By Carter Brooks
Images courtesy of MASRC and NAHC
Tryouts for both the girls and boys NAHC Team Manitoba squads are accepting applications.
Earlier this year it was announced that the upcoming 2020 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships would be held in Regina, Saskatchewan from May 9th to 16th this coming spring. The 19th running of the NAHC tournament will be the fourth time the championship has been held in Saskatchewan, and the first time being held in the province's capital city. The upcoming tournament is expected to bring in roughly $5 million to Saskatchewan's economy.
Those eligible to participate are encouraged to fill out registration forms found at the MASRC website, and submit all pertinent documents to email@example.com by Friday, August 2nd, along with a $75 registration fee. Both a girls team - made up of players born from 2002-06, playing A-AAA midget, AA-AAA bantam, high school or prep hockey - and a boys team - consisting of players born from 2002-05, playing Jr. A, Jr. B, AA-AAA midget, AAA bantam, high school, MMJHL or prep hockey - will be formed for the week-long festivities.
Tryouts for Team Manitoba for both the boys and girls teams run on the weekend of August 10th and 11th at Seven Oaks Arena (745 Kingsbury Ave.) in Winnipeg's Garden City neighbourhood. Team Manitoba hopefuls must be of Indian Status, Inuit or Metis descent, with appropriate documentation.
At the 2019 running of the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon, the female Team Manitoba earned a silver medal. Interestingly, the male Team Manitoba won the Bronze Medal Game, and was promoted to the Gold Medal Game, where they took the top prize in dramatic fashion.
More information about the NAHC:
"The National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC), founded by the Aboriginal Sport Circle and sanctioned by Hockey Canada, provides a forum for elite Bantam and Midget-aged Aboriginal hockey players from across Canada showcasing the athletic abilities of athletes from across the country, while also fostering cultural unity and pride. An event held annually since 2002, the NAHC also serves as a focal point for grassroots and regional Aboriginal hockey development." - NAHC2019.com