Just a day after the Falkland Islands secured their first ever ice hockey victory, Jamaica’s U16 team grabbed their first victory following a 3-2 decision over the Bradford PS101 select team on Friday.
Featuring a team made up of prospects that, for the most part, participated in a training camp session last summer in Toronto, the Jamaican Ice Hockey team held their first ever tournament at Nottawasaga Resort in Allison, Ontario from July 3rd-5th. Using a team built up of young Jamaican players from around the world, Jamaica’s debut resulted in a very successful first game.
“This is history being made once more in the hockey sports world,” said Jeff Brubaker, the current General Manager of Team Jamaica. “In our outreach, we have come to realize that globally most sports fans – let alone hockey fans – are not aware of such a hub existing and an upsurge of quality young players, in addition to professional National Hockey League players, being represented around the planet.”
Back in 2012, Jamaica became the first Caribbean nation to join the IIHF, a huge achievement for the country with very little ties to ice hockey. Their coach, Graeme Townshend, did play in the NHL however, playing in 45 games with the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins during the 1990’s.
The team has expressed interest in participating in the Olympics in the future. While they have set the 2018 Olympics as their first official IIHF event. While that’s actually impossible at this point, the team is eligible to play in the annual Pan-American Ice Hockey tournament in Mexico.
Jamaica’s CEO is surely excited for the future.
“JOIHF is living proof of vision turned reality,” said Edmond ‘EJ’ Phillipps, Jr. “We have overcome many hurdles and accomplished much since our inception in 2011. Now we are excited about the possibilities of the future. The support we have received confirms the concept of JOIHF resonates across cultural and socioeconomic lines, and demonstrates the mass appeal of the project.”
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