beer belly prompted Kai to get back into hockey after a two decade hiatus, finding a reinvigorated interest in the sport and managing to motivate his lazy butt to play at least 2~3 times a week. Kai hopes that the motivation will outlast the beer gut, but so far the latter is proving to be a formidable opponent.

    Professionally, he has spent the vast majority of his career in the video games industry, which in retrospect was a great decision considering its explosive growth in recent years, but, back more than 15 years ago, it took some major gonads to quit a fresh graduate job at a renowned firm to pursue this passion.

    WHO’S LAUGHING NOW MOM AND DAD (clearly they were very supportive). However, being of Asian background, Kai was likely considered a failure for not being either a doctor or a lawyer, though this was never said out loud, only lightly insinuated.

    Anywho, outside of hockey and gaming, he is a servant to his cat Nyanya, renowned for his totally original name. Although Kai’s French wife, who continues to complain about the quality of bread and prices of cheese and wine in Japan on a daily basis, he is clearly having the time of his life. Kai hopes that one day he can achieve somewhat of an early retirement and focus his time on another passion of his: the culinary arts and perhaps one day become a restaurateur.

    Photo courtesy of Ray Yamaguchi Photography.