Malawi is a long way from the NHL.
But that hasn’t stopped a handful of local players from going to school at the orphanages.
The NHL announced on Friday that all three Malawi-based players have qualified to play in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
The first two were selected in the second round and are eligible to play for the San Jose Sharks, the team that picked Malawi’s first-round pick in the draft.
The other two are former Malawi players, who also attended the orphanage in 2014.
The youngest of the three is just 15 years old.
He is part of the Boys and Girls Academy of Malawi.
Malawi will have an international competition this year, with the top eight teams advancing to the playoffs.
The team has had some success over the years.
It was in 2011 that the league selected Malawi in the top 10 of the world’s youth hockey leagues.
Malawian players also have played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including for Team USA in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.