Vet­er­ans mark his­toric hockey games

An an­nual match hon­ours re­la­tion­ships forged dur­ing the Korean War.

Canada's History - - CURRENTS - — Jes­sica Knapp

A hockey team com­pris­ing Cana­dian Korean War vet­er­ans, ex­pats liv­ing in Korea, and mil­i­tary per­son­nel took to the ice in Jan­uary to hon­our his­toric matches that took place dur­ing the Korean War.

The Imjin Clas­sic was in­spired by hockey games held in the win­ter of 1952–53 be­tween two Cana­dian mil­i­tary reg­i­ments that fought in the con­flict: the Princess Pa­tri­cia’s Cana­dian Light In­fantry and the Royal 22nd Reg­i­ment. Those games were played on the frozen Imjin River in Paju City, north­east of Seoul.

On Jan­uary 19, 2018, the Cana­dian hockey squad suited up against a team com­prised of play­ers from Yon­sei Univer­sity and Korea Univer­sity. The game was played near Paju as the Olympic torch passed through on its way to the Olympic Win­ter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Among the play­ers were re­tired Cana­dian Korean War vet­er­ans Colonel Claude Char­land, Sergeant Den­nis Moore, and Lieu­tenant Colonel John Bishop.

The Korean War be­gan on June 25, 1950, and the com­bat phase ended on July 27, 1953, with the sign­ing of the Korean Armistice Agree­ment. Many Cana­di­ans con­tin­ued to serve in Korea be­tween the sign­ing of the armistice and the end of 1955.

The in­au­gu­ral Imjin Clas­sic, held in 2013, was the brain­child of Cana­dian Sen­a­tor Yonah Martin, who was in­spired to or­ga­nize the com­mem­o­ra­tive match after see­ing a black-and-white photo of the “Princess Pats” and the “Van Doos” play­ing in Korea in 1952.

Cana­dian sol­diers play hockey on the Imjin River in Korea, 1952. NEWS

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