Hockey Night in Canada's North
Jason Edmunds, Adventure Canada
Photo by Michelle Valberg
Adventure Canada did its part to create a very special Hockey Night in Canada’s North that actually lasted for well over a night.
The company, best known for its Arctic cruises, is a supporter of Project North, which reaches out to Northern hockey enthusiasts.
“I travelled with Project North on the Stanley Cup Tour 2.0 in 2007,” recalls Adventure Canada’s Jason Edmunds. “During this tour we travelled (with the Stanley Cup) to Yellowknife, Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay, Igloolik, Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay and Resolute, all in a 5-day time frame. We were accompanied by hockey greats Lanny McDonald and Mark Napier, who were amazing with the community members who came to see the cup. It was a whirlwind tour, but it was amazing on so many levels.
“In many of these Inuit communities, hockey is huge, as are the teams, players and of course the cup. For many it is only something that only existed on TV. To see it firsthand was something else. I could only describe the response as awe, and this is including the description of my own response.”
Edmunds hopes the most storied trophy in professional sports reappears in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
“I absolutely hope that the cup returns north,” he states. “In fact, since I last travelled it has done another tour to different communities. Project North is doing amazing work, and during these tours they also donate hockey equipment to the communities they visit to encourage engagement in sport. The community came together and had a shared experience, it was amazing to see and amazing to be a part of. It was a celebration of hockey and of community. I hope there are many opportunities like this in the future.”