For the first time ever, South Korea will be in the IIHF World Championship.

Friday, South Korea earned promotion into this year's Hockey World Championship, defeating Ukraine in a shootout in a must-win game. After three periods of play and a 3-on-3 overtime period, South Korea and the Ukraine remained in a deadlock, tied 1-1. In the third round of the shootout, South Korea's Sanghoon Shin buried a beautiful goal, making history and sending his country to their first-ever 1st division World Championship. 


Speaking after the historic win, Korean forward Michael Swift shared his feelings on just how important the win was to South Korea. “The next 12 months that are coming up will be something very special for Korean ice hockey. They’ve never been to the top [division]. We’re there now and we want to stay there. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Catch the IIHF World Championship next Friday, May 5th, only on TSN, starting with Canada's opening game versus the Czech Republic.


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