Four of Hay River’s minor hockey players have made the cut to represent the Northwest Territories during next month’s Canada Winter Games.
Carter Hill, Joel Demarcke, Gavin Broadhead and Connor Goudreau all excelled during the last few months at a training camp in Yellowknife, making it to the top 20 players selected.
Hill, Demarcke and Danny Chambers all made the trip up to Yellowknife from Hay River, hoping to make the final cut.
They worked hard refining their skills from their arrival to Yellowknife in September, and both Hill and Demarcke will not be returning home until after the games take place in February.
Carter’s mother, Tracy, is very excited for the boys, who she says are getting to live a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“We are very, very excited,” she said of Carter making the team.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these boys, for them to be able to take part in this.”
She said that her family has their tickets booked for the CWG, as they will be making the trip out to Halifax to cheer on not only Carter, but all of the boys representing the Northwest Territories.
“These boys have worked very hard for the last four and a half months,” she said, “And we are very proud of all of them. We cannot wait to be able to watch and cheer on Team NWT at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax next month.”
Joel’s mother Tiffany is equally as proud of the boys and all they have accomplished in the last few months.
“I am proud of him, excited for him,” she said of Joel. “It is a good accomplishment.”
Joel’s family will also be making the trip out to Halifax, and will be staying there for the duration of the games to cheer on the boys.
“We will be leaving for the whole week,” she said. “We will even be there for the opening ceremony.”
She said that Joel has made it home on the occasional weekend and was able to make it home for Christmas, but she still anxious for him to come home.
“I cannot wait until they get back,” she said.
But the boys have a long road ahead of them before they can return home.
The men’s hockey games will kick off on Saturday, Feb. 12, and carry on throughout the week.
“They just need to keep trying hard and play their best,” said Tiffany.
Attempts to reach the Chambers were unsuccessful as of press time.