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The Kivalliq Jr. Canucks peewee team bear their gold medals in triumph at the MICEC Annual Indigenous Minor Hockey Tournament in Winnipeg last month. Photo courtesy of Gleason Uppahuak

Peewee Canucks dominate in Winnipeg

All three Kivalliq Jr. Canucks teams made a good showing at a Winnipeg hockey tournament March 22 to 24, but one team really outshone the competition: the peewees. “Every game they had a mercy except one, the third game, but every other game was 8-0,” said Gleason Uppahuak, one of the team coaches. “Even the...

SPORTS TALK: Our apologies to Terry Jones for being from the North

In case you haven’t heard, there was no Nunavut entry in either the boys or girls at the recent Canadian U18 Curling Championships in Sherwood Park, Alta. The NWT was there, as they always are, but no Nunavut. It’s a shame because it looks like a fun event not only for the amount of good...

Yellowknife looks to host Hockey Day in Canada 2020

The national broadcasting event Hockey Day in Canada may be on its way to Yellowknife in February 2020, if city council approves it. Councillors were given a presentation on Monday with a memo from Johanna Elliot, the city’s facilities manager, on the benefits of endorsing Hockey Day in Canada. The event, which entails music, cultural...
Members from Inuvik’s Team Bain female junior curling team introduced the sport to 12 young girls during a curling night on March 27. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Junior curlers share their knowledge with Inuvik youth

In an effort to attract a younger demographic to the sport, members of Inuvik’s Team Bain female junior curling team facilitated a curling night for budding curlers at the town’s curling club on March 27. A total of 12 girls between the ages of nine and 12 came out to learn more about the sport,...
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

Twelfth time lucky for Richard Beck in Canadian Championship Dog Derby

In a surprise twist this year, the Canadian Championship Dog Derby was won by a member of the Beck family. Chances are you knew that already. Richard Beck proved yet again that he’s still a perennial contender in the 10-dog 150-mile main event race as he took top spot for the 12th time on Sunday,...
Sage Acorn stands atop the podium with his championship plaque after he won the overall title in the T2T 12 boys division at the Canada West Short Track Championships in Grande Prairie, Alta., on Sunday. photo courtesy of Kerry Egan

Sage Acorn wins division at Canada West Short Track Championships

We’ve all read and heard about how Wren Acorn is making her charge against the elite junior speedskaters of the country. But there’s another member of the Acorn clan who’s beginning to make some noise and he announced his intentions last weekend in Grande Prairie, Alta. Sage Acorn, Wren’s younger brother, is the best of...
Jacob Schofield, sling and all, accepts his gold medal from Mark Kosak, chief executive officer of the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference (ACAC), after the MacEwan Griffins men's hockey team won its third consecutive ACAC title in Edmonton on Saturday. Matthew Jacula/MacEwan Athletics photo

Three-peat of college hockey titles for Yellowknife’s Jacob Schofield

If you’re going to close out your college hockey career, you may as well do it in style. Jacob Schofield got the chance to do just that on Saturday night as the Yellowknife star helped MacEwan University to the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference (ACAC) men’s hockey title for the third year running. Not only that,...
Grant Hood (right), the senior administrative officer at the Town of Inuvik, teaches Johannes Hano (centre), the lead correspondent for the New York bureau of Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), how to curl as Brian Dentz (left) films on March 22. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik introduces curling to Germans

Members from a German documentary film crew visiting from New York spent their final night in Inuvik drinking beer and throwing rocks at the town’s Curling Club on March 22. The team from the New York bureau of Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), a German public service broadcaster, spent 10 days in Inuvik creating a reportage...
Wren Acorn, seen during the NWT Speedskating Championships earlier this month, finished ninth overall at the Canadian Junior Selection Meet in Sherbrooke, Que., last weekend. NNSL file photo

