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Coverage of the Arctic Winter Games 2018 from Hay River/Fort Smith

NWT claims midget boys hockey gold ulu at AWG

For most of the Northwest Territories midget boys hockey team, this was a chance at redemption from two years ago when they were bantams. They lost the gold ulu game in 2016 but this time, it’s the colour they wanted. Team NT knocked off Nunavut in another exciting finish, 2-1, on Friday night in Hay...

Free entry for AWG sports

Anyone wishing to see some of the sports at next month’s Arctic Winter Games will be able to do so for free. “All entrance to the games and playoffs will be free of charge, first come, first serve,” said Greg Rowe, the president of the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games Host Society. “When we...

Hay River rec centre ready to go

Town council announced last week that the long-awaited new recreation centre would open to the public on March 13. “On behalf of council and the Town of Hay River, we are pleased to announce the Recreation Centre will be open on Tuesday, March 13, at 5 p.m.,” stated the March 9 announcement signed by Mayor...

SPORTS TALK: Not the week I was expecting it to be

I’ll be honest – I was expecting the 2018 Arctic Winter Games to be a sideshow of the highest order. So many questions about how things were going to go, how the transportation would happen, how the sports would fare etc. Seems it was all for nothing because everything has gone swimmingly to date. I’m...

AWG Igloo takes beating from sun

A Hay River woman had to battle the elements – specifically unseasonably warm temperatures and sunshine – to preserve an igloo she built as a personal project for the Arctic Winter Games. And as of late last week, it looked like Teira Arnault had won the battle, even though the igloo took a bit of...

Less than a week to go to the games

So what’s a chef de mission to do when you’re six days out from the start of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games? You simply tie up the loose ends. That’s what Doug Rentmeister, Team NT’s man in charge, is doing as the start of the biggest show in the Arctic gets set to go with...

NWT wins bantam boys gold in AWG hockey thriller

In his own words, Alex Cordero of the Northwest Territories had a bad bantam boys hockey gold ulu game and probably shouldn’t have been on the ice late in the dying seconds. Good thing he was because he ended up becoming a hero. Cordero scored the winning goal to help Team NT to a 4-3...

AWG igloo loses battle with sun

A multicoloured igloo built in Hay River for the Arctic Winter Games lost its battle with the sun. The igloo, which had become something of instant icon, was taken down by its creator on the afternoon of March 19 with help from the Town of Hay River. Teira Arnault, who built the igloo in late...

AWG economic boost studied

Any group of people – large or small – dropping into the South Slave can only be good for the economy. And when about 2,000 people converge for the Arctic Winter Games, the benefits are only magnified. By just how much is the focus of a study on the economic impact of the games from...

Nunavut’s Drew Bell breaks one-hand reach record

Nunavut’s Drew Bell set a new record in the one-arm reach in front of a packed house at the Fort Smith recreation centre on Monday night. “I don’t think it’s really set in yet,” said Bell right after winning. “There’s just a lot of emotions going through my mind right now. I didn’t come with...

Team NT hits a century at AWG

Team NT won more than 100 ulus at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games and still finished fifth. Guess it was one of those years. Nevertheless, it was still a big year for the territory’s athletes as they won a total of 102 ulus, the highest total since 2012 when the territory won 115. Speedskating made...

Games come to a close in Hay River

The Arctic Winter Games have come and gone in the South Slave. The closing ceremonies for the 2018 edition of the circumpolar sporting event were held on March 24 in Hay River’s brand-new recreation centre, where the games had been officially opened on March 18. “What a great week,” Greg Rowe, president of the 2018...

AWG Host Society gets another Chase the Ace

The Town of Hay River has awarded a licence for the next Chase the Ace, and it goes once again to the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games Host Society. It had the licence for the last Chase the Ace, which concluded in December. “At the end of the day, we only had one qualified...

Hay River mayor says opening of new rec centre is close

Mayor Brad Mapes says the new rec centre will soon be open, although he is not giving any target date. “It’s close,” he said on March 2. “It’s just any day right now. It could be any day.” Mapes said there’s not much more that he can say other that it’s close. However, he did...

AWG Performers get more than Northern exposure

Performers at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) will now be compensated for their work. A call for performers on the AWG website stated they were looking for singers, musicians, instrumental performers, and storytellers to perform for 30-40 minutes, but they would not be paid for their services in money, only “exposure.” The post also...

