Grange excited by ice hockey prospect

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December 04, 2017
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport prepares to poke the puck away from Greame Townsend, National Hockey Coach (2nd left) as it is being released by Donovan Tait, hockey player and coach (left). Looking on in anticipation are: Dorothy McLeod, Director, California Cultural Alliance (3rd left); founding members of the Jamaica Olympic Ice Hockey Federation Judith Smith (4th left) and Lester Griffin (right). The Jamaica Olympic Ice Hockey Federation and representatives from Tropical Ice Ventures of Canada paid a Courtesy Call on the Minister on December 1 at her offices in Kingston.

Minister of Sport Olivia Grange says she is very excited by the prospect of an Ice Arena being established in Jamaica for the sport of Ice Hockey to be played locally.

Minister Grange met recently with a group comprised of representatives from the Jamaica Olympic Ice Hockey Federation and from the firm, Tropical Ice Ventures of Canada, which is a leader in refrigeration technology.

Minister Grange heard from Jason Swales, CEO of Tropical Ice Ventures, that already he had identified an investor in Canada, who is interested in investing in building an ice arena along with a hotel in Jamaica.

Mr Swales said also that "teams are lining up to play ice hockey in Jamaica and there are hundreds of spectators from overseas who would visit Jamaica to attend ice hockey matches."

Miss Grange said beach front land in Trelawny is what she has in mind for the establishment of the ice rink and the other attractions that would go along with it. She said the Ministry intended to engage the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) which own the lands.

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