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SPORTS TALK: Who’s having more fun than the Carolina Hurricanes?

What a great day for journalism on May 7. Two reporters for Reuters in Myanmar, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were released from prison near the capital of Yangon after spending more than 500...

Communities get their half

The spoils really were shared at Senior Super Soccer in Yellowknife this year. The AA banners all stayed in the capital as Sir John Franklin and St. Pat's high schools each won two of them...
Kevin Koe calls the line during action at the Curling World Cup in Beijing, China, on Saturday. Koe and his rink won themselves the gold medal in the men's final late Saturday thanks to a 5-3 win over China's Qiang Zou. Celine Stucki/World Curling Federation photo

Gold medal success for Kevin Koe at Curling World Cup

And now, the curling season is over. But not before Kevin Koe and company polished things off in the best way possible at the Curling World Cup grand final in Beijing, China on Saturday evening. Koe...
Kerry Galusha delivers a rock during action at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., late last month. Missing out on the championship round at this year's event was a stinger for Galusha, she said. Andrew Klaver/Curling Canada photo

Kerry Galusha plays in Lupus Spiel USA fundraising event in Minnesota

Kerry Galusha is a household name in Canadian curling, of that there is no doubt. The mere mention of the last name and curling fans will know exactly who you're talking about. That celebrity status...

SPORTS TALK: So who’s next to get the phone call?

Two young men recently got to experience the excitement of getting drafted by a Western Hockey League outfit. Logan Cunningham and Carter McLeod are now hopefully on the road to bigger success in the hockey...
The Crush Volleyball Club's 14U girls outfit made the trip to Ottawa last weekend to compete at the Volleyball Canada 14U National Championships. They are, front row from left, Gracie Brennan, Thea Marzan, Naledi Ndlovu and Rica Salaboro; back row from left, coach Jeannie Mathison, coach Mike Mathison, Hannah Gillingham, Tamara Mathison, Oleta Duru, Andrea Geraghty and coach Gail Christie. photo courtesy of Jeannie Mathison

Crush Volleyball Club’s 14U girls hit nation’s capital for Volleyball Canada 14U National Championships

So, the Crush Volleyball Club's 14U girls squad didn't win a match at the Volleyball Canada 14U National Championships, but they weren't expecting to. It was all about the experience and exposure and they did...
Markus Cluff of Sir John Franklin manages to keep the ball away from a Hay River attacker during Senior Super Soccer U19 boys playoff action at the Fieldhouse on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

St. Pat’s and Sir John Franklin split AA banners in Senior Super Soccer

Isn't it nice when we're all sharing? No one has more than the other? That was the case when it came to the AA banners in the 2019 edition of Senior Super Soccer as both...
Spider Jones, decked out in full cycling regalia, was one of those who took part in the Racquet Club's Spin-a-Thon in support of the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation this past Saturday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Racquet Club Spin-a-Thon raises more than $9K for Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation

It's nice enough outside these days that if anyone wanted to go for a bike ride, they could. But it's also nice to stay indoors and help raise some money while taking part in a...

SPORTS TALK: Brad Karp – a Canadian we all can be proud of

Right, so exactly how much time do we have left on this planet? I've heard 12 years from everyone but Beto (Robert) O'Rourke, who's running for the presidency of the U.S., tells us it's...
The girls soccer team from East Three Elementary School that represented Inuvik at the 2019 Junior Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife from April 26 to 28. Top row, from left to right: Maryssa Camacho, Courtlyn Furlong-Clark, Blaise Mitchell, Casey Gruben, Abygail McDonald, Alexandria Testart, Zoe Hansen, Josie McConnell. Bottom row: Petra Jellema. Photo courtesy of Maryssa Camacho

