Bummer in Rankin
The two Hockey Canada reps, Hockey Canada manager of school programs Pier-Alexander Poulin and instructor Jeff Shepherd, who had such an excellent visit to Naujaat, found the sledding a whole lot tougher in Rankin Inlet, where Mother Nature showed herself to be no fan of the hybrid sport of floorball.Read More
AWG organizers not worried about tight timeline for rec centre rebuild
The host society for the upcoming Arctic Winter Games (AWG) is not worried that Hay River’s new Rec Centre won’t be opening until mid-February – just a month before the start of the international sporting event in the South Slave.
“That still gives us enough time,” said Todd Shafer, the general manager of the games.Read More
Sports Talk: A Russian love story in every sense
Because this is a thing in 2018. Chris Christie, the outgoing governor of the state of New Jersey, signed dozens of new laws into existence on his final day in office, Jan. 15. One of them dealt with drunken droning. I kid you not.Read More
Cam Bay arena status still uncertain
The Department of Community and Government Services hopes to have a contractor in place by early February to address a longstanding but worsening mould issue that has forced the closure of the Cambridge Bay arena.Read More
Northern games integral to Tuk history
In Inuvik, the annual festival welcoming the return of the sun brings a smorgasbord of events, from yoga to dancing, fireworks, snow carving and more.Read More
Scoring that last bucket
They didn’t have an official team name and had to forfeit a couple of matches after sleeping in Saturday morning, but Chris Church’s team came out on top with a hard-fought win in the men’s finals of East Three School’s annual three-on-three basketball tournament Jan. 12 and 13.Read More
Calgary Flames give Naujaat family trip of a lifetime
Macleod Arnatiaq, 14, was surprised, shocked, and over-the-moon happy when he was told by Tuugaalik High School vice-principal Julia MacPherson that he would be heading to Calgary to see an NHL game between the Flames and the Nashville Predators and getting to meet Calgary defenceman Travis Hamonic.Read More
Town plans to take possession of new Rec Centre by end of the month
The Town of Hay River has announced it will take possession of the new Rec Centre at the end of the month.Read More
Hay River’s Brendan Green named to Canadian Winter Olympic team
It’s official – Brendan Green is a three-time Olympian.
Hay River’s favourite biathlon son will be returning for a third Winter Olympics after being named to Canada’s biathlon team that will be going to PyeongChang, South Korea for the 2018 edition. Biathlon Canada announced its roster on Tuesday morning.Read More
Wilson Elliot scores second place finish at Judo Canada Elite Nationals
You know you’ve hit the big time when you are attending invite-only sporting events.
Given that chance in Montreal this past weekend, Wilson Elliot showed everyone why he is the real deal.Read More
Season one of Junior NBA comes to a close in Yellowknife
Whenever a new program starts out, there’s always anxiety about how it’s going to go.
Basketball NWT had that feeling about the Junior NBA program in its inaugural season in Yellowknife but it ended up being unfounded.Read More
Twists and turns at Providence sled dog race
“Several surprises and highlights” comprised the 2017 Deh Gah Christmas Sled Dog Races in Fort Providence, according to organizer Susan Fleck with Deh Gah Dog Mushers Club.Read More
Sports Talk: All hail the worst of 2017 in sports
I bumped into someone at the local co-operative supermarket here in Yellowknife during the Christmas season and they wondered if I was going to do a Top 10 list, as I always do to ring in the new year of Sports Talk. This person suggested I do the best 10 plays as something different. Since you all know how I roll, there isn’t a snowflake’s chance in Alabama I’m going to do that.Read More
Team NWT releases uniform
Team NWT now knows what it will look like when it marches out for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games in Hay River this March.Read More
AWG Performers get more than Northern exposure
Performers at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) will now be compensated for their work.Read More
Free curling party for lil’ rock stars
The Inuvik Curling Club is hosting a free curling party for children in hopes of developing the sport in the region.Read More
Kerry Galusha and company win NWT Women’s Curling Championship to return to Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Kerry Galusha is going back to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
It’s an opening line that has been written time and again when reporting on the NWT’s best women’s skip but it bears repeating.Read More
The Sundogs as the new Wolfpack? Sure, I can see it
So we have a new soccer tournament to call our own in town known as the New Year’s Kick-Off. New in the sense that it’s the inaugural edition and if the Yellowknife Bay Soccer Club has its way, it will become the new tradition over the holidays.Read More
Galusha wins women’s championship
With the 2018 NWT women’s curling championship in the bag, Team Galusha spent part of its final match mentoring the junior girls on Team Bain.Read More
Olympian targets biathlon in a soccer stadium
Hay River’s Brendan Green recently competed in a biathlon race in Germany that is not quite like any other.Read More
Hay Riverites run for fun in 36-below wind chill
You know dedicated runners when they show up for a fun run at 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day, even when the wind chill is minus 36.Read More
Kiv programs one step away from glory
The excitement is starting to mount as programs in Chesterfield Inlet and Rankin Inlet are both are on the short list to win a substantial Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) this month.Read More
2017 in 2,000 words or less
Welcome to 2018.
