The Jamaica national ice hockey team created History yesterday. The Island of Jamaica from the warm, tropical Caribbean won an international ice hockey tournament, yes I said it (or typed it) , the Jamaican Ice Boyz are the champions of an Ice Hockey competition staged in the US. This team of Jamaican born and Jamaican descent player made the country proud.

Jamaican defeated Colombia in a nail biter of a game. The nail biter aspect of this was surprising since Jamaica had defeated Columbia earlier in the competition and had lost 5-0. Maybe the Colombian team had taken Jamaica lightly the first time out, maybe Colombia had adjusted brilliantly to the Jamaican team, or maybe the Jamaican team had finally gotten a little tired and banged up after a dominant run that led up to the final (5-0 against Columbia, 8-4 over Argentina, 7-0 over Brazil & 6-0 Over Mexico), a final that was in the 1st ever Ice Hockey competition that Jamaica has entered,

In the tight game Jamaica went up 2-0 early. The Jamaicans in the building were loud and in joyous spirits, grooving to hits from Sean Paul & Damian & Stephen Marley. However unlike the previous encounter Columbia was right there with the Boyz from the island of wood & water. The Colombians matched the Jamaicans in speed, which up to this point had not been done by any team, including the Colombians.

Although the Colombians were matching us in tactics, speed and execution, the 2-0 lead gave comfort, to what was both the largest crowd for the whole tournament and the largest number of Jamaicans and Jamaican supporters who came out during the competition.

Then, Jamaica had a major setback, one of their best players Carton Thorton had gotten hurt, had to be taken off and did not return. Players who had been injured earlier in the tournament now had to step up. Strong players like Jaden Lindo now had to dig deep.

Colombia’s best player Daniel Echeverri played the entire 48 minutes, their goalie became almost impassable after the 2 goals scored. Then it happened in the 3rd period, Colombia scored. The Colombia fans went wild. Then in the 4th, they scored again! 2-2.

That score would hold all the way until regulation time ended, albeit with many close calls for both sides. This set up the penalties, and after a tense period, Jamaica’s goalie saved enough and offense scored enough for Jamaica to win 3-2. History had been made.

The crowd went wild, the team went wild, everybody jumped on the ice. Coaches CJ Bollers & Darwin Murray (whose brilliant coaching led the way) beamed with pride. Then the national anthem played and everyone who was there from and for Jamaica stood at attention. The Ice Boyz showed unadulterated joy, along with classy humility to all, throughout the whole weekend they showed respect to teams, fans and organizers.

Jamaica’s Counsel General, Oliver Mair celebrated along with team and fans and said ” We are sooo proud of our Jamaican Hockey team and congratulate them on this historic victory! We are a people capable of doing anything we put our minds towards accomplishing.” AKA we little but we tallawah.”

This is a strong statement for Jamaica to be a viable participant of the Ice Hockey world. If Jamaica can raise the millions necessary to have an ice rink in Jamaica they could be eligible to compete in the Winter Olympics (Ice Runnings anyone?).

On the 8th of September Jamaica created history by hoisting the LATAM 2019 trophy in Ice Hockey at the Florida Panthers Ice Den in South Florida.

– Jason Walker

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Jamaica’s Ice Boyz impressed again with a whopping 6-0 beat down of the Mexican national ice hockey team. Although the score is not as high as the 7-0 victory over Brazil the day before the game was completely dominated by the Boyz!

Playing Mexico, Jamaica was just faster, stronger, and more skilled than their opponent. Mexican players also said the Jamaican team played with much more cohesion. The Boyz would get into defensive and offensive sets much quicker than the Mexicans. Coach would put in and pull players at all the right times not giving Jamaica’s opponents any opportunity to get used to Jamaica’s tactics.

As first time competitors to the international Latam Hockey Cup, Jamaica is creating history by getting to the finals.

The finals are later today at 4:30 pm at the Panthers Iceden 3299 Sportsplex Drive Coral Springs FL 33065.

Jamaica hockey team posing with some fans.

Jamaica defeats Brazil in a resounding thorough 7-0 victory in the international LATAM cup. Although the score does not look competitive the game was thrilling.

