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SPORTS CHECK: Coaches and officials wanted

November 3, 2018 - Nunavut

Iqaluit

Nunavut Speed Skating is looking for a few good people to help out with its coaching and officiating needs for this season.

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SPORTS TALK: A sad end to a great love story

November 3, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

Two years ago, Leicester City Football Club was the toast of the sports world after putting the exclamation mark on one of the greatest sports fairy tales ever written. The little team that could, 5,000-to-1 long shots to win the English Premier League, hoisted the trophy that was usually reserved for the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.

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Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut hosts sixth annual conference

Quentin Sala of Sanikiluaq goes over some notes during a breakout session as part of the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut's annual conference in Iqaluit on Oct. 20. Photo courtesy of Natalie Maerzluft.
November 3, 2018 - Iqaluit

Judging by the turnout this year, it would appear sport and recreation in Nunavut is pretty healthy.

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SPORTS CHECK: New futsal league set for action

November 2, 2018 - Yellowknife

The NWT Futsal League is NWT Soccer’s newest project and it all begins this weekend.

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SPORTS TALK: We asked for it and now we’ve got it

Andrew Carr, seen during the 2018 Arctic Winter Games, is part of the Yellowknife contingent that makes up the Yukon Rivermen bantam boys AAA squad. James McCarthy/NNSL photo.
November 2, 2018 - Yellowknife

You know all those times I’ve talked about how our young hockey players need to play in a higher level of competition on a regular basis?

Well, a bunch of them are and they’re finding out just what major AAA hockey is all about.

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Rough season for Yk players in B.C. bantam hockey season

November 2, 2018 - Yellowknife

Growing pains are going to happen every time a new team comes together. The Vegas Golden Knights were the exception to that rule last season but the Yukon Rivermen aren’t the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Volleyball teams from Hay River schools claim six medals in Fort Smith

The Grades 6/7 Girls volleyball team (PA White) from Princess Alexandra School won a bronze medal at the Lawrie Hobart Memorial Volleyball Tournament in Fort Smith. The team consisted of, front, Zoe Cross; and back, left to right, Jill McMeekin, Teagan Lefebvre, Ava Pokiak, Laney McPhee, Alanna Klause, Marie Buggins, Esha O'Brien and Tara Boudreau. Photo courtesy of Paulette West.
October 31, 2018 - Hay River/Fort Smith

Teams from Hay River made an impact at the annual Lawrie Hobart Memorial Volleyball Tournament in Fort Smith.

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SPORTS CHECK: Communities set for battle in Nunavut

October 30, 2018 - Nunavut

Iqaluit

The first big futsal tournament of the new season is on the horizon and it’s happening in Iqaluit.

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Full house for NWT Recreation and Parks Association conference

Wyatt Sluggett performs a broom dance as part of a jigging demonstration at the NWT Recreation and Parks Association's annual conference in Yellowknife on Oct. 25. James McCarthy/NNSL photo.
October 29, 2018 - Yellowknife

Another year, another week of learning and talking about recreation and healthy communities.

That’s what the NWT Recreation and Parks Association (RPA) did in Yellowknife earlier this month as it hosted its annual conference from Oct. 23 to 25. Almost every community in the territory had at least one representative at the conference, which centered around the theme of Intergenerational Connections.

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SPORTS TALK: Professional wrestling is very real sometimes – just ask Joe Anoa’i

Roman Reigns is a professional wrestler. His real name is Joe Anoa'i and he broke character on Oct. 22 for a very, very good reason. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
October 29, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

You know the best way to troll millennials? Play a song they have no clue about and watch them eat it up.

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SPORTS CHECK: Time to Spike It

October 29, 2018 - NWT

Somba K’e/Yellowknife

The first of the Spike It! volleyball tournaments in Yellowknife is in the books.

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Game on in Rankin Inlet

Youth leader Stephane (Piqut) Nukapiak pushes his group of initiation players forward along the ice during the annual Rankin Rock Season Opener hockey camp in Rankin Inlet on Oct. 14, 2018. Photo courtesy Rico Manitok
October 26, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

Almost 200 minor hockey aged players got their new season off to a riveting start at the annual Rankin Rock Season Opener hockey camp in Rankin Inlet from Oct. 14 to 19.

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Everyone’s a winner in Fort Smith volleyball tournament

The U19 boys squad from St. Pat's won their division at the Lawrie Hobart Memorial Volleyball Tournament in Fort Smith this past Sunday. In front is Jordan Balsillie and in back, from left, is Kevin Santos, Zozo Betshwana, Winston Muchenje, Isaac Karstad, Lance Dizon and coach Rudolph Swanepoel. Photo courtesy of Lance Dizon.
October 25, 2018 - Thebacha/Fort Smith

If you’re only sending a small contingent to a tournament, you’d better make it count.

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SPORTS CHECK: Kevin Koe starts strong

October 25, 2018 - Yellowknife

The latest stop on the Grand Slam of Curling circuit is off and running and it all got going Wednesday for Kevin Koe.

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Iqaluit Amateur Hockey Association joins in on World Girls Hockey Weekend

October 25, 2018 - Iqaluit

The weekend of Oct. 5 to 7 was World Girls Hockey Weekend, an event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation to help grow the game on the female side.

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Futsal coach makes return trip

October 22, 2018

One year ago, Kyt Selaidopoulos came to Yellowknife from his home in Montreal and gave everyone he came in contact with a true futsal education, one which some said was needed for a territory still learning the soccer variant.

Fast-forward to now and he likes what’s happened since then.

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Sports Check with James McCarthy

October 22, 2018 - Yellowknife

Time to spike it

The next big scholastic sports tournament in the NWT is about to get underway.

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Eugene Roach stops them all

October 22, 2018 - Yellowknife

It’s only fitting that in a game where he was the guest of honour, Eugene Roach would post a shutout.

That’s what he did as nothing got past him in regulation time in a charity hockey game at the Multiplex on Saturday evening.

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SPORTS CHECK: A night of awards in Iqaluit

October 22, 2018 - Nunavut

Iqaluit

The Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) was busy in the capital earlier this month with education and awards on the agenda.

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Recreation leaders go to school

A group of 10 people in the recreation field from around the NWT descended upon Yellowknife to take part in the Northern Recreation Leadership course, run by the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs' School of Community Government. They are, clockwise from left, Jennifer Zoe of Behchoko, Emma Eggertson of Tulita, Loyal Oskenekisses of Wrigley, Stephanie Peterson of Fort McPherson, Heather Sanderson of Lutsel K'e, Tyler Jumbo of Sambaa K'e, Carla Kenny of Deline, Tyler Auger of Sambaa K'e, Victoria Wedawin of Whati and Angela Ruben of Paulatuk. James McCarthy/NNSL photo.
October 22, 2018 - NWT

Recreation co-ordinators and directors around the NWT are always looking to find ways to provide programming.

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SPORTS CHECK: Recreation conference set to begin

October 22, 2018 - NWT

Somba K’e/Yellowknife

It’s the biggest time of the year for the NWT Recreation and Parks Association.

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SPORTS TALK: Usain Bolt is about to take over another sport

October 21, 2018 - NWT

Emotional support squirrels. That’s what this has come to in 2018.

If you don’t know by now, a woman was kicked off a Frontier Airlines flight in Orlando, Florida after she tried to bring her emotional support squirrel onto the flight that was heading to Cleveland earlier this month.

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Jordin Tootoo hangs ’em up

Former NHLer Jordin Tootoo of Rankin Inlet and his dad, Barney Tootoo, take in the atmosphere of the morning skate for the Brandon Wheat Kings at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Man., on Oct. 19, 2018. Photo courtesy Wheat Kingsd family
October 19, 2018 - Rankin Inlet/Brandon, Man.

The Tootoo Train has stopped at an NHL station for the final time.

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Inuvik holds fifth annual Paulou Ittungna volleyball tournament

October 19, 2018 - Inuvik

With a men’s final game score of 3-0, Team Barry ended the JLT Eagles’ two-year winning streak at the Paulou Ittungna Memorial Regional Volleyball Tournament last weekend.

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Major League Soccer comes to Yellowknife

Robin Kaahangoro heads up the floor with the ball along with Shannon Mercer during a scrimmage as part of the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy training session at the Multiplex on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo.
October 17, 2018 - Yellowknife

Hockey camps in Yellowknife have always had top-notch instructors with impressive resumes come up from the south and teach what they’ve taught to National Hockey League players.

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GO Ball hosts annual basketball Tournament

Taya Straker, right, tries to fend off Madeleine Kapraelian during action in the U14 division of the McLennan Ross GO Play 3-on-3 Tournament at St. Pat's Gymnasium on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo.
October 17, 2018 - Yellowknife

It’s one of the most popular girls-only sporting events going today in Yellowknife and the 2018 version hit St. Pat’s and Weledeh Gymnasiums for its latest go-round.

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SPORTS CHECK: Futsal coach returns

October 17, 2018 - Yellowknife

The head coach of Canada’s men’s national futsal team is coming back to town for a second straight year to work with NWT Soccer.

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DT Electric Futures U14 boys team takes shape after tryouts

Louise Caparas eyes up the hoop as Charles Yatco defends him during a tryout for the DT Electric U14 boys basketball team at Range Lake North Gymnasium this past Saturday. Simon Whitehouse/NNSL photo.
October 17, 2018 - Yellowknife

Having 28 potential players to choose from is a good problem to have for any coach.

It means the interest is there.

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Surprise invitation to play with Yk team at national soccer championships

October 16, 2018 - Hay River

A young soccer player from Hay River got to experience a national championship tournament earlier this month after a surprise invitation to compete with a team from Yellowknife.

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SPORTS CHECK: Hockey time in Iqaluit

October 16, 2018 - Nunavut

Iqaluit

The Iqaluit Amateur Hockey Association’s 2018-2019 season is officially underway.

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