Barrington’s Tyler Inamoto trying to be trailblazer for Japanese hockey players – Chicago Tribune

A hockey stick doesn’t resemble a samurai sword, but when Tyler Inamoto takes his primary weapon in his hands, he tries to channel the same principles on the ice that samurai had centuries ago.

Inamoto, who lives in Barrington, tries to live his life by the Japanese code of Bushido, which dates to the beginning of the 17th century. Its virtues include integrity, courage, respect, honor, duty, loyalty, honesty and compassion.

“I do see a lot of overlap (with hockey),” Inamoto said of the code. “In duty and loyalty, you have to be committed to the team and always support each other. And courage, you have to have courage to put your body on the line every night and do whatever it takes to win.

“Then respect, hockey is a game of respect. You have to respect all your opponents. If you don’t, it can end up pretty bad for you.”


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