Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/06/09 at 11:30 AM ET
from Patrick Martin of the Globe and Mail,
At first glance it looked like any other international hockey tournament: players in their early 20s carrying in their hockey bags, on-ice officials arriving in suits and ties, former NHL players working as coaches for Team Canada and the Zamboni making one last sweep of the ice.
Outside the arena flew the participants’ flags - Canada, Russia, the United States, France and ... Israel?
Look beyond the flags and you see the mountains of Syria, turn around and there are the hills of Lebanon.
This is no ordinary hockey tournament: It’s the World Jewish Ice Hockey Championships, which started yesterday in this northernmost Israeli town pressed up against the border with Lebanon.
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