Sangmu was created, in part, to keep Korean players hockey skills sharp as they do their mandatory military service so they can transition back to their professional teams and also for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games which will be held in Korea.Daemyung Sangmu joined the Asia League for the 2013-14. The team is the third Korean based entry into the league and prior to 2015-16 they mainly played out of the Mokdong Ice Rink in Seoul, South Korea. For the 2015-16 campaign the team will play all 24 home games at Seon-hak International Ice Rink in Seon-hak dong, Incheon.
The team gets the vast majority of its players from the other two Korean pro teams: Halla and High1 and a few college grads as well. Prior to the creation of the team, players served strictly as regular members of the Korean armed forces from 21 to 24 months depending on the branch they were in and were “out of hockey” for that time period.
Daemyung Sangmu has allowed players who might have played lesser roles for Halla and High1 to showcase their skills. Furthermore, college players and some from the KIHL (Korea Independent Hockey League) who have made the team, have given the other pro teams a chance to evaluate their talent in a professional setting.
In 2013-14 Sangmu finished in second place with 22 wins and 78 points in a forty-two game schedule. The first game was played against Anyang Halla on September 7th to a standing room crowd at the Anyang Sports Complex Arena. Sangmu came out flat-footed and allowed a goal just 18 seconds in the game. By the end of the first they were down 3-0. At the final whistle the score was 6-1 for Halla. However, Sangmu rebounded the following day with a 5-4 victory over Halla.
Sangmu played their first “home” game at Anyang versus the Oji Eagles. Sangmu were up 2-0 despite being badlty outshot throughout the game. However the Eagles came back to win in a shootout 3-2.
During the first year, many players had breakout seasons. Park Woo-Sang, dubbed “Super Rookie” by the Halla announcers in 08-09 lead the team with 30 goals and 57 points, good for third and sixth spots in league scoring. His fellow Halla teammate, Cho Min-Ho finished behind him with 56 points.
The first season was the perfect chance for goaltender Park Sung-Je to showcase his abilities after playing only 21 games over the previous three seasons with Anyang, and he didn’t disappoint. He played 37 games and finish third with a 2.72 GAA and .920 save percentage.
The 2014-15 season didn’t go so well. A preseason car accident injured three players causing them to miss considerable time with the team. Sangmu rarely iced a complete team during the year. Often going many games with five defensemen or short up front.
In spite of the adversity, this unit held its own most games, including the highest scoring game of the season, a 9-8 OT victory against the Icebucks.
They also put a 12 man team against a fully stacked Free Blades crew at Mokdong and came back to win 6-5 in a shootout. The game was also the highest penalized of the season with 224 PIM including eight game misconducts.
Sangmu is “like a box of chocolates” without the chart to indicate what each chocolate is. By that bad Forrest Gump reference, I mean the composition of the team changes drastically from season to season so it’s difficult to predicte how it will perform. Rest assured this team is a band of brothers that never gives up.
- Asia League Ice Hockey
- 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16
- Seonhak International Ice Rink 선학국제빙상경기장
|19||Kim Sang-Wook 김상욱||27||1988-04-21||C/LW||180||85|
|2||Oh Kwang-Sik 오광식||28||1987-04-20||D||174||84|
|3||Min Kwon-Ki 민권기||24||1991-01-03||D||185||84|
|84||Lee Hyun-Sung 이현승||24||1991-07-05||F||172||78|
|55||Kim Hyeok 김혁||28||1987-04-07||D||185||90|
|7||Park Sang-Jin 박상진||26||1989-07-31||C||175||75|
|10||Kim Hyung-Joon 김형준||28||1987-04-27||RW||173||70|
|17||Lee Min-Woo 이민우||25||1990-07-30||F||180||82|
|12||Kil Sang-Woo 길상우||23||1992-07-29||F||180||77|
|13||Lee Young-Jun 이영준||24||1991-01-03||C||184||75|
|67||Mun Kuk-Hwan 문국환||27||1988-09-30||C||165||72|
|21||Lee Dong-Min 이동민||26||1989-06-27||F||172||68|
|29||Han Jae-Ik 한재익||24||1991-06-08||G||176||73|
|26||Daniel Kang 강다니엘||26||1988-11-21||F||170||72|
|4||Kim Bum-Jin 김범진||28||1987-01-11||D||178||84|
|33||Lee Bong-Jin 이봉진||24||1991-03-22||F||170||72|
|35||Shin Hyung-Yun 신형윤||25||1990-08-29||F||182||80|
|46||Hwang Hyun-Ho 황현호||25||1990-09-03||G||174||71|
|51||Kim Woo-Young 김우영||27||1988-06-17||D||183||83|
|79||Oh Jin-Woo 오진우||24||1991-04-10||F||183||95|
|53||Ko Hyun-Bin 고현빈||26||1989-04-22||D/F||180||85|
|2||Kwak Hyung-Gi 곽형기||26||1989-06-13||D||183||86|