Another top-10 for Wren Acorn at national event

Wren Acorn’s competitive season is done and she wrapped it up with another fine showing on the national stage. The 15-year-old competed at the Canadian Junior Selection Meet in Sherbrooke, Que., last weekend and finished in ninth place overall on the girls side, scoring a total of 7,813 points from her three races. Each race...
Rae Panayi takes off on her lap in the team relays after being tagged by Ella Kokelj during action at the Canadian Ski Championships in Gatineau, Que., on March 18. photo courtesy of Shawne Kokelj

Skiers wrap up season at Canadian Ski Championships

You could forgive the Yellowknife Ski Club’s high performance program if they seem a bit fatigued. They have, after all, had a busy last few weeks of competition. The program’s competitive season is all done following the completion of the Canadian Ski Championships at the Nakkertok Ski Club in Gatineau, Que., on Wednesday. The mass...
Four members of the Yellowknife Gymnastics Club came home from the University of Calgary International Cup competition last weekend with some new neckware. They are, from left, Emma Leathem, Jade Ko, Ty Leathem and Noel Barrichello. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Yk gymnasts win big at University of Calgary International Cup

If you were to ask the Yellowknife Gymnastics Club, it was worth the trip to Calgary last weekend. A total of 12 gymnasts from the club competed at the University of Calgary International Cup and for four of them, it was a very successful trip as between them, they won eight medals. Emma Leathem was...
Petter Jacobsen is all smiles as he crosses the finish line at the Yellowknife Ski Club first in the solo men's ski division of the Frostbite 50 race on Sunday. Brett McGarry/NNSL Photo

Frostbite 50 brings out dozens of competitors for annual event

It would be hard to say you got frostbite at this year’s Frostbite 50. The Yk Multisport Club’s annual event happened on a very warm Sunday, with dozens of entrants trying their luck to ski or snowshoe a 50-km course starting at 10 a.m. and finishing at the Yellowknife Ski Club. When it came to...
The DT Futures basketball program was in Edmonton earlier this month for the Alberta Basketball Youth Provincials. They are, front row from left, Jonathan Aine, Jozuard Mercado, Dave Bajada, Francesco Stefanos, Jericho Jimenez, Charles Yatco, Liam Bursey and Aldon Gavina; back row from left, Connor Mackenzie, Brendan McCallister, Ben Constant, Rave Panela, Dylan Kozian, Lydell MacNab, Jacob Mitchener, coach Mike Callas and coach Cole Marshall. photo courtesy of Cole Marshall

DT Electric Futures U13 and U15 basketball squads win seventh place games at Alberta...

For the first time, Basketball NWT had teams playing in the Alberta Basketball Youth Provincials. And it wasn’t a blowout by any stretch of the imagination. The DT Electric Futures program was a U13 and U15 boys team entered in the C/D division of their respective age brackets and both teams finished in seventh place....
David Aho, left, and Jamie Koe watch the play in between shots during action in the Tim Hortons Brier in Brandon, Man., on March 5. Koe and Aho were one-half of the winning rink at the NWT Mixed Curling Championship in Fort Smith on Sunday. Michael Burns/Curling Canada photo

Jamie Koe skips rink to victory at NWT Mixed Curling Championship

Jamie Koe is all done with curling for this season and he ended off on a winning note. Koe skipped his rink of Kerry Galusha, David Aho and Megan Koehler to victory at the NWT Mixed Curling Championship in Fort Smith on Sunday thanks to a 9-2 win over Hay River’s Darcy Delorey in the...
George Lennie sweeps a rock shot by his teammate, Donna Maring, during the Inuvik Curling Club’s second annual Mixed Doubles Funspiel on March 17. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik Curling Club hosts second annual Mixed Doubles Funspiel

The Inuvik Curling Club hosted its second annual Mixed Doubles Funspiel on March 17, where nine teams came out to the Midnight Sun Complex and competed for cash prizes. “We ran it last March also, so this is kind of a year end wrap up,” said Nick Saturnino, president of the Inuvik Curling Club. “It’s...
The rink of Sharon Cormier, left, Cheryl Tordoff, Heather Bilodeau, Wendy Ondrack and Marta Moir won the women's crown at the NWT Seniors Curling Championships in Hay River on March 2. They beat the Hay River rink skipped by Debbie Stanley in a best-of-five series, 3-0. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Yellowknife rinks win titles at NWT Seniors Curling Championships