A chilly start to our year and here’s hoping you were able to stay warm, even enjoying a bit of Christmas cheer along the way. I survived Christmas, but now the job is where to put all of the new stuff. I’ll leave that to the wife because she’s so much better at organizing life than I ever will be.Read More
Rusty Blades donate $25,000 for sports
School sports in Hay River and on the Hay River Reserve have gotten a big financial boost.Read More
Cup returns to E3SS
Keenen Wolki and his team of East Three Secondary School students hoisted the school’s miniature Stanley Cup last week, winning the final game of floor hockey intramurals in the season-ending playoffs.Read More
Yk Minor Hockey Association teams set to play in Hockey on the Hill in Ottawa
The Bell Capital Cup in Ottawa is one of the biggest holiday minor hockey tournaments in the country.
A couple of teams from the Yk Minor Hockey Association are heading down for the big show this year, which begins on Dec. 28, and it’s going to be something much bigger than just a tournament.Read More
NWT Table Tennis Championships crowns its best for 2017
It’s the last territorial championship of the calendar year and it’s one which provided perhaps one of the most unlikeliest of results.
The NWT Table Tennis Championships were held at Weledeh and St. Pat’s Gymnasiums on Dec. 15 and 16 and Zachary Mathison of Weledeh Catholic School made sure people remembered that it doesn’t matter how old you are but rather only that you can play the game.Read More
Polar Bear Swim Club takes largest team ever to Edmonton for JP Fiset Invitational Swim Meet
If you’re going to go into the Christmas break, do it riding high.
That’s what the Polar Bear Swim Club did as the club returned from the JP Fiset Invitational Swim Meet in Edmonton on Sunday with a pocket full of personal bests and, in the case of one swimmer, a couple of medals from one of the biggest meets in western Canada.Read More
Hockey camp in finals for prize
The season beginning Rankin Rock Hockey Camp has been named as a finalist for an Arctic Inspiration Prize.Read More
Kevin Koe headed to 2018 Winter Olympics
Four years ago, Kevin Koe made a shocking decision to leave his Canadian championship team and put together a new team with the 2018 Winter Olympics as the end goal.Read More
First batch of NWT Arctic Winter Games trials wrap up
Are you ready for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games yet? Hundreds of young athletes from around the territory were as they tried their best to make Team NWT for the Games, which happen in the South Slave in March.Read More
Nine repping Beaufort Delta
Forty players competed to make the bantam boys’ hockey team at the Arctic Winter Games trial last weekend in Inuvik, with about half making the cut.
“All the kids are working hard and battling hard,” said Shawn Talbot, who will be coaching the team, midway through the three-day evaluation camp, which brought in players from around the territory to compete for a spot on the team.Read More
Kevin Koe Olympic-bound in curling
Fourth time’s the charm, as they say.
Maybe that’s not the correct saying but for Kevin Koe, who cares? He finally gets to go to the Winter Olympics.
It’s the only major event left out of his current resume but it’s one that can be filled thanks to a 7-6 win over Manitoba’s Mike McEwen in the Roar of the Rings Olympic qualifying final in Ottawa on Sunday night.Read More
Badminton a-plenty in Hay River
Hay River is usually associated with the NWT Track and Field Championships every year, the single-largest annual sporting event in the territory.Read More
Kevin Koe one win away from PyeongChang
by Martin Gavin, special to Northern News Services
Kevin Koe has now positioned himself one win from for a front row seat at the lighting of the Olympic flame in PyeongChang, South Korea in February.
“We actually haven’t been playing as well as we can play, we can play better but we are finding a way to win,” said Koe upon clinching the finals berth on Dec. 7. “There is still a lot of work to do (and) we haven’t won anything yet.”Read More
Not enough pool to go around
A mock meet for the Mackenzie Muskrats Swim Club last week was a chance for many of the new swimmers to the club to see what a real meet will be like.Read More
Kiv programs shortlisted for prize
Two Kivalliq programs find themselves on the short list for an Arctic Inspiration Prize this month.Read More
Koe gets takes another shot at Olympic dream
Cold mornings tossing stones down the sheets of the Inuvik Curling Club can produce Olympic dreams.Read More
Squash catches on
The onset of a dark and cold winter might have finally spurred the interest squash organizers have been looking for in the sport all year, as 23 people participated in a three-day tournament last weekend.Read More
Kicking it up in the Deh Cho
Seems people think it’s worth the trip to Fort Liard to play some soccer and judging by the numbers, it’s becoming one of the places to go for the beautiful game.Read More
More Olympic-style training for Judo Nunavut
How many judo clubs in the North can say they’ve been able to learn from two Canadian Olympians in the span of a month?Read More
More gold for Hay River girls at WickFest
Three girls from Hay River recently helped a team from Yellowknife capture gold at a prestigious hockey tournament in Calgary.Read More
A chance to learn the theory of exercise
Fitness enthusiasts who see themselves taking on a leadership role might find their start at an upcoming course.Read More
Strapping in for a new experience
Growing sledge hockey was the goal on Saturday with a big youth workshop held at the Multiplex.Read More
Sport North seeks cultural delegates
Sport North, in conjunction with the NWT Arts Council, is accepting applications for cultural performing delegates for Team NWT at the upcoming Arctic Winter Games.
It is seeking six cultural delegates and one manager interested in participating at the South Slave 2018 Arctic Winter Games in Hay River and Fort Smith.Read More