“CBS Morning News” last week picked up on the fish-out-of-water aspect of this tale.
A student from the College of St. Scholastica who also is a native of Venezuela recently played in the World Pond Hockey Championship games held on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. Gabriel Velandia Briceno invited his roller hockey team from Venezuela. Velandia Briceno told a “CBS Morning News” reporter he and his friends had grown up playing roller hockey, but had never played on ice.
“I told my team back home it would be nice to fulfill our dream come true to come here and play ice hockey,” he said on the news program. “We don’t have ice back home.”