‘Using a miracle’ Korean women’s ice hockey promoted to the 2nd division for the first time in history
Korean women’s ice hockey players have been promoted to the second division of the World Championships for the first time ever.
Korea won 2-1 in the final game against Kazakhstan in Division 1 Group B (3rd division) of the 2023 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World Championship held at the ice rink at the Gwanggyo Sports Center in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do on the 23rd. Korea, which won all 5 games in this tournament, won the championship with 4 wins and 1 consecutive win (14 points) and was promoted to World Championship Division 1 Group A (second division) for the first time.
This achievement is all the more surprising in that it was made in barren soil. There is no middle school, high school or university team, and there is only one unemployment team at Suwon City Hall. Since there was no women’s team to practice with, the women’s national team had to practice against male middle school students. In other words, it is what can be called a ‘miracle’.
Korean women’s ice hockey was promoted to the third division for the first time in 2017, a year before the PyeongChang Olympics. Based on the experience of the Pyeongchang Olympics, his skills improved, but he failed to promote to the second division. At the World Championships held in China last year, Korea ranked 5th out of 6 countries with 1 win and 4 losses. 안전놀이터
National team coach Kim Do-yoon, who is also the coach of Suwon City Hall, trained repeatedly at the Gwanggyo Ice Rink to take advantage of the competition being held in the home. He saw the power play (temporary superiority or inferiority in numbers due to a penalty) as a winning spot and continued training in preparation for this situation. Thanks to that, they scored 7 points, the most among the 6 participating countries in the power play situation.
The remaining task is to survive in the second division. It is also a thing of the past that the two Koreas were in the spotlight while forming a unified South-North team at the PyeongChang Olympics. If you end up at the bottom of the tournament held in April next year, you have to return to the 3rd division. Young players such as goalkeeper Heo Eun-bi (Connecticut University, born in 2003), striker Lee Eun-ji (Bundang Daejin High School, born in 2005), and defender Kim Tae-yeon (Ross Sinethewood High School in Canada, born in 2006) are expected to play an active role.