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Ethan Anstey, seen during the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., will suit up for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League next season after signing with the club in mid-March. Brandon White/Canada Winter Games photo

Ethan Anstey signs on with Fort McMurray of Alberta Junior Hockey League

If hockey ever returns following COVID-19, there will be at least two players from Yellowknife suiting up in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) next season. Ethan Anstey will be one of those players as...

Greatest Of All Time voting begins Monday at 9 a.m.

The time is almost here. There are some excited people waiting to vote for their favourite in the Greatest Of All Time and we are nearing that moment when you get to choose the greatest...

Sports Talk: A 31-team playoff in the NHL? Of course PK Subban would approve

So we're hearing plenty of tips on how to stay safe during the Covid-19 deal. The Malaysian government came up with its own tips on April 1 and, no, it wasn't an April Fools...
Jamie Koe and his rink of Kerry Galusha, David Aho and Megan Koehler scored the bronze medal at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in Saguenay, Que., this past November. Valerie Simard/Curling Canada photo

Another national curling medal for NWT (from 2019)

Editor's note: This team is the most recent one to have won a national medal, the second one won by Koe, Galusha and Koehler as a team. They may be the bottom seeds at...
The 2014 edition of the NWT Rebels women's broomball team won the World Women's Broomball Championship that year and are the top seeds for the Greatest Of All Time bracket tournament. The champs are, front row from left, Denise Pyke, Grace Lau-a, Kyra Powder, Sarah Elsasser, Danielle Hawes and Terri-Lynn Locke-Setter; back row from left, Aki Iwase, Angela Love, Janelle James, Adriana Zibolenova, Orla Tobin, Jenny Crawford, Martha Goodman, Brenda Tittlemier and Tina Locke-Setter. photo courtesy of NWT Rebels

NWT Rebels shock the world in 2014

Editor's note: The NWT Rebels are the no. 1 seed in the quest to find the Greatest Of All Time in terms of teams from the NWT. Here's a look back at how they...

Mackenzie Muskrats swim to podium at territorial championships

Inuvik's swim team, the Mackenzie Muskrats, ended their season with quite the splash in Yellowknife, bringing home 51 pieces of hardware after the Feb 21-23 NWT 2020 Territorial Championships wrapped up last month. Overall through...
Drake Giroux carries the puck during action at the 2016 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Mississauga, Ont. Giroux was part of the Team North boys squad that won the first – and only to date – medal for the North at the annual tournament when they captured silver. photo courtesy of Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT

Seeds no. 9 through 16 for the Greatest Of All Time

You know the first eight seeds in our quest to find the greatest sports team there's ever been in the history of the NWT. Now it's time to see who the next eight seeds...

Sports Talk: Who you got in the Belarus Premier League this season?

Do you all have enough toilet paper? If not, you can go win a roll at some restaurants around the world. Yes, some establishments have decided to have a bit of fun with the whole...
The Fort Smith Fire Department won back-to-back Canadian Firefighters Curling Association championships in 1976 and 1977. They are, from left, Howard Brazeau, Dick Cisaroski, Jim Schaefer and Mickey MacEachern. photo courtesy of Canadian Firefighters Curling Association

The first eight hopefuls for the Greatest Of All Time

If you paid attention to Wednesday's Yellowknifer, you will know that I will be starting a bracket competition to choose the best sports team to ever come out of the NWT. I had a...
Sahara Lafferty, left, and Caitlin Zorn are all smiles prior to the opening ceremony of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto. The 2020 edition of the Games this coming July in Halifax is still on for now, says Aaron Wells of the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT. photo courtesy of Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT

“It was a matter of time”: North American Indigenous Games postponed for one year...

Correction: This story has been corrected to reflect the proper age categories for a re-scheduled NAIG. The original paragraph has been deleted because it was incorrect. Add another log to the fire, if you will,...

East Three Eagles soar to top of Yellowknife Senior Cager

Following an undefeated streak through the Feb. 27 to March 1 Yellowknife Senior Cager basketball tournament, the boys squad edged out the favourite École St. Patrick High School 46-37 to be named 2019-2020 territorial...
Elvis Beaudoin, left, and Keith Way hoist the champions plaques after winning the mens doubles title at the Adult National Darts Championships in Saskatoon on Tuesday. photo courtesy of Sheh Murillo

Who is the Greatest Of All Time? Let’s find out, shall we?

And so we're at that time when there is nothing to write about or watch on TV when it comes to sports. Reminds of the time when baseball went on strike in 1994, causing...
Richard Beck, centre, accepts the Canadian Championship Dog Derby winner's trophy from Nick Ballantyne, left, and Rebecca Plotner of Dominion Diamond Corporation during the awards dinner at the Explorer Hotel on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Canadian Championship Dog Derby falls victim to COVID-19

It was the only sporting event left on the calendar in Yellowknife which had yet to be cancelled. But it, too, was forced to wave the white flag over the weekend, conceding to COVID-19. The Canadian...

Frozen out of luck and it sucks

It’s technically the truth when I say that I am undefeated in tournament play this year. But it’s hardly a satisfying result. Friday the 13th of March was especially unkind to the hockey community, not...

Curling season wraps up with back-to-back championships

Inuvik Curling Club wrapped up its season with a pair of bonspiels to send teams to national championships later in the year, with the club championships Feb 28-29 and the mixed championship going to...
Sir John Franklin won the overall and school grand aggregate titles at the NWT Track and Field Championships in Hay River in 2019 as well as the most sportsmanlike team. Holding the most sportsmanlike trophy, left, is Robert Paddock; holding the overall grand aggregate trophy is Stephen Messier and holding the school grand aggregate trophy is Jaleel Tulloch. They will get to keep the trophies for at least one more year following the cancellation of the 2020 NWT Track and Field Championships on Tuesday. NNSL file photo

NWT Track and Field Championships cancelled due to COVID-19

It was only a matter of time before it happened but the largest annual sporting event in the NWT won't go ahead for 2020. The NWT Track and Field Championships, which were scheduled for Hay...

