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Team China Will Play In The Olympic Hockey Tournament

via Sportsnet,

The International Ice Hockey Federation confirmed that China will be granted a host exemption for the men's hockey tournament at the upcoming Beijing Winter Games.

The status of the Chinese men's team was up in the air in recent weeks due to questions about the team's eligibility and competitiveness.

The team is made up mostly of players on the KHL's Kunlun Red Star -- including several North American-born players. Kunlun competed in two test games against KHL opponents in mid-November with IIHF officials closely monitoring to determine if the team would be competitive against NHL competition in the Olympics.

The 12-team men's hockey tournament features three groups of four teams. China is in Group A with Canada, the United States and Germany -- the reigning silver medalists.

I expect the lights will start flickering in the arena when the score is 1-0, they may go out at 15-0.

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TreKronor's avatar

The team is made up mostly of players on the KHL’s Kunlun Red Star -

It is only hockey but it’s slightly terrifying to see these superpowers working together. Regardless, it’s a complete sham for the China hockey team to be mostly made up of players outside of China. But I’m not surprised.

I’m also surprised they drew the group they did. Surprised the ihf or whatever committee didn’t put them in a softer group. They have zero chance of ever carrying a lead against Canada, Germany, or the US.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/07/21 at 07:35 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I expect the lights will start flickering in the arena when the score is 1-0, they may go out at 15-0.


Yup.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/07/21 at 07:38 PM ET

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it’s slightly terrifying to see these superpowers working together

Posted by TreKronor on 12/07/21 at 07:35 PM ET

Kunlun Red Star is based in Beijing & has been playing in the KHL since 2016

Posted by EthrDemon on 12/08/21 at 02:33 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Interesting, I did not know that. Thanks ethr

Posted by TreKronor on 12/08/21 at 03:38 PM ET

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