South Korea is hosting a four-nation men’s hockey tournament starting this week, with an eye on earning a promotion back to the top-flight world championship.
Named the Legacy Cup, the tournament will feature host South Korea, Latvia, Kazakhstan, and Japan, from Wednesday to Friday. All matches will be played at Gangneung Hockey Centre.
The Korea Ice Hockey Association (KIHA) organized the event in celebration of the first anniversary of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Gangneung Hockey Centre was one of two hockey venues during the Olympics and hosted the men’s and women’s gold medal games.
But it won’t just be a commemorative event for world No. 16 South Korea, which is gearing up for the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship Division I Group A tournament starting in April in Kazakhstan.
It’s the second-highest level of the IIHF world championships.
South Korea was relegated to Division I Group A after finishing last at the top-tier World Championship in Denmark last year.
Coached by former National Hockey League defenseman Jim Paek, South Korea can return to the elite division by finishing in the top two in Division I Group A.