Vancouver senator celebrates hockey playing Korean War vets

Vancouver Senator Yonah Martin is commemorating a shinny game played on the Imjin River during the Korean War with a game of her own in Ottawa this weekend.
Canadian soldiers line the boards of a makeshift ice rink on the Imjin River in Korea in 1952.

The image is stunning. Hundreds of soldiers line a makeshift ice rink on the Imjin River near the frontlines of the Korean War in 1952.

Vancouver Senator Yonah Martin is commemorating that game, and the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice this weekend in Ottawa.

She's putting on a river shinny game of her own - the Imjin Classic.

"It just amazed me that in the middle of war that there was this hockey game," said Martin in an interview with CBC Radio One's On the Coast with host Stephen Quinn.

"It just intrigued me and amazed me that this had happened."

Martin says the game symbolizes Canadians' passion and devotion to whatever they are doing.

The game was played to impress high-ranking officials who were visiting in the area. Hockey games were a common pastime for soldiers when they were not on the frontlines.

The game will feature the Parliamentary All-Stars facing off against a Canadian Military team.

Veterans who were part of the original game will be in attendance and Don Cherry will even be wearing the Imjin Classic sweater on Coach's Corner this weekend.

For the Seoul-born senator from Vancouver the reason for putting on the game is simple.

"For me it is very personal, and I know that I would not be alive today had Canadians and others not gone to Korea's aid."

The Imjin Classic takes place on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET.