The Rankin Rock defeated a combined Arviat/Naujaat squad 8-1 to cap an undefeated run to the Nunavut Territorial Bantam Hockey Championship in Arviat earlier this month.
Iqaluit nipped a combined Whale Cove/Chesterfield Inlet team 4-3 to claim bronze at the event.

Garren Voisey of the Rankin Rock is presented with the Best Defenceman Award by Hockey Nunavut president Mike McPherson at the Nunavut Territorial Bantam Hockey Championship in Arviat on March 17, 2019. Photo courtesy Gleason Uppahuak

Also competing in the tournament were a combined Coral Harbour/Kugaaruk team and a combined Pangnirtung/Arctic Bay squad.
The top individual performers at the bantam territorial were Tucker St. John of the Rankin Rock (Top Goalie), Garren Voisey of the Rankin Rock (Best Defenceman), Randy Siusangnark of Arviat/Naujaat (Best Forward), Thayer Komakjuak of Arviat/Naujaat (Most Sportsmanlike Player) and Justin Towtongie of the Rankin Rock (Most Valuable Player).

Getting the cover

Iqaluit/Rankin Inlet

Dayle Kubluitok of Iqaluit – formerly of Rankin Inlet – has won the Northwestel Directory Cover Art competition for 2019 with her digital-art portrayal of Iqaluit’s Four Corners.
The announcement was made on March 11.
A first-time entrant in the annual contest, Kubluitok recreated the downtown Iqaluit intersection by using her smartphone to digitally sketch out the scene, then added colour and shadows using a graphic design tablet at home.
Kubluitok said in a press release that she basically does all her art on her phone.
She said, at the time, she was waiting for a cab at an Iqaluit bank, so she decided to sketch out the landscape on her phone.
“The northern lights were out and I just started off with the lamppost because I thought it looked really neat,” said Kubluitok. “Later that night, I decided to finish it while hanging out with my friends.
“After I posted Four Corners to Facebook, it kinda blew up. Then when I found I won, I was overwhelmed. I feel really confident now and I’ve been doing more and more art.
“I started getting requests for graphic design and illustration and I did some back covers of magazines. It’s all been hard work, but I’m happy where I’m at right now.”

Classic postponed

Baker Lake

The Baker Lake Minor Hockey Association’s annual Hockey Spring Classic has been postponed until April 6.
The Hockey Spring Classic was originally scheduled for this past weekend, but had to be postponed due to the blizzard that tore through the Kivalliq this past Friday to Sunday.

Darrell Greer

Darrell Greer is Editor of Kivalliq News

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