Griffins' Jim Paek becomes head coach of Korea's men's national team

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Jim Paek has been a fixture on the Grand Rapids Griffins bench for nine of the team's 18 seasons, and he's made hockey history multiple times.

Now, he'll attempt to make even more history with his native country, South Korea.

Jim Paek is leaving the Griffins to become the head coach of the Korean men's national team and help them reach the 2018 Winter Olympics in Peyongchang.

Paek was an assistant for the Griffins from 2005 through this last season.

Before that, he played over 200 games in the NHL and won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He's the first Korean to play in the NHL.

He also won a Turner Cup with the Muskegon Lumberjacks in 1989.


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