Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Host Team: Kenya Ice Lions
Year Held: 2019
Overview: The Ice Lions burst onto the international hockey scene following the Tim Hortons “Away Game” commercial where they played alongside Sydney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon in Toronto. After seeing the commercial we got very excited and started planning for our first African Friendship League adventure. With only one rink in all of East Africa, the Ice Lions don’t get too many visiting teams, so they made the most of the opportunity brought their A game…..and so did their fans! The intimate 3 on 3 rink at the Panari Sky Centre was jam-packed with Ice Lions fans singing, dancing and chanting for their team. Local media came out in full force as well, with the final game being broadcast live on national TV!
Away from the rink we took full advantage of everything the beautiful country of Kenya has to offer. We learned warrior training skills from Masai warriors in Maji Moto, went on Safari in both Nairobi National Park and Masai Mara, ate endless quantities of exotic meet at the world-famous Carnivore restaurant and so much more!