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SportsRecreationHockey20TuesdayFebruary52013BUILDINGPartnerships.People.Possibilities.Congratulationstothefollowing2012ApprenticeshipAwardRecipientsfromtheSouthSlaveRegionAwardNameTradeEmployerTopMarkAwardJodyHoylesOutdoorPowerEquipmentTechnicianLevel3LousSmallEnginesArnoldNeapetungCarpenterLevel4SaltRiverFirstNationCraigSayine-CrawfordIndustrialInstrumentTechnicianLevel2DiavikDiamondMinesInc.RoderickSeabrookFloorcoveringInstallerLevel1KozyCarpetsTrevorWetmorePowerLineElectricianLevel3NWTPowerCorporationHonourRollDennisBourkeElectricianLevel1HayzeElectricDonaldDempseyElectricianLevel1BHPBillitonChristopherFreundPartsTechnicianLevel2TDCContractingZacharyMcArthurElectricianLevel4CABConstructionRobbyThompsonElectricianLevel4GNWTPublicWorksandServicesAndrewTurnerHeavyEquipmentTechnicianLevel1RDVMechanicalGeronimoPauletteHeavyEquipmentTechnicianLevel1GNWTTransportationClintonWalterhouseElectricianLevel3GNWTPublicWorksandServicesLinkingPeopleandPossibilitiesCelebratingApprenticesTopMarkrecipientsarehonourrollapprenticeswhoachievethetopmarkintheirleveloftechnicaltrainingduringtheacademicyear.HonourRollrecipientsareapprenticeswhoachieveaminimumof80intheirtechnicaltrainingcoursesthatacademicyear.KeyHayRiverplayeroutofHockeyChallengeByRENEFRANCOEURShaunDemarckeofHayRiverisstuckathomeforatleastthenextmonth.Asoneofthemostskilledplay-ershellbesorelymissedbyhishockeyteam.IdmuchratherbeontheiceDemarcke34said.SeniormenshockeyteamsfromacrossNorthernCanadabegancompetingintheNorthernHockeyChal-lengeJan.25arst-timeevent.SeventeamsmakeuptheleagueincludingthreefromtheNWTYellowknifeInuvikandHayRiver.DemarckeisontheHayRiverHuskiesteam.Oratleasthewas-untilaconcussionduringtheteamsrstgameinInuvikonJan.25landedhiminYellowknifesStantonhos-pitalviamedevac.Imnotreallysurewhathappened.IguessIhittheboardsandgotknockedoutDemarcketoldTheJournal.HellbeoutofthegamefortherestoftheNorthernHockeyChallenge.Imreallybummedaboutthat.IwasexcitedaboutthisnewcompetitionthatgoesrightacrosstheNorthandIdidntevengettonishonegamehesaid.HisskillandworkethicwillbemissedHuskiesmanagerMikeGravelsaid.Shaunwascertainlyakeyplayerinourlineup.AccordingtoDemarckewithorwithouthimtheHayRiverteamisareallygoodsetofguysallmostlyintheirmidtwenties.Demarckefeelstheteamisgoodenoughtomakeittotheplayoffs.IntheopeningweekendofthechallengetheHus-kieslosttheirfirstgameagainstInuvik7-5butcamebackwitha3-1winattheirsecondgameJan.26.TheteamsnextgameisthisweekendagainstYellowknifeinHayRiver.TheHuskiespracticeeveryWednesdaybuttheplayersareusuallyontheicethreetimesaweekaccordingtotheteamsco-managerGregRowe.ForRowetheNorthernHockeyChallengeisanex-citingopportunityformensseniorhockeytoreturntoalevelitwasatinthe1980sand90swhenitwasade-ningpartoftheArcticWin-terGames.WhenIwasakidinHayRiverIremembergoingtothearenasFridayandSatur-daynightandwatchingseniormenshockey.Itwasalwaysafun-lledevening.IwanttoseeseniorhockeygetbacktothatRowesaid.ListeningtoourguysinInuviktheysaiditwasthebesthockeytheydplayedandtheyrelovingit.TheseventeamsintheleaguehavebeendividedintoWesternYellowknifeInuvikandHayRiverandEasternIqaluitRepulseBayRankinInletandKuujjuaqdivisions.Divisionalwinnerswillbedeclaredafterabest-in-vegameseriesbeforecompetingfortheNortherntitle.TheNorthernchampionswillthencompeteinthe2013NorthAmericanChampion-shipsinCalgaryinMay.PhotoIsabelleDuboisTheIqaluitIcemenblackfaceoffagainsttheKuujjuaqUmimmaksduringagameinNunavikonFridayJan.25aspartoftheNorthernHockeyChallengetakingplaceintheNWTNunavutandNunavikQuebec.PhotoDennisBevingtonThomsenDHontrightofYellowknifecompetesinthe30kmclassicraceattheNorAmCanadianEasternCham-pionshipsattheNakkertokskiclubinGatineauQC.Theseniormenscompetitornished23outof101crosscountryskiersfromacrossCanadawithatimeof14.22.6.AccordingtoDHonttheracewentwellbutwasim-pactedbyanaccident.WouldabeenafantasticracehadInotbeencaughtinacrashmidwaythruhesaidonTwitter.Thecompetitionbringstogethereliteanddevelopingski-ersseniorandjuniormenandwomenfromCanadaandtheUnitedStates.Over600athletesfrom12-13yearsoldtoover50competedinfreestyleskatingandclassiceventsrangingfrom1.6kmto30kmfromFeb.1to3.CrashsubduesDHontatEasternChamps