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Karim Kerbouche

Taking it to the rink: the man behind Algerian ice hockey

Writer

John Burns

Photographer

Sebastian Böttcher

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‘I thought it was just a made up sort of sport for computer games,’ Karim Kerbouche says of his first encounter with ice hockey, a 16-bit video game version for Sega Mega Drive that he played as a child.

Now 33-years old, Kerbouche is the president of the Algerian Ice Hockey Federation and a key player on the Algerian national ice hockey team. The transition from joystick to hockey stick has been no small feat: Algeria, perhaps unsurprisingly, does not have a permanent ice rink or resident team members. Kerbouche himself lives in London, while other players are scattered from France to Canada.

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Taking it to the rink: the man behind Algerian ice hockey
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