AROUND KIVALLIQ: Rock strike gold, no luck for Rankin squad in Yellowknife

by Darrell Greer- April 13, 2018

The Rankin Rock bantam team defeated the host squad to strike gold in the Bantam Division of the Toonik Tyme minor hockey championships in Iqaluit on April 2.

The event was a great tuneup for the Rock bantams as they prepare to head to Winnipeg, Man., to compete in an indigenous hockey tournament being hosted by the Manitoba Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Council on the weekend of April 24.

The Rankin Rock squad to claim gold in the Bantam Division of the Toonik Tyme minor hockey championships are, back row from left. Joeffrey Kaludjak (coach), Maximus Amaq, Adam Taipana, Simon Wiseman, Brady Tucktoo, Nolan Tattuinee, Luke Kusugak, Leo Kaludjak, Israel Maktar, A.J. Alogut and Dave Wiseman (coach), and middle row from left, Justin Towtongie, Xavier Kubluitok, Wayne Pilakapsi, Koby Connelly and Tugak Netser, and front row left Cole Kaludjak and Qaumak Eccles in Iqaluit on April 2. photo courtesy Wanda Joy

The Rankin Rock midgets also put in a fine showing at the Toonik Tyme event.

The Rock struck bronze in the tournament’s Midget Division.

Rankin squad has no luck in Yellowknife tourney

Yellowknife/Rankin Inlet

The Rankin entry into the annual senior men’s hockey tournament in Yellowknife just couldn’t keep it going at this year’s event from March 2 to April 2.

Rankin took the first game of their round robin by a 6-1 count, before dropping their next two games 6-3 and 7-0 to be bounced from the tournament.

The Rock squads are all near the end of their season as the Rankin Inlet Arena will cease operations for this hockey season on April 13.

Hamlet Day

Baker Lake

The community of Baker Lake is expected to be out in droves when the hamlet hosts its annual Hamlet Day celebration on May 7.

PakallakĀ  volunteers to meet-up scheduled

Rankin Inlet

There will be a volunteer/community-groups meeting for Pakallak Tyme at the hamlet office in Rankin Inlet on April, beginning at 7 p.m.

A strong turnout is encouraged for group members and volunteers to discuss their plans and ideas for the 2018 Pakallak Tyme Spring Festival in Rankin.

Rangers on target in Rankin

Rankin Inlet

A total of 20 Canadian Jr. Rangers from across the Kivalliq were in Rankin Inlet this past weekend, from April 7-8, to compete in the annual Kivalliq region marksmanship selection competition.

A winning team will be selected from the competition to represent Nunavut at a national competition in St. Catherine’s, Ont., from May 4-6.

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