>>Look at that stick.>>My name is Aito Iguighi from Saitama,
Japan. Years old, 11. I am a monkey.>>First impression, in person,
I thought he was a bit shy. Ten minutes later, the complete opposite. He was just super energetic,
super outgoing.>>Cup bud. And just a kid who loves life.>>And loves hockey.>>Whoa, whoa!>>Go, go, go! Hard, hard, hard! Look up, look up, look up! Look up, look up, look up.>>Yeah.>>Yeah.>>As Stanley came to me. I think you’ve seen my YouTube videos and
you’ve seen my training footage for stick handling and stuff like that and he wanted Ito to have
the advantage in that department.>>Hey guys.
It’s Pablo Barber here with another shootout tutorial. He sent me some videos and
I was blown away at first, I couldn’t believe the level of skill. A pretty easy decision for me to take him up and help him out a bit. It’s training day, stick handling?>>No.
>>Passing?>>No.
>>Shooting?>>Yes!
>>Scoring?>>Yeah.
>>I saw that he loved the game and his stick handling was something
that he took to pretty seriously. You just want the best for kids. Cuz you know exactly what he’s thinking,
what he’s going through.>>That was nasty.>>And I have the experience, so I’m looking to use my experience to
help him be the best that he can be. So I’ll go through it here, pass back, backwards.>>How many times?>>Let’s just go three.>>Yeah. Three times.>>Come on. Woo. That was dirty pops.>>It’s so amazing to see how
quickly it picks something up->>Just go on forehand like this.>>Without understanding the words I say. I mean,
he clearly pays attention to the details. He clearly focuses on the task at hand and
follows it very well.>>Okay, so we’re gonna juggle some eggs,
work on our soft hands here, okay.>>You know, we talk all the time about
his skills and all that stuff, but what really brings out his skills
is his sense of creativity.>>His imagination and
the way he sees the game. The thing is that he tries on the ice.>>Soft hands, okay?>>There’s lot of kids out
there who have skills but, they don’t have his creativity.>>Yeah. Yuppie.>>You wanna eat this?>>Eating.>>Eating.>>Eating.>>You know, there’s an old saying in Japan, that the
nail that sticks out gets knocked down. But he is the nail that’s sticking out.>>I’ll pick you up at three.>>And he’s not getting knocked down. He’s out there having fun, doing all the
things we’re told you shouldn’t be doing. Him moving away from home at 11-years-old
to pursue this is insane to me. I definitely wouldn’t have done
it if I were a kid, no way. I mean the average kid, they’re just doing
school, they have no jobs, no anything, they’re just having fun
with their friends. And this kid has just
taken on a whole lot and he’s doing it with a smile which is great. Of the family, I was the youngest, so I
never got to be a big brother to someone. He’s an only child, so
he didn’t have any siblings. Having him around all day either training
on the ice or away from the ice, being in that big brother role is awesome.>>Lany.
>>Hm?>>Lany.>>Yeah. What’s Lany?>>Or rainy.>>Yeah.>>It’s not raining. All right it’s raining.>>But we’re still gonna play
some floor ball in the street. Are you ready?>>No.>>That’s a yes.>>No.
>>A resounding yes. Let’s go. There’s nothing I hate
more in this world than seeing a kid who has potential and
then seeing people drag him down. So what if he can stick handle when
there is hitting he is gonna get nailed. He is clearly a very
good player in Japan and stands out because other kids aren’t so
good. If he was from Canada,
US, Russia, Finland or even Sweden,
he would not get this kind of hype. When I first saw Aito, I wanted to go that extra mile for
him because I kind of saw myself in him. I saw he was tiny, number one. I was really tiny, so
I think I struggle with that quite a bit, and wish I had someone to be
that support system for me. And tell me that doesn’t
matter what other people say, doesn’t matter what they think. That’s the kind of stuff I just despise. So, I’m really trying to be that
positive influence on him so he’ll know what voices to listen to.>>Seriously? Make me do all the work? There you go. The bigger goal was to get him used
to training against harder opponents. So that when the time comes he’ll
actually have to push himself to succeed, and that’s what we wanted.>>You gotta toughen up.>>Being a small kid, playing in
this sport, it’s not easy to begin. Again a lot of people telling you,
you are too small, and that’s what we’re trying
to get out of his head.>>The main thing he’ll need
to pick up on is his 50, 50 battles, just be more tenacious. Getting lower in his stance,
being stronger, using every pound that
he’s got to win that puck.>>Iso Iguchi.>>Brandon. Brandon, Brandon.>>Looking good.
Is that my hat? For me, it’s really fun to be able
to pass my experiences on with him. To be able to have fun with him and
just get better at hockey alongside of him The future for Aito Iguighi, it’s unknown. My biggest wish is that he would just
believe in himself and his abilities, focus on that, don’t worry about
what anyone else says about him.>>Aito! What I’d want is him to always feel
comfortable coming to me asking questions. I always want to be part
of his development. As long as he’s serious about
progress I’ll always be there to help him along the way. If you wanna be as good as you can. At anything in this life
you gotta love it so if he doesn’t love it, I’m not gonna
be bummed out, that’s his decision. And he’ll be great at whatever he puts his
mind to so I’m not too worried about that.>>Hello.

