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If anyone of Malaysian descent has ever played in the NHL Jonathan Ang is not aware of him.

Malaysia does have a national ice hockey team that competes against other nations in Southeast Asia but it's certainly not a country one thinks of when speaking of ice hockey. Field hockey is a different story as it's a Top 15 nation in the world.

It's from this background Ang's parents Michael and Mary Ann were born before emigrating to Canada as children. Mary Ann's family originally settled in Lindsay. Michael was educated in England and the couple made Markham their home where Jonathan has lived his entire life.

While his parents speak Malaysian and they do eat food from their cultural background, Jonathan doesn't speak the language, has never been to Malaysia and admits he doesn't know a lot about the country. His upbringing is pretty typically Canadian, he said.

The youngest of four children, his siblings are 10 to 13 years older than him, Jonathan said his father put him in skates at age two.

"My dad just stuck me on the ice and said, 'Here, go skate,' I can't say I remember that particular moment but he put me on the ice really young and put me in house league really young, too," said Ang, whose brother Jordan, 31, also played rep hockey up until minor midget and his sister Jessica, 28, also played. Michelle, 30, never played.

Ang also played lacrosse up until minor midget for the Markham Thunder. He enjoyed the sport but hockey is his passion.

"There is something about hockey I just love," Ang said. "I love coming to the rink and being on the ice. When I was young I wasn't that bad at hockey, I'd like to think I was good, and that's the main reason I kept going."

His earliest memory of Peterborough was winning a minor hockey tournament, he believes at the AE level, in novice.

He was always among the best players on his team growing up and the Petes made Ang their first pick, ninth overall in the 2014 OHL draft. He had 10 goals and 20 points as a rookie and in his second season is closing in on doubling his points production this year with 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in 51 games. He's improved from a -20 rating last year to -3.

He's ranked 137th among North American prospects by NHL Central Scouting for the June NHL draft. He's rated 66th in the world by TSN analyst and former NHL GM Craig Button.

"Ask anybody and they'll say they want to get better and that's my main goal," Ang said, of his sophomore season.

Petes coach Jody Hull is pleased with Ang's progression.

"He's probably right where he should be," Hull said. "He's getting lots of opportunities and opportunities to score goals and they're just not going in the net for him. He's got 14 goals and could easily have 25 to 30. He's a guy who is playing in every situation for us - five-on-five, power play, penalty kill, four-on-four, overtime, shootouts. It's just a matter of time before he really takes off as a player."


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