The Iqaluit Icemen have won the 2014 Northern Hockey Challenge, sponsored by First Air.
“Just being at the rink is fun for everybody,” said the Icemen’s Captain Sateana Goupil, just before taking on Kuujuaq in the final game of the tournament.
Goupil is an apprentice electrician by day and a fierce goal-scorer when he gets on the ice.
On Sunday night, he scored the final goal, putting Iqaluit 8-5 over Kuujjuaq.
Jonathan Grenier is Kuujjuaq’s goaltender.
“We had a bit of a rough time in the round robin but the guys are getting to know each other a bit more,” he said. “We haven't played together much this year.”
Seven teams played in the three-day Northern Hockey Challenge last year.
This year, just four: Iqaluit, the Ottawa Redwings, and teams from Rankin Inlet and Kuujjuaq.
And it could have been three.
Ottawa was hastily added when Yellowknife's team had to back out at the last minute.
Cody Dean helped organize the tournament.
“I give full credit to the Ottawa guys for making it happen. One of them came all the way from Toronto.”