GoPro: Japanese Ice Hockey Prodigy Aito Iguchi
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100 thoughts on “GoPro: Japanese Ice Hockey Prodigy Aito Iguchi

  • April 5, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    I’m watching this video again after seeing the most recent one on Aito (it’s April 2019 right now) and the overall progress is absolutely insane. The kid put his head down, did the work and shut up the haters. This kid will go far!

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  • April 5, 2019 at 1:49 pm
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    he will be for sure in the nhl in some years

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  • April 7, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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    I love this video

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  • April 7, 2019 at 5:25 pm
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    lol. the haters think the're so cool saying this kid is bad but this kid will be in the nhl

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  • April 9, 2019 at 1:35 am
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    If he gets drafted I hope hes not a bust. I want to see him do good

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  • April 11, 2019 at 2:21 am
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    I’ve been playing hockey for 13 years and I’m not even a 1/18373629 of how good he is 🙁

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  • April 12, 2019 at 10:23 am
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    This is great! It's awesome to give back and help a kid achieve his dreams! And for any haters out there, remember Paul Kariya? Small dude, Japanese descent, hall of famer. 'NUff said! Good luck Aito

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  • April 13, 2019 at 2:31 am
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    Pavel. This kid is 10000000000% better than you.

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  • April 13, 2019 at 10:56 am
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    is his height an issue?

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  • April 13, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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    Inspirational! How sad is it that people are so negative all the time!

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  • April 13, 2019 at 9:01 pm
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    Always great to see the sport going worldwide

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  • April 13, 2019 at 11:04 pm
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    he has the same hockey stick as me

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  • April 13, 2019 at 11:16 pm
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    5:02, is the egg cooked?

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  • April 14, 2019 at 11:45 am
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    I don’t get how he does any of this

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  • April 14, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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    Sometimes i feel like nobody is noticing players in sweden that are pretty much as good as Aito and around his age?

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  • April 15, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Karate kid for hockey

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  • April 15, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    i agree with scrubs

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  • April 17, 2019 at 7:40 am
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    Amen holla at me if it foor me .

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  • April 19, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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    just pray the kid doesnt grow up to be 5 foot tall lol

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  • April 21, 2019 at 2:48 am
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    Even though I’ve been playing for longer and am much older he would beat me one on one (except physically)

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  • April 25, 2019 at 9:21 am
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    To the loser haters out there saying he's too small, look up Muggsy Bogues who, at only 5'3", played 14 season in the NBA…

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  • April 27, 2019 at 5:14 pm
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    Does anyone hate it when someone comments but then other people reply and their saying omg Haley Foubert Vlogs ur so mean🤗 but then when u look at it they've changed their name to something completely different? It's kinda hard to explain but I hate it

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  • April 28, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    Bloody Legend

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  • April 28, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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    USHL BOUND

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  • April 29, 2019 at 11:30 am
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    Yo he’s Gucci

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  • April 29, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    We saw no gopro footage of the kid the video is about… Only gopro through the ginger?

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  • April 29, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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    This kid has more talent then all the haters all rolled into one. May only break 5'6" but guarentee he'll break everyone's ankles when it comes down to the ice… keep hating cuz he isn't gonna do anything but get better,,,,…..

