ALGERIA: Algerian Ice Hockey

Did you know there’s ice hockey in Algeria? For the past decade or so, Karim Kerbouche has been building up an Algerian men’s hockey team, and in 2019 Algeria was introduced into the IIHF as a national team. The BBC has an interview with Kerbouche (though the presenter falls into the trap a bit about stereotyping Algeria as all desert, when parts of the country get plenty of snow – there are even ski hills).

You can also watch Algeria’s first ever goal in international hockey in 2008 – a nice little backhand under the goalie by Hakim Boukhaloua in a game against Kuwait.

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