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North Korea men's national ice hockey team

The North Korean national ice hockey team (Korean: 조선민주주의인민공화국 아이스하키 국가대표팀) is the national men's ice hockey team of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). They withdrew from the 2007 edition, and therefore were automatically relegated to Division III in the 2008 edition, where they finished first. They then played in Division II during the 2009 edition, and finished last bringing them back down to Division III for 2010. They are currently ranked 41st in the IIHF World Rankings.[3]

DPR Korea
(North Korea)
Shirt badge/Association crest
The flag of North Korea is the badge used on the players jerseys.
AssociationIce Hockey Association of the DPR Korea
Head coachSong Chung-song[1]
AssistantsPak Kun-hyok
Yun Pong-chol
CaptainKim Kwang-ho
Most gamesRi Pong-il (40)
Kim Kwang-ho (40)
Most pointsRi Chol-min (44)
Team colors              
IIHF codePRK
Ranking
Current IIHF41 Decrease 1 (21 May 2018)[2]
Highest IIHF36 (first in 2005)
Lowest IIHF45 (first in 2011)
First international
Italy  11–2  North Korea
(Grenoble, France; 8 March 1974)
Biggest win
North Korea  22–1  Mongolia
(Yerevan, Armenia; 14 April 2010)
North Korea  22–1  Georgia
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg; 6 April 2014)
Biggest defeat
France  24–1  North Korea
(Budapest, Hungary; 15 March 1983)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances28 (first in 1974)
Best result21st (1990)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances3 (first in 1986)
Best result4th (1986, 1990)
International record (W–L–T)
67–91–5
North Korea men's national ice hockey team
Hangul
조선민주주의인민공화국 아이스하키 국가대표팀
Hanja
朝鮮民主主義人民共和國 아이스하키 國歌代表팀
Revised RomanizationJoseon Minjujuui Inmin Gonghwaguk Aiseuhaki Gukga Daepyo Tim
McCune–ReischauerChosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk Aisŭhak'i Kukka Taep'yo T'im

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HistoryEdit

The game of ice hockey in North Korea became popular during the 1950s when Soviet and Chinese workers taught the game and its rules in the capital city of Pyongyang. The Ice Hockey Association of North Korea was founded in 1955. North Korea became a member of the IIHF on 8 August 1964. North Korea's first national championship was held in 1956 and was won by Amnokgang Pyongyang. The North Korean national team did not make its debut until 1974 when it competed in the C pool of the World Championships. The team lost its first game to Italy 11–2 on 8 March 1974, but rebounded for a surprising victory over China.

Withdrawal from 2011 IIHF tournamentsEdit

DPR Korea announced that their women's and men's teams were not going to compete in IIHF competition due to financial reasons. The men's team was scheduled to participate at the Div II championships in Melbourne, Australia, while the women's team was scheduled to participate at the Div II championship in Caen, France.

Tournament participationEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 1974 – 22nd place (8th in Pool C)
  • 1981 – 23rd place (7th in Pool C)
  • 1983 – 24th place (8th in Pool C)
  • 1985 – 23rd place (7th in Pool C)
  • 1986 – 23rd place (7th in Pool C)
  • 1987 – 22nd place (6th in Pool C)
  • 1989 – 22nd place (6th in Pool C)
  • 1990 – 21st place (5th in Pool C)
  • 1991 – 23rd place (7th in Pool C)
  • 1992 – 22nd place (2nd in Pool C, Group A)
  • 1993 – 26th place (6th in Pool C)
  • 2002 – 41st place (1st in Division II qualification)
  • 2003 – 35th place (4th in Division II, Group B)
  • 2004 – 34th place (3rd in Division II, Group B)
  • 2005 – 34th place (3rd in Division II, Group B)
  • 2006 – 36th place (4th in Division II, Group B)
  • 2007 – Withdrew from tournament, relegated to Division III
  • 2008 – 41st place (1st in Division III) Promoted to Division II
  • 2009 – 39th place (6th in Division II, Group A) Relegated to Division III
  • 2010 – 42nd place (1st in Division III, Group B) Promoted to Division II
  • 2011 – Withdrew from Division II
  • 2012 – 42nd place (2nd in Division III)
  • 2013 – 42nd place (2nd in Division III)
  • 2014 – 42nd place (2nd in Division III)
  • 2015 – 41st place (1st in Division III) Promoted to Division II B
  • 2016 – 39th place (5th in Division II B)
  • 2017 – 38th place (4th in Division II B)
  • 2018 – 38th place (4th in Division II B)
  • 2019 – 40th place (6th in Division II, Group B) Relegated to Division III

Asian Winter GamesEdit

RosterEdit

Roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.[4]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth Club
1 Pak Il L 170 cm 66 kg (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 27)   Pyongchol
25 Pak Kuk Chol L 175 cm 65 kg (1991-06-12) 12 June 1991 (age 27)   Taesongsan
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
8 An Chol Hyok R 171 cm 74 kg (1991-07-09) 9 July 1991 (age 27)   Taesongsan
13 Kim Chol Hyok L 178 cm 71 kg (1992-11-12) 12 November 1992 (age 26)   Taesongsan
14 Kim Nam Hyok R 171 cm 74 kg (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 26)   Pyongchol
12 Ri Pong Il L 180 cm 80 kg (1988-09-29) 29 September 1988 (age 30)   Taesongsan
4 Kim Song Gun L 175 cm 77 kg (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 27)   Pyongchol
5 King Song Jin L 182 cm 78 kg (1989-01-05) 5 January 1989 (age 30)   Susan
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
17 Ri Chol Min R 163 cm 69 kg (1980-08-07) 7 August 1980 (age 38)   Taesongsan
11 Hong Chun Rim L 178 cm 77 kg (1992-01-17) 17 January 1992 (age 27)   Taesongsan
19 Kim Hyok Ju L 173 cm 66 kg (1994-04-16) 16 April 1994 (age 25)   Pyongchol
21 Kang in Hyok R 170 cm 66 kg (1992-06-25) 25 June 1992 (age 26)   Pyongchol
16 Kim Kuk Chol R 172 cm 74 kg (1991-04-19) 19 April 1991 (age 28)   Taesongsan
23 Kim Kwang Ho R 170 cm 65 kg (1988-09-27) 27 September 1988 (age 30)   Pyongchol
24 Ri Kwang Song L 180 cm 75 kg (1990-04-08) 8 April 1990 (age 29)   Susan
2 Kang Man Gum L 170 cm 63 kg (1992-07-23) 23 July 1992 (age 26)   Pyongchol
7 Kim Myong Chol R 172 cm 69 kg (1988-02-02) 2 February 1988 (age 31)   Pyongchol
2 Ri Un Hyok L 181 cm 71 kg (1992-01-03) 3 January 1992 (age 27)   Pyongchol

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chung-Song Song profile". Eurohockey.com. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  2. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  3. ^ "DPR Korea". IIHF. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  4. ^ "2016 World Championships Division 2A Team North Korea. (Men)" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 28 May 2016.

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