Yellowknife and Iqaluit to face off in hockey finals
CBC North radio to broadcast Game 3 Sunday
Yellowknife will face off against Iqaluit this weekend in the Northern Hockey Challenge finals.
The Western Arctic champions will take on the Eastern Arctic champions in a best of five series, with the first game in Yellowknife Friday night.
Yellowknife Mayor Mark Heyck said he is looking forward to exciting games.
"Iqaluit's a real powerhouse offensively," he said.
"I've seen in some of the scores from their eastern division playoff games. But Yellowknife's got great defence, great goaltending. So we're looking forward to a good match up this weekend."
Heyck and Iqaluit Mayor John Graham made a friendly wager earlier this week. They will wear the opposing team's jersey to a city council meeting if their team loses the championship.
"If Yellowknife wins, I'll wear the Yellowknife sweater at an upcoming Iqaluit city council meeting," said Graham. "[The Iqaluit sweater] is going to Yellowknife with the team on Friday and it probably won't come back. I'm hoping that it doesn't come back."
Heyck said "I would wear the Iqaluit jersey to an upcoming meeting, but I don't anticipate that happening."
Heyck said this was the first time he has contacted Graham, and it's fun since they are both new mayors.
"This is the first time I've had these kind of wagers with other mayors so I think we might get a little more creative in what we're putting on the line in years ahead," he said.
Graham said he has never seen this much hockey excitement in Iqaluit.
CBC North Radio One will broadcast game three live Sunday night starting at 7:30 p.m. MT/9:30 p.m. ET. The radio stream is also available on the CBC North website.
Games four and five will also be broadcast from Iqaluit next weekend, if the championship is not decided on Sunday.