Wendake, May 3, 2019 – From May 7 to 13, 2019, Team Eastern Door and the North (EDN) will compete at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) in Whitehorse, Yukon. This year, two teams of young male and female hockey players will be representing 15 communities among the Atikamekw, Algonquin, Innu, Cree, Mohawk and Naskapi nations.
A total delegation of 33 double- and triple-letter bantam- and midget-aged players consisting of 16 girls and 17 boys will fly to the Yukon to enjoy a unique, positive and rewarding experience that will showcase their talents across the country. The teams will be respectively accompanied by head coaches Trudy Jacobs from Kahnawake and Steeve Gros-Louis from Wendake, as well as seven volunteer chaperones.
The NAHC is an annual event that was created in 2002 by the Aboriginal Sport Circle. As part of this competition, teams made up of the best Aboriginal male and female bantam- and midget-level hockey players in Canada compete as they represent their province or territory. This event promotes unity and cultural pride among the 600 or so participating First Nations, Métis and Inuit athletes through a friendly national sport competition. Each year, the NAHC generates a considerable amount of interest in the world of sport. Indeed, this prestigious event attracts many spectators and media, but also many recruiters looking for the best hockey players in the country.
Follow the journeys of the hockey teams of Team EDN on the Équipe PEN – Team EDN Facebook page and cheer them on during the live webcasts of the games which are available on the website of the 2019 NAHC at www.nahc2019.com.
About the FNQLHSSC
The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) is a non-profit organization that defends the interests of First Nations in Quebec. Its mission is to support First Nations in Quebec in achieving their goals relating to health, well-being, culture and self-determination. Entrusted with the mandate by the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) to promote sports and recreation activities, the FNQLHSSC coordinates the participation of the Team EDN delegation in various sports competitions across Canada, including the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and the North American Indigenous Games.
About Team Eastern Door and the North (EDN)
Team EDN is made up of young athletes who represent the First Nations and Inuit in Quebec at various sporting events in Canada, such as the North American Indigenous Games and the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. The FNQLHSSC is responsible for the coordination and participation of the Team EDN male and female teams in the various competitions.
First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission
418-842-1540, ext. 2308