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The 2018 Winnipeg Jets Challenge Cup A1 Division champion Rankin Rock bantam team are, back row from left, Simon Wiseman, Kobe Tanuyak, Chase Herron, Malla Ittinuar, Brady Tucktoo, Charlotte Siksik, Alanna Airut and David Clark (head coach), and middle from left, Bubsy Kusugak (Assistant coach), Max Ammaq, Gregory Wiseman, Mapsala Komok and Sandy Tattuinee, and third row from left, Adam Taipana, Kadin Eetuk, Kayden Mercer, Koby Connelly, Owen Connelly-Clark, Terence Pilakapsi and Justin Towtongie and goalie Tucket St. John, front, in Winnipeg, Man., on Dec. 30, 2018. Photo courtesy Rankin Rock

Rankin bantams take home gold from Challenge Cup

Kadin Eetuk's goal with less than a minute to play propelled the Rankin Rock to a 1-0 win over the Selkirk Fisherman and earned the Bantam A1 Division championship at the Winnipeg Jets Challenge...
Steve Fredlund drops the puck between Gabe Nukapiak, left, and Darrin Nichol to officially begin the sixth annual Kevin Fredlund Christmas Classic (Toronto vs. Montreal) old-timers game in Rankin Inlet on Dec. 23, 2018. Photo courtesy Noel Kaludjak

ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕐᔪᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᑎᑦᑎᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒥᓂᒃ

2018-ᒥ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᖕᓇᒥ ᕿᑎᒃᑐᑦ ᑲᔪᓯᑎᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ. ᖁᕕᐊᓱᖕᓇᒥ ᕿᑎᒃᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᑎᓯᐱᕆ 22-ᒥ ᔭᓄᐊᕆ 1-ᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᒪᕐᒥᒃ ᕿᑎᒃᑎᑕᐅᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᑦᑑᑎᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓖᑦ. ᐃᒪᓐᓇᐃᓕᐅᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒌᒃ ᓂᕆᕕᒡᔪᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᑉᓗᑎᒃ, ᒧᒥᒡᒍᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ, ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ ᐅᑉᓛᕈᒥᑕᖅᑐᖅᑎᑕᐅᑉᓗᑎᒃ, ᐱᙳᐊᕐᕕᖕᒥᓗ ᕿᑎᒃᑎᑕᐅᑉᓗᑎᒃ, ᐃᒻᖏᒡᒍᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᑎᑕᒡᒍᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ, ᓄᑕᖅᑲᑦ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᑉᓗᑎᒃ, ᓯᓚᓗ ᖃᐅᒻᒪᒃᑎᑕᐅᑉᓗᓂ ᑕᑯᕋᓐᓂᖅᑐᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᖕᓂᒃ, ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑖᒃᑯᓪᓗ ᑭᕙᓐ ᕗᕆᑦᓚᓐ ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᑉᓗᒍ...
Leo Kaludjak tries to control the puck in the corner and avoid the check of the NWT's Liam Carroll. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Canada Games hockey heads west

It's not often teams from the North are able to get together as they prepare for the Canada Winter Games and it's rarer still to get to play against your competition before the games...

Kugluktuk lacrosse impacting the west

A man born and raised in Kugluktuk is now teaching youth across the Western Arctic the fundamentals of lacrosse. Kyle Aviak just spent two full days teaching students in Fort Providence, NWT the ins and...
Minor hockey players, from left, Ricky Putumiraqtuq, Brya Kingunkotok, Daniel Kingunkotok and Amos Nakoolak are having a blast hanging-out with head instructor David Clark of Rankin Inlet during the Rankin Rock Season Opener hockey camp in Baker Lake. That camp was followed up last week with another one in Arviat. Photo courtesy David Clark

Rankin camp heads to Arviat

The Rankin Rock hockey camp tour came to an end last week in Arviat. The Rankin Rock won a $ 80,000 Youth Arctic Inspiration prize earlier this year in order to expand the camp outside...
Jennifer Ellsworth is seen at an event earlier this year receiving an award. Ellsworth is one of the newest black belts at the Iqaluit Taekwondo Society. NNSL file photo

More black belts for Iqaluit Taekwondo Society

Two members of the Iqaluit Taekwondo Society recently received their black belts. Jennifer Ellsworth became a newly minted marshal arts master by earning her first degree black belt while Maryse Mahy received her third degree...
The 2018 Laura Gauthier Memorial female volleyball champion Whale Cove are, back row from left, Victoria Kakuktinniq, Kayla Jones, Keesha Jones and Jeannette Anguk and, front from left, Eema Jones, Lyla Hapanak and Jeannie Jones in Rankin Inlet on Nov. 25, 2018. Photo courtesy Noel Kaludjak

