Karim Kerbouche Interview


Place of Birth: London, UK

Where are your family from in Algeria: Blida

Family/Marital Status: currently single

Current Home: Essex, UK

Favourite Food: Steak

Favourite Drink: Cherry juice, Tinseltown milkshakes

Favourite TV programmes: Entourage, Match of the Day, The Apprentice

Favourite film: Indigenes, La Haine, Battle of Algiers, Slap Shot, James Bond films

Favourite music/band: Mostly rap and R&B but also bits of other stuff

What age did you start playing hockey: 13

Former clubs: Lee Valley Lions, Haringey Junior

Favourite hockey player: Mostly the fighters and hard hitters…

Favourite rink: Lee Valley and Zayed ice rink in Abu Dhabi

Worst injury: Broken nose

Favourite shirt number: 22


You are widely considered the creator of Algerian ice hockey, is this true?

In some ways yes, there were Algerian ice hockey players long before me so Algerian ice hockey did exist in that sense, I guess I was just the one who brought everything together, so I guess I’m more of a founder of Algerian ice hockey rather than the ‘creator’. I have put a lot of my own time and money into it though, it is something very close to my heart and I want to be involved with it for a long time to come.

What involvement do you have in Algerian ice hockey now?

I’m involved in all areas, of course I still play, but I’m also involved in the management side of things, marketing side of things, and I’m working on some projects with the Algerian community in London. This summer I hope to get out to Algeria and help create some kids teams, so yea very busy but I love it.

How did you first get in to ice hockey?

I used to love playing NHL on my sega drive, so on my 12th birthday my mum asked what I’d like to do, I asked to see an ice hockey match, so I went to watch Lee Valley Lions on my 12th birthday, I loved it, very fast and physical, I got hooked after that.

You scored Algeria’s first goal against Morocco in the 2008 Arab Cup, how did that feel?

It was one of the best things in my life, I was very proud and made all the hard work worth it, even better it was on live TV and now its on YouTube so I can watch it for years to come.

What do you see for the future of Algerian ice hockey?

Progress I hope, but its essential we get more government support and some sponsorship for that. Once we have those things we can participate in more games and tournaments plus get the kids in Algeria in to it, there can be no future for Algerian ice hockey if we don’t get the kids in Algeria playing.

In the more near future we have a game against Evry in April, that should be good I’m really looking forward to that.

Thanks for your time and good luck with the game against Evry


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