The Stanley Cup and NHL alumni visit Yellowknife

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The Northern Tour of Legends wrapped up this past Saturday in Yellowknife.

The tour, a combined effort between Project North, Scotiabank, First Air, Canadian Tire and the National Hockey League, started on April 28th in Kugluktuk, Nunavut and made stops in five other remote northern communities before wrapping up in Yellowknife at the Legislative Assembly.

Read: Stanley Cup to make stop in Yellowknife

The Stanley Cup, along with Lanny McDonald, Mark Napier and representatives from all of the partners, traveled over 5,000 kilometers over the three-day tour and delivered 50 bags of new hockey equipment to Kugluktuk and Igloolik.

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Phil Pritchard, the keeper of the Cup, brings the Stanley Cup out at the stop in Cambridge Bay. Photo courtesty of Project North Facebook group
Phil Pritchard, the keeper of the Cup, brings the Stanley Cup out at the stop in Cambridge Bay. Photo courtesty of Project North Facebook group.

The final event of the tour took place in Yellowknife on Saturday evening. Hundreds of people turned out to get their picture taken with the Cup, as well as to meet and get autographs from McDonald and Napier.

The line waiting for a chance to take a picture with the Cup

Both McDonald and Napier were more than generous with their time, staying at the legislature until every fan had gotten an autograph and picture.

Lanny McDonald signing a young fans' Oilers sweater
Lanny McDonald signing a young fans’ Oilers sweater.

Diana Hart, a spokesperson with Scotiabank, said that the timing for the Yellowknife event wasn’t the greatest but it was something that couldn’t be avoided. The tour arrived in Yellowknife a short time before the event began at 8:30pm and they were on a flight back south early the next morning.

McDonald and Napier talking with fans
McDonald and Napier talking with fans.

Though it wasn’t the first time for most of them in the North, they all said this was the most memorable trip and they would all come back in a heartbeat.

Napier talking with fans
Napier talking with fans.

This was the second time in the span of seven days that NHL alumni had been in Yellowknife.

Read: ‘Time to give back’: Flames alumni to attend Memorial Challenge

Lanny signing autographs
McDonald signing autographs.
Napier signing autographs while Lanny speaks
Napier signing autographs during the presentations.
McDonald and Napier signing autographs
McDonald and Napier signing autographs.
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