Red Star Kunlun is set to become the first Chinese team in a major professional league when they begin play in the KHL next season, but little is known about the club.
The roster, coaching staff and even the import rules are seemingly still in the stage of being worked out, and the same can be said for what the team will look like, aesthetically, when they take the ice. Though it may be one of the least important aspects of, you know, actually running a successful team, Red Star is starting to cut it close with the KHL campaign slated to begin in roughly two and a half months.
According to a leaked logo, though, Kunlun may have their logo and team colors in place, and if the reported emblem does happen to be the franchise’s actual mark, it could stand as one of the league’s best.
R-Sport.ru’s Simon Galkevich was the first to post the logo, saying he believed it to be the first image of the mark that has been shared. The emblem features a red star — go figure — with the team’s word mark laid over top. Coming out from behind the word mark, however, is a gold Chinese dragon with fire-red eyes and a forked tongue. Some may find the gold gradients used in the logo cheesy, but overall, the look works.
As mentioned, though, the players who will actually wear the logo are yet to be determined.
There were reports during the late stages of the KHL season that Ilya Kovalchuk, who was embroiled in a dispute with SKA St. Petersburg following playoff benchings, could be traded to China as the face of the new franchise, but that hasn’t come to pass.
Russian outlet Championat reported the primary makeup of the Chinese team will be Russian and Chinese players with some Europeans and potentially a couple of North American players mixed in, but nothing has been finalized. Championat reported Vladimir Krechin could soon be named the GM of Red Star, but that has not been made official.
Former NHL and KHL coach Mike Keenan was at one time considered a potential candidate for the coaching position in China, but reports from Championat have former Salavat Yulaev Ufa bench boss Vladimir Jurzinov, Jr., heading to Red Star to take on coaching duties. Jurzinov had been the coach of Ufa for the past two seasons, and has spent the past five seasons coaching in the KHL.