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Matthew Skinner, the centre Coordinator for the Inuvik Youth Centre, created a weekly skate night program for the town’s youth in October 2018. The goal of the program is to allow local youth to practice their skating or to play hockey in a safe and welcoming environment. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Youth skate night continues to be a hit

Every Friday from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm, Inuvik youth are given exclusive access to free ice time at the Roy “Sugloo” Ipana Arena in the Midnight Sun Complex, all thanks to the Inuvik Youth Centre’s skate program. Matthew Skinner, the centre coordinator for the Inuvik Youth Centre, created the program last October to allow...
Alex Hejnowicz of Iqaluit comes around the bend during speedskating action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 6

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 6 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Wednesday. All times MST Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Girls singles placement round (continuing all day) 10:30 a.m. Boys singles placement round (continuing all day) Hockey 12:30 p.m. Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador...
Tyler Caines lets one fly from just outside the faceoff circle during boys hockey action against Yukon at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Luke Solomon/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT boys hockey team gets ready for its “playoff round” at Canada Winter...

Had it not been for some bad luck, there’s a very good chance we would be talking about Team NT’s boys hockey team being in with a chance to play for a playoff spot at the Canada Winter Games. It wasn’t to be but head coach Mirsad Mujcin is treating the next two games as...
Inuuki Burke of Iqaluit makes the pad save during action against Team NT at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 18. Carly Morison/Canada Winter Games photo

Tired but resolute Nunavut boys hockey squad set for placement round

You could forgive Nunavut’s Canada Winter Games boys hockey team for being a bit gassed after their final round-robin game against Team NT on Feb. 18, a 6-0 loss to give the boys a record of one win and three losses. After all, it was their fourth full 60-minute, full-contact game in less than 36...
Lindsey Woodford performs her routine during the team gymnastics competition at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Sunday. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT gymnasts battle on at Canada Winter Games

They’re a bit battered, maybe a bit bruised, but Team NT’s gymnasts are still fighting on at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. They have the all-around competition today beginning at 3:30 and three of the team – Jade Ko, Lindsey Woodford and Emma Leathem – will be in action looking to nail...
Nolan Kasook of LJ’s Sabres celebrates after scoring a goal against the K&D Outlaws during the tournament’s final game of the A division. The Sabres ended up winning the game 5-3. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

IRC hosts 31st annual Native Hockey Tournament

The 31st annual Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) Native Hockey Tournament wrapped up on Feb. 17, with 190 players from communities across the Beaufort Delta Region participating in the event at Inuvik’s Midnight Sun Complex. “It’s the best time of the weekend. There’s good hockey, everyone comes to visit and you get to see old friends,”...
Members of the Rankin Inlet competitive gym team turn their backs to the camera to show what the backs of their new Team Canada uniforms will look like at the upcoming international World Gymnaestrada in Austria from July 7-13. Photo courtesy Lisa Kresky

Rankin gymnasts work doggedly at fundraising as World Gymnaestrada looms closer

The founder and head coach of the Aqsarniit Ujauttaq (Northern Lights) gymnastics club in Rankin Inlet, Lisa Kresky, left for the Canada Winter Games this past week with a lot on her mind. Kresky is attending the games as part of the Women in Coaching program and is linked with the B.C. gymnastics team as...
Jade Ko goes through her routine on the floor during gymnastics action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 5

Here’s what Nunavut and Team NT will be up to on Day 5 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 19: Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Mixed doubles – Team NT vs. Yukon 9:30 a.m. Mixed doubles – Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador 10:30 a.m. Boys doubles – Team NT vs. Nunavut...
Liam Tereposky gets set to make a stop on a Prince Edward Island player during boys hockey action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Brandon White/Canada Winter Games photo

