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February 2018

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA IMPORTANT They are happy to have Testwuide, 30, who was the only American cho- s e n f o r t h e m e n 's n a t i o n a l t e a m after South Korea sped up its nat- uralization process to add him and six Canadians. The country also pumped in $20 million over four years to develop the men's and women's programs, which included hiring Jim Paek as men's director and coach and Californian Richard Park as his assistant. They are the only players of South Korean heritage to play in the NHL. Investment and imports were des- perately needed. When the Olympics were awarded in 2011, South Korea had only 1,880 registered ice hockey play- ers—including 133 adult men, accord- ing to the International Ice Hockey Federation. A d d i n g Te st w u i d e wa s a l o g i c a l choice for Paek, who won two Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992. Testwuide was the 2015-16 Asia League MVP and a top scorer in the Japan-based professional league in recent years. The Gangwon High for- ward has competed in 26 international games entering the Olympics. "In that time, he made an impres- sion with his size and skill," Paek said. FEBRUARY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 31 Mike Testwuide and his South Korean teammates have formed a tight bond heading into the Olympics.

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