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Hay River's Polar Cup team.Photo: Jess Gilbert.

Highlights include: Whati hosts a huge crowd for the first annual handgames tournament; Hay River hosts sixth Polar Cup pond hockey tournament; and Arctic Winter Games parents’ charter sells out.

Whati hosts huge crowd for first annual handgames tournament

The community of Whati nearly doubled in size last weekend when the town of 500 hosted its first annual handgames tournament where a whopping $20,000 in cash was taken home by the first place team. The tournament, which ran Feb. 20 to 23 at the Whati Culture Centre & Youth Centre, was held in honour of the late elder Charlie Zoe Nitsiza, who was a well known lover of handgames. More than 40 teams were registered by late last week for the tournament that had organizers scrambling to find lodging for the flood of participants and spectators. In the end, teams were put up at the community school with more than 60 extra cots borrowed from the Canadian Armed Forces. A total of $60,000 in cash was doled out to the top teams of the handgames tournament.

Hay River to host sixth Polar Cup pond hockey tournament

A date has been set for the sixth annual Polar Cup, Hay River’s annual pond hockey tournament on the frozen Fisherman’s Wharf. The tournament will see 10 rinks cleared on the river as well as an inflatable tent over the weekend of play, set for Mar. 7 to 9. Earlier this year, organizers of the Hay River Polar Cup considered cancelling this year’s pond hockey tournament due to lack of interest, but when faced with the threat of cancellation, a flood of interest and volunteer support put the committee back on track and planning. Pond hockey is played four-on-four and while typically thought of as a recreational form of its indoor-rink, big brother sport, it has its own recognized rules of play that include no goalies, no raising the puck and smaller nets.

Arctic Winter Games parents’ charter sells out

The charter reserved for parents of athletes in the Arctic Winter Games (AWG) who want to see their kids in action in Fairbanks, Alaska this March has completely sold out. The Air North charter that seats 120 will be leaving from Yellowknife on Mar. 15, the first day of the week-long event. The charter, while mostly filled with NWT parents, was open to those from Nunavut and Yukon as well.

Dene elder Francois Paulette lucked out recently when he ran into the Canadian women’s Olympic curling team in Calgary. The team, led by skip Jennifer Jones (second from right), went on to win the gold medal at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Photo: Francois Paulette

Dene elder Francois Paulette lucked out recently when he ran into the Canadian women’s Olympic curling team in Calgary. The team, led by skip Jennifer Jones (second from right), went on to win the gold medal at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

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