ellesmere island rules

ᐊᐅᔪᐃᑦᑐᖅ: As Sportsnet launches the 20th version of Hockey Day in Canada from Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, a view, undated, from north and to the east, of hockey players on the Nunavut sea-ice, near the  northernmost civilian settlement in Canada, Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island. (Image: K.H. Roach, NWT Archives/©GNWT. Department of Public Works and Services/G-1995-001)

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Skate Guard: Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, photographer Denise LeBleu caught this scene on October 9 — “about 2:30 in the afternoon.” Looking for a game of pick-up? The pond, LeBleu reports, is “on the way to the airport, just as you are heading out to catch your plane.” Find her on Instagram @denise_lebleu_images.

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Point of Blue: Photojournalist Rosemary Gilliat Eaton went north in August of 1960, to Canada’s eastern Arctic. On a visit to what was then Frobisher Bay, N.W.T. — today’s Iqaluit, Nunavut — she met an Inuk Leafs fan named Mosha Michael, seen here with his binocs. As Paul Seesequasis has noted, Michael grew up to be a filmmaker. He was director, cinematographer,  and editor of the 1975 National Film Board production Natsik Hunting, the first Inuit-directed film that the NFB produced. Eaton’s 1960 notes, it should be said, reflect a nominal uncertainty — she refers to her subject as Mosha, Moosa, Moshah, and Mosher, as well as “son of Mike the Captain.” (Photo: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton / Library and Archives Canada / e010975445)


that perfectly nice blue sweater


Photojournalist Rosemary Gilliat Eaton travelled to Canada’s eastern Arctic in 1960, stopping that August in what was then Frobisher Bay, N.W.T. — today’s Iqaluit, Nunavut. Someone she met there was an Inuk boy named Mosha (her notes also refer to him as Moosa, Moshah, and Mosher), seen here in Toronto blue, preparing polar bear meat for a stew. As Paul Seesequasis has noted, the northern Leafs enthusiast grew up to be filmmaker Mosha Michael.

British-born in 1919, Eaton settled in Canada, in Ottawa; later she went to Nova Scotia, making her home in a community that may not then have been much on the national hockey map but is now: Cole Harbour. She died in 2004. The archive of her life’s work runs to 100,000 images, most of which are divided between Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa and the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum.

(Photo: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton / Library and Archives Canada / e010799968)

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Tootootown: Visitors to Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, high up on the western coast of Hudson’s Bay, pass this monument on the way into town from the airport. Born in nearby Churchill, Manitoba, Tootoo, who’s 33, now spends most of his off-ice hours in Kelowna, British Columbia. According to Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times, that’s where neighbours (and Hawks defencemen) Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook helped to convince him to sign a one-year contract in early July to play for Chicago. “First and foremost he’s a good teammate,” Keith volunteered. “He’s a good guy to have in the locker room, and the energy that he brings — I know playing against him, I don’t like going back for pucks when he’s on the ice. You always have to be aware when he’s on the ice because he’s going to finish every hit.”

“Every team needs a little sparkplug,” is what Tootoo said. “I’ve been around the game a lot of years now, and I just want to add that little piece.”