Rau to represent Red Star in All-Star extravaganza
Source: Club Press-Office
Kunlun’s leading scorer, Chad Rau, has been called up to represent the Chernyshev Division in next month’s All-Star Game in Ufa. The event crowns a week-long extravaganza of top-class hockey, taking in the top players of Russia’s youth, women’s and even sledge hockey competitions. And, in a change from previous years, the old ‘East vs West’ battle of the conferences will be replaced with a four-team finale pitting the four KHL divisions against one another on Jan 22.
The tournament will be played in a 4-on-4 format, maximizing the opportunities for the league’s most creative players to show their skills. The day will feature two semi-finals and a final. For Rau, it’s a return to a happy hunting ground: the 29-year-old played at the Ufa Arena on December 8, scoring in regulation as Red Star won in overtime.
Overtime could be a factor in the All-Star contest as well, with the teams playing an added period of 3-on-3 hockey. Again, Rau has previous in this format after scoring the first ever KHL game-winner in 3-on-3 overtime. That came shortly after the trip to Ufa and gave us a victory at home to Avtomobilist as we welcomed hockey back to Beijing after our sojourn in Shanghai.
Those two represent just a small part of his 16 goals and 12 assists this season, with seven of his 12 markers have come on the power play or when short-handed. Given his obvious prowess playing in different formats, Rau’s selection was an obvious choice for the All-Star organizers. We congratulate our prolific forward as he goes to represent our club at this gala event in our first season of competition.
Rau’s team-mates in Ufa will be as follows:
Goalie, Igor Bobkov (Admiral);
Defensemen, Zakhar Arzamaststev (Salavat Yulaev), Evgeny Medvedev (Avangard) and Jan Kolar (Amur);
Forwards, Linus Omark, Kirill Kaprizov (both Salavat Yulaev), Nigel Dawes (Barys), Maxim Shalunov (Sibir) and Vladimir Sobotka (Avangard).
The roster will be swelled with another young player, selected from the most impressive performers in the Youth Hockey League’s All-Star Game on Jan. 15.