Ants, memories and winning fans in Finland – the season in quotes

Source: Club Press-Office

13.03.2017

Most of the talking gets done on the ice, but sometimes it’s good to put a few things on the record. Here’s a rundown of some of the liveliest interviews and features from Kunlun’s debut season.

“I’ve scored some pretty memorable goals, playoff goals, overtime goals, but nothing that compares to getting the first goal for a franchise that could be around for a long time.” Sean Collins tells Kunlun’s media team why one moment in Khabarovsk will stay with him forever. Full interview here.

“The reporters are all after something exotic, or some kind of exclusive. Do they eat ants? Do they use chopsticks? They are as adept as we are with a knife and fork, thank you, but so what if they did eat with chopsticks? What the blazes does that have to do with anything?” Head coach Vladimir Yurzinov wonders why some people are obsessed with the mysteries of the Orient as he prepares for the season. Full article here.

“It’s interesting, suddenly there’s a lot of Finnish guys playing hockey in China. It’s not all that common a thing, and I think people back home are really watching out for us. I think after Jokerit we are the KHL team that people in Finland like to follow.” Goalie Tomi Karhunen reflects on our team’s international appeal in a feature for the International Ice Hockey Federation. Full article here.

“It's great that Chinese guys have the opportunity to play in the KHL. But the main task is to carve out a path for more Chinese players to come to the League in the future. Over the next few years we will see many more players from China, and they will score a lot more points. This should inspire more Chinese hockey players to become professionals.” Zach Yuen looks forward to some competition for his status as China’s all-time leading KHL scorer in an interview with KHL.ru. Full article translated here.

“I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to live somewhere like this and play hockey, so I feel very fortunate to have that chance here.” Chad Rau reflects on a journey from Minnesota to Beijing, via Finland. Full interview here.

“Kunlun’s success goes to prove once again that money isn’t all that important.” Alexander Medvedev, one of the KHL’s directors, tells Sport Express that our team spirit is something money can’t buy. Full article translated here.