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  • April 29, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    Yeah he’s not good… He’s great!!

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  • April 29, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    The only reason the people say that stuff is just to make them feel better cause their not as good.

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  • April 30, 2019 at 3:24 am
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    It’S a local rink to me, but it’s weird that this rink is it a rink I play on every Tuesday (for the season) and it is one out of 2 elite Hockey 🏒 rink. 🤔🤨

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  • April 30, 2019 at 5:51 pm
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    And the 2025 pick begins now. The Washington Capitals select…Aito Iguchi!

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  • April 30, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    I feel bad for the goalie😂😂

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  • May 3, 2019 at 3:25 am
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    Whichever pro club draft this prodigy, they will need to have one or two 'enforcer' on the same line to protect him from career-ender players like Scott Stevens and the like.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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    He’s great but he needs a better shot

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  • May 4, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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    This kid should make the nhl

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  • May 4, 2019 at 8:23 pm
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    I have been playing since I was 3 and he is like 5times better than me

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  • May 6, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    Круто классссссссссссссссссссссс

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  • May 7, 2019 at 1:18 am
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    Well my opinion but if he goes to the ohl or something when hes older, maybe the number 1 pick in like 2035 or something

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  • May 12, 2019 at 5:06 am
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    His hands are insane

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  • May 12, 2019 at 7:24 am
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    I wonder what city he is from, It just says Saitama but no city. Saitama Sakae is famous baseball and brass band school

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  • May 14, 2019 at 3:41 am
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    Leme tell ya I'm 12and if he played in my leuge he would get destroyed but he pretty good

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  • May 18, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    It’s good to have a mentor.
    Everyone should find one.

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  • May 19, 2019 at 3:29 pm
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    He might not be big but he doesn’t need to be because he can just skate around them

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  • May 20, 2019 at 1:09 am
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    Malaysia Ice Hockey Federation

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  • May 25, 2019 at 2:58 am
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    There are MILLIONS of kids out there who are/have been just as amazing as this kid, unfortunately performance at this level means absolutely NOTHING in terms of possible play at the professional level. 98% of what matters is how big he is going to grow, if it's not at least 5'10 forget it, more like 6'2 in todays league. It really means absolutely NOTHING (in terms of professional prospects) up until a certain age and a certain play level, which is basically national-level competition at at least the 16 year old/high school level and above.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 5:09 am
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    I’m a 12 year old girl hockey player and I wish i was as good as him 😂

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  • June 11, 2019 at 3:06 am
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    I think it's awesome to see you put in so much work to help someone out to the extent you did. I think this kids skills are amazing for his age, and I think Japan probably lacks the instruction that places like Europe, the US, and Canada has making the talent he acquired thus far that much more amazing. There will always be negative people in life, especially behind a keyboard… but I agree with with every word you said, it's unfortunate people are the way they are, but more times than I can count in my life, people telling me I couldn't do something became my biggest motivation for doing something. And to all the hating keyboard gladiator warriors, if you guys were so great… you'd be playing in the NHL, or at the very least we'd have heard of you guys, bagging on and trying to hold back an 11 year old kid must make you guys feel like such badasses. Coming from someone with 2 kids thanks and please Keep up the positive example, and continue to shed some light in this dark ass world!

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  • June 18, 2019 at 10:31 pm
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    Its treason to divulge secrets of hockey to foreigners!!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 12:21 am
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    Holy wow! Thats awesome. I play hockey as well and we are the same age! I graduate senior highschool in 2023.

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  • June 27, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    Well done a cant belive how good he is

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  • June 28, 2019 at 12:49 am
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    He is really good!

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  • June 28, 2019 at 2:07 pm
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    I wanna see this guy play in the NHL, when he is a bit older.

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  • July 1, 2019 at 11:17 pm
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    i moved to canada when i was 6 and my friends where already good skaters and played hockey (and there was ice on the outdoor basketball court).

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  • July 2, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    These days the more shit you get with the support, the better you are at what you do. Too easy for ignorant racist pigs and other morons to spew shit from behind their keyboards. The kid is brilliant, keep at it!

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  • July 3, 2019 at 6:08 am
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    xtech?

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  • July 4, 2019 at 2:07 am
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    This would make for an amazing anime!