‘You could say he was The Hockey Dad’

by Cody Punter Heading into the semifinals on March 22, the Northwest Territories’ Arctic Winter Games female hockey team had their eye on repeating their gold performance from the Games in Nuuk. While defending their title was important to the players, they have also been focused on rallying behind teammate Regan Bulger, whose dad Carl...

Team NT keeps the wins coming

It’s been a profitable week in the ulu department for Team NT at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games. As of press time, the territory’s best and brightest had collected 44 ulus across all sports and there is sure to be more to come. The haul includes 10 gold ulus with a podium topper coming courtesy...

Let the games begin!

After years of planning, work and anticipation, the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games officially kicked off with flashy opening ceremonies on March 18 in the brand-new recreation centre in Hay River. Athletes from the circumpolar world – about 1,900 of them – gathered in Hay River for the opening ceremonies, including those competing in...

AWG licence plates attract attention

The most unique and sought-after souvenirs of the South Slave Arctic Winter Games (AWG) might be – perhaps surprisingly – licence plates. But they are not just any old licence plates. They are the iconic NWT plates in the shape of a polar bear, but containing the letters AWG and numbers ranging from one to...

Recreation centre a showcase for community

It was a low-key opening for a building that has been awaited by the community since the summer of 2016, when demolition began on the town’s old rec centre. Hay River’s new recreation centre opened on March 13 with no ceremony, just an open house which allowed visitors a look around the facility. Mayor Brad...

EDITORIAL: Time to pull together for Games

The days remaining to the Arctic Winter Games in the South Slave seem to be counting down faster than the number of volunteers is ticking upwards. As of Feb. 9, the number of volunteers stood at 1,211, while the games are now just a little more than a month away. The number of volunteers is...

Zhanayii Drygeese shatters AWG juvenile girls snow snake record

Zhanayii Drygeese of the Northwest Territories is the new record holder in juvenile girls snow snake thanks to her tremendous toss of 246 feet to win the gold ulu on Tuesday. The old record set of 226 feet, 6 inches, set by Nunavik’s Rita Masty had stood since the 2010 Arctic Winter Games in Grande...

Mayor says Hay River can feel proud about successful Arctic Winter Games

Looking back just days after the Arctic Winter Games ended on March 24, Mayor Brad Mapes says Hay River can feel proud of a successful event. “I’m extremely proud of our community, our sister community of Fort Smith and all the other people in the South Slave that made the games happen,” he said. Mapes...

Less than one month to go for AWG

As of today, we are less than one month away from the start of the Arctic Winter Games. And Todd Shafer, the Games’ general manager, is a confident man. The only things left to do leading up to the opening ceremonies on March 18 are tying up the loose ends. “It’s mostly nailing down details...

Kivalliq athletes shine at Arctic Winter Games

Another biennial, another big time for the Kivalliq at the Arctic Winter Games. The 2018 edition of the Games wrapped up in Hay River, NWT on March 24 with the closing ceremonies featuring plenty of entertainment and close to 2,000 athletes on the floor celebrating and dancing before the job of figuring out how they...

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....

International president calls AWG a success

Not all opinions of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games carry the same weight. The most important opinion probably rests with Jens Brinch, president of the Arctic Winter Games International Committee, who liked a lot about the games, but has concerns about transportation issues. Brinch said the games were a success, based on a good sports...

COLUMN: Tarnishing shine of AWG success

Back on Sept. 4 of 2017, I wrote an opinion piece (It’s gotta be the shoes) lamenting my frustrations over dealing with the Government of Nunavut (GN). I had gone through a frustrating three days of asking Kyle Seeley of the GN’s Sport and Recreation Division in Baker Lake if he could get permission from...

Let the Games begin – finally

Wow. As you are reading this, the opening ceremonies will be a mere 48 hours away, which will signify the 25th Arctic Winter Games getting underway in Fort Smith and in Hay River. I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our guests from Greenland, Alaska, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, Alberta North, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), Yamal...

Mackenzie Valley Highway project gets $102M federal investment

The Mackenzie Valley Highway project will see an investment of $102.5-million from the federal government and another $37.5-million from the GNWT, for a total investment of $140-million. “It marks a major milestone towards a long promised dream of a highway through the Northwest Territories,” said  morning announcement. Avery Zingel/NNSL photo The funding will support the...