Last week many people were surprised to hear Haiti had a street hockey team, this week people are screaming, Haiti street hockey team, World Champions!
According to Fusion,
One of the most unlikely national teams in sporting history has just won the championship trophy in one of the most unlikely sports to be dominated by a Caribbean nation. Haiti’s national street hockey team (yes, that’s a thing) defeated the Cayman Islands 4:2 this morning to win the finals of the B-pool of the Street Hockey World Championship in Zug, Switzerland. The road to the cup also included victories over Armenia and France — a win that was particularly sweet for the Haitian squad.
The team most of whom were born in Montreal had a few ringers, including team captain Ainslie Bien-Aimé, who previously played on Canada’s gold medal street hockey team in 2007. The team was also led by coach Georges Laraque, a Canadian-born former NHL player.
“Most of the guys were always looking for something to give back to the country and the only thing we could do was send money or praise to our cousins or whatever,” Bien-Aimé told the Toronto Star. “But when this opportunity came up in January, I can tell you that 75 guys were ready for war.”