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
General Manager Kim Yong-myong
Head coach Pak Chol-ho
Assistants Om Kun-ung
Pak Hyong-gyun
Captain Hyok Ju-sung
Most games Ri Pong-il (40)
Kim Kwang-ho (40)
Most points Ri Chol-min (44)
IIHF code PRK
IIHF ranking 43 Increase2
Highest IIHF ranking 36 (first in 2005)
Lowest IIHF ranking 45 (first in 2011)
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)
59–87–5

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 45th 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)
  • 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 - 22nd place (2nd in Pool C, Group A)
  • 1993 - 26th place (6th in Pool C)
  • 1994-01 - did not participate
  • 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)

Asian Winter Games[edit]

  • 1986 - 4th place
  • 1990 - 4th place
  • 1996 - did not participate
  • 1999 - did not participate
  • 2003 - did not participate
  • 2007 - 5th place
  • 2011 - did not participate

2014 World Championship team[edit]

  • Head coach:  Pak Chol-ho (PRK)
Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight DOB Team
20 Pak Il L 171 cm 72 kg Feb. 6, 1992 North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
25 Pak Kuk-chol R 178 cm 74 kg Jun. 12, 1991 North Korea Taesongsan
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight DOB Team
2 Kim Nam-hyok R 171 cm 73 kg Sep. 29, 1992 North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
4 Kim Song-gun L 173 cm 74 kg May 27, 1991 North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
12 Ri Pong-il L 180 cm 78 kg Sep. 29, 1988 North Korea Taesongsan
13 Kim Chol-hyok L 177 cm 76 kg Nov. 12, 1992 North Korea Taesongsan
6 Kim Myong-chol L 173 cm 74 kg Feb.12, 1988 North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
8 An Chol-hyok L 170 cm 74 kg Jul.9, 1991 North Korea Taesongsan
5 Pak Song-jin R 182 cm 76 kg Jan. 5, 1989 North Korea Susan
19 Jon Song-chol L 176 cm 75 kg Dec. 14, 1985 North Korea Taesongsan
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight DOB Team
3 Kim Hyok-ju L 172 cm 68 kg Apr. 16, 1994 North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
21 Ri Chol-jin L 168 cm 70 kg Feb. 22, 1986 North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
7 Kim Chol-bom L 171 cm 70 kg Feb. 13, 1988 North Korea Taesongsan
9 Ri Se-gwang L 176 cm 76 kg Jul. 1, 1988 North Korea Taesongsan
11 Hong Chun-rim R 178 cm 76 kg Jan 17, 1992 North Korea Taesongsan
14 Ju Sung-hyok L 170 cm 72 kg Jan. 2, 1983 North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
17 Ri Chol-min R 172 cm 73 kg Aug. 7, 1980 North Korea Taesongsan
3 Kim Hyok-ju R 173 cm 74 kg Apr. 16, 1994 North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
23 Kim Kwang-ho L 172 cm 71 kg Sep. 27, 1988 North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
22 Kim Ju-hyok R 173 cm 74 kg Mar. 19, 1986 North Korea Taesongsan

Source: IIHF.com

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