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05-31-2014, 02:35 PM
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A week with the North Korea hockey team.

Fairly interesting article about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

http://deadspin.com/my-week-with-the...team-512306903


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Interesting to see how, much like Russia in the 50's-80's they seem to be rather uniform, mysterious, and skeptical of others in their actions. Good read!

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Good read.

Given the political nature of this thread I don't know that it will last.

Having said that, I have read the UN report on North Korea released earlier this year. Those players are probably kept under a constant watchful eye, and to even remotely speak out about the Kim's results in unspeakable brutality to oneself or family members.

Hopefully someday things improve for the better, and we see that the sport of Hockey persist and grow along with the living conditions for the great people of North Korea.

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good article

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The most surprising part of the article was the fact that the UAE has a hockey team.

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Great article. Well worth the read.

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They are lucky. So many from there are not. And when I say lucky, I mean that in a very relative sense.

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That was really interesting... Shows what a good system can do for you

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Nice story. If there's one thing that can bring people and countries closer together, it's ice hockey.

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The most surprising part of the article was the fact that the UAE has a hockey team.
I was on sporcle this morning doing a quiz to name all the members of the IIHF. A lot of surprises on there.

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I wonder how much they play. For their captain, a defenseman, to score that often, he must get some serious ice time back home.

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Coincidentally, this morning I just watched a documentary on North Korea! I am very interested in politics, especially very corrupt/authoritarian governments (no, I do not condone them), and North Korea has interested me for a long time. I have read books, watched documentaries, etc. about this country, but it still seems so mysterious. I am glad that some, even if it's only 1500, are able to experience the great sport of ice hockey. I hope that if/when their government collapses that the outside world will respond to the North Korean civilians with open arms, and not hate.

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And in a surprisingly tight game against Ireland, forward Kim Hyok-ju slid on his knees, soccer style, after scoring the second goal of a 2-1 victory.
Nail Yakupov's Communist sympathies have been confirmed.


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UAE, worst team, nicest gear. Pretty funny.

Great read.

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I like hearing these stories about the lesser-known nations playing hockey. Although the North Korean interest is more political than actual hockey development, its great to see how social media/internet/TV has broadened the game.

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UAE, worst team, nicest gear. Pretty funny.

Great read.
Funny enough was just reading about UAE hockey. Its they youngest sport there but gaining players (both male and female) since they already have 4-5 ice rinks. the league exist from 2009. with 5 clubs, of which 3 are mostly expats working there. If you consider they had to start from scratch 5 years earlier and many just starting out, and i mean litteraly since they were barely able to skate, they did an amasing job winning the challange cups and getting and staying in the Division III is amasing. they have some slovaks i think coaching those 2 clubs. they can only get better.

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The most surprising part of the article was the fact that the UAE has a hockey team.
And South Africa!

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And South Africa!
South Africa has had Ice hockey since the 1970s

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The Pyongyang ice rink is actually quite nice for North Korea!

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