Born to a Nigerian father from Edo state, Okposo dropped out of the University of Minnesota in the mid semester to pursue a professional career in Ice Hockey
Kyle Okposo is a right winger for National Hockey League side, New York Islanders.
Born to a Nigerian father from Edo state who migrated to the US as a teenager and an American mother on April 16, 1988, Okposo dropped out of the University of Minnesota in the mid semester to pursue a professional career in Ice Hockey after he had achieved success with the United States national junior team in the 2001 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.
His decision to leave school was not very well received, with the University’s coach stating that: "We have had numerous players sign and play in the NHL, but just as important many more move on to have successful careers after graduating from the University of Minnesota. We have always and will continue to work to ensure our players reach their potential on the ice and in the classroom," stressing why it is important to earn a degree.
Okposo however, went ahead to sign an-entry level contract in 2008 and made his NHL debut in March 2008 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 18 but scored his first career goal three days later in a match with the New Jersey Devils.
He signed a five years, $14 million contract with the Islanders on May 25, 2011 and will remain until 2016.
A PH.D holder, he married wife Danielle on July 28, 2012 and they have a one year-old child together.
He was New York Islanders’ four-goals hero in the NHL on Friday in the win over Pittsburgh Penguins.