Isles make Andong Song the NHL’s first Chinese-born draft pick


When the New York Islanders selected Andong Song in the sixth round (172nd overall), they made history, as Song became the first-ever Chinese-born NHL draft pick.

Here are some interesting little tidbits about the 18-year-old, via the NHL:

Song, a native of Beijing, moved to North America at age nine, but captained the Chinese team at the 2015 U-18 World Jr. Championships (D-II). The Islanders selected Song from Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where he captained the team in his senior season.

The league shared the country-by-country breakdown, also from the league:

Canada 79
United States 55
Sweden 19
Russia 17
Finland 13
Czech Republic 11
Slovakia 5
Switzerland 4
Latvia 3
Belarus 1
China 1
Germany 1
Netherlands 1
Ukraine 1

As the IIHF notes, it wasn’t the only first of this draft, as Daniel Sprong became the first Dutch-born player taken in an entry draft when the Pittsburgh Penguins made him the 46th choice.

Daniel Sprong
Via AP