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After arena fire, Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., takes hockey outdoors

People in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., aren't letting a fire stop them from getting their skates on. After fire at Kitti Hall damaged the old arena last month, they came together and made an outdoor rink in the centre of town on Cubby Lake.
People in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., have made an outdoor rink in the centre of town on Cubby Lake. (submitted by Sophie Stefure)

People in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., aren't letting a fire stop them from getting their skates on.

They came together and made an outdoor rink in the centre of town on Cubby Lake after a fire at Kitti Hall damaged the old arena last month.

Tuktoyaktuk recreation co-ordinator Sophie Stefure says players will now get to skate on a bigger sheet of ice compared to the old one.

"We've got a generator light stand out there for the evenings," Stefure said. "It's on from 4 to 10 so it gives lots of good light." 

“It's been cold these last few days, so there hasn't been too many people there but on the nice days, there's a lot of people playing.”

The new rink comes just in time: this weekend is the Lawrence Thrasher memorial 4 on 4 hockey tournament.

That’s fitting, because Thrasher was known for going out of his way to make an ice rink on the lake, so children had a place to play hockey anytime.

The new arena on Cubby Lake is bigger than the indoor one, which was damaged in a recent fire. (submitted by Sophie Stefure)

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