Geraldton hockey trip comes true for Nunavut team

A former teacher from Geraldton, Ont., returns to the Greenstone area on Monday with 10 young hockey players from Nunavut.
Former Greenstone teacher Andrew McFarlane, right, is bringing the hockey team he now coaches from Whale Cove, Nunavut to Geraldton. The trip comes after a months-long effort to raise about $10,000 to make the trip. (Supplied)

A former teacher from Geraldton, Ont., returns to the Greenstone area on Monday with 10 young hockey players from Nunavut.

Andrew McFarlane is leading the team he coaches in Whale Cove on a week-long visit, including a series of games against the Geraldton high school team. The trip was made possible by a fundraising project started last year.

“This started back in November but it's just been a roller-coaster ever since,” McFarlane said.

“It seems like every day there is something new, something more incredible.”

Andrew McFarlane says it's "very humbling" to see the amount of support behind the project. (Supplied)

He said it's "very humbling" to see the amount of support behind the project, and he hopes the boys return home with lots of stories about their adventure. Six of them have never been away from Nunavut.

“They've really taken to this and, obviously, just the trip itself is gonna be just an incredible trip, so they are just super-excited.”

McFarlane said he's grateful to all who have contributed to fundraising and to everyone in Greenstone for providing a warm welcome.

The team is scheduled to arrive in Longlac by train Monday afternoon.

After spending the week in Greenstone, the team will travel to Toronto for several days, where the schedule includes attending a Toronto Maple Leafs game.

McFarlane said 12 students from Geraldton High School and their coach will accompany the Nunavut team for a 3-on-3 hockey tournament in Toronto, amalgamating the two teams for the games.

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