As one could imagine, playing ice hockey in Africa would pose some challenges.
The first hurdle would be finding somewhere to play as outdoor rinks are out of the question and indoor rinks are hard to come by, there’s only one in all of East and Central Africa, being that hanging out in the cold isn’t a regular activity. Plus finding hockey skates and sticks is difficult, if not impossible.
But for Kenya’s only hockey team, the problem was less about the how and more about the simple fact that they didn’t have anyone to play against…
This fact didn’t stop the Kenya Ice Lions from holding weekly practices at a 1,400-square-meter rink at the Panari Sky Center Hotel in Nairobi but it did limit the team to just inter-team drills and shinny.
That is until our Hockey Loving Coffee provider Tim Horton’s heard about the team and decided to bring the team over to Canada for their first ever real game.
The Kenya Ice Lions were outfitted with all new gear and personalized jerseys for the big event and before they took to the ice, the team was surprised with a couple of heavy hitters to add to their roster. Nova Scotia hockey phenoms Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon.
Watch the full video of the Kenya Ice Lions trip but be warned, the video will melt the hearts of even the toughest hockey fan.