Jessica Wong and Rachel Llanes have been selected as All-Stars for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League All-Star Game on January 20, 2019. Both Wong and Llanes play for the Shenzhen KRS Rays, a team based in Guangdong Province in southern China that competes against teams in Canada and the US as part of the only league with teams on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
Wong is a 27-year-old defender from Sydney, Nova Scotia, who was selected first overall in the 2013 CWHL draft after four successful years at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She was previously selected for the All-Star game in 2013 while playing for the Calgary Inferno and was a finalist for the Defender of the Year in 2017-18 after scoring 24 points in 28 games.
A key component of the inaugural KRS team which went to the CWHL finals last season, Wong has continued to be an immensely important player for Shenzhen, through both her leadership as a veteran player and as a high-scoring defender with 8 points in 13 games so far this year.
Llanes has played a unique role in contributing to the team’s success, as not only a forward but also as the team’s Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Born in San Jose, the 27-year-old Filipino-American spent four years at Northeastern University before spending four years in professional hockey in Boston, first with the Boston Blades in the CWHL and later the Boston Pride in the NWHL. Llanes currently has 12 points in 13 games, the second-highest total on the team, and has already scored more points than she did all of last season.