Lebanon with Impressive Debut in Hockey
25 Apr. 2017 – Lebanon can officially go down in the history books thanks to a historic debut victory over Haiti in Raymond Bourque Arena in Saint-Laurent, Quebec on Sunday evening.
The game was the first official international competition for both teams. The Lebanese team had played their first ever hockey game a week earlier, against Maghreb United, a team made up of players from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Lebanon grabbed an 8-3 victory in that game, giving them their first win of any kind.
On Sunday, both teams took to the ice for the first time, with Haiti Sporting Georges Laraque in the one-off event. Lebanon got the best of their opponents, taking the 7-4 victory in the process.
While long-term plans for Haiti’s ice hockey team remain unknown, Lebanon is hoping to play some teams in the future.
In fact, these players are professional ball hockey players. This sport is a variation of ice hockey and a specific variation of street hockey.
It is closely related to ice hockey, except the game is played on foot and on a non-ice surface. Besides, a ball is used instead of a hockey puck.
The cedars team will be participating in the Street Hockey Ball World Championship in Czech Republic. This competition happens once every two years, and it will be the first Lebanese participation at the Top Professional Level. The delegation will head there on May 29th.
We wish them the best of luck in their journey!