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Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays
300px-HC Kunlun Red Star logo
City: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
League: Canadian Women's Hockey League
Founded: 2017
Home Arena: Shenzhen Dayun Arena
Colors: Red, White
         
Owner(s): Kunlun Red Star
Head Coach: Digit Murphy

Kunlun Red Star WIH (simplified Chinese: 深圳昆仑鸿星 or 昆仑鸿星; traditional Chinese: 深圳崑崙鴻星 or 崑崙鴻星; pinyin: Shēnzhèn Kūnlún Hóngxīng or Kūnlún Hóngxīng; Cantonese Yale: Sāmzan Kwānlèuhn Hùhngsīng or Kwānlèuhn Hùhngsīng) is a women's hockey team based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. It is a member of the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL). The team is operated by the Kunlun Red Star of the KHL and began operation in 2017.

The Red Star play at Shenzhen Dayun Arena in Shenzhen.

HistoryEdit

The team was established on June 5, 2017 in an effort to improve the China women's national ice hockey team.[1] The team signed two players prior to the official announcement of the team in Noora Raty and American forward Kelli Stack.[2] Red Star announced Digit Murphy, formerly of the Boston Blades as head coach.[3] The team has also signed Rob Morgan from Yale as Associate Head Coach.[4]

With their first round pick in the 2017 CWHL Draft, the Red Star selected Noora Räty.[5] The club proceeded to select Alexandra Carpenter in the second round,[6] while the third round saw the franchise select from NWHL All-Star Shiann Darkangelo.

Teams playing Red Star will play 3 game series in an effort to combat travel costs.

Prior to the 2018–19 season, the CWHL shut down the other Chinese team, the Vanke Rays. On August 3, 2018, Kunlun Red Star changed its name to Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays. Rob Morgan, who served as the head coach of the Vanke Rays during its only season was named as the general manager for the consolidated club. The Kunlun Red Star brand was continued to be used by a separate hockey team for the Chinese national players as part of the national team's development in preparation for the 2022 Olympics.[7]

Year by YearEdit

Year GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts Place Playoffs
2017-18 28 21 6 1 - 96 52 43 2nd CWHL W, SF 2-1 (Calgary Inferno)
Lost Final 2-1 (ot) (Markham Thunder
)
2018-19 28 13 13 2 0 79 68 28 5th CWHL Did not qualify

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