Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs
The Walk to Tuk competition is back on again this year.Photo: NWT Parks and Recreation Association.

Highlights include: Yellowknife and Hay River face off in Northern Hockey Challenge; Brendan Green sees personal best at Biathlon World Cup race; and Walk to Tuk competition up and running again.

Yellowknife and Hay River face off in Northern Hockey Challenge
Hockey rivalry reignited in Hay River last weekend between Hay River and Yellowknife during the much anticipated mini Northern Hockey Challenge. When the puck hit the ice on Friday, the first game of the weekend’s play, fans were packing the Hay River arena to watch the two adult teams duel it out. The game ran into the early morning due to a three-hour delay in starting and the match was called despite a tied score. Saturday’s game saw Hay River step it up and win with a whopping 6-0. Sunday’s play went back and forth between the two teams until Hay River tied it up 4-4 late in the game, only to see Yellowknife score once again to win the game. Both teams will face off again in Yellowknife on February 7-9.

Brendan Green sees personal best at Biathlon World Cup race
Hay River’s biathlete and recently announced Olympian broke a personal record at last week’s Biathlon World Cup races in Antholz, Italy. The 27 year-old skier, who suffered a crippling back injury last year, placed eighth out of 104 of the world’s top athletes during the 10-km Sprint last Friday. Green’s fans in the NWT, along with Sport North Federation, have teamed up to promote a “Green Day” across the territory on Feb. 7, asking fans to wear green and cheer for the biathlete for the launch of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The town of Hay River will be telecasting Green’s first Olympic race, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Don Stewart community centre.

Walk to Tuk competition up and running again
The fourth annual Walk to Tuk competition has participants from across the territory lacing up for the competition again this year with a prize that NWT Recreation and Parks Association organizers say will “sweep you off your feet.” The Walk to Tuk competition, in its fourth year running, asks teams of participants to walk the distance of the Mackenzie River from Fort Providence to Tuktoyaktuk – a total of 1,685 km. Up for grabs to the team that can walk to Tuk the fastest is a flight voucher from First Air. Members of the winning team will be entered in a draw to win the voucher. The competition, which started Jan. 6, wraps up on Mar. 3. To follow the competition, go online to http://www.nwtrpa.org/walk-to-tuk.htm.

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