2 foreigners join hockey team ahead of Olympics

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2 foreigners join hockey team ahead of Olympics

The Korea Ice Hockey Association (KIHA) said on Monday that Canadian Caroline Park and American Mike Testwuide have earned Korean citizenship and they will be allowed to participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as part of the Korean national team.

The KIHA has been pursuing special naturalization for talented ice hockey players in a bid to boost the national team’s competitiveness at the Winter Games. After passing screening by the Korea Olympic Committee, the KIHA said that the Ministry of Justice approved of giving citizenship to these players.

Park, born in Brampton, Canada, played for Princeton Tigers in the NCAA Division 1 before coming to Korea in 2013 on an invitation from the KIHA. She is currently an assistant to the Korean women’s national team coach, Sarah Murray.

Testwuide, a 28-year-old from Colorado, played with the Adironack Phantoms and Abbotsford Heat in the American Hockey League before joining Korea’s Anyang Halla in 2013. Since then, the 196-centimeter (6-foot-4) winger collected 56 goals and 59 assisted in 88 games in Asia League Ice Hockey.

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