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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


December 28, 2002 - Issue 77


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Tootoo Makes Cut for Team Canada

by CBC News
Jordin TootooIQALUIT - Rankin Inlet hockey player Jordin Tootoo has been named to junior hockey's Team Canada.

Tootoo will play in the world junior tournament in Halifax Dec. 26.

The announcement was made Monday morning in Halifax. Team Canada rounded out its 22–man roster for the World Junior Hockey Championship, making its final four cuts.

Tootoo will play as a forward in the championship tournament, being held in Halifax from December 26 to January 5.

No one in Nunavut was more relieved at the news Tootoo had made the cut than his mother, Rose.

"I got a phone call from my son in law, Aaron and he told me and I said, wow, alright, no more stress," she says.

Tootoo is the first Inuit hockey player to be drafted by the NHL.

Canada's first game is on Boxing Day, against Sweden.

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