The Iqaluit Amateur Hockey Association's 2018-2019 season is officially underway.
Day one of play began on Oct. 13 at the newly-refurbished Arctic Winter Games Arena with the novice group one, peewees, bantams and midgets hitting the ice for their first practices. The following day saw the initiation division, novice group two, atom groups one and two and the female group on the ice.
The association will be on the ice every Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday for the duration of the season and it will be a tight fit for now, said Wanda Joy, the association's president.
A helping hockey hand
There's a big delivery of hockey equipment heading to Cape Dorset and it's all courtesy of the Iqaluit Amateur Hockey Association.
Karen Dunphy, the association's fundraising chairperson, said 18 bags of gear are on their way to the community and it all came courtesy of the Canadian Tire JumpStart program, which brought 150 bags of equipment to the community in April 2017.
“We had our equipment drive (earlier this month) where people could exchange or get new gear and we had to figure out what to do with the gear we had left,” she said.
She remembered the team from Cape Dorset that played in the Toonik Tyme minor hockey tournament this past April and how under-geared they were and that's where the idea came from.
First Air is flying the gear free of charge to the community and it includes jerseys, socks, skates and some sticks.
Dunphy said the city helped to transport it to the airport on Oct. 9.
Tourney dates released
Mark your dates on the calendar because tournament hockey in Rankin Inlet has just been confirmed.
Rankin Inlet recreation co-ordinator and Rankin Inlet Minor Hockey Association president David Clark has officially released the dates of this hockey season's tournaments to be hosted in Rankin Inlet.
The tournaments, their dates and age brackets are listed below.
Arctic Atoms – Jan. 18-20 – minor hockey atoms
Powerful Peewee – Feb. 1-3 – minor hockey peewee
Polar Bear Plate – Feb. 14-17 – juvenile/junior
Bantam Rock Cup – March 1-3 – minor hockey bantam
Terence Tootoo Memorial – March 6-10 – senior men
Local Minor Tournament – March 15-17 – minor hockey initiation/novice