Nunavut Speed Skating is looking for a few good people to help out with its coaching and officiating needs for this season.

The association will be hosting a Level 1 officiating course from Nov. 22 to 24 at the Ilinniapaa Campus in Iqaluit with Michel Dumont making the trip in from Quebec as the facilitator. The course will look at the basic role of an official, meet formats and the organization of meets, among other things. Anyone taking the course must be at least 16 years of age.

The coaching course is the Introduction to Competition for coaches and will take place from Nov. 19 to 25. The course will go over an introduction to biomechanics and performance analysis to sport nutrition and the developmental of basic mental skills, as well as further exploring practice planning. Like with the officiating course, you must be at least 16 years of age to take part.


Draft day beckons

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The 2018-2019 Rankin Inlet Senior Men’s Hockey League season is on the horizon.

Games are scheduled to begin on Nov. 7 but before that can happen, the league will hold a draft to fill out the rosters for this season. That’s set to happen on Nov. 5 with a second supplemental draft set to take place on Nov. 30 for players who weren’t able to get their names in for the first draft.

A total of five teams will be in action this season.


Northern Project returns


The Northern Project program is back for another year.

The program was started by Travis Hamonic of the Calgary Flames, who is Metis from Manitoba. It gives Indigenous youth between the ages of six through 17 the chance to travel to Calgary to take in a Flames home game and meet with Hamonic.

Hamonic and his wife, Stephanie, choose the lucky winners from nominations that are received from community members from around the North. Whoever is chosen gets return airfare for two from their community, two tickets to a game, two nights hotel accommodations, two Travis Hamonic jerseys, dinner on the night of the game and a $750 Visa gift card.

The first nomination deadline has come and gone but the next deadline is Nov. 9, which is for a chance to attend the game between the Flames and the Nashville Predators on Dec. 9.

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