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  • July 6, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    順調に成長してるようだし、NHLいってくれ!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 5:53 am
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    They are really like brothers ♥

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  • July 19, 2019 at 3:26 pm
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    6:40 seriously these people who commented something bad about this kid are going to hell

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  • July 20, 2019 at 5:47 am
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    when is this kid entering the NHL?

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  • July 21, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    I mean size helps but as long as he learns positioning and how to take a hit he could be as physical as Marchand

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  • July 21, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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    I <3
    Japan 🇯🇵

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  • July 24, 2019 at 2:29 am
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    And this kids an A

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  • July 24, 2019 at 4:23 am
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    This guy deserves to play in the NHL

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  • July 25, 2019 at 3:43 am
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    かわいい

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  • July 26, 2019 at 2:22 pm
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    wait until he got tackle and smack by a stick when playing oof

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  • July 28, 2019 at 3:17 am
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    Hopefully he plays for the Nashville Predators! Go Preds!!!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 12:08 pm
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    Just a kid

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:07 pm
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    I am small too but I always win the 50/50 battle’s

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  • August 1, 2019 at 6:28 am
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    That kid is super good. I wish I was that good. He deserves to be the best and if anyone tells him he can't do it then they are horrible. Live well and don't let anything stop him from persuing his dreams.🏒😁👍👍👍👍

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  • August 3, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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    Pavel: it’s not raining
    Also Pavel: Ok so it’s raining

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  • August 5, 2019 at 10:12 am
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    I hope he makes the NHL one day. I'll be waiting for that draft! 頑張れ!

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  • August 5, 2019 at 10:47 am
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    He has god given talent. Good for him, stop all the negativity people.

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  • August 7, 2019 at 5:36 am
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    What an incredible talent, he's certainly got the skills, size and speed will come in time, he's definitely got the goods to excel in the sport

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  • August 8, 2019 at 2:18 am
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    I am a diehard Wings fan and this kid looks like a future Datsyuk with those hands!

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  • August 9, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    Stags legend!

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  • August 9, 2019 at 5:11 pm
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    He’s better then most of the people that thinks he is bad, this is just a video displaying amazing skill

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  • August 11, 2019 at 2:13 am
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    And now he’s in the ushl, let’s go dude!

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  • August 12, 2019 at 2:56 am
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    When he says eating sounded like saying yeeting

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:47 am
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    I LOVE THIS KID

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  • August 13, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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    # next Patrick Kane

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  • August 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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    I played against him in an international tourney and I’m a defenseman and he dusted me 1v1 twice and I was speechless

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  • August 15, 2019 at 11:04 am
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    Can we get and update video on what he’s doing now

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:47 pm
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    2:11 that should NOT be allowed

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:23 pm
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    日本人おる?

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  • August 18, 2019 at 7:25 pm
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    I’ve been playing for almost 20 years now and I could learn from this kid. He’s got serious talent

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  • August 19, 2019 at 12:50 am
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    brewed in canada

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  • August 19, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    Doug Wilson are you watching? This kid needs to be a Shark in a few years!

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  • August 21, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    Keep up the good work don't let those haters drag u down

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  • August 23, 2019 at 10:04 am
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    同じ日本人として誇りに思う。
    頑張れ少年!

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  • August 23, 2019 at 5:11 pm
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    By the time NHL 24-26 He will be on Team Japan (Overall 80-85)

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  • August 23, 2019 at 11:13 pm
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    This kid is amazing and I'll never be that good

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  • August 24, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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    do you think he can make it to the NHL? when i see these kids i really have no idea how they compare to others their age

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  • August 25, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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    This is awesome!! I hope he goes all the way!! 🙂

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  • August 27, 2019 at 2:04 pm
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    Those haters don’t make sense he beat everyone in a Canadian tournament

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  • August 27, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    The nail that sticks out gets hammered

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  • September 1, 2019 at 1:13 am
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    Barber: eating iguchi: yetting

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  • September 2, 2019 at 11:35 am
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    He’s pretty darn good for a Japanese hockey player

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  • September 2, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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    I scout Asian sports…….This is the real prodigy and not that BS youtube basketball kid from Florida. I cant even remember his name. This kid is 100X better than Crosby at the same age!

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