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Northern hockey challenge returns

  The Northern Hockey Challenge is back. Over the weekend, the Hay River Huskies played host to the Yellowknife Flyers for the first three games in the annual home-and-away series for the two senior rec hockey teams. The Flyers emerged from the weekend with two wins to take the first half of the challenge. Hay […]

Polar Pond Hockey returns

  Polar Pond Hockey – an event that has fast become an annual tradition – was back for its seventh year this past weekend. And a lot of the players were also back. In fact, Curtis Rowe, one of the organizers of the March 20 to 22 event, said there were returning players from many […]

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Hockey wraps up

Team NWT’s bantam boys hockey team may not be happy with the final score but there is no doubt that they came out of the Canada Winter Games better players than they went in. “It’s been really good so far,” said coach Curtis Rowe last week after the boys had played three games. “The scores […]

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Hockey for all

Teams gathered in the parking lot of the Hay River Legion on Feb. 14 to celebrate a growing Canadian tradition. Hockey Day in Canada was marked in communities across the country, some with teams of youngsters and some with older players taking to the ice, on in this case, packed snow in the parking lot. […]

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Skaters gonna skate

Playing by the light of a few streetlamps and many truck headlights, they barely let the ice-resurfacer finish before jumping on. “It’s nice to see,” said Jamie Smith, a parent of two of the players on the ice. “This is the kind of hockey I grew up with. These are the guys who really want […]

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Huskies rake up Leafs

To kick off the season, the Hay River Midget Huskies took the Yellowknife Maple Leafs in all three games played against each other this weekend. “It went good,” said team captain Joel Demarcke. “They’re a good team to play, the games were pretty competitive.” What was supposed to be the first hockey tournament of the […]

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A simulated Canada Winter Games

The NWT boys’ hockey team is pulling out all the stops to prepare for the upcoming Canada Winter Games. That includes even participating in a men’s rec tournament at home beginning on Nov. 21 with the idea of getting the players used to travelling to attend a big event. “We’ll try to simulate the Canada […]

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Like a mouse in a maze

  The Zamboni holds a hallowed place in Canadian culture. There have even been songs praising the glories of the iconic ice cleaning and flooding machine, and many people – without the skills to make it to the NHL – can still dream of driving a Zamboni in a big-league rink. But what is it […]

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Polar Pond Hockey draws hundreds

Polar Pond Hockey has become an institution in the six years since it started, and the group organizing it is keen to see it grow even bigger. “We’re always trying to figure out ways to entice more out-of-town teams to come down,” said Mark Horton, the chair of the committee. “We’re proud of it and […]

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Novice tournament starts with fanfare

The novice level hockey tournament got underway with more excitement than usual Feb. 28, with players taking to the ice for an opening ceremony complete with a smoke machine and a ceremonial puck drop. “We just wanted to give them the feeling of a real tournament,” said organizer Michelle Staszuk. “We wanted to make it […]

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