Apparently hockey is beginning to "take root" in Korea. According to this article in the Korea Herald, they are just as good as Canadians now, non-professionally that is.
Here's a more in depth article that says Koreans are even "occasionally engaging in character-building bouts of fisticuffs, challenging one another to compete - even using gloves as a net - is one that plays out in every small town and big city across Canada, minus the frozen pond of course."
Maybe the Habs will draft a few Koreans next year.
I bet they have more heart than some unnamed Soviets and Europeans.