The news came after Jamaica's men's ice hockey team won its first ever gold medal in an international tournament last Sunday. (Photo: Drone4u Inc/Wikipedia)

Canadian investor to build first-ever ice rink for Jamaica hockey team

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A Canadian investor has shown great interest in building an ice rink for the Jamaican ice hockey team on the north coast of the country, according to Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture.

As the Jamaican team was nominated for the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Doha, Qatar, Grange took the opportunity to announce the news.

The Minister explained that this interest intensified after Jamaica’s men’s ice hockey team won the second annual Amerigol Latam Cup. The team beat defending champions Colombia 2-0 on penalties in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is the first time Jamaica has won gold in an international ice hockey tournament.

The Latam Cup is an ice hockey tournament composed mainly of teams from Central and South America. Venezuela, Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Argentina were part of the 2019 edition.

“Serious investors are standing by with plans to establish an ice rink, along with a bobsleigh practice track and an eight hundred room boutique hotel on Jamaica’s north coast,” Grange was reported as saying by Loop Jamaica Sport.

She went on to say that the rink would be available for tournaments and pre-season training.

The Canadian investors are ready to sign a contract and will soon be visiting the country, said Mr. Grange.

She did not give more information but promised to provide more details at another time.

Aiming for the Olympic Games

The Jamaican Minister of Sports made no secret of her interest in qualifying the national team for international competitions such as the Olympic Games: “we have to have an ice rink in Jamaica and that is why we are moving speedily to put that in place.”

Jamaica joined the International Ice Hockey Federation seven years ago, in May 2012, becoming the first Caribbean nation to do so.

However, the team is still not ranked and according to its IIF profile, it currently has only 20 junior members. The team is mostly comprised of players of Jamaican lineage who live and play in North America.

But their latest Latam Cup victory gave them confidence and even earned them NHL recognition.

The Jamaican Olympic Ice Hockey Federation’s primary objective at the moment is to increase the number of fans, players and coaches, as shown on their website.

This desire to be a precursor is not new in Jamaica. In winter sports, the country is known for having presented a bobsleigh team at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, a feat that inspired the iconic Hollywood blockbuster “Cool Runnings”.

With files from Loop Jamaica Sport 

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One comment on “Canadian investor to build first-ever ice rink for Jamaica hockey team
  1. This is a phenomenal milestone and it only goes to prove that with God’s help all things are possible. As we say in Jamaica patois nicely said by one of our famous Jamaican folklorist the late Hon. Louis Bennett-Coverly weh lickle but weh tallawah (we are seen as being small but we are a force to be reckoned with). I would always say as one of our National festival song writer Eric Donaldson pens it. This is the land of my birth, this is Jamaica my Jamaica the land of my birth. Proud to be Jamaican and I am so proud of this team like others have been doing keeping Jamaica relevant at all times Yes we can, Go Go Jamaica Land We Love.