Women's Ice Hockey Coach 'Shocked' to Hear About a Unified Korean Team

  • By Joo Hyung-sik

    January 17, 2018 11:06

    Sarah Murray, the head coach of the South Korean women's ice hockey team, on Tuesday expressed her shock at the news that South and North Korea may form a unified team for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, which is now just less than a month away. 

    Sarah Murray, the head coach of the South Korean women's ice hockey team, talks to reporters at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    Speaking to reporters at Incheon International Airport returning from training in the U.S., Murray said she is "shocked" to hear the news and added it would be "okay" to add some three North Korean players to the roster but "very difficult" to add 10.

    Five to eight North Korean players will reportedly join the unified team if it is formed. The government assures that there will not be any disadvantages to South Korean players, but as the roster is limited to 23, some will have to be left out.

    "They definitely have players that can help us but I don't think they would have anybody that would infiltrate our first, second or third lines," said Murray.

    There are five players in one line, meaning that there will be no North Korean players in the top 15 on the team.

    "I do like the idea of adding a bit of competition to the lines but it's different adding players this close to the Olympics rather than doing it two or three years ago," she added.

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