What’s old is new again when it comes to seniors curling in the NWT. No pun intended. But the two rinks heading to the Canadian Seniors Curling Championships in Chilliwack, B.C., later this month are exactly as they were one year ago. Sharon Cormier and Glen Hudy led their rinks to victory at the NWT...
The top men's players from the NWT Darts Championships in Hay River show off their trophies following the completion of the tournament this past Sunday. They are, from left, Keith Way (Yellowknife), Elvis Beaudoin (Yellowknife), Danny Clouston (Yellowknife), Paul Morey (Inuvik), Sheh Murillo (Yellowknife), Joe Laba (Yellowknife), Norm Sanderson (Yellowknife), Tim Griffin (Yellowknife), Dan Kipling (Hay River), Paul Power (Hay River) and Max Kotokak (Inuvik). photo courtesy of Randy Thompson

NWT Darts Championships sees men’s and women’s teams selected for Canadian Championships in June

The Canadian National Darts Championships are happening in Saskatoon in June and Team NWT will be right there battling with the rest of the country. And if what some of the team members are saying is true, this could be a good year. The men’s and women’s teams were finalized at the NWT Darts Championships...
The 2018-2019 Rankin Inlet Senior Men's Hockey League champion A&K are, back row from left, Craig Aglukark, Kelly Kabvitok, Amaujaq Lindell, Tyrese Dias, Kris Okpatauyak, Clint Pudlat, Keenan Eetuk and Makpa Ulurksit and, front row from left, John Gibbons, Bryce Kusugak, Nippi Ugjuk, Wayne Kusugak, David Clark and Chris Connelly and goalie James Merritt in Rankin Inlet on March 4, 2019. Photo courtesy David Clark

A&K best KIA to claim crown

Craig Aglukark scored 1:24 into the first overtime period to give A&K a 5-4 win over the KIA to take the Rankin Inlet Senior Men’s Hockey League championship three games to two. The championship series was a hard-fought affair, with four of the five games decided by a single goal and three needing overtime to...
Joel Arey, a 15-year-old student from East Three Secondary School, elevates and kicks a ball that stood 7 ft and 6 inches high during the 15U men's one foot high kick on March 8. Arey finished in first place in the event for his division. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Traditions celebrated at the seventh annual Northern and Dene Games Summit

A total of 180 athletes from each community in the Beaufort Delta Region participated in the seventh annual Northern and Dene Games Summit that took place at Inuvik’s East Three Secondary School from March 6 to 9. “This is one of the very rare times and – at least at this scale – it is...
Don Peters instructs a young Tae Kwon Do student on her kicking technique during a get together of the new Tae Kwon Do club in Arviat on March 2, 2019. Photo courtesy Gord Billard

Taking to the martial arts in Arviat

A new taekwon-do club is kicking up a pile of enthusiasm in Arviat. The club is led by the husband-and-wife team of John Arnalukjuak High School (JAHS) principal Don Peters and his spouse, Joanne. Taekwon-do (art of kicking and punching) is the Korean art of unarmed combat that is based on karate and the earlier...
Kevin Koe watches the line during playoff action at the Tim Hortons Brier in Brandon, Man., on Saturday. Koe is now the Canadian men's national champion for a fourth time after beating wild card skip Brendan Bottcher in the final on Sunday evening. Michael Burns/Curling Canada photo

Four times lucky for Kevin Koe at Tim Hortons Brier

For the fifth time in his career, Kevin Koe will have the honour of wearing the maple leaf in international play. It will be the first time he’ll get to wear it while on home turf as the national men’s curling champion. Koe and his rink of B.J. Neufeld, Colton Flasch and Ben Hebert are...
Kerry Galusha delivers a rock during action at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., late last month. Galusha joined in with her brother, Jamie Koe, to win the NWT Mixed Curling Championship in Fort Smith on Sunday. Andrew Klaver/Curling Canada photo

Kerry Galusha talks about disappointment of missing playoffs at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