Week one rolls on for Team NT at Canada Winter Games

And we are underway with the largest multi-winter sport gathering of its kind in Canada. The 2019 Canada Winter Games got underway in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 15 with the opening ceremony as gymnast Maggie Carson led Team NT into the Red Deer Centrium with the other 12 provinces and territories. Once that was...
Wren Acorn tries to find her way around a Quebec skater during action in the girls 1,500-metre event at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Rick Lawrence/Canada Winter Games photo

Wren Acorn to skate for gold in girls 1,500-metre speedskating

Team NT will have its first chance to hit the medal column at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., this afternoon thanks to Wren Acorn. The Yellowknife skater will be part of the final field of seven in the girls 1,500-metre speedskating final at 3:10 this afternoon. Acorn finished second in her semifinal...
Chase Harron of Coral Habour battles with Connor Cozens of Yukon in front of the net during boys hockey action against Yukon on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 4

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 4 at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Nunavut vs. Prince Edward Island 4 p.m. Nunavut vs. Team NT Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Boys and girls singles matches begin Speedskating 9:10 a.m., 10:18 a.m. and...
Emma Carpenter (in orange helmet cover) prepares to go into a turn during her heat in the girls 1,500-metre event at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Jerrold Leblanc/Canada Winter Games photo

Still a glimmer of hope for Nunavut speedskaters at Canada Winter Games

Nunavut’s speedskating outfit at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., isn’t out of it yet in terms of the 500-metre and 1,500-metre events but they will need a big day on Feb. 18. The 1,500-metre will be the focus that day following the heats and quarter-finals the day before. The four girls and...
Wren Acorn tries to find her way around a Quebec skater during action in the girls 1,500-metre event at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Rick Lawrence/Canada Winter Games photo

Wren Acorn through to 1,500-metre semifinals in speedskating at Canada Winter Games

Speedskating has always been a sport where the NWT has excelled at and if all goes well tomorrow, it could be a big highlight for Team NT. Yellowknife’s Wren Acorn will be in the semifinals of the girls 1,500-metre event at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., after winning through her heat and...

Team NT can’t close the deal against Prince Edward Island in boys hockey

Prince Edward Island is probably the luckiest team in the boys hockey competition at the 2019 Canada Winter Games. For the second straight game, the Maritimers needed a goal late in regulation time to beat a Northern team and this time, it was Team NT by a score of 3-2. The eventual winning goal came...
Josie Cote of Iqaluit celebrates after a goal during boys hockey action against Yukon on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Nunavut boys hockey team hits win column at Canada Winter Games

It’s been a weekend of firsts for Nunavut all around the country. The rink skipped by Jenine Bodner won Nunavut’s first main draw game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., and now, it’s the boys hockey team’s turn. The boys took to the ice against Yukon in the territory’s inaugural contest at...
Conner McKay-Ivanko of Hay River, left, awaits the serve from Caleb Bolt of Kugluktuk during table tennis action at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 16. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Table tennis leads the way for Nunavut in first day of action at Canada...

The 2019 Canada Winter Games are underway in Red Deer, Alta., and it was table tennis which kicked things off for Nunavut. The boys and girls team competitions were the first orders of business for the territory on Feb. 16 and the boys had themselves quite a good run as they managed to get to...
Team Nunavut marches into the opening ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 15. Mark Cundict/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 3

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 3 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Sunday: All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Team NT vs. Prince Edward Island Nunavut vs. Yukon 7:30 p.m. Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador Team NT vs. Yukon Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Boys...
Nunavut finally hit the win column officially at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., as the rink from the Iqaluit Curling Club defeated Quebec on Saturday by a score of 4-3. The smiling ladies are, from left, Megan Ingram, Jenine Bodner, Jennifer Blaney, Alison Griffin, Sadie Pinksen and coach Susanne Martin. photo courtesy of Curling Canada

Nunavut wins historic first game at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

