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.

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