Condors, Fukufuji Agree To Terms

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors announced that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji.

Selected in the eighth round (238th overall) by Los Angeles in the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Fukufuji became the first Japanese player to play in an NHL game on Jan. 13 when he made his debut with the Los Angeles Kings, stopping four of five shots after entering the game in the third period in relief of former Reading goaltender Barry Brust. In four games with the Kings, he was 0-3-0 with a goals-against average of 4.37 and a save percentage of .837.

Fukufuji, who will turn 25 on Monday, also played in the ECHL in 2006-07 and was 13-10-0 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 2.96 and a save percentage of .905 in 28 games for Reading while also playing in the American Hockey League where he was 3-1-0 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 0.92 and a save percentage of .965 in five games for Manchester.

Team Press Release