[스포츠서울 | 김동영기자] Cho Min-ho, who played an active role as a leading Korean men’s ice hockey striker, passed away after a battle with lung cancer. He is 35 years old.
Minho Jo was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly after returning from an expedition to the United States in Halla, Anyang, in October of last year. He suffered from chemotherapy for over 8 months, but his condition has rapidly deteriorated recently. He died on the afternoon of the 15th at Samsung Seoul Hospital.
The mortuary was set up in Room 3 of the funeral hall of Samsung Seoul Hospital. The funeral is at 12:30 pm on the 17th, and the funeral is at the arboretum in Seoul Memorial Park.
Born in Seoul on January 4, 1987, Jo Min-ho has been highly anticipated for his outstanding performance and sincerity since his days at Gyeonggi High School. He wore the Taegeuk mark for the first time in 2008, when he was a senior at Korea University.
He played as a key striker in the men’s ice hockey team until the final qualifying for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics held in Oslo, Norway in August of last year.
In particular, on February 15, 2018, he scored the opening goal against the Czech Republic in the first round of Group A of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics held at the Gangneung Hockey Center at the Gangneung Hockey Center, becoming the hero of the first goal in the Olympic finals in Korean ice hockey history.
Jo Min-ho joined Anyang Halla in 2009 and performed without ups and downs, sharing all of the team’s six Asian league ice hockey championships. Since 2018, he has been the captain and led the team. His full-time career record is 124 goals and 324 assists in 393 games. Jo Min-ho’s 324 assists is the most in a Korean player’s career (including multiple nationalities).