The Grand Rapids Griffins will be searching for a new assistant coach.

After spending nine seasons as an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, former NHLer Jim Paek will now guide Korea's national team.

"The idea of coaching the National Team in the Olympics is one of my dreams. I've always wanted to help develop Korean hockey. I've returned to Korea many times to run hockey schools and coached Korean teams travelling to Canada. What a great opportunity I have now."

The Korea Ice Hockey Association had been on the hunt for a foreign head coach to help improve their fortunes of automatically qualifying for the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

A two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins, Paek was also named as a Program Director of the national team team along with his new head coaching duties.