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Korea Hockey Signs 3 Canadians To Achieve Olympic Dream Updated: 2012-12-24 00:00:00 KST

Korea Hockey Signs 3 Canadians To Achieve Olympic Dream
Kim, Ahn, and Sung - three Canadian-Korean ice hockey players who have recently signed on to play for the Anyang Halla, Korea's leading ice hockey team.
Despite only being between the ages of 19 and 20, the young athletes show great potential in leading the Korean national hockey team, which will make its Olympic debut when it hosts the 2018 Winter Games in the city of Pyeongchang.

[Interview : Kim Ji-min, Forward
Anyang Halla] "My first goal is to be recognized by Korean fans, but my ultimate goal is to become an Olympic athlete representing Korea."

[Interview : Sung Woo-Je, Forward
Anyang Halla] "I know there's isn't much time left but if we prepare well, I think we can do well in Pyeongchang."

The two Seoul natives have racked up an accomplished career in their respective provincial junior A hockey leagues, with Sung Woo-je even reaching the third-tier division league in Finland.
Meanwhile, Kim Ji-min began playing in Canada while studying abroad and later attracted the attention of local scouts.

However, the breakout success story is Canadian immigrant Ahn Jung-hyun, who persevered through poverty and hardship to become the youngest signing in Halla's franchise history.

[Interview : Ahn Jung-hyun, Forward
Anyang Halla] "When I saw the Korean national team in the 2002 World Cup, I was so impressed. It gave me so much pride as a Korean to overcome all of life's challenges."

Ahn plans to give up his Canadian citizenship and complete compulsory military service in order to play for the Korean national team at the Olympics.

[Interview : Shim Eui-sik, Head Coach
Anyang Halla] "After two years of preparing and adapting to Korea and Japan hockey, I think there's a good chance he'll be selected for the national team."

Moving forward, Korea plans to mold these highly promising players from professionals in the Asian League to a hat-trick of Olympic champions.

Paul Yi, Arirang News
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