The Algerian national ice hockey team is looking for your support.

According to the National Teams of Ice Hockey website, Algeria has played in just five official tournament games in their history, losing all five matches at the 2008 Arab Cup in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Since then, the team has struggled to find the funds to compete again, and has been on the sidelines ever since. Unlike in North America, the team is unable to gain funding from the government and have struggled to find the sponsorship needed to continue.

Fortunately, things look to be getting better in Algeria. The country does have a new rink, and the NHLPA has supplied equipment for kids looking to get more involved in the game. However, they still need more money as a whole to help pay for arena costs, uniforms and travel.

As a huge advocate of the international game, I suggest you help support the team. Anything helps, and if it means more countries have a chance at taking part in the game, then it shows that hockey can grow anywhere, from Algeria to Uzbekistan.

You can help support the team through their GoFundMe website here.

About The Author

Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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