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Ahn Jung-hyun
Jung Ahn Anyang Halla 2.jpg
Born Ahn Jung-Hyun
(1993-08-20) 20 August 1993 (age 26)[1]
Haeundae, Busan, South Korea
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
Korean League team
Former teams
Sangmu
Anyang Halla
Kiekko-Vantaa
National team  South Korea
Playing career 2012–present
Ahn Jung-hyun
Hangul
안정현
Revised RomanizationAn Jeong-hyeon

Ahn Jung-hyun (born 20 August 1993), also known as Jung Ahn, is a Korean-Canadian professional ice hockey player.[1] He currently plays for Sangmu of the Korean Ice Hockey League and the South Korea men's national ice hockey team.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Ahn was born to a student family in Haeundae, Busan, South Korea. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia along with his parents who made the decision to study abroad when he was one and a half years old.[2] Until his latter adolescence, Ahn lived in a university funded housing unit. While residing in a neighborhood with a large African-Canadian community, he became close friends with a Ghanaian immigrant who gave him the nickname "Henny" after not being able to pronounce the second part of Ahn’s Korean given name: "Hyun”. Upon entering middle school, Ahn chose to simplify his name to “Jung Ahn” from “Jung-Hyun Ahn” in an attempt to ease the difficulty that his colleagues had in pronouncing his full Korean name.

Ahn discovered ice hockey on a frozen patch of ice behind his community’s Laundromat at the age of three. He found his first pair of skates in a donation bin and his first set of equipment was handed down to him by a Japanese immigrant family whose son had recently quit organized hockey. He was registered in organized hockey on his fifth birthday. Ahn’s father worked part-time as a janitor and his mother as a hotel cashier, both while enrolled at the University of Alberta, in order to support their son’s participation in competitive sports.[2]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Anyang Halla[edit | edit source]

At 19 years of age, Ahn became Halla's youngest signing in franchise history and the youngest Korean player to play in the Asia League.[3]

Kiekko-Vantaa[edit | edit source]

Ahn played the 2013–14 season with Kiekko-Vantaa in the Finnish Mestis league.

Return to Anyang[edit | edit source]

Ahn returned to Anyang Halla after spending the previous season in Finland. After a difficult start to his professional career, Ahn was able to help guide Anyang Halla to two consecutive Asia League championships, becoming an integral player in the process.

Sangmu[edit | edit source]

After the 2016–17 season, Ahn, along with Ahn Jin-hui and Shin Sang-hoon left Anyang Halla to join the Sangmu Korean Armed Forces ice hockey team of the Korean Ice Hockey League in order to complete their mandatory military service terms as South Korean citizens.

International play[edit | edit source]

Ahn made his international debut for South Korea in a 3–2 loss against Poland at the IIHF sanctioned 2013 Euro Ice Hockey Challenge in Tychy, Poland.[4]

He became the youngest goal scorer in a senior IIHF sanctioned competition in South Korean national team history when he capitalized on a rebound during a 4–3 victory over Romania at the same competition.[4][5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "AHN, JUNG-HYUN profile (in Korean)". AnyangHalla.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/12/19/2012121900430.html
  3. http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=57151
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://eihcsite.stats.pointstreak.com/teamplayerstats.html?teamid=424108&seasonid=10274
  5. http://news.tv.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/02/11/2013021100410.html


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