May 4, 1979 |
Krefeld, West Germany
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)|
|Played for||Krefeld Pinguine|
|Revised Romanization||Hyeon Jong-beom|
The son of Korean immigrants in Germany, he began playing ice hockey at the age of 5, progressing his way through local youth leagues and into the Krefeld Pinguine's youth development system. He became a regular player for the German Junior National Team. In 1997 he was summoned by Coach Miroslav Berek and Manager Rüdiger Noack to begin the season with the Elite league team at the age of 17, where he scored two goals in five preseason games playing alongside former NHL player Peter Ihnacak. Hyun played most of the season with the second-league development team . In 1998 Hyun decided to go to the United States to further his education and pursue his hockey career at the same time. He first studied at Benilde-St. Margaret's High School, a Catholic school in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, later transferring to Northwood Prep School in Lake Placid, New York.
Soon after arriving in the United States, Hyun became a fan of National Hockey League player Paul Kariya who is of partial Japanese ancestry. After failing to be picked in the NHL Draft during the World U-17 Championships in Moncton, Canada in 1997, Hyun put aside his pursuit of a professional NHL hockey career, and enrolled in Colchester, Vermont's Saint Michael's College, where he played NCAA Division II hockey. In 2002 Hyun won the ECAC Division II Northeast Championship with the Purple Knights. Upon graduation in 2003, he entered a masters' program at the University of Kent's Brussels campus; while a student, he also played for a Belgian Hockey League team in Leuven. He returned to Germany in 2004 to sign with the Krefeld Pinguine. With his signing Hyun became the first Asian to ever make it to the highest professional league in Germany. He made his league debut on September 17, 2004 against the Cologne Sharks. Hyun chose to wear Number 71 to honour the accomplishments of Korean guestworkers in Germany. In April 2005 Hyun was invited by German President Horst Köhler to attend the state banquet in honour of the state visit of South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun. Hyun is only the third player of Korean heritage to play in the highest league, the previous two being Jim Paek and Richard Park of the USA.
After just one season, Hyun retired from professional ice hockey to move to South Korea, where he worked with the National Assembly and the Ministry of Health and Welfare to promote Korean-German friendship. Though Hyun sometimes faced racism and exclusion in Germany, he stated that he felt even more like a stranger in South Korea; he returned to Germany to enroll in a doctoral programme at the University of Bonn, where he is writing his thesis on the experiences of the second-generation Korean youth in Germany. He also gained more experience in the political world with the German and European Parliament and the Ministry of Generations, Family, Women and Integration. He has published a book entitled Lautlos-JA Sprachlos-NEIN (Silent-YES Speechless-NO) on the social integration experiences of second-generation Koreans in Germany. The book was published in 2008 by EB-Verlag Hamburg ISBN 978-3-936912-84-5. In his highly acclaimed debut book Hyun was supported by his friend and bestselling author Wladimir Kaminer. They both performed together on stage at the Goethe-Institut in Seoul. In 2008 Hyun was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the European Year of the intercultural dialogue, sponsored by the European Commission and European Parliament.
Hyun has become a vivid fighter for minority rights in Germany. In 2007 Hyun was selected among thirty young leaders with a foreign background to participate in the Bertelsmann-Foundation Leadership-Program in order to promote social integration of minorities in Germany. As a professional ice hockey player Hyun inititated a mentoring-project for children from low income families and helped children with cancer. On October 10, 2008 Hyun received a second invitation from German President Horst Köhler to talk about the demographic change and increasing diversity in Germany. In 2010 Hyun initiated the "Hockey is Diversity" campaign to promote diversity outside the boundaries of sports in Germany.
- 1997 World U-17 Hockey Championships, Moncton, Canada
- 2002 ECAC Division II Northeast Champion, USA
- "독일 아이스하키 현종범: 통일 문제 연구하고 싶어요"(German ice hockey player Hyeon Jong-beom: I want to do research about the problem of unification)". Hankook Ilbo. 2005-04-17. Retrieved 2007-09-14.
- Meltzer, Bill (2006-07-14). "A hockey life on three continents". NHL.com. Retrieved 2007-05-30.[dead link]
http://www.amazon.de/Lautlos-Sprachlos-Grenzg%C3%A4nger-zwischen-Deutschland/dp/393691284X http://www.interculturaldialogue2008.eu/418.0.html?&L=0 http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/news/news-singleview/article/hockey-is-diversity.html?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=1&cHash=5002e87665
- Personal blog
- Martin Hyun's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Martin Hyun – player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net