Date Of Birth 26/09/1996
Hometown Nishitokyo, Japan
Sato, arrives in Belfast from Finnish side KeuPa HT and has previously played for teams in the United States, Canada, and Scandinavia, including Harrington College, CIHA Voyageurs, North Iowa Bulls, Scranton Knights, Northeast General, Bentley University, JoKP, and the University of New Hampshire – the team for which Sato played for during the 2019 Friendship Four in Belfast.
Renowned for his speed, Sato became the first player from Japan to play in a National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division 1 game in his first year with the University of New Hampshire, during the 2017/18 season. Between 2017 and 2022, Sato played a total of 135 NCAA Division 1 games, picking up the University of New Hampshire’s ‘Most Improved Player’ award in the 2019/20 season.
Sato has represented Japan – both at U20 and senior level – on more than 20 occasions, including at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Estonia and in the pre-Olympic qualification round three tournament in Jesenice, Slovenia.
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