It wasn’t exactly a Cool Runnings situation, however. The Haitian team — most of whom were born in Montreal — had a few ringers, including team captain Ainslie Bien-Aimé, who previously played on Canada’s gold medal street hockey team in 2007. The team was also led by coach Georges Laraque, a Canadian-born former NHL player.
Though Haiti is essentially a foreign land for many of the Haitian team members, it is also very much a part of their identities.
“Most of the guys were always looking for something to give back to the country and the only thing we could do was send money or praise to our cousins or whatever,” Bien-Aimé told the Toronto Star. “But when this opportunity came up in January, I can tell you that 75 guys were ready for war.” via | Fusion