Pangnirtung, Nunavut

Hockey Season

The arena in Pangnirtung used to open October or the beginning of November. Now it opens the end of December or beginning of January. The ice doesn’t freeze as much as it used to because of climate change. The ice used to start melting the end of May, now it starts to melt in April.

When I played as a young kid in the hockey rink, it used to be a lot colder. Now it’s not that cold anymore and the ice doesn’t freeze as quickly.

We are having problems winning tournaments because we don’t get as much practice time on the ice. Hockey is important to me because I’ve been playing practically all my life. I like it because it’s great exercise. I can crush people. I like to get my anger out on the ice and travel and meet new people. It provides lots of entertainment for our community. However when I was a kid a lot more people showed up for the games. When we play in Iqaluit for
Toonik Tyme, we usually have more fans then Iqaluit does, although Iqaluit has a better team. Our fans go wild -- they get louder than ever. I’ve been playing hockey for 14 years. It is my favourite sport.

Sweat, sweat, sweat.

— Johnny Kilabuk

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