Hockey gold for NWT girls

First gold in junior girls hockey in NWT history

Casey Lessard | Iqaluit
March 10, 2016
Casey Lessard/NNSL photo Assistant captain Shakita Jensen, centre, of Yellowknife flashes a golden smile Thursday after she and her teammates won hockey gold in Iqaluit, 5-1 over Alberta North.

Casey Lessard/NNSL photo
Assistant captain Shakita Jensen, centre, of Yellowknife flashes a golden smile Thursday after she and her teammates won hockey gold in Iqaluit, 5-1 over Alberta North.

NWT’s girls hockey team entered the playoffs at the top, and stayed there, winning the gold medal Thursday with a 5-1 win over Alberta North.

Casey Lessard/NNSL photo Anna MacCara of Yellowknife tries to slip a goal in around the back during the gold medal match against Alberta North. NWT won 5-1.

Casey Lessard/NNSL photo
Anna MacCara of Yellowknife tries to slip a goal in around the back during the gold medal match against Alberta North. NWT won 5-1.

“Words can’t explain it,” said assistant captain, Anna MacCara, 14, of Yellowknife. “We worked really hard for this, and we all really deserved it. It’s going to be great going home.”
“I am feeling amazing,” said captain Davina McLeod, 18, of Aklavik. “I’m just so happy that all our hard work paid off. We just had to stay focused on what we knew, and we had a very solid game plan and a great coach.”
It was McLeod’s third and final Arctic Winter Games.
“I’ve been coming to these Games since 2012 and I just never imagined that I would get to this moment right here,” she said. “I’m just so glad that I was a part of this.”
“We made history today,” said coach John Hill. “First time for junior female, under-19. We did have in 1992 an open division, so there were people in their 20s and such. Since junior female was incepted, this is the first gold medal for Team NWT, so we’re very excited and proud of them.”
Hill said he was proud of the girls for following the game plan.
“It was defence first, protect the house, and we protected the house all week and it paid off,” he said.
MacCara, who scored the final goal of the game, said Alberta North was the team’s toughest challenge, and she’s happy to step onto a plane to Nuuk with the gold ulu around her neck.
“We’re ready to finally get our time in Greenland and that will be really fun,” she said.