Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
October 21, 2000 - Issue 21

Inuk Hockey Player Honored

RANKIN INLET, NUNAVUT - A hockey jersey worn by a Nunavut player will be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Seventeen-year-old Jordin Tootoo, from Rankin Inlet, is the only Inuk to play on a national hockey team.

Tootoo says he's not sure which of his jerseys will be placed in the hall of fame -- one from the Arctic Winter Games, or from a recent international tournament.

Tootoo says being chosen feels great, especially because he's paving the way for other Nunavut hockey players.

"I was pretty excited when they asked me and you know, being the lone player who came out of Nunavut I put the place on the map, got more scouts looking up north," he says.

Tootoo is currently playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings in Manitoba.

Hockey History



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