— Rudi Ying (@rudiying98) August 16, 2016
According to Ying’s tweet, the deal appears to be a two-year contract. A native of Beijing, China, Ying spent three seasons in North America, playing in different minor junior leagues. This summer, he was invited to HC Red Star Kunlun, the new KHL franchise based in China. Recently, the team has made the news for being victim of some on-ice heat. The team will play their home games at the LeSports Center of Beijing, but recently it was rumored that they may start the season in Shanghai because of some works to be done at the Beijing arena.
Ying has also posted this picture on Instagram, signing the contract with the team’s general manager, Vladimir Krechin.
Incredibly honored and humbled to be the first Chinese player to sign with a team in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Looking forward to being part of the @kunlun.redstar organization. I am infinitely indebted to all those who helped me get to where I am today. #historyinthemaking #kunlunredstar
Una foto pubblicata da Rudi Ying (@98ying) in data:
HC Red Star Kunlun is currently busy with the Lada Cup preseason tournament in Togliatti, Russia. Their first KHL regular season game will be held on Sept. 1 in Khabarovsk against Amur, while their first home game is scheduled four days later, on Sept. 5 against Admiral Vladivostok.
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