It wasn’t a question of if but more a question of when Nunavut would finally be able to raise their arms in official victory at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. We now know when – Feb. 16, 2019 – and it now means every jurisdiction in the country has won at least one main draw...
The table tennis team of Gracie Brennan, left, Nikhilesh Gohil, Conner McKay-Ivanko, David Dragon, Monika Kunderlik and Shannan Bonnetrouge gave Team NT its first win of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Saturday. The boys team of Gohil, McKay-Ivanko and Dragon won their opening encounter over Yukon by a score of 3-1 in matches. photo courtesy of Thorsten Gohl

Team NT table tennis boys get off on right foot at Canada Winter Games

For a team that was simply hoping to score a few points here and there at the Canada Winter Games, this result must have felt like a lump of gold. The boys table tennis squad opened up the team competition of the Games against Yukon on Saturday morning and ended up coming out on top...
Andrew Carr (39) looks to win a face off against Team Nunavut's Chase Herron during the Arctic Showcase tournament at the Yk Community Arena last month. Carr will be part of the boys team that will suit up for the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., next month. NNSL file photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 2

Here are the teams and athletes in action on Saturday for Team NT and Team Nunavut on Day 2 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. It will be the first official day of competition for both teams. All times MST Table Tennis 9 a.m. Boys team match – NT vs. Yukon 11...
Max Joy of Iqaluit was Nunavut's choice to carry in the territory's flag during the opening ceremony for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 15. photo courtesy of Team Nunavut

Max Joy “grateful and excited” to carry Nunavut flag for Canada Winter Games opening...

The 2019 Canada Winter Games are officially underway in Red Deer, Alta., with the opening ceremony having taken place the evening of Feb. 15. Nunavut joined in with the 12 other provinces and territories in marching on the colours into the Red Deer Centrium. The flag bearer for Nunavut this year was Max Joy of...
Eight members of the Iqaluit Taekwondo Society will be on their way to Melbourne, Australia next month to take part in the inaugural Chan Hun International Taewkondo Federation World Championships as part of Team Canada. They include, from left, coach Matthew Smallacombe, Nicholas McDermott, Jennifer Ellsworth, Daniella Calamayan, Catriona Popoff, Christopher Gerlach and Curtis Lu, who was in Iqaluit for a training session late last month. Missing from the photo are Alex McDermott and Eileen Duffy. photo courtesy of Maryse Mahy

Iqaluit Taekwondo Society heading down under

If you’ve been following the Iqaluit Taekwondo Society’s exploits in recent years, you will know that whenever they travel to events, good things usually happen in terms of medals. Its next trip, though, is the biggest one the society will be embarking on and it’s a pretty big deal. Eight of the society’s members will...
Nunavut's Youth Ambassador Program will be on the ground at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., to help out with activities during week two. They are, from left, Matthew Ford-Rogers of Rankin Inlet, Tanya Tugak of Rankin Inlet, Donald Mullins of Chesterfield Inlet, Shaun Nauyuk of Iqaluit, Katrina Anderson of Rankin Inlet, Sylvia Kablutsiak of Arviat, Melanie Qaqqasiq of Naujaat, Jewel Kuksuk of Arviat and Carla Kaayak of Baker Lake. Missing from the photo is Alesha Tiglik of Iqaluit. photo courtesy of Alison Griffin

The other Nunavut team at the Canada Winter Games

Nunavut will be sending athletes for weeks one and two of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. The week two contingent, though, will have one group of members that will be doing something completely non-athletic yet vitally important to the Games itself. The Nunavut Youth Ambassadors Program will be sending 10 young people...
The Yk Women's Hockey League snagged the top two spots at the Hazardous Women's Hockey Tournament in Hay River this past weekend with Yk White beating Yk Blue in the final. They are, in front, Aurora and Peyton Kotokak; middle row from left, Maureen Hans, Jenna Blanchard, Jennifer Ryden, Melanie Parker, Allison Kincaid, Kate Gamble, Karen Brown, Tehnille Gard, Jeanne Yurris and Janna Graham; back row from left, Kim Bergman, Martha Goodman, Alison Harrower, Chloe Dragon-Smith, Donna Bee, Caitlyn Thompson, Contessa Stead, Heather Cane, Heather Atkins-Desjarlais, Jill Alain, Liz King, Nicole Henkel, Laura Krutko and Tracy Mifflin. Missing from photo is Keri-Ann Loutit. photo courtesy of Jen Ryden

