Digit Murphy has been named the chief coach of the first professional women’s ice hockey team in China, Kunlun Red Star, it was announced in a release.
Murphy will also serve as a board member for the club, whose men’s side joined the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) ahead of the 2016–17 season.
Other board members for the club’s first year in existence include former NHL player Phil Esposito and former NHL coach Mike Keenan, among others, who will recruit ice hockey talent worldwide as part of their responsibilities for KRS. These recruitments will attempt to develop Chinese hockey, for both men and women, ahead of the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Murphy, who is also the founder of the United Women’s Lacrosse League, formerly coached the U.S. women’s national ice hockey team.
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She will also be responsible for building the national youth women’s ice hockey team going forward.