The winter of 1952 was bone-chilling, freezing the Imjingang River, a river in northern Gyeonggi-do province that flows down and through the middle of the Korean Peninsula. At the time, the peninsula was still at war, as the Korean War broke out in late June 1950.
There were many Canadian soldiers in the United Nations forces defending the South Korean side against the North. They were stationed on the Western Front along the Imjingang River and were on their guard against any incursion from the north.
However, a strong wind was blowing along the river, and the river almost froze along with the gun-wielding soldiers. The winter weather turned the river into a large plain of ice.
Even in the midst of a tense situation, with war at any time, the young soldiers felt a desire to participate in their traditional winter sport: ice hockey.