One-two finish for Yellowknife at Hazardous Women’s Hockey Tournament in Hay River

One of the bigger women’s hockey tournaments in the NWT made a long-awaited return this past weekend but there was a good reason for why it went away. There was no arena to play in. The Hazardous Women’s Hockey Tournament in Hay River returned for its 12 th edition, the first time it had been...
Mali Straker looks to get by a defender from Calgary's Centennial High School during action in the Centennial Howler Tournament in Calgary on Feb. 8. photo courtesy of Benji Straker

Deton Cho Eagles finish Calgary tournament on winning note

There’s no better motivation for a team to win a game than losing a game you should have won before. That’s what the Deton Cho Eagles girls high performance basketball did at the Centennial Howler Tournament in Calgary this past weekend. The Eagles, playing as Sir John Franklin High School in the tournament due to...

JOHN HOWE: Yellowknife’s Own Lot in Life

Oh, so that’s what improvements look like. I recall my first memorable view of the downtown 50/50 intersection when I was here for a brief visit in 1992. There was a fenced off hole in the ground and in it, vestigial remains of what must have been a significant demolition. It’s 2019 now and given...
The ceremonial puck drop at centre ice on Feb. 8. From left to right: Lucas Pokiak of the Arctic Eagles, Anna-Lee McLeod and Dexter Noksana of the Delta Raptors. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Record-breaking numbers at 18th annual Gwich’in Cup Tournament

The annual Gwich’in Cup Tournament continues to be a huge sporting event for minor league hockey players in the Beaufort Delta region, as a record breaking 225 youth participated in this year’s tournament, improving on last year’s 211. “I think it’s working, that kids are enjoying it. I think there’s an element of inclusivity that...
Titan Klengenberg of Mildred Hall School takes flight on his way to winning the senior one-foot high kick during Yellowknife Catholic Schools' Regional Youth Traditional Games Tournament at St. Pat's Gymnasium on Saturday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Yellowknife Catholic Schools’ Regional Youth Traditional Games Tournament features big turnout

The annual Traditional Games Championships don’t get going until tomorrow evening but some athletes got themselves a good head start this past weekend. Weledeh and St. Pat’s Gymnasiums hosted the annual Yellowknife Catholic Schools’ Regional Youth Traditional Games Tournament, which wrapped up on Saturday. It was the third year hand games was held while the...
Jamie Koe delivers his first stone of the sixth end during the deciding contest of the NWT Men's Curling Championship at the Yellowknife Curling Centre on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Jamie Koe Brandon-bound after winning NWT Men’s Curling Championship

It’s lucky no. 13 for Jamie Koe in terms of Tim Hortons Brier appearances and he will get to do it this year with a brand new rink. Koe and his new-look team of David Aho, Matthew Ng and Cole Parsons are the NWT representatives at this year’s Brier in Brandon, Man., next month thanks...
The players from the Yellowknife Wolfpack peewee development team and California Wave gather together for the customary group shot following their joint game at the Vernon Winter Carnival Coca-Cola Classic Tournament in Vernon, B.C., on Feb. 10. Both teams split their players into two new outfits with new names after the Wave had to send players back home for a playoff game. photo courtesy of Darren Wicks

A fun finish for Wolfpack peewees at B.C. tournament

For the second year running, the Yellowknife Wolfpack peewee development team was in Vernon, B.C., for the annual Vernon Winter Carnival Coca-Cola Classic Tournament, one of the most exclusive tournaments in western Canada. Just eight teams are selected from the dozens that apply. Yellowknife very nearly won the big prize last year and were the...