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06-06-2017, 06:34 PM
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CWHL adding team in Beijing

Canadian Women’s Hockey League to Add a Team From China

Kunlun Red Star is starting a women's team this year. Other reports suggest teams will play in 3-game blocks in China, and that they've already signed a couple players, including Finnish goalie Noora Raty.

While this is mainly being done to help develop the Chinese women's team for the 2022 Olympics, its worth noting that on the women's side the Chinese are not terrible, and actually played at the 1998 Olympics. It will also be interesting to see its impact in regards to the CWHL, which as the article notes doesn't pay players, though some Chinese investment may change that now.

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Wow, should be interesting

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Noora Raty? No kidding.

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That's pretty neat.

I bet a lot of bigger leagues are paying attention. If they can make it work at this small scale, then the future for worldwide expansion becomes a whole lot more interesting.

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Wow, that's not the league one expects to be on the forefront of overseas jumps. Nonetheless, hope it works out for them. I'll be interested to see how travel is handled for a smaller league like that.

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So a fledgling league is going to expand to unproven market ,, why?

Shouldn't woman's hockey establish itself in Canada/US before trying to do anything like this?

Seems like waste of resource/$$ that could be used to support current league to me

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The CWHL is basically a high level amateur league, kind of the equivalent of Senior AAA in Canada (Allan Cup). They just aim to cover travel costs and equipment. They aren't reaching like the NWHL to provide salaries so the players don't need day jobs. The idea is just to provide a high level year-round league for women once they leave university.

Kind of neat in this case, no doubt all travel to and from China for all teams is covered by the Chinese government, that's the kind of money they want to put into their elite women's program so they can put in a respectable showing in 2022. A lot of extra travel will be involved for the North American women but I guess it's a sacrifice they're willing to make to add this international angle which will bring prestige to the league.

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So a fledgling league is going to expand to unproven market ,, why?

Shouldn't woman's hockey establish itself in Canada/US before trying to do anything like this?

Seems like waste of resource/$$ that could be used to support current league to me
China wants to develop its women's hockey programme in preparation for the Winter Olympics so they need high level coaches and competition, money isn't their problem. The CWHL can provide the competition and has relationships with players and coaches, they also want to grow and want to be in a position to pay their players at some point, but they are short of money. I assume that's what's driving this. It seems to line up pretty well.

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So a fledgling league is going to expand to unproven market ,, why?

Shouldn't woman's hockey establish itself in Canada/US before trying to do anything like this?

Seems like waste of resource/$$ that could be used to support current league to me
This expansion is definitely self-sustaining or it would never happen.

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