New Chinese Teams to Enter the VHL

Following last season’s successful addition of HC Kunlun Red Star into the KHL, China is set to have 2 new teams enter the second highest level of Russian hockey, the VHL (Supreme Hockey League) for the 2017-18 season. This is good news for Chinese Hockey fans, as it fills the void left by the now defunct China Dragon team of the Asian League.

The two teams set to be founded are: Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang and  Qien Tou.

Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang will be based in the northern city of Harbin. Their squad will consist of many of the former China Dragon players as well as a lot of imports.

Qien Tou, will be based in Jilin City in Northeast China. Unfortunatrely not many other details have been released in English yet.

A third team based in Xinjiang is also expected to be set up by the end of the year, but no details have been released as of yet.

Kunlun Red Star will also send a junior team to compete at the highest level of Russian junior hockey, the MHL. The team is currently (July 2017) participating in a training camp in Jurmala, Latvia.

IIHF – Asia League without China

The RIHF and HC Kunlun Heilongjiang have signed an agreement for VHL participation