Kenyan runners are some of the best in the world, but not everyone wants to take the path most taken. There are those who are intrigued by the impossible, who see challenges rather than obstacles. In Kenya, these people play ice hockey.
Twice a week, every week, the Kenya Ice Lions play on East Africa’s first ice rink at the Panari Sky Center Hotel in Nairobi. Unfortunately, they don’t have anyone to play against. They’re the only team, so players need to square off against each other.
But the Ice Lions got some help from fellow hockey enthusiasts: Canadians. QSR chain Tim Horton’s flew 12 members of the team to Canada and fitted them with new equipment and jerseys. An even bigger surprise was meeting NHL players--Sidney Crosby, captain of the Pittsburg Penguins and Nathan MacKinnon of the The Colorado Avalanche, who joined the star-struck skaters in a real match against Canadian hockey players. The trip and match are captured in a longform spot by Toronto agency Zulu Alpha Kilo, running in Tim Hortons social channels.
The chain also donated to Kenya’s Youth Hockey League, and viewers can donate money and used equipment directly to the team via GoFundMe.