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Fukufuji likely to land on Kings' farm team

Updated: August 18, 2005, 2:18 PM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Yutaka Fukufuji is ready to ride the buses in hockey's backwaters a few more years if that's what it takes to make the NHL.

The Japanese goaltender signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings this month and will attend a rookie camp next month. If he doesn't stay with the Kings, he most likely will be assigned to their AHL farm team, the Manchester Monarchs.

"My goal is to play in the NHL," Fukufuji said at a news conference Thursday. "I know it will be tough, ...

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