NHL players set for charity hockey games in Canada’s Northwest Territories

The Ottawa Senators' Daniel Alfredsson puts the puck past Winnipeg Jets' goalie Ondrej Pavelec. Alfredsson is one of the NHL players who has expressed interest in playing in the charity games in the North. (Trevor Hagan/Canadian Press)Hockey-starved northerners will get a taste of what they’ve been missing later this month, when 30 locked-out NHL players take to the ice for charity exhibition games in three communities in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

The players will also be taking to frozen Great Bear Lake for a game against players from the Dene community of Deline, the self-proclaimed “birthplace of hockey.”

The tour begins with a 6 p.m. game in the Northwest Territories capital city of Yellowknife at the Multiplex arena on Nov. 18. The players fly to Deline the following day for what’s being billed as a culture day.

After overnighting in the community, they fly further north to wrap up the tour with a Nov. 20 game at the Roy Ipana Memorial Arena in the Arctic town of Inuvik.

The tour is being spearheaded by former NHLer John Chabot.

“I’ve talked to all the players and they are jacked to experience the North’s culture and landscape,” he said in a press release issued Thursday. “This will be a first for most of them.”

The tour is being organized by the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the Northwest Territories and First Assist Charities. According to officials, the names of the players will be announced on Friday. Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Neil are among the NHLers who have expressed an interest in being part of the tour.

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