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North Korea men's national ice hockey team

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.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Withdrawal from 2011 IIHF tournaments 2
  • Tournament participation 3
    • World Championships 3.1

History

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

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

World Championships

  • 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
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