Chinese KHL Club Signs First Local Player

After announcing the signing of Zach Yuen on July 20, HC Red Star Kunlun today announced that they have signed their first Chinese-born and trained player, Rudi Ying.

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.

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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