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  • Jim Paek to lead Korean national team's attempt to earn 2018 Olympic berth

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago

    The Korea Ice Hockey Association had been on the hunt for a foreign head coach to help improve their fortunes of automatically qualifying for the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

    On Wednesday, they found their man.

    After spending nine seasons as an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, former NHLer Jim Paek will now guide his country's national team.

    From the IIHF:

    Paek was born in Seoul, but moved to Canada when he was very young. In 1990-91, he became the first Korean-born player ever in the NHL.  After his playing days ended, he got into coaching, joining the Orlando Seals of the WHA2 in 2003 before taking a job with an Ohio high school team.

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