Olympics: Team Korea in 2018 Olympics

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  1. Pajicz

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    Now, after Pyeongchang, South Korea has been chosen to held the 2018 Winter Olympics, are there some potential players (possibly playing abroad) who could represent their national team in the Men's tournament?

    Here's discussion about the tournament; http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=945069

    I found couple names:

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=25486
    Won-Jun Kim, 1991-born defenseman, who's currently playing in Jokerit U20 in Finnish Nuorten SM-Liiga.

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=62589
    Jimmy Kim, 1992-born forward with double nationality, playing in the OJHL's Milton Icehawks, and had over PPG last year.

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=45084
    Wooje Sung, another 1992-born forward with double nationality, playing in AJHL team Calgary Mustangs.

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=69670
    Sang Won Yoon, small 1993-born forward, has had good stats in two U18 Division I tournaments, last time as the captain of the team.

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=57151
    Jung Ahn, 1993-born left winger/D-man, has played some junior hockey in Canada, was in the roster of BCHL team Quesnel Millionaires, but did not play any games in there.

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=125645
    Kei Toeda, Korean American defenseman who played 6 games in his sophomore year in University of Delaware. Born 09/28/1989.

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=56342
    Min Seong Kim, another 1989-born defenseman playing college hockey in Stonehill College (NCAA Div. 3)
     
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    Looks like half of them are not even eligible.
     
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    thats IF South Korea is even going to play

    “Only seven years are left. That is generally not that long enough to rank within the top 12 teams. But Korean’s eagerness may help realize the dream or at least narrow the gap,†added Shim.

    Until the Turin Olympics in 2006 the host nation could enter. But in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Canada, the host nation was ranked first and the rule was changed so that the host nation couldn’t automatically qualify.

    There is a possibility that the rules change through a legal procedure so the host nation could compete regardless of ranking.

    http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/sports/2011/07/136_89997.html
     
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    According to an article on the IIHF website, South Korea does qualify:
    http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/....html?tx_ttnews[backPid]=955&cHash=a7722b240f

    Regarding Canada in 2010, I seem to recall they were given the choice of qualifying through rank, or as the host nation, in which case they would have been seeded 9th
     
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    What do you mean?
     
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    To be eligible if they are dual-nationals, they need to have played two years in the South Korean league system.

    It is doubtful that even half these guys meet the criteria.
     
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    You're sure about that? Because these players haven't played for any other country than Korea (and most of them haven't played for Korea either), so they should be immediately eligible.

    If i.e. Jimmy Kim would have played for Team Canada, then he would have to play two years in South Korea...
     
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    No, if they have not played 2 seasons in Korea (and are dual nationals), they're not eligible.

    He would then have to play 4 years, not 2.

    Two years is for players who have not played internationally before.
     
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    Little update:

    Three Koreans we're on a tryout in Finnish 3rd tier team BeWe TuusKi, but they were released today. All three have played for South Korea in multiple WC D1 tournaments. The players are:

    Woo Sang Park - Pretty big center, decent points in the Asian league and British EIHL.
    Min Ho Cho - Smaller but more skilled center, over PPG in Asian league.
    Don Ku Lee - 1988-born defensive D-man. Has played in Anyang Halla like the other two.

    Also, four other guys have played for Mestis (2nd tier) club HCK. They are:

    Woo Young Kim - Small D-man, so far has played one game in Mestis. Loaned to 3rd tier team Hunters.
    Woo Je Sung - Canadian-born forward has also played one game in Mestis. Decent points in AJHL last year. Featured in the first post of this thread.
    Sang Wook Kim - Smallish forward, also one game in Mestis.
    Ki Sung Kim - Small winger played 3 games in Central Hockey League team Tulsa Oilers last year, no points scored. Two games in Mestis.

    There has even been some discussion about having full-Korean team playing in Mestis, but so far the Korean invasion has been limited to this.
     
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    Woo Sang Park was terrible for Coventry
     
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    You've seen him playing? Please, tell us more.
     
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    He was easily the worst import on the team, excluding Jurynek who is a fighter. He was not out of place at this level, but as an import you are expected to score a lot more than he did unless you can fight. Also he wasn't even close to being good enough to make the GB team.
     
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    Another update:

    All the Koreans playing in Finland have now returned to Korea/elsewhere. Not sure about the status of the Korean Mestis project.

    Some Canadian-born Koreans are now playing in the Asian Ice Hockey League, and they could be eligible to represent Korea in 2018. These players include previously mentioned Jimmy Kim, a.k.a Ji Min Kim. He's had one assist in four Asian League games so far, after starting the season in OJHL.

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    In the photo above is another previously mentioned player now playing in Korea, Jung Ahn. He has also already represented Korea in three IIHF-sanctioned international matches. Here's a long, well-written Wikipedia article about him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jung_Ahn

    Dong Seo, 1994-born forward from Seoul is playing midget hockey in Shattuck St. Mary's highly regarded hockey program. Not completely sure about his national eligibility.

    http://hfboards.mandatory.com/showthread.php?t=1364955
    Here's some discussion about Canadian forward Brock Radunske, who's expected to represent Korea in future international matches.
     
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    EchoesoftheEighties Oilers 2018

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    Jung is a friend of mine and he's awesome to watch. He might be representing S. Korea but the guy can play. He's extremely excited at the opportunity!
     
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    Korea has made great progress in recent years, promoting to Division 1A of the World Championships last year.

    They just missed out on getting into the final round of Olympic qualification this year too, and they actually beat the team who did advance (Great Britain)
     
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    I think they should be allowed to participate if they at least have real hockey players. There is a limit somewhere on how much you can make a fool out of yourself, but if Korea would be ranked like say 13-20th nation in the world I think they should be allowed to have a team.
     
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    If that meant that, long-term (i.e. well into the 2020s), South Korea became strong enough to make the Olympic tournament without having to host the OGs themselves, then I'm OK with that move.
     
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    Brock Radunske
     
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    Is Richard Park eligible? Would make a great captain :laugh:
     
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    The goods news for them is NHL players won't be participating.
     
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    Is that you Bill Daly?
     
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    So we get to listen to 8 years of "We are the best becuse of best on best bs" instead off 4? :laugh:
     
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    I went to the same junior high as Wooje Sung, damn that's crazy. As a fellow Korean I'm excited to see them play, er I mean see them get crushed.
     
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    They aren't eve signed on for Sochi yet. The NHL is bringing back the World Cup. Writing is on the wall.
     
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    BaileyMacTavish Fire DeBoer. Fire DeBoer. Fire DeBoer. Fire DeBoer

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    Nope. He represented the United States in international play.
     

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