When Zhongde Yu left China, he was an energized student pursuing a Masters degree in Canada. When he returned, he was an energized hockey coach in a country still discovering the sport.
Born in China, Zhongde Yu first strapped on skates when he moved to Montreal in 1996 to pursue a computer science degree at Concordia University. He quickly became captivated by this new, action-packed game that inundated Canadian culture.
"That was a special moment, when I witnessed the hockey fans gathered outside the Forum for the last game played there," Yu told NHL.com. "And when I heard that the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup. Those are my first impressions of ice hockey in Canada."
While pursuing his studies and improving his English, Yu also began playing hockey, learning the game from friends and neighbors in Montreal.