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First Canada-Kuwait Friendship Ice-Hockey Tournament held in Kuwait
November 15, 2017, 5:22 pm

The Embassy of Canada in collaboration with the Kuwait Winter Games Club organized the very first friendship ice-hockey tournament between the Kuwait National Ice Hockey Team and the Canadian Mooseheads Team based in the country.

The tournament, held on Sunday, 12 November at the Al Sour Street ice rink, celebrated the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation as a nation in 2017. The Kuwait Winter Games Club President Fhead Al Ajmi alongside hockey enthusiasts from the various expat communities, as well as Kuwaiti officials gathered at the rink to watch the action-packed matches of Canada’s national sport and favorite pastime – Ice-Hockey, which has also grown in popularity in Kuwait.

Ambassador of Canada to Kuwait H.E. Martine Moreau in her opening remarks, said, “Canada and Kuwait have enjoyed more than a half-century of strong and prosperous bilateral relations. During my time here, I have come to greatly appreciate how our countries share so many common values. This is reflected in not only our friendly relationship, but the genuine desire to enhance cooperation, strengthen bilateral commerce, progress shared expertise in various fields, and increase and broaden our people to people links. What came as a pleasant surprise to me is that we also share a common passion for Canada’s national sport, ice-hockey.”

She added, “2017 marks a very special year for Canadians as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of our confederation as a country. Tonight, we wish to mark this milestone with our friends in Kuwait, by building on these important people to people links through sports and our common love for ice-hockey.”

She highlighted that the tournament was the very first friendship ice-hockey tournament between Canada and Kuwait and hopes there will be more to come. Then, Ambassador Moreau extended her congratulations to Mr. Al Ajmi and the Kuwait National Ice Hockey Team for winning first place at the Asian Ice Hockey Tournament in Bangkok Thailand last week.

The game proceeded with a fantastic display of sportsmanship and athletic ability.


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