Team Manitoba mens and womens hockey teams each took home gold medals at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships earlier this month in B.C.
It’s the first time since the inception of the tournament in 2001 that both teams have won gold at the same tournament.
The women’s team blanked Saskatchewan 7-0 in the championship game, led by a hat trick from Mallory Harvey and Bianca Zak’s 21 save shutout. The win was the third gold medal for the women’s team (2009, 2010) at the National championship.
The men needed extra time but came out on top with a 6-5 win over Ontario. After giving away a 3-0 lead, Manitoba needed a late goal from Mason Martin with 1:10 left seconds left to play to force overtime. In the extra frame Justin Nachbaur fired home the gold-medal winning goal. The win was the second gold medal for the men’s team, last winning the top prize in 2002.
The Tournament of 8 teams include:
Team British Columbia
Team North (Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon)
Team Eastern Door and the North (Quebec)
Team Atlantic (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island.
The NAHC provides a forum for elite Aboriginal hockey players throughout Canada. Each region is represented by two teams, one male and one female which are both comprised of bantam and midget age athletes from across their region. The event aids in fostering cultural unity and pride and celebrates the athletic abilities of Aboriginal athletes from across the country.