The organizers of the regional Kivalliq Junior Canucks hockey program are trying to double the number of teams representing the region at the 2018 Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre Tournament in Winnipeg.
The Kivalliq atoms squad captured the overall 2017 atoms championship.
Program organizers Gleason Uppahuak of Arviat and David Clark of Rankin Inlet are seeking funding to be able to send both a regional bantam and regional midget team to the 2018 event.
The organizers will be asking the Kivalliq Inuit Association to donate $50,000 towards the regional hockey program at its upcoming AGM to help with the costs of flights, jerseys, team apparel, hotels and bus, van or truck rentals. Players for the regional teams will be selected at the Arctic Atoms, Powerful Peewee and Polar Bear Plate (midget) tournaments. A selection event for the bantam squad has yet to be decided.