Inuvik shines at junior soccer tournament

Although they didn’t come away with gold, the coaches for East Three Elementary School’s boys' and girls' soccer teams both agreed that this year was one of the more successful runs that the school...
Kugluktuk's Jonathon Ihumatak tries to shield the ball from an Inuvik Wolves player during Grade 6 boys division playoff action at Junior Super Soccer in Yellowknife on April 28. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Back-to-back titles for Kugluktuk at Junior Super Soccer

They came, they saw and they conquered. Again. The Grade 6 boys soccer team from Kugluktuk High School made it two in a row as they successfully defended their title at Junior Super Soccer in Yellowknife...
Logan Cunningham, seen during the Canada Winter Games this past Feburary, has been getting a lot of attention leading up to the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft on May 2. Brandon White/Canada Winter Games photo

Draft delight for Logan Cunningham and Carter McLeod

Another year, another round of Yellowknife players getting the phone call they've been waiting for. Logan Cunningham was the first to get picked by Spokane Chiefs after being selected in the third round, 59th overall,...
Kiah Vail, left, shows off the championship banner her St. Albert Slash won on home ice on April 7 with her father, Roger Vail. She can now add the title of national champion as the Slash knocked off the Sudbury Lady Wolves of Ontario to win the Esso Cup on April 27, the third consecutive year the Slash have won the Canadian midget girls hockey championship. photo courtesy of Roger Vail

Third time’s the charm for Kiah Vail at Esso Cup

Kiah Vail of Fort Smith thinks the St. Albert Slash have done something that will never be done again: win the Esso Cup national midget girls hockey championship three times in a row. What we...
Carter McLeod reaches for the puck in front of goaltender Liam Tereposky during action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., this past February. McLeod returned to Red Deer to play in the Alberta Cup bantam hockey tournament last week. Brandon White/Canada Winter Games photo

Logan Cunningham and Carter McLeod shine at Alberta Cup hockey tournament

Logan Cunningham and Carter McLeod have been getting plenty of attention from major junior hockey scouts in western Canada in recent months. They got plenty more attention this past week in Red Deer, Alta. The Yellowknife...
Parents, coaches and players all came out to the final outdoor skate that hosted at Shell Lake on April 23. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik youth have one last skate

With warmer days on the horizon, Inuvik youth took the ice one last time to play some pickup hockey down by the outdoor rink on Shell Lake on April 23. Around 20 kids between the...
Sophia Barichello of William McDonald, right, does battle with Rankin Inlet's Erin Kaludjak for possession during the Grade 8 girls final of Junior Super Soccer at the Fieldhouse on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

William McDonald, Range Lake North, Kugluktuk and Weledeh all win banners in Junior Super...

No dominant performance by William McDonald School this year but Yellowknife was still the best on the court when it comes to the final results of Junior Super Soccer. William McDonald did win three of...
Logan Cunningham, seen during the Canada Winter Games this past Feburary, has been getting a lot of attention leading up to the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft on May 2. Brandon White/Canada Winter Games photo

SPORTS TALK: Yellowknife’s skin in the game for the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft

May 2 is a big day for bantam hockey players across the western part of North America. It's the day when the Western Hockey League holds its bantam draft and that means hundreds of 14...
The DT Electric Futures U13 boys squad earned themselves second place at the IHG Easter Classic Basketball Tournament in Edmonton this past Sunday. They are from left, coach Mike Callas, Kyle McCallister, Aldon Gavina, Jozuard Mercado, Francesco Stefanos, Jonathan Aine, Jericho Jimenez, Jacob Mitchener and coach Cole Marshall. photo courtesy of Cole Marshall

DT Electric Futures runners-up at IHG Easter Classic Basketball Tournament

While the rest of us were busy counting our loot courtesy of the Easter Bunny, the DT Electric Futures basketball program was busy doing its thing in Edmonton. The Futures had two teams in the...
Brady Daniels of the Weaver and Devore Marauders heads down the wing on a rush during the A division final of the First Air Rec Hockey Tournament at the Multiplex on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Exciting finish to First Air Rec Hockey Tournament

The normal celebration for a team winning a recreational hockey tournament is everyone coming off the bench – dog tired from the war of attrition of the weekend – for a few high-fives, some...

