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Larry Kwong was born on 17 June, 1923 in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, is a player. Discover Larry Kwong’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 95 years old?

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Age 95 years old
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Born 17 June 1923
Birthday 17 June
Birthplace Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Date of death (2018-03-15)
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Nationality Canada

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Larry Kwong Height, Weight & Measurements

At 95 years old, Larry Kwong height
is 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) and Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb).

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Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)
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He is currently single. He is not dating anyone. We don’t have much information about He’s past relationship and any previous engaged. According to our Database, He has no children.

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Larry Kwong Net Worth

His net worth has been growing significantly in 2022-2023. So, how much is Larry Kwong worth at the age of 95 years old? Larry Kwong’s income source is mostly from being a successful player. He is from Canada. We have estimated
Larry Kwong’s net worth
, money, salary, income, and assets.

Net Worth in 2023 $1 Million – $5 Million
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Kwong was married to Audrey Craven (1929–1979) in Nottingham in 1964. The couple had one daughter, Kristina (Dean) Heintz. In 1972 Kwong returned to Canada with his family to run Food-Vale Supermarket (Kwong Hing Lung) with his brother, Jack. In 1989 Kwong married Janine Boyer. He was widowed for a second time in 1999. Retired from the grocery business, he lived in Calgary, Alberta. Kwong died March 15, 2018 in Calgary.


July 23, 2016, Honoured Member of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.


2015: King Kwong: Larry Kwong, the China Clipper who Broke the NHL Colour Barrier, a biography by Paula Johanson, was published.


2014: The Shift: The Story of the China Clipper, a documentary by Chester Sit, Wes Miron and Tracy Nagai, had its theatrical premiere in Vernon, BC.


September 19, 2013, Honoured Member of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.


November 23, 2011, Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame in the Athlete category.

2011: Kwong’s story is featured in the documentary film Lost Years: A People’s Struggle for Justice (2011), written, directed and produced by Kenda Gee and Tom Radford.


2010: Okanagan Hockey Group’s inaugural Pioneer Award in 2010


2009: Heritage Award from the Society of North American Historians and Researchers (SONAHR)

2009: Honoured by the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League in a pre-game ceremony

2009: Saluted by the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League at the Saddledome.


1958: 55 goals in 55 games for the Nottingham Panthers at age 35


1952: Second in QSHL league-scoring with 38 goals, only behind Jean Beliveau’s 45 goals


Kwong went on to have a long and successful career in senior leagues in Canada and the United States. Coached by Toe Blake, Kwong was named as an alternate captain of the Valleyfield Braves. In 1951 Kwong won the Vimy Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the QSHL. That year, he led the Valleyfield Braves to the league championship and then to the Alexander Cup, the Canadian major senior title. In the following QSHL season (1951–52), Kwong’s 38 goals were topped only by Jean Béliveau’s 45 tallies. In his nine-year tenure in the Quebec League, competing against future NHL All-Stars such as Béliveau, Jacques Plante, Dickie Moore, Gerry McNeil and Jean-Guy Talbot, Kwong averaged better than a point per game. Béliveau, who later became a Hall of Fame inductee, said: “Larry made his wing men look good because he was a great passer. He was doing what a centre man is supposed to do.”

1951: Byng of Vimy Trophy winner as MVP of the QSHL, leader in assists (51), second in points (85), third in scoring (34)

1951: Alexander Cup winner. This cup is the Canadian national major senior ice hockey championship trophy.


On March 13, 1948, Kwong broke hockey’s colour barrier by making his NHL debut with the New York Rangers as the first non-white player in the NHL. He wore number 11, and played against Maurice Richard and the Montreal Canadiens in the Montreal Forum. This event came less than a year after Jackie Robinson shattered the baseball color line in the US. During this game, Kwong was benched until late in the third period, where he was sent to play the final shift of the game. Spending less than a minute on the ice, he tallied no points in what would be his only big-league game.

1948: Leading scorer on the New York Rovers (86 points in 65 games), the top minor league team for the New York Rangers

1948: Breaking the NHL’s colour barrier by playing for the New York Rangers as the first non-white player in the league.


After World War II, Kwong returned to Trail and won the provincial senior hockey championship with the Smoke Eaters in 1946. In that BC Final series against the New Westminster Royals, Kwong led the Smokies in scoring (tied with Mike Buckna) and scored the Savage Cup-winning goal.

Later in 1946, Lester Patrick scouted Kwong and was impressed, signing him for the New York Rovers, a farm team of the New York Rangers. Kwong scored a goal in his debut for the Rovers against the Boston Olympics in Boston on October 27, 1946. At Madison Square Garden on November 17, 1946, Shavey Lee presented Kwong with the Keys to New York’s Chinatown. Kwong went on to lead the New York Rovers in scoring in 1947–1948 with 86 points in 65 games.

1946: Savage Cup Winner; scored the cup-winning goal


In 1944, Kwong was drafted into the Canadian Army. Instead of being deployed overseas, he was selected to join “Sugar” Jim Henry and Mac Colville on the Red Deer Wheelers of the Central Alberta Garrison Hockey League. The Wheelers defeated the Calgary Combines (starring two-time NHL scoring champion Sweeney Schriner) in the playoff semi-final, before falling to Calgary Currie Army (whose roster included Hart Trophy winners Max Bentley and Tommy Anderson) in the final series.


In 1942, the Chicago Black Hawks invited Kwong to training camp, but “the Canadian government refused to process the documentation needed to leave the country”.

Kwong’s game-worn 1942–43 Nanaimo Clippers sweater hangs in the Hockey Hall of Fame as a part of its exhibit The Changing Face of Hockey – Diversity in Our Game.


Kwong had practiced ice hockey on frozen ponds in Vernon and had not played organized hockey until he joined the Vernon Hydrophones when he was 16 years old. He powered the Vernon Hydrophones to the midget hockey championship of BC in 1939 and then to the provincial juvenile title in 1941. As an 18-year-old, Kwong jumped the junior ranks to play senior hockey after a try-out for the elite semi-professional Trail Smoke Eaters, who had won the 1939 World Ice Hockey Championships. In Trail, players who made the roster got good-paying jobs at a local smelter, but Kwong was denied a job because of his Chinese heritage. Instead, he was sent to a nearby hotel to work as a bellhop.


Lawrence Kwong (born Eng Kai Geong; Chinese: 吳啟光; June 17, 1923 – March 15, 2018) was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who was the first non-white and Asian descent player in the National Hockey League (NHL). He broke the NHL’s colour barrier when he debuted with the New York Rangers in 1948, playing a short shift at the end of the third period. Although denied much playing time in the NHL, Kwong was a top player in senior hockey leagues outside the NHL throughout his entire career and battled the likes of Jean Beliveau for the scoring race in Quebec.

Kwong was born in 1923 in Vernon, British Columbia as the second youngest of 15 children born to his Cantonese-speaking father who had two wives. His father had immigrated from China in 1884 for the gold rush in Cherry Creek, BC, but later failed. His father later started farming and then went into the grocery business in Vernon, British Columbia, calling his store Kwong Hing Lung. Larry’s Chinese surname was Eng, but decided to take the name of his father’s store as the last name in his English name.

Just two weeks after his birth, the government of the Dominion of Canada enacted the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1923 which completely prohibited Chinese immigrants from entering Canada. Kwong faced numerous acts of racial discrimination during his youthful years in Vernon, as he recalled being denied service at a barbershop because of his ethnic background.