New national Indigenous hockey tournament might be launched in 2024

Stephane Friday and Abigail Linklater

By Sam Laskaris Writer If the next few months go according to plan for Stephane Friday and Abigail Linklater, a new national Indigenous hockey tournament could begin in 2024. Friday and his partner Linklater, who are also the co-founders of the Hockey Indigenous website, are hoping they can launch what would be a third national tournament for Indigenous players. Currently, Indigenous athletes aged 13-17 are eligible to compete in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship (NAHC). This annual tournament, which wrapped up in Winnipeg this past Saturday, celebrated its 20th anniversary. Meanwhile, those over 20 can participate in the Fred Sasakamoose Chief Thunderstick National Hockey Championship, which is held each year in Saskatoon. The 2023 tourney starts this Thursday and runs until Sunday. “We’ve had this idea for about two years…

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