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Hockey camp takes off

Rankin Rock celebrates another big year
Theo Clark and Jarrod Ugjuk watch the puck after a faceoff. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo ᑏᐅ ᑲᓛᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᔨᐊᕋᑦ ᐅᒡᔪᒃ ᖁᙱᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐸᒃᒥ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖃᒪᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ.

For many young people and their families in Rankin Inlet, Thanksgiving weekend meant spending some quality time at the Agnico Eagle Arena rink.

The 2022 Rankin Rock Hockey Camp took the community by storm again. The development camp is run by locals with the support of some generous sponsorships. Players are welcomed from across the region to come to town and build their skills.

Laureen Caskey is a proud grandmother from Arviat. She cheered on Michael Kuksuk who participated in the U13 age group.

“Make sure to say the people out of town thank Rankin for their hospitality,” said Caskey, adding that the program and coaches were excellent.

Roberta Enuapik is from Whale Cove, but is in Rankin Inlet for college. She was equally thrilled with the camp, saying her daughter Abigail had made many friends in town.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity that we’re given here,” said Enuapik. “Amazing, kind, welcoming and friendly people here.”

Players participated in a series of skill building sessions including off-ice physical training and classroom personal enhancement, and finally, the grand finale — the big game day on the ice.

Loron Sharp, left, tries to get his stick in the way of a shot on net. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo ᓗᐊᕆᓐ ᓵᑉ, ᓴᐅᒥᖕᒥ, ᐊᓇᐅᑕᖓᓂ ᐊᒡᕕᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓇᓱᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓯᖅᑎᑦᑎᓇᓱᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ.
Clarke Nakoolak, who flew from Coral Harbour for the hockey camp, takes a hard shot on net. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo ᑲᓛᒃ ᓇᑯᓛᒃ, ᖃᖓᑕᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᓴᓪᓕᓂᑦ ᕼᐋᑭᒧᑦ ᑕᖕᒫᕐᕕᖕᒧᑦ, ᓱᒃᑲᔪᒥ ᐃᓯᖅᑎᑦᑎᓇᓱᐊᖅᐳᖅ.
Players face off in final game action of the hockey camp. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᓵᙵᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᕗᑦ ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᖓᓂ ᐱᙳᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᕼᐋᑭᒧᑦ ᑕᖕᒫᕐᕕᖕᒥ.
Braylon Ayaruak waves to the camera between plays. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo ᐳᕋᐃᓚᓐ ᐊᔭᕈᐊᖅ ᓄᓗᕋᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᕆᔪᒧᑦ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ.
Joshua Ford smiles before taking to the ice. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo ᔮᓱᐊ ᕗᐊᑦ ᖁᖓᑉᐳᖅ ᓯᑯᒧᐊᒪᐅᙱᓐᓂᖓᓂ.
Family and supporters line the glass to watch the youth compete and learn. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo ᐃᓚᒌᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᔪᑦ ᑐᑭᓕᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᓕᒍᕐᒥ ᖁᙱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᓂ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓕᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ.
David Clark leads his group in a cheer at the end of their turn. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo ᑕᐃᕕᑦ ᑲᓈᒃ ᑐᕌᖅᑎᑦᑎᕗᖅ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑎᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᓱᐊᓂ ᐱᙳᐊᓚᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ.
Players line up to take their leads from coaches. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo ᐱᙳᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᑐᑭᓕᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᑐᒡᕋᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᔪᕆᖅᓱᐃᕙᒃᑐᓄᑦ.
Abigail Enuapik lines up during drills. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo ᐋᐱᒐᐃᓕ ᐃᓄᐊᐱᑦ ᑐᑭᓕᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᔭᕆᐅᖅᓴᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ.
Alex Mimialik-Ford smiles while making his way to the dressing room. Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo ᐋᓕᒃᔅ ᒥᒥᓕᐊᖅ-ᕗᐊᑦ ᖁᖓᔮᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᖅᑐᕐᕕᓕᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ.