High praise for Jamaica's history-making, trophy-winning ice hockey team

By September 09, 2019

Jamaica’s history-making ice hockey team has come in for praise after shocking Colombia on Sunday to win the 2019 Amerigol LATAM Cup at the Florida Panthers Ice Den.

Jamaica defeated the Colombians 3-2 in a shootout in the tournament that included teams from Venezuela, Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Argentina.

“Jamaica continues to show the rest of the world how good we can be in sports which are not traditional to us and I really want our senior men’s ice hockey team to know how proud we are of what they have accomplished on the ice,” said Jamaica’s Sports Minister Olivia Grange.

Jamaica’s Consul General to Miami Oliver Mair was equally impressed.

"When I made the announcement that Jamaica was going to play in hockey everybody was, like, 'Who? Jamaica?' I mean, the bobsled thing happened years ago but ice hockey, this is a surprise," Mair said.

Jamaica’s team is comprised mainly of players who have Jamaica lineage living and playing hockey in North American; players like Jaden Lindo who was a sixth-round National Hockey League draft pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014.

"It feels unbelievable, we just made history," Lindo said. "This is something that Jamaica is never going to forget."

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