For the first time, teams from Inuvik to Kuujjuaq will be vying to be the hockey champions of the North.

Men’s teams from Yellowknife, Hay River and Inuvik, N.W.T., Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet and Repulse Bay, Nunavut, and Kuujjuaq, Que., will compete in the Northern Hockey Challenge over a series of weekends playing home and away games.

First Air is helping with the teams’ travel between communities.

"It's a very, very exciting endeavour and very challenging due to the logistics," said Darrell Greer, the commissioner for the Hockey Challenge.

The teams have been divided into Western and Eastern divisions. Once the round robins are completed, the top two teams in each division will advance to the playoffs.

A best-of-five-games series will decide the division champions, then the Eastern and Western division champions will face off in another best-of-five series for the Northern title.

The first games are Friday night with Hay River at Inuvik, and Iqaluit at Kuujjuaq.