Category: EIHC tourney

Denmark wins EIHC 2017 in Korea

No Need For NHlers, Denmark shows it has depth with Victory

1 Denmark 3 2 1 6 13 6 38 2/10 20 15/18 83.3
2 Hungary 3 2 1 6 8 8 56 3/13 23.1 17/20 85
3 Korea 3 2 1 6 9 7 59 2/28 17.9 8/11 72.7
4 Japan 3 0 3 0 2 11 32 5/14 14.3 13/16 81.3

Tournament notes:

  • Denmark showed the depth of their hockey roots by sending their predominantly Metal Ligaen squad to Goyang. Kristoffer Lauridsen tied for the tournament scoring lead with 4 points and Matthias Asperup tied for most goals (3).
  • Hungary and Japan sent very young teams, 21.9 and 21.8 years of age respectively. Japan is saving veteran players for the Asian Winter Games which it is hosting in Sapporo from 2/19-2/26.
  • The Hungarians were by far the most physical team in the tournament, engaging in the roughest game of the tourney with host Korea.
  • The series main event was the sold out final match between Korea and Japan. It was a pleasant surprise to see defenseman Bryan Young play his first game in three months after suffering a concussion. Young didn’t look like he missed a step by crushing an opponent along the boards in the first period.
  • The veteran heavy Korean team dominated the first two periods and outshot Japan 29-8. Eric Regan and Mike Swift scored powerplay goals in the second, and Onoda Takuto, last season’s Asia League rookie of the year, made many amazing saves to keep the score close. In the third Kim Won-Jun scored Korea’s third goal on a weak shot using the defender as a screen. Japan showed some pushback and gave Korea’s goalie, Matt Dalton, some work as both teams traded 11 shots in the final frame. Dalton earned his fourth international shutout.


Korea 3 Japan 0 11.02.2017 3 – 0 Final
Denmark 5 Hungary 1 11.02.2017 5 – 1 Final
Korea 2 Hungary 5 10.02.2017 2 – 5 Final
Japan 1 Denmark 6 10.02.2017 1 – 6 Final
Korea 4 Denmark 2 09.02.2017 4 – 2 Final
Hungary 2 Japan 1 09.02.2017 2 – 1 Final


The More Things Change…

Korea National Team selections leave many scratching their heads Again

Some may argue that this tournament is just a tryout to give players international experience. However, many of the professional Korean players currently playing in the Asia League get passed over.

Sound familiar? It’s almost word for word from a post on October 20, 2016.

Korea National Team roster released for EIHC 10/31-11/6 in Hungary

So here we are again. The parachute drop of a Jr A player onto the Korean National team, without even attending the tryout camp for the EIHC, is not only an insult to the Korean men who actually attended the camp, but throws into question the selection process. Furthermore, the addition of college students, yet again, makes one wonder if the best players are given the chance to play.

There are already about 70 professional Korean men and 7 North Americans with/or in the process of acquiring Korean Citizenship playing in the Asia League. Another 20 Korean players are doing their military duty and playing for the Korean military team.

Apparently, these 97 men could all easily be replaced by a Jr. A or a college team should the need arise.

Korea to be busy at 3 EIHC tourneys in 2016-17, including as host of one

The South Korean men’s national hockey is scheduled to play in three European Ice Hockey Challenges in 2016-17. The first one will be in Hungary 10/31-11/6, the second in Poland 12/12-12/18 and Korea will host 2/6-2/12,2017.

Hungary 10/31 – 11/6

Group 1 Group 2
Denmark Austria
Hungary Italy
Poland Korea



Poland 12/12 – 12/18



korean flagKorea 2/6 – 2/12



Complete Euro ICE Hockey Challenge 2016-17 schedule