Latvian team wins St. Patrick’s ice hockey tournament

An ice hockey team composed of Latvians from Ireland and the homeland have won a St. Patrick’s holiday tournament in Dundalk.

Players from the Ireland-based Latvian Hawks and the Latvia-based Vitrum combined to take the March 15-16 tournament, said Kristaps Otisons, media coordinator for the Latvian Hawks.

On the first day of competition, the Vitrum-Latvian Hawks team won 11-2 against the Dublin Rams. In a second game, the Dundalk Bulls beat the Latvia-based Agni team 6-3.

On the second day, Agni won a consolation game 6-1 against the Dublin Rams. In the final, the Vitrum-Latvian Hawks squad won 3-2 in overtime against the Dundalk Bulls.

Both Vitrum and Agni play in the Beaster Baltic Hockey League in Latvia.

The Latvian Hawks, composed largely of recent immigrants from Latvia, play in the Irish Ice Hockey League. The Dundalk Bulls, after smashing the Latvian Hawks 26-4, earlier in March won the league championship against the Flyers Ice Hockey Club.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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