Whale Cove defeats Rankin Fusion V-Team to claim volleyball crown

A Hollywood writer couldn't produce a better story about a journey to a volleyball championship than the true tale of Victoria Kakuktinniq and her Whale Cove teammates this past month in Rankin Inlet. Kakuktinniq,...
Emily Paul takes aim at the target while Jonny Bungay gets ready for his turn during a friendly archery competition at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat on Oct. 18, 2018. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson

Students learn the art of the bow

Students are developing their archery skills thanks to a program being run by physical education teacher Gary Minaudo at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat. Minaudo, who hails from the Windsor, Ont., area, said he has...

Canada Winter Games excitement building

Every time you turn around, there seems to be another major Games that the territory will be competing in. That's the beauty of living in the North – never a dull moment. We're now less...

SPORTS CHECK: Coaches and officials wanted

Iqaluit Nunavut Speed Skating is looking for a few good people to help out with its coaching and officiating needs for this season. The association will be hosting a Level 1 officiating course from Nov. 22...

SPORTS TALK: A sad end to a great love story

Two years ago, Leicester City Football Club was the toast of the sports world after putting the exclamation mark on one of the greatest sports fairy tales ever written. The little team that could,...
Quentin Sala of Sanikiluaq goes over some notes during a breakout session as part of the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut's annual conference in Iqaluit on Oct. 20. Photo courtesy of Natalie Maerzluft.

Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut hosts sixth annual conference

Judging by the turnout this year, it would appear sport and recreation in Nunavut is pretty healthy. The Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) hosted its sixth annual conference in the capital from Oct....

SPORTS CHECK: Communities set for battle in Nunavut

Iqaluit The first big futsal tournament of the new season is on the horizon and it's happening in Iqaluit. It's the U18 Nunavut Futsal Championships and it gets going on Nov. 2 at Inuksuk High School...
Roman Reigns is a professional wrestler. His real name is Joe Anoa'i and he broke character on Oct. 22 for a very, very good reason. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

SPORTS TALK: Professional wrestling is very real sometimes – just ask Joe Anoa’i

You know the best way to troll millennials? Play a song they have no clue about and watch them eat it up. Fatboy Slim, the legendary British DJ, played a set at the Boiler Room...
Youth leader Stephane (Piqut) Nukapiak pushes his group of initiation players forward along the ice during the annual Rankin Rock Season Opener hockey camp in Rankin Inlet on Oct. 14, 2018. Photo courtesy Rico Manitok

Game on in Rankin Inlet

Almost 200 minor hockey aged players got their new season off to a riveting start at the annual Rankin Rock Season Opener hockey camp in Rankin Inlet from Oct. 14 to 19. In addition to...

Iqaluit Amateur Hockey Association joins in on World Girls Hockey Weekend

The weekend of Oct. 5 to 7 was World Girls Hockey Weekend, an event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation to help grow the game on the female side. Several countries, such as Ireland,...

SPORTS CHECK: A night of awards in Iqaluit

Iqaluit The Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) was busy in the capital earlier this month with education and awards on the agenda. RPAN hosted its annual Recreation and Sport Leaders Conference from Oct. 19...

SPORTS TALK: Usain Bolt is about to take over another sport

Emotional support squirrels. That's what this has come to in 2018. If you don't know by now, a woman was kicked off a Frontier Airlines flight in Orlando, Florida after she tried to bring her...
Former NHLer Jordin Tootoo of Rankin Inlet and his dad, Barney Tootoo, take in the atmosphere of the morning skate for the Brandon Wheat Kings at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Man., on Oct. 19, 2018. Photo courtesy Wheat Kingsd family

Jordin Tootoo hangs ’em up

The Tootoo Train has stopped at an NHL station for the final time. Jordin Tootoo of Rankin Inlet announced his retirement in Brandon, Man., on Friday, Oct. 19. Tootoo was in Brandon to attended the Wheat...

SPORTS CHECK: Hockey time in Iqaluit

Iqaluit The Iqaluit Amateur Hockey Association's 2018-2019 season is officially underway. Day one of play began on Oct. 13 at the newly-refurbished Arctic Winter Games Arena with the novice group one, peewees, bantams and midgets hitting...