In honor of Lunar New Year is a patch upgrade of one of my favorite cards featuring Rudi Ying @98ying -
1. Rudi is a Chinese sniping center from Beijing. His father is a famous Chinese movie director, Ying Da. Like many of today’s Chinese kids, he learned to play hockey at an ice rink located in a Chinese mall.
2. At age 9, he moved to the U.S. to further his hockey career and play at elite minor and junior hockey levels in Boston (@boston_junior_bruins AAA), New Hampshire (@phillipsexeter), Connecticut (Connecticut Nighthawks), Massachusetts (@vjwjuniors), and Toronto (@torontopatriotsjra).
3. He also represented China internationally at four @iihfhockey D2B/D3 World Junior Championships, where he consistently led the team in scoring each tournament, served as the captain for three years, and won a Silver in 2017-18. At the same time, Rudi played in the D2A/B World Championships for three tourneys, and he won a Gold in 2016-17.
4. For 2016-17, Rudi signed with the @krschina organization and became the first Chinese born player to play in the @khl. Rudi has played 3 seasons in the KHL and notched 2 points in 47 games. He is also one of the several Red Star studs representing China in this month’s @olympics.
5. As a fan favorite of the Red Star, Rudi lives a high flying and exciting life, and he is an accomplished musician. Go follow him @98ying !