Imjin Hockey Classic 2015 re-enacts historic Korean War hockey match

Article / September 25, 2015 / Project number: 15-0164

Ottawa, Ontario  — Wherever there is ice and Canadians, there is likely to be hockey, as was the case during the Korean War when  Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and the Royal 22nd Regiment (R22R) battled it out on the frozen Imjin River more than 60 years ago.

The Imjin Hockey Classic is an annual re-enactment of that historic hockey match to honour our Korean War veterans while playing Canada’s beloved game.

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea will host the Imjin Hockey Classic 2015 at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 26th at the Canadian Tire Centre Arena in Ottawa. Starting this year, with the sponsorship of the Ottawa Senators and participation from Canadian Army Headquarters, the Imjin Hockey Classic will be an even bigger and more exciting event than ever.

This match was organized in collaboration with the Canadian Army, the Office of Senator Yonah Martin, PPCLI and R22R to honour Korean War Veterans, show appreciation and support for members of the Canadian Armed Forces and ultimately, to strengthen ties between Canada and Korea.

The event is close to the heart of Ms. Martin, a Senator from British Columbia who is the first Canadian of Korean descent to serve in the Senate of Canada and the first Korean-Canadian Parliamentarian in Canadian history.

Two Korean hockey players will play on each team to ensure that this game symbolizes the strong friendship between the two countries, and is not limited to only the two regiments.

The re-enactment event was created in Korea about 10 years ago by Canadians living in Korea. In 2013, it was held in Ottawa as part of Winterlude, Canada’s capital’s winter celebration, to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice.

Beginning in 2014, the Korean Embassy elevated the event in significance and scale by hosting members of the two regiments, PPCLI and R22R, to carry on the tradition of their predecessors at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Imjin Hockey Classic’s main goal is to convey sincere gratitude to the Korean War Veterans in Canada and to the Canadian Armed Forces. Furthermore, the winner of the match will lift a special trophy reminiscent of a Korean ‘incense burner’ which signifies remembrance and commemoration of Korean War Veterans.

  • Canada joined the United Nations in its military response to the North Korean invasion of South Korea on 25 June 1950. Over 6,000 troops participated and 312 died. Major engagements include the Battle of Kapyong.
  • Commemorations represent an opportunity to highlight the historical importance of the Canadian Army, linking today’s soldiers to a proud heritage

Event Details for those in the National Capital Area:

Event: Imjin Classic Hockey match - PPCLI vs. R22R
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa
Admission: Free of charge
Parking: Free Parking until 3:00 p.m. (Park in Lot 4, and enter arena through Gate 3)

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