Try-outs begin for Arctic Winter Games hockey team

Thirty young women compete for 17 spots on Nunavut's 18-and-under female hockey team that will be heading to the Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks, Alaska next March.
Thirty young women from across Nunavut gathered in Iqaluit this weekend to find out who would make the territory’s 18-and-under team for the 2014 Arctic Winter Games set to take place in Fairbanks, Alaska in March. ( Krystalle Ramlakhan/CBC)

Try-outs are underway for Nunavut’s 18-and-under female hockey team as 30 young women from across Nunavut are in Iqaluit to see which players will head to the games. 

Eighteen-year-old Charlotte Karetak is from Arviat, Nunavut. She played hockey most of her life.

“It's a huge part of my life because my family plays hockey,” she says. “I've been playing longer than I haven't.”

Karetak represented Nunavut at the Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse in 2012 and in Yellowknife in 2008. She plays right wing or centre and is especially keen to make the team this year, because it’s the last year she’ll be eligible to go to the games. And she says the team is going to be good.

"I think that we have stronger players this year,” Karetak says. “They're young, they're fast."

Steve Patterson coaches the team. He’s impressed by how much female hockey has grown in the territory.

"It's amazing to see how much talent is out there and it's really exciting. We're going to have a really good team."

The 2014 Arctic Winter Games are set to take place in Fairbanks, Alaska next March.

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