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Kontinental Hockey League Confirms Chinese Club Kunlun Red Star Will Join League

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 06 / 27 / 16

The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League has "confirmed that it will add a Chinese club next season as it competes against the NHL in Asian markets," according to the AP. Kunlun Red Star has been approved by the KHL board "to join the league and now faces a rush to get ready for the start of play ...

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