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Jamaica, Qatar are the newest IIHF members

May 18, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

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Hockey is a growing sport and expanding in non-traditional markets – and no, I’m not talking about the fact that the Western Conference finals is being battled in cities that don’t typically see a lot of snow. The International Ice Hockey Federation has expanded to 72 with the additions of Jamaica and Qatar.

Under the precondition of an audit, Qatar is a full member while Jamacia has associate member status.

Qatar will join the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait as Gulf region countries in the IIHF. Their national league started with the 2010-11 season and includes 70 players over five teams. They also have over 100 registered participants in their ice hockey school.

Jamacia only has a single ice rink, but they’re goal is to grow and be able to participate in IIHF tournaments down the road. They are the first Caribbean nation to gain entry into the IIHF.

(Photo credit: IIHF.com)

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 19, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    I can’t wait for the 2018 winter Olympics! Instead of pool play, we can follow the NCAA basketball tournament and have a 68 team field. That 16 Qutar and 1 Canada match up might be ugly, but the beauty of the tournament is a 6 seed Belarus could be a sleeper.

  2. oquintero99 - May 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    I smell Bettman wanting to relocate to Jamaica

    • blomfeld - May 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      Yes … and in an unrelated story, the Dairy Queen Corporation has just announced plans to start up operations in Antarctica …

  3. mella21 - May 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I would pay good money to see a hockey game in Jamaica. seriously.

    I wonder if they still have that bobsled team.

  4. phillyphan83 - May 19, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, its hockey time?

  5. hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    How can I switch my citizenship? I could definitely make the Qatar pro team

  6. unknowneric - May 19, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Qatar? Well, at least now they can relocate the Coyotes to a place with a similar environment!

  7. solador78 - May 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    With two sets of brothers, the Jamaican team has Disney movie written all over it:

    Malcolm Subban
    PK Subban
    Anthony Stewart
    Chris Stewart
    Nigel Dawes

  8. nickp91 - May 20, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    Coming Soon: Cool Runnings 2

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