Posted: 09/09/2019 in Education, ENTERTAINMENT, Inspirational, Sports
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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 players 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 Colombia 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 Colombia, 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 Colombia 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. 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

  1. Biz Barrett says:

    Ya mon proud to be Jamaican

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Carlton Hemmings says:

    So proud I’m at a loss for words. God bless Jamaica.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Don says:

    Where the hell in ja these guys practice?!


  4. Eric says:

    This is crazy! I wouldn’t have expected to read such news today but Big Ups to Jamaica

    Liked by 1 person

  5. John Mason says:

    Nicely done Jamaica yuh make a bloodclatt french Canadian man proud !!!
    I guess ders some room fi more black man in hockey da gat game ! Mi may be born white french canadian but half me hart be jamacian yuh know… fi respect fi mi adopted mama Angela French…
    Up up up Jamacia!!! Respect!!!


  6. Milena says:

    You slipped one time so I have to say it now. My country’s name is spelled COLOMBIA, not ColUmbia.


  7. Z says:

    Jamaica to the world

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  11. Lee says:

    Colombia or Columbia. Make your mind up how you want to spell it!
    It is Colombia πŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ if you want the country’s spelling to be correct. Otherwise its a movie company or a university you are referring to.
    Well done Jamaica πŸ‡―πŸ‡².


  12. Donmega says:

    Learn to spell COLOMBIA!!!


  13. Marva Wilson-Harrison says:

    Oh! How fantastic!!!

    Wi likkle, but wi tallawah! The only description that seems fitting.

    Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. sherron Cummings says:

    congratulations am so proud

    Liked by 1 person

  15. peter33134@yahoo.com says:

    Nice article – unfortunately hockey is only 3 Periods – there is no 4th period.


  16. Summer girl says:

    WI likkle but WI tallawh we are just unique we are always out shining ourselves WI just good badd we are just playing our part in advancing the wealthfare of the whole human. race. Jamaica jamaica jamaica land we love .God continue to bless us Amen.

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  17. Iola Christian says:

    Jamaica, you make me proud and encouraged. You are, not surprisingly, a force to be reckoned with. Don’t ever tell a Jamaican, they can’t. A Jamaican, or Jamaicans, will prove you wrong! Big-up yawdies, nuff love.

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  18. Ruth Mcdowall says:

    Ya Mon!! Nuff Respect!!

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Margarette L Harrison says:

    Respect my family .It doesn’t matter who your are from home wr are family.Very proud to be one of you.God’s guidance and his blessing be you all always.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Lavina Francisco says:

    BIG UP TO THE TEAM !!!! It’s like COOL RUNNINGS All Over Again , Congratulations, from one a your new fans. Overcome and overcome again. Much Respect. Lavinia

    Liked by 1 person

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