The NWT has missed the playoffs at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts many times before. No need to belabour that fact. This year, though, it was meant to be different. Kerry Galusha and her rink of Sarah Koltun, Brittany Tran, Shona Barbour and Megan Koehler had travelled, played the World Curling Tour circuit,and even saw...
The brother act of Matthew Bui, left, and Luke Bui represented the Yellowknife Wado Kai Karate Club at the South Calgary Wado Kai Karate Tournament last weekend. Matthew Bui ended up bringing home a gold medal thanks to his division win in shindo (three-foot staff). James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Yk karateka wins top spot in novice shindo at South Calgary Wado Kai Karate...

When you travel to any sports tournament, you want to do well. After all, it’s not cheap to travel from Yellowknife to anywhere. Matthew Bui, though, did well enough that he came home sporting some new neckware. Bui is the owner of a gold medal after winning the novice division in shindo (three-foot staff) at...
Curtis German tries to elude the stick-check of a Hay River Huskies player during action at the Northern Hockey Challenge in Hay River on March 2. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Yellowknife Flyers and Hay River Huskies renew the Battle of the Big Lake in...

The new rink in Hay River has been up and running for close to a year now and there was only one thing missing from the ice. It was the Northern Hockey Challenge – the Battle of the Big Lake, if you will – and it made a triumphant return to the town on March...
Edouard Bélanger from the Aklavik Outlaws rises up to block a spike from Tuk U’s Gerald Stuart during the men’s final game on March 2. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik serves first northern volleyball tournament

Inuvik hosted the region’s first northern Territorial Volleyball Tournament on March 1 to 2, where players and fans from communities throughout the Beaufort Delta Region flocked to East Three Secondary School’s gym to participate or enjoy the games. “We’re hoping this is just the first of many. We’re talking to the school to make this...
Wilson Elliot, in blue, gets the upper hand on Ijob Hamraev of Manitoba during the bronze medal match in the boys 81-kg judo competition at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Wednesday. Sarah Pruys/Team NT photo

Bronze medal for judoka Wilson Elliot at Canada Winter Games

He was expected to be the go-to guy when it came to a podium finish for Team NT at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., and he didn’t disappoint. Wilson Elliot is a bronze medalist thanks to his win over Ijob Hamraev of Manitoba on Wednesday afternoon by ippon (one point), which is...
Ferghus Rutherford-Simon of Fort Smith takes aim at the target during action in the male recurve event in archery at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Tuesday. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT sees some success at Canada Winter Games

(Updated 12:17 p.m. Wednesday) They did what they had to do and thanks to a bit of help from Prince Edward Island, Team NT’s girls hockey team will get a chance to play with the big guns. The girls defeated Yukon on Tuesday by a score of 7-1 for their second straight win at the...
Jamie Cluff made 41 saves in a winning effort for Team NT's girls hockey team over Newfoundland and Labrador. Kelly Bolin/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT girls hockey team hits the win column

Big day on the ice for Team NT’s girls hockey team at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., today. The girls took down Newfoundland and Labrador this afternoon by a score of 4-1. Abby Webster of Hay River scored what turned out to be the eventual winning goal late in the second period...
Team NT's girls hockey team gathers around following their game against Prince Edward Island at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 24. Mel Bolin/Canada Winter Games photo

Week two gets underway at Canada Winter Games for Team NT and Nunavut

And so begins another week of the North’s best and brightest doing their thing at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. Week two officially got underway on Feb. 24 with three sports in action involving Team NT; Nunavut wasn’t in action. The boys and girls curling rinks took on Saskatchewan in the morning...
Wren Acorn was arguably Team NT's top athlete in week one of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., in terms of results with three top-10 finishes in speedskating. Andre Harms/Canada Winter Games photo

Wren Acorn reflects on Canada Winter Games experience

There are no more secrets about Wren Acorn anymore. If the rest of the country didn’t know before, they now know just what she’s capable of. Acorn was Team NT’s best solo athlete at the Canada Winter Games in terms of results as the 15-year-old speedskater from Yellowknife left week one with three top-10 finishes...