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Para Worlds Preview: Canada vs. Korea

Monday, May 29 | 7 p.m. MT | Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan | Preliminary Round

Shannon Coulter
May 29, 2023

Canada’s National Para Hockey Team begins its quest for a fifth world championship on Monday, opening up the preliminary round against Korea at the 2023 World Para Hockey Championship.

Last Game & Last Meeting

Let’s throw it back to last Tuesday when these two teams faced off in a pre-tournament game in Moose Jaw, with the Canadians shutting out the Koreans 9-0. Eight different players scored for Canada, and 10 players recorded a point, led by two goals and an assist for Auren Halbert, and a goal and two helpers for James Dunn. Dominic Larocque and Jean-François Huneault split time in goal, combining for a six-save shutout.

What to Watch

Two players are nearing major milestones with Canada’s National Para Hockey Team. After recording two points in Canada’s exhibition win, captain Tyler McGregor is one point from 200 career points wearing the Maple Leaf (he’ll be the fifth Canadian to reach the mark). Dominic Cozzolino sits six points away from 100 for his career. With their ability to impact the Canadian offence, there’s a high chance both marks will be reached in Moose Jaw. Raphaëlle Tousignant will also make her international debut in this game, making history as the first woman to play for Canada’s National Para Hockey Team at a major international event.

Korea has seven players making their international debut at the 2023 World Para Hockey Championship—the most of any country. The Koreans will also see a boost on their roster with the return of Seung-Hwan Jung, who took a brief break from para hockey for Nordic skiing. At the 2019 world championship, Jung led Korea with three points and 12 shots on goal. Look for his speed and skill throughout the tournament—his nickname is “Messi on Ice.”

A Look Back

Canada has dominated the head-to-head history since the first meeting in 2010, winning all 37 games.

The teams first met in Surrey, B.C., for a three-game series in January 2010, where Canada celebrated a milestone 100 games since becoming a part of Hockey Canada prior to the 2004-05 season. Billy Bridges reached a milestone of his own during the series, scoring a hat trick in the second game to record his 100th international goal.

All-time record: Canada leads 37-0-0
Canada goals: 236
Korea goals: 15

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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