Hockey Love Sends Kenya Team To Canada

Hockey Love sends Kenya Team To Canada

Hockey love sends Kenya team to Canada in a dream come true.

The Kenya Ice Lions had a dream.

One day they wanted to play hockey with another team.

In Kenya they were the only hockey team.

So they had no one else to play against.

But then it happened.

Hockey Love Sends Kenya Team To Canada

The team ended up in Canada.

And play they did.

And they even had two NHL mega stars on their team.

Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.

The Kenyans played against a team from Toronto.

It was put together – consisting of friends and family – by Garry Mercer.

Mercer is the owner of a Toronto trucking company.

And it all happened because of Tim Hortons.

Hockey Love Sends Kenya Team To Canada

It had heard about the Kenyans wanting to play hockey against another team.

So the company flew the Kenyans to Toronto.

“In Canada – and as a company – Hockey is part of our DNA,” says Jorge Zaidan, Head of Marketing, Tim Hortons Canada.

“We are so inspired by the story of the Lions. Despite having no other teams to play against, the players on the Kenya Ice Lions’ passion for the game is unwavering. Their shared passion and love of the game knows no borders.”

Of course the Keynan team was thrilled.

“It is a dream to not only have the chance to play in Canada, but to play – for the first time – in full gear alongside two of the greatest players of the game,” says Benard Azegere, captain of the Kenya Ice Lions.

“When we first started playing in Kenya, we didn’t even have full equipment, but now not only do we have that, we can say we’ve played a real game with some All-Star teammates.”

And so were Crosby and MacKinnon.

“I was honoured to be able to join the Ice Lions as they played their first game against another team,” says Crosby.

“One of the things I love about hockey is how it’s able to reach so many people from so many countries around the world and bring them together.”

Adds MacKinnon.

“While we played alongside the Ice Lions for their first game, we know it won’t be their last.”

“The team’s genuine passion and excitement for hockey is contagious – they were amazing teammates and it was great to play with them.”

See the video of the Kenyan hockey team meet the NHL greats.

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