On Sunday, September 8, Jamaica made history when the nation’s Senior Men’s Ice Hockey team won the championship of the 2019 Amerigol LATAM Cup at the Florida Panthers Ice Den in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Jamaica defeated Colombia 3-2 in a shootout. The competition had also included teams from Venezuela, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina.
According to the National Hockey League, Jamaica’s forward Jaden Lindo was in shock as he realized he and the team just made history, showing the world the meaning of ‘wi likkle but wi tallawa’.
The team’s win earned them praises from across the globe including from Minister of Sports Olivia Grange, who issued congratulations to the team. Minister Grange said, “Jamaica continues to show the rest of the world how good we can be in sports which are not traditional to us and I really want our senior men’s ice hockey team to know how proud we are of what they have accomplished on the ice.”
Prime Minister Andrew Holness also congratulated the team, tweeting a team photo captioned “A nation without ice brings sunshine to the cold!” while using the smiling sun, snow and Jamaica flag emojis. The team’s win has now boosted their dream of reaching the hockey Olympics.
Photo Credit: Eliot J. Schechter/Florida Panthers & Dan Shriner/Amerigol LATAM Cup photographer & Williams Douglas