Project North has been bringing hockey equipment to the North for over 12 years. And in 2020, Covid‐19 didn’t stop Project North and partners Scotiabank Hockey Club and Canadian North Airlines from giving 25 sets of new hockey equipment each to three communities in Canada’s Arctic: Kugaaruk and Qikiqtarjuaq in Nunavut and Inuvik in the Northwest Territories.
Jeremy Rupke, Scotiabank Hockey Teammate, hopes the equipment helps more kids experience the game they love and inspires the next generation of players in Inuvik, Kugaaruk and Qikiqtarjuaq.
President of Project North Michelle Valberg shared just before Christmas that it was Joy to the North’s first virtual give. Special thanks to all partners and teammates, including Lanny McDonald, Natalie Spooner, Phil Pritchard and Coach Jeremy for being part of Joy to the North.
Here, photos of some recipients of the hockey equipment in Kugaaruk and Inuvik. Qikiqtarjuaq will distribute their new hockey equipment once they have opened the community ice rink.
Check out the video recap from the communities: