Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CWHL Announces Expansion into China with New Team, the Kunlun Red Star

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CWHL Announces Expansion into China with New Team, the Kunlun Red Star

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CWHL announces expansion into China

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TORONTO - The Canadian Women's Hockey League is expanding into China.

The league announced the expansion Monday night at a press conference at the Hockey Hall of Fame. The new team, the CWHL's sixth, will be based in Shenzhen and will be known as the Kunlun Red Star.

"This is a historic moment in time for women's hockey to grow on a global stage, creating a template for many winter sports to follow heading into the 2022 Olympics to be held in China," said commissioner Brenda Andress. "This is not just about hockey it is about the opportunity for the growth of women in all sports and creating career opportunities."

The Kunlun Red Star will join the Toronto Furies, Boston Blades, Brampton Thunder, Calgary Inferno and Montreal Canadiennes.

With the addition of KRS, the league will see the 2017-2018 schedule increase from 24 to 30 regular season games with each CWHL team travelling to China to play a three-game series. …

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