By Maura Sun
SHENZHEN (July 13, 2018) – Former Princeton University Tiger goaltender Kimberly Newell will join Kunlun Red Star this coming fall being formally announced as a 2018 CWHL Draft pre-signing on July 10, 2018.
A 23-year old from Vancouver, Canada, Newell was a member of Canada’s U18 team, pacing Canada to a 2-1 gold medal overtime win over the United States at the 2013 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship. In the final, she stopped 39 of 40 shots and was named Canada’s player of the game.
“We are thrilled to have Kim sign with us,” said Rob Morgan, currently the Sport Director of Kunlun. “She is a world class goalie who had an outstanding college career at Princeton and was a standout at the World U18 Championships. Kim is an athletic goaltender with good size. Her work ethic and attention to detail are what separates her from the rest.”
With her Chinese heritage, Newell will be among other North American born Chinese to potentially suit up for Team China in 2022 Beijing Olympic.
“When it comes to technique she’s very good on her edges and reads the play and tracks puck exceptionally well. She has solid positioning and is always set for the initial shot. She has outstanding rebound control, great hands and plays low. We are so excited to have a goalie of her caliber join our hockey club,” said Morgan.
Newell spent four years as a Tiger at Princeton, where she was a two-time Ivy-League all-star and was named ECAC Goaltender of the Week six times. She had a strong collegiate career finishing with 3,096 saves, a .921 save percentage and a 2.46 goals-against average. With a bachelor’s degree in economics, Newell became an Equity COO analyst in New York City after graduation.
“Kimberly is a phenomenal hockey player,” said Monna Ao, who is the Chairman of HC Shenzhen Kunlun Red Star, “She has expressed dreams of playing in the Olympics and joining Kunlun Red Star brings her closer to making those dreams a reality. She is very optimistic about the prospects of hockey development in China and she has been following Kunlun Red Star since it was founded. She saw the dramatic improvement of Team China after joining the CWHL last season and she is ready to help take Team China to the next level.”