Meet Raymond Sawada Parents, Regina Sawada & Jack Sawada

Meet Raymond Sawada Parents

Raymond Sawada parents, Regina Sawada and Jack Sawada, welcomed their talented son to the land of Canada.

Raymond Masao Sawada was born on February 19, 1985 and was a Canadian ice hockey player who played as a winger at the professional level.

The Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League picked him in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, where he played 11 games with them from 2008 to 2011.

Sawada primarily played in the American Hockey League but also had stints in the ECHL, SM-Liiga, Elite Ice Hockey League, and Asia League Ice Hockey.

Raymond Sawada in action playing Ice Hockey
Raymond Sawada in action playing Ice Hockey

The former NHL player had Italian and Japanese ancestry.

He pursued a career as a firefighter for Burnaby, British Columbia after taking retirement from hockey in 2016.

Raymond Sawada wife and children reside in Richmond with him.

However, Raymond Sawada parents lead private lives and therefore details such as their date of birth, age, height, weight, and occupation are currently unknown.

Raymond Sawada cause of death

Sawada, a former NHL player, passed away at the age of 38 after a heart attack on Monday, April 10, 2023. This news was shared by his family through a fundraiser on GoFundMe.

According to various reports, Sawada, a Canadian winger who played for the Dallas Stars during the 2008-09 season, suffered a medical emergency while playing a recreational hockey game for the Richmond Cowboys.

Brianne Sameshima, the organizer of the fundraiser, announced with great sorrow and grief that Raymond Sawada had passed away.

As per Doug Patterson, the chairman of the Richmond Sockeyes, Sawada was celebrating his daughter’s birthday before he got ready to play the match. The match was played outside of Vancouver in his hometown.

However, the media has not heard anything from Raymond Sawada parents after his death.

Raymond Sawada professional career: A journey through the AHL and ECHL

He started playing minor ice hockey with the Richmond Sockeyes of the Pacific International Junior Hockey League and even won a championship with the team in 2003.

He later joined the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League and scored 52 points in 54 games during the 2003-04 season.

Sawada was picked by the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League in the second phase, 52nd overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

After that, he played for the Cornell Big Red men’s ice hockey team for four years and was even co-captain during his final season.

During his time at Cornell, Sawada played 137 games, scored 31 goals, and accumulated 76 points. On March 28, 2008, Sawada signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Stars.

Raymond Sawada Parents were the proudest parents when their son played his first NHL game on February 19, 2009, which happened to be his 24th birthday. During the game, Sawada scored a goal, contributing to Dallas’s 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

From 2008 to 2011, Sawada played 11 games in the NHL, scoring only one goal. He also performed in 287 games in the American Hockey League for the St. John’s IceCaps., Manitoba Moose, and Iowa Stars.

At the start of the 2013-14 professional ice hockey season, Sawada played for the Colorado Eagles in the ECHL while waiting for another opportunity to play in the NHL.

However, when that opportunity did not arise, Sawada left the Eagles after scoring 15 points in 18 games to join Tappara in SM-Liiga. During his time with Tappara, Sawada scored three goals and eight points in 29 regular season games.

After succeeding in a silver medal with Tappara, Sawada signed a 1-year agreement with the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League for the 2014 to 2015 season.

He played his farewell season of professional ice hockey with the Oji Eagles of Asia League Ice Hockey from 2015 to 2016, where he scored 34 points and 13 goals in 33 games.

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