Pond Inlet receives grant from Jays Care Foundation to help rebuild baseball field

The Toronto Blue Jays may not ever get to Pond Inlet anytime soon but a piece of the team will be around in the community for years to come. The Jays Care Foundation, the Blue...
Jay Bretana slam dunks a basketball during a Jr. NBA basketball clinic hosted at East Three Elementary School’s gym on April 13. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Basketball program a slam dunk for Inuvik youth

A nation-wide basketball program for Canadian youth that made its way to Inuvik for the first time earlier this year continues to attract a high volume of young ballers to the court every weekend. Canada’s...
Kiah Vail, left, shows off the championship banner her St. Albert Slash won on home ice on April 7 with her father, Roger Vail. She can now add the title of national champion as the Slash knocked off the Sudbury Lady Wolves of Ontario to win the Esso Cup on April 27, the third consecutive year the Slash have won the Canadian midget girls hockey championship. photo courtesy of Roger Vail

Kiah Vail set to play in Esso Cup national midget girls hockey championship again

Fort Smith's Kiah Vail has already tasted the sweet victory of the Esso Cup, the national midget girls hockey championship, having won in with the St. Albert Slash last year in Nova Scotia. This year,...
The Serve-ivors of Gjoa Haven captured the women's title at the Gold Diggers Volleyball Tournament in Gjoa Haven on April 7 thanks to a five-set win over The A-Team in the final. They are, from left, Flora Arqviq, Sharon Takkiruq, Martha Porter, Karen Aaluk, Nessa Ann Sallerina, Marlene Akkikungnak and Courtney Takkiruq. photo courtesy of Kim Rowley

Gjoa Haven and Naujaat share spoils at Gold Diggers Volleyball Tournament

Big money and big bragging rights in the Kitikmeot region were up for grabs on the volleyball court earlier this month. The Gold Diggers Volleyball Tournament brought together a total of 16 teams – eight...
The Potential Volleyball Club's 16U girls squad is all smiles after winning gold in Division 5 at the Alberta Volleyball Premier 3 Tournament in Calgary on Sunday. They are, front row from left, Yazmin Macintosh, Emily Carroll, Iman Livingstone and Katie Genge; back row from left, assistant coach Mike Thompson, Katherine Smallwood, Brianna Helyar, Mali Straker, Pam Olimpo, Paige Kenney, assistant coach Branden Horn and head coach Darren Horn. photo courtesy of Natalie Bolleter

Potential Volleyball Club 16U girls win division in Calgary

It's the only Alberta Volleyball Premier Tournament the Potential Volleyball Club's 16U girls will play this season but they made it count. The squad came out on top in Division 5 at the Premier 3...
Kevin Koe grimaces as he watches a shot while Sweden's Christoffer Sundgren, left, and Rasmus Wrana look on behind during the final of the World Men's Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alta., on Sunday evening. Michael Burns/World Curling Federation photo

Kevin Koe collects silver medal at World Men’s Curling Championship

Kevin Koe had managed a week's worth of heroics at the World Men's Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alta., with some stunning shots to pull his rink out of danger at the opportune time. His luck,...
Eekeeluak Avalak of Cambridge Bay, seen during the Nunavut Wrestling Championships in Pangnirtung in January, won himself a silver medal in the boys U17 55-kg weight class at the U17/U19 Canadian Wrestling Championships in Fredericton, N.B., on Saturday. photo courtesy of David Kilabuk

Eekeeluak Avalak wins silver medal at Canadian Wrestling Championships

There's a wonderful think about being from Nunavut and going to a national championship. No one takes you seriously until you beat them and even then, they still don't take you seriously. Eekeeluak Avalak of Cambridge...
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...

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...

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...
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...