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 Kil-nam
Kim Yong-jin
Captain Kim Song-gun
Most games Ri Pong-il (40)
Kim Kwang-ho (40)
Most points Ri Chol-min (44)
IIHF code PRK
Ranking
Current IIHF 40 Increase2
Highest IIHF 36 (first in 2005)
Lowest IIHF 45 (first in 2011)
First international
 Italy 11–2 North Korea 
(Grenoble, France; 8 March 1974)
Biggest win
 North Korea 22–1 Mongolia 
(Yerevan, Armenia; 14 April 2010)
 North Korea 22–1 Georgia 
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg; 6 April 2014)
Biggest defeat
 France 24–1 North Korea 
(Budapest, Hungary; 15 March 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)
67–90–5

The North Korean men's national ice hockey team represents North Korea 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 42nd 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
  • 2016 – 39th place (5th in Division II B)

Asian Winter Games[edit]

Roster[edit]

Roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.[1]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth Club
1 Pak Il L 170 cm 66 kg (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 24) North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
25 Pak Kuk Chol L 175 cm 65 kg (1991-06-12) 12 June 1991 (age 25) North Korea Taesongsan
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
8 An Chol Hyok R 171 cm 74 kg (1991-07-09) 9 July 1991 (age 25) North Korea Taesongsan
13 Kim Chol Hyok L 178 cm 71 kg (1992-11-12) 12 November 1992 (age 24) North Korea Taesongsan
14 Kim Nam Hyok R 171 cm 74 kg (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 24) North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
12 Ri Pong Il L 180 cm 80 kg (1988-09-29) 29 September 1988 (age 28) North Korea Taesongsan
4 Kim Song Gun L 175 cm 77 kg (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 25) North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
5 King Song Jin L 182 cm 78 kg (1989-01-05) 5 January 1989 (age 27) North Korea Susan
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
17 Ri Chol Min R 163 cm 69 kg (1980-08-07) 7 August 1980 (age 36) North Korea Taesongsan
11 Hong Chun Rim L 178 cm 77 kg (1992-01-17) 17 January 1992 (age 24) North Korea Taesongsan
19 Kim Hyok Ju L 173 cm 66 kg (1994-04-16) 16 April 1994 (age 22) North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
21 Kang In Hyok R 170 cm 66 kg (1992-06-25) 25 June 1992 (age 24) North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
16 Kim Kuk Chol R 172 cm 74 kg (1991-04-19) 19 April 1991 (age 25) North Korea Taesongsan
23 Kim Kwang Ho R 170 cm 65 kg (1988-09-27) 27 September 1988 (age 28) North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
24 Ri Kwang Song L 180 cm 75 kg (1990-04-08) 8 April 1990 (age 26) North Korea Susan (ice hockey)Susan
2 Kang Man Gum L 170 cm 63 kg (1992-07-23) 23 July 1992 (age 24) North Korea Pyongchol
7 Kim Myong Chol R 172 cm 69 kg (1988-02-02) 2 February 1988 (age 28) North Korea Pyongyang Choldo
2 Ri Un Hyok L 181 cm 71 kg (1992-01-03) 3 January 1992 (age 24) North Korea Pyongchol

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