The Stanley Cup arrived in Somba K’e Park by dogsled on Saturday, accompanied by NHL legend Lanny McDonald, as Yellowknife hosted its live Hockey Day in Canada broadcast.
Yellowknives Dene Drummers welcomed McDonald and the cup in one of the week’s signature moments, with Ron MacLean on the scene hosting CBC and Sportsnet’s half-day broadcast.
Yellowknife, the park, a pond hockey tournament, and a series of pre-filmed vignettes about residents were shown to viewers across Canada between four NHL games featuring the nation’s seven teams.
Skaters did laps of a trail beside the Frame Lake pond hockey tournament, while there were long line-ups for photos with the Stanley Cup and MacLean’s autograph.
Cabin Radio’s station dog, Penny, lost the best dog competition to a smaller dog wearing a hockey sock. She did, however, get to sniff MacLean during a live segment.
Earlier in the day, at the Shorty Brown arena, a team of Yellowknife media personalities beat a team of MLAs and legislature staff 6-2 in the reigniting of a decades-old rivalry. The teams had not met since the late 1990s.
An arts and cultural festival was also hosted in the multiplex.
Saturday was the climax of the four-day hockey festival, which was held in Yellowknife for the first time.
Below, take a look at a selection of our images.
All photos on this page: Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
Ron MacLean is live during a Hockey Day in Canada broadcast from downtown Yellowknife.
A child plays hockey foosball at Hockey Day in Canada at Somba K’e Park.
A tipi is set up at Hockey Day in Canada so people can warm up.
Children play a game involving getting their hockey puck through a maze.
A child poses in front of the Hockey Day in Canada sign during the hockey festival.
Skaters complete a lap on Frame Lake during Hockey Day in Canada.
Jeremy Walsh and Kelly McLaughlin pose with the Stanley Cup.
Somba K’e Park in Yellowknife is decked out for Hockey Day in Canada.
The media team (in white jerseys) beat the MLAs 6-2 on Saturday morning.