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Thursday, 4 June 2015

Korean Sub-Zero Ice Hockey, Part II: Daemyung Sangmu - Mandatory 2-Year Military Service by playing ice hockey, sounds interesting.


The Daemyung Sangmu, is a professional ice hockey team based in Seoul, South Korea. It is the newest club of the Asia League Ice Hockey (ALIH). The club is originated from the combination of two entities - Daemyung Group, a chaebol which is famous in tourism, hospitality and infrastructure and Sangmu, the sports division of Republic of Korea Armed Forces. The team plays home matches in Mokdong Ice Rink, Seoul Yangcheon-gu.

Sangmu was established in 2012 by Korean government to prepare for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. This team is made up of several players currently serving their two year military service and therefore were are unable to maintain practice and playing with their respective clubs, while conscripted. In its first season, 17 players will play for Sangmu. 

Most players belong to South Korea's national team. Sangmu, being a military team, unlike the other two Korean teams, Anyang Halla and High1, won't be able to bring in any foreign imports, or trade for any players. Nor will their players be able to be traded to other teams. The team will fully rely on home grown talent serving their compulsory military service.