Korea women's national ice hockey team

Korea
Shirt badge/Association crest
General ManagerLee Ji-yoon
Head coachSarah Murray
AssistantsRebecca Baker
Kim Do-yun
Pak Chol-ho
CaptainPark Jong-ah
Team colors         
IIHF codeN/A
Ranking
Current IIHFUnranked
First international
 Korea 
(Incheon, South Korea; 5 February 2018)
Biggest win
None
Biggest defeat
  Korea 
(Gangneung, South Korea; 10 February 2018)
 Korea 
(Gangneung, South Korea; 12 February 2018)
Olympics
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
International record (W–L–T)
0–5–0

The Korea women's national ice hockey team is a representative side which is composed of players from both South Korea and North Korea.

The team competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics, competing as "Korea" under the IOC country code "COR".

History

In 2014, it was confirmed that South Korea women's national ice hockey team had qualified to participate at the 2018 Winter Olympics as part of the host country. Their participation at the 2018 Winter Olympics had been their second appearance following their debut in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.[1]

South Korea had proposed a unified team of the two Koreas at the Games. It was proposed that the team would participate at least in the women's ice hockey event and possibly more disciplines.[2] The proposal came after North Korea competed in the Group A tournament of IIHF Women's World Championship Division II which was hosted in South Korea on April 2017.[3] North Korea initially refused the proposal in June 2017 on the grounds of time constraints.[4][5] However, an agreement was made with four weeks left before the Games commenced.[3]

On 20 January 2018, the International Olympic Committee allowed a Unified Korean team to compete in the women's ice hockey event for the 2018 Winter Olympics[6] under the "Olympic Korean Peninsula Declaration", allowing the team to compete as "Korea", using the acronym "COR".[7] On 30 January 2018, the full roster of the unified Korean team was named.[3]

The language difference of Korean spoken by players from South and North Korea became a challenge for the team during training. South and North Korea also use different terminology in ice hockey and head coach Sarah Murray does not speak Korean and has to rely her assistant and manager to communicate to the team's players.[8]

The unified team played their first friendly match against Sweden on 4 February 2018 at the Seonhak International Ice Rink in Incheon before an audience of 3,000 people ahead of the Winter Olympics.[9] They lost 1–3 to their European opposition.[10] The Koreans scored their only goal during the first period. Four of the 22 players in the roster for that game were North Koreans.[11]