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North Korea
Association Ice Hockey Association of the DPR Korea
Head coach North Korea Pak Chang-dok
Assistants North Korea Yun Pong-chol
IIHF ranking 43
Highest IIHF ranking 36 (first in 2005)
Lowest IIHF ranking 44 (first in 2007)
First international
 Italy 11 - 2 North Korea 
(Grenoble, France; March 8, 1974)
Biggest win
 North Korea 17 - 0 Mongolia 
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg; March 31, 2008)
Biggest defeat
 France 24 - 1 North Korea 
(Budapest, Hungary; March 15, 1983)
International record (W-L-T)
42-87-5


The North Korean men's national ice hockey team are a national selects team that plays yearly in the Ice Hockey World Championships. 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 43rd in the IIHF World Rankings.

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History

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 August 8 1964. North Korea's first national Championship was held in 1956 and was won by Amnokang Pyonyang. 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 March 8th, 1974, but rebounded for surprising victories over China and Australia.

Tournament participation

  • 1974 - 22nd place (8th in Pool C)
  • 1975-80 - did not participate
  • 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 - 14th place (2nd in Pool C, Group A)
  • 1993 - 22nd place (6th in Pool C)
  • 1994-02 - did not participate
  • 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

Asian Winter Games

At the recent 6th Asian Winter Games, held in Changchun, China, the men's team was placed a respectable 5th position, behind the four major powers of Asian ice hockey.

The women's team finished 4th out of a possible five places, encouragingly being placed higher than their historically superior neighbours South Korea.

2008 World Championship team

Pos. No. Player DoB (Age) Team
GK 1 Pak Kun-Hyok January 1, 1988 (1988-01-01) (age 22) North Korea Pyongyang
GK 20 Pae Myong-Nam December 25, 1982 (1982-12-25) (age 27) North Korea Pyongchol
D 3 Kim Jin-Hyok December 23, 1982 (1982-12-23) (age 27) North Korea Ryanggang
D 6 Ri Sun-Il September 24, 1985 (1985-09-24) (age 24) North Korea Pyongyang
D 7 Ku Song-Min January 14, 1988 (1988-01-14) (age 22) North Korea Pyongchol
D 10 Ri Pong-Il September 29, 1988 (1988-09-29) (age 21) North Korea Pyongyang
D 15 Jang Myong-Jin January 2, 1981 (1981-01-02) (age 29) North Korea Susan
D 21 Kim Kwang-Hyok February 7, 1987 (1987-02-07) (age 22) North Korea Susan
F 9 Ri Se-Gwang July 1, 1988 (1988-07-01) (age 21) North Korea Pyongyang
F 12 Kim Chol-Bom February 13, 1985 (1985-02-13) (age 24) North Korea Pyongyang
F 13 Ju Sung-Hyok January 2, 1983 (1983-01-02) (age 27) North Korea Pyongchol
F 14 Mun Chol April 13, 1987 (1987-04-13) (age 22) North Korea Pyongchol
F 16 Ri Kum-Song December 14, 1988 (1988-12-14) (age 21) North Korea Pyongyang
F 17 Ri Chol-Min August 7, 1980 (1980-08-07) (age 29) North Korea Pyongyang
F 18 Kim Chang-Min August 15, 1988 (1988-08-15) (age 21) North Korea Susan
F 19 Song Chung-Song May 28, 1984 (1984-05-28) (age 25) North Korea Pyongchol
F 23 Kim Kyong-Il December 1, 1987 (1987-12-01) (age 22) North Korea Pyongchol
F 24 Jong Song-Il September 7, 1988 (1988-09-07) (age 21) North Korea Pyongchol
  • Head coach: North Korea Pak Chang-Dok[1]

References

  1. ^ [1] IIHF World Championship DIV III, MEN - DPR Korea Team Roster. Retrieved March 30, 2008.

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