North Korea men's national ice hockey team

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North Korea
Shirt badge/Association crest
The flag of North Korea is the badge used on the players jerseys.
Association Ice Hockey Association of the DPR Korea
Head coach Pak Chol-ho
Assistants Kim Yong-jin
Pak Kun-hyok
Captain Kim Kwang-ho
Most games Ri Pong-il (40)
Kim Kwang-ho (40)
Most points Ri Chol-min (44)
IIHF code PRK
IIHF ranking 42 Increase1
Highest IIHF ranking 36 (2005–2006)
Lowest IIHF ranking 45 (2011–February 2014)
First international
 Italy 11–2 North Korea 
(Grenoble, France; March 8, 1974)
Biggest win
 North Korea 22–1 Mongolia 
(Yerevan, Armenia; April 14, 2010)
 North Korea 22–1 Georgia 
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg; April 6, 2014)
Biggest defeat
 France 24–1 North Korea 
(Budapest, Hungary; March 15, 1983)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 18 (first in 1974)
Best result 21st (1990)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances 3 (first in 1986)
Best result 4th (1986, 1990)
International record (W–L–T)
65–87–5

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.

History[edit]

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 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 March 8, 1974, but rebounded for surprising victories over China and Australia.

Withdrawal from 2011 IIHF tournaments[edit]

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 participation[edit]

World Championships[edit]

  • 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

Asian Winter Games[edit]

Roster[edit]

From the 2015 IIHF World Championship Division III

# Name Pos Date of Birth Club
8 AnAn Chol Hyuk D 9 July 1991 Taesongsan
11 HongHong Chun Rim F 17 January 1992 Taesongsan
10 JonJon Song Chol D 14 December 1985 Taesongsan
14 JuJu Sung Hyok F 2 January 1983 Pyongyang Choldo
21 KangKang In Hyok F 25 June 1992 Pyongyang Choldo
13 KimKim Chol Hyok D 12 November 1992 Taesongsan
3 KimKim Hyok Ju F 16 April 1994 Pyongyang Choldo
22 KimKim Ju Hyok F 19 March 1986 Taesongsan
23 KimKim Kwang Ho F 27 September 1988 Pyongyang Choldo
7 KimKim Myong Chol F 2 February 1988 Pyongyang Choldo
2 KimKim Nam Hyok D 29 September 1992 Pyongyang Choldo
4 KimKim Song Gun D 27 May 1991 Pyongyang Choldo
1 PakPak Il G 6 February 1992 Pyongyang Choldo
25 PakPak Kuk Chol G 12 June 1991 Taesongsan
15 PakPak Kwang Ho F 25 September 1988 Susan
5 PakPak Song Jin D 5 January 1989 Susan
17 RiRi Chol Min F 7 August 1980 Taesongsan
16 RiRi Hyok Chol F 6 July 1992 Taesongsan
12 RiRi Pong Il D 19 September 1988 Taesongsan
9 RiRi Se Gwang F 1 July 1988 Taesongsan

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