Last weekend, Wolves defenceman Conor Ali had the opportunity to play with Jamaica’s Under-20 ice hockey team in a pair of exhibition games in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Team Jamaica defeated the Nova Scotia All-Stars by a score of 5-1. Ali, a 3rd round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, has competed for Team Jamaica in the past.
The Jamaican team was the first Caribbean nation to be part of the IIHF in 2012 and a majority of their players are members of OHL clubs who are of Jamaican descent. The purpose of the exhibition games was to get people of diverse backgrounds into sports and grow their representation in the game, specifically in hockey.
“It was a fun weekend that gave all of us a chance to come together and see what kind of impact we can have in the sport,” said Ali. “I have been working hard this off season and am looking forward to training camp and next season in Sudbury.”
This exhibition game had greater meaning as Jamaica is currently pushing for their country to have the opportunity to compete at the world stage in the Winter Olympics. At this time, they are not able to as they need to have at least one ice rink in the country, a youth program and professional league. At the conclusion of the game, the Nova Scotia government donated $50,000 from the Nova Scotia 150 Forward Fund in support to the mission of competing in the Olympic