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Women's hockey lands Pyeongchang Olympian Ye Eun Park

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team is proud to announce the commitment of Ye Eun Park, a South Korean Olympian and former UPEI defender, who will join the Rams at the start of the 2018-19 season.

A native of Gangneung, South Korea, Park has trained with the country’s national team since 2011. She has participated in numerous tournaments for South Korea, most notably playing five games with the unified North and South Korea team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Following the Olympics, Park won a silver medal with the Korean team at the 2018 World Hockey Championship in Division I-B, contributing two assists in five games.  In 2017, Park won gold with the team in the same tournament, helping earn Korea a promotion from the IIHF’s Division II-A to Division I-B.

During her time with the Korean national team, Park skated alongside former Ryerson forward, Danelle Im. Im graduated in 2016 and moved on to train with Team Korea in preparation for the Pyeongchang Olympics. Both players competed for Korea at the Games, as well as the 2017 and 2018 IIHF World Championships.

Park’s commitment to Ryerson makes her as the first-ever international student-athlete to suit up for the Rams’ women’s hockey team.

“Her passion and drive to become part of the Ryerson Rams community has been inspiring and that will be evident on the ice as well,” remarks Rams head coach Lisa Haley.  “In terms of hockey skills, Ye Eun is a good skating right-shot D who has vision. And just as important, the new culture she will bring to our team environment will be very fun to watch.”

Park played 12 games for the UPEI Panthers in the 2015-16 season.  Prior to her time out east, Park attended the Ontario Hockey Academy in Cornwall, Ont.

Park is set to enter Ryerson’s Psychology program in the fall and will suit up for the Rams in September.

“Ryerson has great programs, both academics and athletics,” says Park. “I felt the school takes care of its students very well. Also, Coach Haley has helped me a lot with the transfer process. I can’t wait to be a part of this team and the school.”

The Rams will open up their 2018-19 campaign against the Windsor Lancers on October 14, 2018, at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre.


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