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HockeyAlgeria 04-22-2010 07:55 PM

Algerian Hockey 2010
 
New year for us, new thread.


smitty10 04-23-2010 10:14 AM

Good to see another hockey team in Africa. If I recall correctly South Africa and Namibia both have programs as well. Does Algeria have a large European (white) population like the other two countries? Or is there interest within the native population? How many arenas are there in the country? Are there any notable players? I remember reading Josef Boumidienne said he is of Algerian descent and that he would play for the team or help out in some way.

HockeyAlgeria 04-23-2010 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by smitty10 (Post 25404447)
Good to see another hockey team in Africa. If I recall correctly South Africa and Namibia both have programs as well. Does Algeria have a large European (white) population like the other two countries? Or is there interest within the native population? How many arenas are there in the country? Are there any notable players? I remember reading Josef Boumidienne said he is of Algerian descent and that he would play for the team or help out in some way.

No we have very few white people in Algeria, the players mostly play in france, which we were a colony of. A small rink was recently built in the city of Tizi Ouzou and we are putting a junior programme in place.

There are plans for a league across morocco and tunisia, morocco already has a rink and team, tunisia is currently building a rink.

BraveSirRobin 04-24-2010 01:45 AM

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Originally Posted by smitty10 (Post 25404447)
Good to see another hockey team in Africa. If I recall correctly South Africa and Namibia both have programs as well. Does Algeria have a large European (white) population like the other two countries? Or is there interest within the native population? How many arenas are there in the country? Are there any notable players? I remember reading Josef Boumidienne said he is of Algerian descent and that he would play for the team or help out in some way.

Namibia is just inline hockey at the moment, though there are a couple players who have played in Namibia's inline league (and for the national team as well, I believe) playing ice in South Africa. I'll have to look for their names. I remember reading somewhere that they were going to start an ice program, but that was three or four years ago, and I haven't heard anything since.

I think it's great that hockey is growing in places like Algeria and Morocco. Here's hoping that the development goes well!

WheatiesHockey 04-26-2010 02:03 AM

Neat thread.
I always thought of Algerians having a great passion for soccer.

HockeyAlgeria 04-26-2010 12:40 PM

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Originally Posted by WheatiesHockey (Post 25457663)
Neat thread.
I always thought of Algerians having a great passion for soccer.

Yes we reached the world cup this year, its made the algerian government put more money into sport.

HockeyAlgeria 04-26-2010 12:40 PM

also our jersey is now available to buy at http://www.hockeyalgeria.com/shop

jekoh 04-26-2010 02:03 PM

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Originally Posted by smitty10 (Post 25404447)
Does Algeria have a large European (white) population like the other two countries? Or is there interest within the native population?

Wait, what colour is the native population supposed to be?

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Originally Posted by smitty10 (Post 25404447)
I remember reading Josef Boumidienne said he is of Algerian descent and that he would play for the team or help out in some way.

He's ineligible as would any other potential "notable".

HockeyAlgeria 04-26-2010 05:50 PM

For the people who dont know, the algerian population is generally of arab and berber origin. The european people in algeria are there for business and foreign diplomats.

We have spoken to josef boumedienne in the past, he made it clear to us he'd like to be involved as half his family still live in algeria, however he would not be able to play for algeria in any IIHF tournament, but could play in say the arab cup or african nations cup.
Its most likely we will approach him again in future for some involvement in coaching or management.

smitty10 04-26-2010 06:59 PM

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Originally Posted by jekoh (Post 25464568)
Wait, what colour is the native population supposed to be?

I was just wondering if the native (Arab) population were the ones that were playing or if it was people of European descent.

TruthDeliveryVehicle* 04-27-2010 06:21 AM

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Originally Posted by smitty10 (Post 25471074)
I was just wondering if the native (Arab) population were the ones that were playing or if it was people of European descent.

Mostly French and Canadians citizens of Algerian descent.

HockeyAlgeria 11-29-2010 09:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Hold Steady (Post 25484481)
Mostly French and Canadians citizens of Algerian descent.

Yes its a mix of Algerian born but playing elsewhere and of Algerian origin. There is currently no Algerian trained players as the first rink only opened this year, but we hope to change that now.

HockeyAlgeria 11-29-2010 09:33 AM

If you want to check out more info on Algerian hockey we have the following links:

website: http://www.hockeyalgeria.com

facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AlgeriaIceHockeyTeam

check out our vids on our youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HockeyAlgeria

and twitter: http://twitter.com/Hockey_Algeria

HockeyAlgeria 11-29-2010 09:53 AM

Also the Algerian team are looking for sponsorship so if you know of any company or person who may be interested please do get in touch. Thanks


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