Kason Furukawa

Nickname: Furks 44
Lethbridge, AB
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Career Goals:
Hockey Goals:
Win Cyclone Cup

“It all starts in practice. I’ve never practised so hard in my entire life. Our practices are great, everyone loves to be here and it’s that bond we form working hard at practice that makes us successful in games.”

                                                                                                                  Kason Furukawa

Kason Furukawa (“Kay-son Fur-ah-cow-ah”) is from Lethbridge Alberta. That’s right, another one like Aaron de Kok and Zach Trempner. Kason played on the same Hurricanes Midget AA team as Aaron two seasons ago. He was the Captain that year and named top defenceman. In 31 regular season games he put up 32 points.

Being from Lethbridge, he’s previously worked with Head Coach Cam Basarab, “I’ve known him for awhile. He coached me my last year of Midget. We had a pretty good relationship, he was the goalie coach but also worked with the D.”

Last season Kason headed to the KIJHL for his first season of Junior hockey. He scored his first goal on December 2 and added a pair of assists the same night. In his rookie campaign he picked up 13 points.

The 5’8” 170 pound right hander got off to a great start this year accounting for 9 points in 10 games with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats before being traded to Campbell River at the beginning of November.

Kayson has noticed some differences in the play between the KI and VI, “I feel there’s less physicality in the VI but a lot more speed and skilled players. There’s also more systems in this league.” He’s also noticed a big difference in the travel, “It’s a grind (in the KIJHL). It’s one thing to come off a 2 hour bus ride and play a hockey game but when you’re driving 4 or 5 hours every time you’re away, it definitely wears on you and I’ve noticed a lot of starts are slower for some teams.” 

When you watch Kayson play, you’re struck by his skill. “I’m a defenceman obviously but I’m pretty offensive-minded. I like to run power play and if you look up my numbers, I put up pretty decent points.” His first Storm goal was a snipe from the circle against Oceanside on November 3 (he was a Game Star).

His long term goals haven’t been finalized yet, “I’m trying to decide between playing next year or going to school. I have a lot of schooling ahead, I want to be a surgeon. Playing here though makes that a tougher decision, it would be hard not to come back for another year.”

“The amount of fan support we get here is really incredible. The cheering we get when we hit the ice, when we score is amazing. It’s insane here!”

Kayson Furukawa is a player that wanted to be wearing the C-R on his jersey. “I requested the trade from Creston Valley. I want to win a Cyclone Taylor and I believe this is the team that’s going to do it.”