No hockey at the Bell Centre, but plenty in Ramallah, Palestine
While millionaires squabble over how to carve up the cash cow that is the NHL, one Canadian is bringing hockey to a part of the world not exactly familiar with the great Canadian game.
Daniel Nerenberg started the Ramallah Street Hockey League in Palestine to give residents something fun to do that was completely apolitical.
"n 2008," writes Ian Orti, senior editor at TheBarnstormer.com, "two Canadians, Daniel Nerenberg and Amber Fares, crossed the Green Line into Israel to scour shops for supplies to bring back into Ramallah. What they were looking for would raise the eyebrows of local residents, including a few Palestinian Authority policemen. When they crossed the Green Line back into Ramallah, Daniel and Amber had 15 hockey sticks and a green spiky dog’s chew-toy."
Ric and Suzanne spoke to Daniel and Ian about the RSHL today. Listen to the interview by clicking play to the write, and read Ian's touching piece. You can also help Palestinian kids get some hockey equipment by emailing: email@example.com.
photo: Daniel Nerenberg / TheBarnstormer.com