NHL players make final stop on northern charity tour

On Wednesday night, about a dozen locked-out NHL players made the final stop on their charity hockey tour of the North.

Whitehorse packs Takhini Arena for fun game

CBC's Leonard Linklater reports from the Takhini Arena in Whitehorse 2:03

The so-called ‘Tootoo-train’ pulled in to Whitehorse Wednesday night.

Jordin Tootoo from the Detroit Red Wings was one of a dozen locked-out NHL players wrapping up their northern charity tour.

The players took to the ice with local players in front of a packed Takhini Arena.

Tootoo said the NHL players needed to play during the lockout.

The goalie for the Ottawa Senators, Craig Anderson, gearing up for the game in Whitehorse Wednesday night. He is one of about 12 NHLers who played charity games in several northern communities during the lockout. (CBC)

"We want to get back to playing, bottom line. You know right now we're just doing everything we could to keep ourselves in shape and make sure we're ready for when we get the call," he said.

The players also stopped in Yellowknife, Deline, and Inuvik, N.W.T.

The money raised from the games will go to the First Assist charity, which flies youth from isolated communities to larger centres. It’s an effort designed to ease them into bigger cities to get them ready for further education.

Part of the money raised also goes to local charities.

The charity chosen for Whitehorse was the local food bank.