Sports Talk: Now what do I write about? Not getting to rent a car?

Now what do we do for our March break? I wasn't planning to go anywhere except Whitehorse. I won't bore you with my letdowns … some people on Twitter who know I don't populate on...
Brady Daniels, seen during the First Air Rec Hockey Tournament this past April, is back with the Kimberley Dynamiters of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League in B.C., where he's playing with his younger brother, Austin Daniels. NNSL file photo

Several tournaments cancelled due to COVID-19 fears

The sports world has seen it turned upside down in recent days with leagues and tournaments either being cancelled, postponed or suspended due to the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19). It's now starting to hit Yellowknife...

Battle of the Beaufort

Inuvik's Midnight Sun Complex was bustling with activity for four days as the IRC Native Hockey Tournament hit the ice at full tilt March 5-8. In total, 14 teams from as far away as Deline...
Jack Works, seen in action this year with the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, had a career year with the team, setting a new franchise record for points scored in a season. Chad Goddard Photography photo

A banner season for Yellowknife’s Jack Works in Alberta Junior Hockey League

To say Jack Works had a breakout season with the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) would be the understatement of the week. It was one for the record books – literally. The...
Sahara Lafferty, left, and Caitlin Zorn are all smiles prior to the opening ceremony of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto. The 2020 edition of the Games this coming July in Halifax is still on for now, says Aaron Wells of the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT. photo courtesy of Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT

North American Indigenous Games still on for now

We know that the 2020 Arctic Winter Games won't be happening because of the threat brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19). But there's another major multi-sport competition coming up later this year that could be...
Team NT's Arctic Winter Games figure skating team of Brooke Vallis, left, Sarah Campbell, Emily Hazenberg and Victoria Hamm model off the official walk-out uniform that the team will wear during the opening ceremony in Whitehorse when the Games begin on March 15. The uniform was officially unveiled at the Sport North office in Yellowknife on Feb. 13. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Arctic Winter Games registrations fees to be refunded, athletes to keep uniforms

The cancellation of the 2020 Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse on Saturday has caused plenty of heartburn and heartache for anyone who was set to make the trip over to compete, coach or volunteer. But...

Sports Talk: Look at what David Ayres nearly caused … thanks, National Hockey League...

There is one sector of the population I can't stand more than any one else: the Learjet liberal set. These trillionaire moral betters who claim they will change the world even if it means...
Ava Applejohn tries to get the upper hand on Quinn Critch during the wrestling trials at St. Pat's Gymnasium back in January. Both of them are now going to have to find other ways to enjoy March break following the cancellation of the Games by the host society in Whitehorse on Saturday. NNSL file photo

Coaches and teams react to 2020 Arctic Winter Games cancellation

There is a recurring theme among those coaches and teams that were all set to travel to Whitehorse for the start of the 2020 Arctic Winter Games on March 15: extreme disappointment. The host society...

Olympic Hurdler shares her story of determination with East Three students

Sarah Wells thought the Olympics was going to be her biggest challenge, but in retrospect they were just laying the groundwork for something bigger. "Every student is going through their own challenges where we all...
Team Nunavut's 2020 Arctic Winter Games uniform and pin set were officially unveiled at the legislative assembly in Iqaluit on March 5. Joining in on the unveiling are, from left, Lorne Kusugak, minister of Community and Government Services; Alesha Tiglik (youth ambassador), Naja Flaherty (Arctic sport athlete), Leetia Eegeesiak (dog mushing athlete), Ryan Eegeesiak McIntosh (midget hockey athlete), Seth Burke (bantam hockey athlete), Premier Joe Savikataaq and Megan Hutchings (basketball athlete). photo courtesy of Sonja Lonsdale

Team Nunavut in final stages of planning for 2020 Arctic Winter Games

And so we are 10 days away from the start of the big show in Whitehorse. That big show, of course, is the 2020 Arctic Winter Games and it all gets underway on March 15....

Hardcore Raptors fans crushed trophy not here this week

At least one young sports fan is feeling crushed after he made preparations to celebrate the arrival of the Larry O'Brien trophy to his Yellowknife school. Jace Andrada, an 11-year-old St. Joseph School student is...
Jamie Koe calls out to the brushers during action at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kingston, Ont., on March 2. Michael Burns/Curling Canada photo

One Koe still in, one Koe out at Tim Hortons Brier

by Martin Gavin Special to Northern News Services Kingston, Ont. The 2020 Tim Hortons Brier has been an uphill battle for the NWT, skipped by Jamie Koe and his rink from the Yellowknife Curling Centre. Regardless of the...
A couple of NWT flags hang out at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games in Hay River. One thing the 2018 Arctic Winter Games didn't have to worry about was the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19), something the host society for the 2020 Arctic Winter Games has to contend with. photo courtesy of Thorsten Gohl

2020 Arctic Winter Games prepares for COVID-19, should it arrive

As the world does what it can to stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), so, too, is the 2020 Arctic Winter Games host society. The host society issued a news release on Monday outlining the...
Jamie Koe, right, discusses the line with his third, David Aho, in between shots at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kingston, Ont., on Monday. Michael Burns/Curling Canada photo

Jamie Koe and company finally hit win column at Tim Hortons Brier

by Martin Gavin Special to Northern News Services Kingston, Ont. It's been a slow start for Jamie Koe and his NWT foursome at the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier in Kingston, Ont. As of Monday, the rink had yet...