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The Coolest Sport in the Desert: Playing Ice Hockey in Dubai

August 18, 2019


(upbeat synthesizer music) – [Mike] A lot of people
may think it’s surprising that somewhere such as Dubai in the middle of the Middle
East would offer hockey, but people wanna come and play with us. They’re playing for the love of the game. (techno music) My name is Mike Freeson, and the team I play on is
the Dubai Mighty Camels. To come to a place where
you only can play indoors, and even then it sometimes is too hot, the air conditioning can’t keep up, it’s quite a bit different
than my experience back home, that’s for sure. Grew up in rural Alberta, Canada, so it was basically in
your blood to play hockey. Like every kid in Canada, we
all dream to play pro someday, and now in Dubai, I’m able to do that. (horn blows) (synthesizer music) EHL stands for Emirates Hockey
League, and it was created just to get the best
hockey players in the UAE into a competitive league to build and develop their local players. (whistle blows) We have six teams in the league this year. We’ve had players that have played pro, they’ve played high college
level in the States, high college level,
university level, in Canada. We have players that played pro in Europe. All different levels. (synthesizer music) In Dubai, we don’t have
a local team of Emiratis, but we play against the locals
in Abu Dhabi and in Al Ain. Playing in Dubai Mall exposes
it to a lot more people. It really brings more people to the game. You know, when you’re in Dubai
Mall and you’re playing and you’re surrounded by a thousand people, who 60% of them probably
have never seen it before, it’s a special feeling. It’s an honor to be able to do that. Obviously, I think it’s the
best sport in the world. It’s great to see that you’re making some sort of contribution
to expanding the sport and promoting it in parts of the world where it’s not natural to be played.

58 Comments

  • Reply The Bisharp Bishop April 4, 2017 at 3:22 pm

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  • Reply type moon April 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    How about figure skating? Or will that get someone killed there?

  • Reply Aaron Tee April 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Why don't you guys make more "That's Amazing" episodes?
    I don't like short clips.

  • Reply TBNYC April 4, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Greatest Sport Ever

  • Reply Jack Caponi April 4, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    That mall i badass

  • Reply sebamark Østergaard April 4, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    this channel is the best man i learn so much and this channel should have over 10 milion subs

  • Reply lilamazon April 4, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Curling might be next in line.

  • Reply Eric Blake April 4, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    What about Las Vegas Golden Knight 😲 I'm from Cali live in Vegas 6yr 😆

  • Reply Gouwe Flower Baas April 4, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    holland

  • Reply Vitor Madeira April 4, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Then you realise the money and resources that they have to spend in order to maintain such luxury sport in that place of the Earth…
    Nope, this video will not have my 'thumbs up'.

  • Reply manio sito April 4, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    can you find some thing about Montenegro

  • Reply FormallyCrippled April 4, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Cool but how did they end up in the EHL? By choice or…?

  • Reply Blue Guy April 4, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    UAE is a shithole if you ain't Arab or white so good for him

  • Reply Adam Kaldenhoven April 4, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I'm from Alberta!!

  • Reply Liam Maclean April 4, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    number 44 is my cousin

  • Reply Mason Dell April 4, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Hockey is the best sport

  • Reply growurown207 April 5, 2017 at 1:42 am

    opulence

  • Reply Oliver Filman April 5, 2017 at 2:56 am

    What's the song at the beginning????

  • Reply scorpioninpink April 5, 2017 at 3:10 am

    A mall created y slave labor from South Asia and South East Asia.

  • Reply Tipsylou April 5, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Dubai is a city built on modern slave labour. No thanks.

  • Reply Andhiko Pratama-Arta April 5, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Ice skating rink is also becoming more common in big cities of Indonesia.

  • Reply Hot & Soft April 5, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    GIRL driving a FERRARI in DUBAI !!!
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6HSlkVmdfGP6izNoWQhOLA?sub_confirmation=1

  • Reply Nick James April 7, 2017 at 2:38 am

    so its basically house league?

  • Reply Random Hockey Films April 8, 2017 at 1:17 am

    No joke I love the team name

  • Reply Samreen Dubey April 8, 2017 at 10:12 am

    OMG , I live in Dubai!!! 😱😯😋😎🇦🇪🇦🇪🇦🇪🇦🇪

  • Reply Amit das April 10, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    actually my physical education examiner ask me about world fastest sport and i answered ice hockey was it right i don't know

  • Reply Joseph Tannenbaum April 16, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Are women allowed to ice skate?

  • Reply Cameron R. April 30, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    This is a Great Big Story!

  • Reply Lil Boat June 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    God this bring's so much memories I played in Dubai for 8 years at dubaisandstorms hockey club it was a blast and I mis it so much😭♥️

  • Reply Blake Voth June 6, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    They use the Tampa bay lighting goal horn

  • Reply Trevor June 10, 2017 at 3:59 am

    What's going on with that goaltending?

  • Reply HDTV July 18, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    i live in dubai soooooooooooo hot

  • Reply Kasperx138 July 18, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    The empire has a hockey team so it's K

  • Reply ZéKiDebord July 25, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Do they get paid in that league?

  • Reply Watchyourprofanity. August 4, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Good ol Alberta boy!!

  • Reply RuSh XeNo August 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Man that ice must be so soft

  • Reply Capsgamer September 14, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Can u hit in that league

  • Reply Sammysungaming September 17, 2017 at 9:59 am

    so good infrastructure in dubai but you still lose to Thailand LMFAO

  • Reply Nico East September 24, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    They should use artificial ice

  • Reply CJ November 6, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Bettman be like: Let's take the Flames and move them to Dubai!

  • Reply Max Wasserman November 12, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    They can get hockey in the middle east but not the american southwest.

  • Reply Neil Cho November 14, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Best sport in the world. Keep it go going guys!!!

  • Reply Mark Benn November 15, 2017 at 12:44 am

    That ice must be SHIT

  • Reply Doge Muffin November 15, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Logan paul made history.again.lol over there

  • Reply Russian Firepower November 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Hockey for life

  • Reply PASTAnak January 22, 2018 at 2:57 am

    Who here came from On The Bench?

  • Reply Dreadly January 24, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Hockey is for everyone, have fun in the Emirates boys!

  • Reply abcabc February 20, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Wow CRAZY!!! DUBAI GETS A WINTER SEASON.ITS A LIE ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING..

  • Reply Joanna Swerdlow March 3, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Wow my mites team will beat the Dubai hockey

  • Reply A FUCKING WHITE MALE March 3, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Even as far away as Dubai they love hockey so much they had their slaves build a rink, what a beautiful story.

  • Reply Tyler Balfe May 1, 2018 at 12:36 am

    HOCKEY IS THE BEST

  • Reply WeirdPerson 55 May 25, 2018 at 2:06 am

    basicly a house NHL league

  • Reply Hockey reviews27 September 3, 2018 at 4:34 am

    This is awesome

  • Reply Heddy St George December 15, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Hockey is played on almost every continent

  • Reply Heddy St George December 15, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Get the crown prince to put on a pair of hockey skates and see what he has

  • Reply peaksavage December 18, 2018 at 10:03 am

    No it's not afl is

  • Reply Sapphire-X January 17, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    i am in dubai but we mostly play football

  • Reply conor wreckoner February 20, 2019 at 9:47 am

    I don’t see any Arabs playing

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