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