The match was intense in every other aspect of the game other than the score. The Jamaica hockey team played as a #Football ⚽️ team. Strong quick passes with precise shots on goals.

The players were strong and hard in their blocks and defense. The game was swift and powerful.

This game is Jamaica’s 3rd straight victory. This victory has propelled the island nation into the semifinals of this ice hockey competition.

Bahamas Needs Our Help

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (September 2, 2019) Food For The Poor is responding to an urgent need for aid to our neighbor the Bahamas, which has been devastated by Hurricane Dorian. The charity will respond with partners Sandals Foundation and the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida to identify greatest need and coordinate distribution of aid. 

Containers of essential items will be loaded and sent immediately, but the charity needs help with a request for canned goods and diapers. Food For The Poor is asking for donations of canned meats, canned fish and canned milk, both evaporated and condensed, and disposable diapers. Perishable items cannot be accepted. 

“We are saddened by the images of devastation and heartbroken to hear news reports that at least one child’s life has been lost to this horrific storm,” said Food For The Poor President/CEO Robin Mahfood, in expressing the urgency of the situation. “If it were us, we would want to know that caring people would come to our aid. They have nothing left. We must respond and we must do so immediately.”

(Update: Death toll has risen to 20, as of Sept. 5).

Food For The Poor announced last Friday that it was poised to aid areas of Florida most affected by the impact of Hurricane Dorian, and is monitoring that situation as well. Since Florida wasn’t affected, that aid will go to the Bahamas.

Canned meats, canned fish, canned milk, and diapers can be brought to the charity’s warehouse at 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Fl, 33073, starting Wednesday, Sept. 4. Any other items cannot be accepted. Drop-off hours are weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Items should be taken directly to the warehouse, following the driveway around the right side of Food For The Poor.)

The Sandals Foundation is a nonprofit organization aimed at fulfilling the promise of the Caribbean community by improving lives and preserving its natural surroundings through investments in sustainable regional projects and programs in education, community and the environment.

The Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida has 76 congregations as diverse as Southeast Florida itself running from Key West north to Jensen Beach and west to Clewiston. The Episcopal Church in Southeast Florida includes approximately 38,000 members including congregations that worship regularly in Spanish and French/Creole.

Please go to FoodForThePoor.org/bahamas to make a donation.

Last year Jamieson Daley, in response to Heroes & Heritage Weeks made this amazing video reminding Jamaica of our best and of who we are and our pledge to each other, Jamaica, the world and most importantly to GOD. Happy Independence to Jamaica and all those who love Jamaica.

Jamaica’s Yona-Knight Wisdom

While Jamaica was still celebrating the worldwide celebration of Emancipation Day, Jamaica’s Yona-Knight Wisdom won the silver medal in diving at the Pan Am games in Peru.

Mexico’s Juan Manuel Celaya scored 435.60 points and achieved gold. Jamaica’s Knight-Wisdom was second at 429.90 with the silver, and American Andrew Capobianco took the bronze with 411.25. Knight-Wisdom’s emancipation gift was well received in Jamaica as the accomplished dived continues to instill pride in the citizenry of and lovers of Jamaica.

Knight-Wisdom is Jamaica’s 1st international representative in this competition that rarely sees any Caribbean representation. Knight-Wisdom continues to represent Jamaica and the region at the highest levels.

Yona stated on his twitter page, “we just take a minute to appreciate that this used to be my worst dive on 3m. I just scored 81.6 points on it on 1m and someone even gave it a 9 PLUS I got 429.90 overall someone tell me how that’s possible please”?

Jason Walker

On Wednesday the 5th of June The Jamaican men’s national Football ⚽ team the Reggae Boyz defeated the US men’s national team 1-0 in a friendly warm up to the Gold Cup. The two teams showcased new faces on the pitch along with a few familiar faces.

Picture of Nicholson courtesy of the Jamaica Gleaner

Reggae Boy Shamar Nicholson scored his 1st international goal and put Jamaican on top. The shot was a bullet from 22 yards out. 17,719 fans came out for its first match at Audi Field in Washington DC, USA.