South Korea faces a daunting task in the men’s Olympic ice hockey tournament as host of the 2018 games in Pyeongchang after drawing Canada, the Czech Republic and Switzerland on Monday.
The Korean team will be fielding its first Olympic squad at the games, though are faced with the world number one Canadians, sixth-ranked Czechs and seventh-ranked Swiss in Group A according to Yonhap News Agency.
South Korea is coached by ex-NHL defensemen Jim Paek and currently has three naturalized players on the team – two Canadian players, Brian Young and Michael Swift and American Mike Testwuide. South Korea is currently ranked 23rd in the world.
Group B consists of second-ranked Russia, fifth-ranked USA, eighth-ranked Slovakia and a qualifier yet to be determined.
Group C consists of third-ranked Sweden, fourth-ranked Finland and two yet to be determined qualifiers.
The tournament will take place 9-25 February 2018 in Gangneung.
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