A News Note
Just about back up to blogging speed here (I was off on a family visit this past week), and there will be full news notes up on the weekend. However, to tide you over… a news note! Although Red Star Kunlun Beijing, the KHL’s first Chinese team, has not yet been fully and completely and officially approved for next season, development of the club is continuing apace. The picture above turned up on twitter earlier this week, via a reputable source, and may be the Red Star Kunlun’s logo (h/t to vorky).
Read on for a bit more about Red Star Kunlun’s preparations.
The Chinese club’s front office is coming together as well; former longtime Traktor Chelyabinsk player Vladimir Krechin, whom Windsor Spitfires fans may recall from his three seasons with the OHL club in the mid-1990s, has resigned from the General Manager’s post at Krylya Sovetov Moscow of the junior MHL. It is expected that he will take up the same position at Red Star Kunlun.
And rumour emerged today that the Chinese team’s first coach will be Vladimir Yurzinov, Jr. Yurzinov was most recently seen in the KHL as Head Coach of Salavat Yulaev Ufa from 2013 to 2015. He is the son of Vladimir Yurzinov, Sr., the famous coach of Dynamo Moscow and Dinamo Riga in the 1970s and ’80s (the elder Yurzinov also served as an assistant to Viktor Tikhonov with the Soviet national team).
No word yet on what sorts of players may be arriving in Beijing, should all go well and the team get its final approval to join the KHL. However, Krechin dropped a tantalizing hint this week about what the lineup may look like:
Vladimir Krechin: Red Star Kunlun roster will consist of two Russian lines, a line of players from other countries, and two Chinese lines.
— KHL News – English (@KHLNewsEN) June 8, 2016
We may very well hear some specific names soon, or at least serious rumours. KHL training camps open in a little more than three weeks, and — official approval or not — Red Star Kunlun will want to have at least some idea of who will be on their debut roster.
As mentioned, full news notes coming this weekend with updates on player movement, etc.!