Ingus (right) in action
Longford ice hockey star, Ingus Dvinis, a sixth year student of Templemichael College Longford town, is set to represent Ireland this year.
The Latvian native who first moved to Longford county back in 2015, is heading to Chicago on March 12, where he will line out for Team Ireland on the ice hockey rink. Ingus is one of 39 players making the trip, with the U18s national team and Senior national team all travelling. Ingus will be in Chicago for a total of seven days and will play a number of games against local teams.
He explained to the Leader: “There will be 4-5 games vs local teams and Fire Dept teams, as well as training sessions.
“We will also be going to an NHL game and there will be many more activities.
“We’ll be flying out on the 12th of March and will return on the 19th of March.”
For Ingus, representing Ireland is a major accomplishment and he aims to do the tricolour proud.
Ingus stated: “Ireland is known as a country in which the majority don’t know what ice hockey is.
“I would like to see ice hockey become a more popular sport in Ireland, so being able to represent a country like that is a really big thing to me, and we as team Ireland are going to try our best to show that Ireland can compete.”
The chance for Ingus to represent Ireland comes on the back of a hugely successful year for the hockey star, as he was chosen to take part in a training camp in Vancouver last October.
In the long term, the ice hockey enthusiast hopes to see an increased interest in the sport in Ireland.
“I really hope to see more and more people talking about ice hockey and people supporting the few teams we have here.
“And maybe one day finally be able to play ice hockey in Ireland. And have teams coming from Chicago to play ice hockey in Ireland.” he concluded.
To help Ingus on his journey and to help fund his future in hockey, Ingus has set up a GoFundMe page. Any donations will help Ingus cover the cost of the trip to Chicago and you can get further details by contacting Ingus via email at Dvinis553@gmail.com.