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Duffer’s Dabbles: Former Red Wings D Sproul Playing For China?



Ryan Sproul, ex-Detroit Red Wings
Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ryan Sproul may suit up for China at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

Another player with ties to the Detroit Red Wings could be skating in the Beijing Olympic Games men’s hockey tournament. And the country he’ll be playing for is certainly surprising.

Defenseman Ryan Sproul has spent the past three seasons playing for Kunlun Red Star. That’s the Chinese team in the KHL serving as the basis for the Chinese national team. Establishing Chinese residency may be enabling him to qualify to play for the host nation in Beijing.

That’s if China ends up playing at all. The IIHF is expressing concern about China being so overmatched facing NHL players.¬†There’s real worry about there being some very embarassing scores put up during the Olympic tournament. They are hinting to the Chinese that it might be the honorable thing to bow out of the toruney.

Will Kunlun Red Star’s North American players will be eligible to play for China? The IIHF hasn’t made this clear. Jake Chelios, another former Red Wings player, is also playing for Kunlun Red Star. He’s the son of Red Wings legend Chris Chelios. The Olympic schedule has the Chinese playing in the same division as Canada, the USA and Moritz Seider’s Germany.

Sproul ended up playing 28 games for the Red Wings between 2013-17.

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