May 18, 2012, 10:55 PM EST
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)
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