Six coaches and staff members of the women’s ice hockey national team are from Shenzhen

2022-05-29 0 By

A total of 6 coaches and staff members of Shenzhen Kunlun Red Star Hockey Club have been named to the Chinese women’s ice hockey team’s squad for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.Brian Idalski, head coach of Shenzhen Kunlun Hongxing Vanke Sunshine Team, is the head coach of The Chinese women’s hockey National team.Idalski is an American who started his coaching career in 1999 and became the head coach of the University of North Dakota women’s hockey team in 2007, a position he held until 2017.The University of North Dakota women’s ice hockey team is one of the highest division teams in the NCAA. During Idalski’s tenure, the team has produced 10 Winter Olympians, 20 members of the U18 national team, and 26 members of the National team (including the United States, Canada, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, etc.).One of the things that has been said about Idalski throughout his coaching career is that he is “very good at bringing people together.”The University of North Dakota said of Idalski: “He has a lot of experience in building teams and bringing people together. His professionalism is unquestionable.From the locker room to the arena, he’s a great driver of the team and takes control of the game.”Idalski joined Shenzhen Kunlun Red Star Ice Hockey Club in 2019 and led the team to win the championship of the 2019-20 Russian Women’s Hockey League, the first championship trophy for a Chinese team in an international professional hockey event.The 2020-2021 season won the Russian Women’s Ice Hockey League regular season championship and reached the finals.In the 2021-2022 season, Shenzhen Vanke Sunshine, which leads the Chinese women’s hockey national team, ranked fourth in the Russian Women’s Hockey League.In addition to head coach Brian Idalski, Shenzhen Kunlun Red Star Hockey Club coaches Max Markowitz, Sun Rui, Otto Mirinen, Mason Baptista, and hailey Rock have also made the list of coaches and staff:Max Markowitz, an American, is the assistant coach of the Chinese Women’s hockey National team. He joined Shenzhen Kunlun Red Star Hockey Club in 2019 and helped head coach Brian Idalski win the Russian Women’s Hockey League championship in the 2019-20 season.Oto Milinen, a Native of Finland, is the goalie coach of the Chinese women’s national hockey team. She joined Shenzhen Kunlun Red Star Hockey Club in 2020.Mason Baptista, a Canadian, is the technical coach of the Chinese women’s hockey national team. She joined Shenzhen Kunlun Red Star Hockey Club in 2021.Hailey Locke, an American, is the rehabilitation coach of the Chinese Women’s ice hockey National team. She joined Shenzhen Kunlun Red Star Ice Hockey Club in 2019 and is responsible for physical therapy and rehabilitation of players.It is worth mentioning that many coaches and staff once lived in Longgang, Shenzhen, and said they missed the audience atmosphere at the universiade Center. They also rode bicycles around Longgang and looked for local snacks, hoping to return home as soon as possible after the epidemic was over.Sun Rui is also a member of Brian Idalski’s coaching team.Sun Rui is the former captain of China Women’s ice hockey National Team. After retirement, she joined Shenzhen Kunlun Red Star Ice Hockey Club in 2017. As the assistant coach of the team, she not only learns from the foreign teachers, but also helps the players to grow up.From joining the national team in 1998 to retiring in 2013, Sun experienced ups and downs in the Chinese national team. She participated in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.However, China lost to Switzerland at the last minute in the qualification round of the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics and missed out on the Olympic ticket.Sun and his teammates again qualified for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.In 2022, Sun Rui will compete in the Olympic Winter Games for the third time in Beijing. Although her identity has changed from an athlete to a coach, her love for ice hockey has never changed.Read: Sun Shijian