The idea of playing ice hockey in Peru might appear far-fetched, given that there are only two medium-sized rinks in the entire country primarily used for recreational purposes. However, a recent event in San Miguel suggests otherwise. In celebration of the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Peru and Canada, a historic cup was organized for the first time ever. Teams composed of players from different nationalities took part in this groundbreaking event, sparking immense local interest and excitement.

Hockey tournament was held in the San Miguel district

Christian Clément, a seasoned development officer at the Canadian Embassy, has been an avid ice hockey player since the tender age of three. In a conversation with Somos, he sheds light on the recent tournament that took place from May 22 to 25. This remarkable event was a collaborative effort between his diplomatic residence, the Peruvian Association of Inline Hockey (APHL), and the Friendship League organization. The primary aim of this initiative was to foster community integration and encourage the practice of sports in societies where it may not be prevalent. Christian proudly states, “The tournament has been an incredible success, demonstrating that the power of sports transcends boundaries.”

Samuel Hokama, the president of the APHL, highlights the unique situation in Peru where there are no official-sized ice rinks for practicing ice hockey. Due to this limitation, the rules for the first Peruvian championship had to be adjusted slightly. Instead of the standard five players versus five players, the matches were played with three players on each side. Additionally, physical contact was prohibited during the games to ensure safety and fair play.

Additionally, he mentions that the Peruvians who participated in the tournament are skilled in inline hockey, which is played on a dry surface using roller skates. This explains why the transition to ice hockey wasn’t as challenging and why there is a great deal of anticipation surrounding it. As an association, we are considering incorporating one or two practices at The Ice Experience rink in San Miguel, in addition to our regular sessions at Castilla de Lince park. By adhering to the permitted adaptive rules, we can officially compete, and if there is a demand, we can even expand the number of available rinks. Let’s embrace this opportunity and move forward together,” he concludes.