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North Korea
Association Ice Hockey Association of the DPR Korea
Head coach Flag of North Korea Pak Chang-dok
Assistants Flag of North Korea Yun Pong-chol
IIHF code PRK
IIHF ranking 43
Highest IIHF ranking 36 (first in 2005)
Lowest IIHF ranking 44 (first in 2007)
First international
Flag of Italy Italy 11 - 2 North Korea Flag of North Korea
(Grenoble, France; March 8, 1974)
Biggest win
Flag of North Korea North Korea 22 - 1 Mongolia Flag of Mongolia
(Yerevan, Armenia; April 14, 2010)
Biggest defeat
Flag of France France 24 - 1 North Korea Flag of North Korea
(Budapest, Hungary; March 15, 1983)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances 3 (first in 1986)
Best result 4th (1986, 1990)
International record (W-L-T)
46-86-5

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 will therefore play in Division II during the 2009 edition.


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 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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 Edit

Pos. No. Player DoB (Age) Team
GK 67 Pak Kun-Hyok January 1 1988 (1988-01-01) (age 28) Flag of North Korea Pyongyang
GK 66 Pae Myong-Nam December 25 1982 (1982-12-25) (age 33) Flag of North Korea Pyongchol
D 3 Kim Jin-Hyok December 23 1982 (1982-12-23) (age 33) Flag of North Korea Ryanggang
D 6 Ri Sun-Il September 24 1985 (1985-09-24) (age 31) Flag of North Korea Pyongyang
D 7 Ku Song-Min January 14 1988 (1988-01-14) (age 28) Flag of North Korea Pyongchol
D 10 Ri Pong-Il September 29 1988 (1988-09-29) (age 28) Flag of North Korea Pyongyang
D 15 Jang Myong-Jin January 2 1981 (1981-01-02) (age 35) Flag of North Korea Susan
D 21 Kim Kwang-Hyok February 7 1987 (1987-02-07) (age 29) Flag of North Korea Susan
F 9 Ri Se-Gwang July 1 1988 (1988-07-01) (age 28) Flag of North Korea Pyongyang
F 12 Kim Chol-Bom February 13 1985 (1985-02-13) (age 31) Flag of North Korea Pyongyang
F 13 Ju Sung-Hyok January 2 1983 (1983-01-02) (age 33) Flag of North Korea Pyongchol
F 14 Mun Chol April 13 1987 (1987-04-13) (age 29) Flag of North Korea Pyongchol
F 16 Ri Kum-Song December 14 1988 (1988-12-14) (age 27) Flag of North Korea Pyongyang
F 17 Ri Chol-Min August 7 1980 (1980-08-07) (age 36) Flag of North Korea Pyongyang
F 18 Kim Chang-Min August 15 1988 (1988-08-15) (age 28) Flag of North Korea Susan
F 19 Song Chung-Song May 28 1984 (1984-05-28) (age 32) Flag of North Korea Pyongchol
F 23 Kim Kyong-Il December 1 1987 (1987-12-01) (age 29) Flag of North Korea Pyongchol
F 24 Jong Song-Il September 7 1988 (1988-09-07) (age 28) Flag of North Korea Pyongchol


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