Photographs by Ron Wassink
I received an email from an Arctic Winter Games (AWG) organizer
in Nuuk, Greenland, last fall asking if I would help out
as a photographer for hockey games to be played
in Iqaluit's arenas. Nuuk doesn't have ice hockey arenas.
Of course, I said I would be more than happy to help.
The 2016 AWG were hosted by Greenland, and four days
of male and female hockey were hosted in Iqaluit. I spent
four days at the arena downtown, while my fellow
photographer, Daniel, shot hockey at the newer, AWG arena.
I lost track of the number of games I photographed. It was somewhere
around 15. Here are some of my favourite photos.
NWT's goalie takes a bite out of her gold medal.
I photographed referees after each game, except
or the first and last games. The two refs on the left,
from Ottawa, brought up referee uniforms
and equipment to donate. All refs, but one, were
from out of the territory.
Nunavut's boys practice.
Members of the female Yukon squad cheer on the boys.
A NWT player in mid-air, scoring opportunity
against Alberta North -- female.
It's a goal!
The toques spell ...
A spectator for the moment.
Yukon boys take on Nunavut.
Alaska's stick boy.
A blizzard in Iqaluit delayed flights to Greenland
for the opening ceremonies. A coach takes 10.
Some of Iqaluit's volunteers at the airport waiting
for athletes to arrive.
That's me on the left with Daniel.
(Casey Lessard photo)