TEA TALK: No stopping hockey lovers

by Navalik Tologanak- March 3, 2018

HALLUKKAFFI IKALUKTUTIAMIT. HILA ALIANAKHILIKTUK. HIKINIKLU ALIANAKHIYUKLU. KAUMALIKMAN NUNAKPUT INUIN AUDLAAKPALIKNIAKMIYUT. KOANA. NUTAKKAT HAKIKTUNIK ULAPKILIKMIYUT ULAPKIVIKMI ILIHAKVIKMI.

HANAKIYAUMAN ULAPKIVIK. INUHUKTUT ULAPKIVAKTUT MUKPAKPAKTUTLU AUDLALIKIYUKMIYUT FORT SMITHMUNLU HAY RIVERMUNLU. NAKUVAKLUHI ULAPKILIKKATA. TAPKUAT ANIAKVIKMI HAVAKTUK ANILGAKTUT UBLUMI. ILIHAGIAKTUT UKHUKTUMI HAVAKVINGMINUN. NAMAINAKTUT INUIN. ILAGNITT KALAKTUT. NAMAYAVUT. UKAKHAINNAMA. NAMAKLUHI. IHUMALUKHIMAITTUMIK. AYUKNAKHIVAKTUK ILAIYAGAGNAT. AKHUKPAKLUHI.

Welcome to the sunny side of the little corner of Victoria Island where it is so busy with lots going on in our little community of Cambridge Bay. Yes, weather seems to be getting warmer, lots of sunshine now, so exciting. Sunsets are more beautiful than ever. Watching the snow glitter from the sun is very calming and peaceful.

With the arena being shut down due to mould and other maintenance and safety issues, the community has not been accessing the ice arena, so there has been no hockey for all ages. With no hockey in town, some residents are volunteering their time and expertise to keep minor hockey players active by holding floor hockey games in the gymnasiums at the Kiilinik and Kullik schools. Koana so much to the volunteer coaches who are dedicating their time to offer the kids floor hockey in a safe environment.

Here are some happy, lively energetic floor hockey kids from Cambridge Bay on February 25. Back row from left: coach Alain Leclair, Paiden Otokiak, Nicolas Tologanak, Shaye McCallum, Malachai Angulalik, coach Derek Marshall and Felix Tologanak-Labrie. Front row from left: Aliyak Koamk, Chantel Haniliak, Carter Crockatt, Cordell Komak, Mitchell Kamoayok, David Kaomayok, Eric Otokiak-Tikhak, coach Mike McKenna, Iola Buchan and Dustin Aupaluktuq. Navalik Tologanak/NNSL photo

So far we have approximately 15 youth registered for minor hockey and we will continue to take registrations. Once the weather is much warmer, the coaches plan to have outdoor hockey practices and games out on the ice/pond near town. Safety comes first and keeping warm is important.

We look forward to watching our youth play floor hockey and ice hockey. Enjoy and be safe. For those children who are unable to pay for their registration, please come and join anyways and we can take care of the registration. Come one, come all, kids!

Operation Nunalivut 2018 has arrived into Cambridge Bay, and troops have arrived and are going to be busy for the next three weeks working alongside with our Cambridge Bay Rangers. There will be a big presence of military personnel in the community riding snowmobiles and going out on the land with the Rangers to learn skills on how to survive in the Arctic in the type of weather we have. There are many activities planned so please watch and listen to what will be going on. Good luck to all who are involved and be safe and keep warm everyone.

God be with you Son.

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