When it comes to ice hockey, Jamaica is Hotter Than July – at least interest in the effort to build a Jamaican Olympic hockey team is.
Years after hiring coaches and management and months after holding player tryouts, Jamaica debuted an exhibition team of mostly Canadian-Caribbean players that almost won a tournament in Ontario earlier this month.
The team played well and looked gaudy good in Jamaican green, yellow, and black jerseys (I want one!). Rogers Sportsnet Producer Jason Thom and his crew recently did an excellent piece on the Jamaican drive and the team’s head coach, retired National Hockey League forward Graeme Townshend, who was the league’s first Jamaican-born player. Below is the segment, courtesy of the good folks at Sportsnet.
Jason Gilmore said:
Bill-do you know where would I be able to get one of those Jamaican jersey’s from?
William Douglas said:
The Jamaican Olympic Ice Hockey Federation is deciding whether to merchandise the jerseys. I’ve strongly suggested to them that they do. You might want to email them and weigh in.
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