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March 11, 2016

TEAM ALASKA AWARDED THE HODGSON TROPHY FOR THE FIFTH TIME

Hodgson Sportsmanship Trophy awarded at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games

 

Team Alaska has been awarded as showing the best overall sportsmanship during the 2016 Games. This is the fifth time Team Alaska has won this award having previously won it in 1994 and 2002.. 

 

The Arctic Winter Games International Committee President Jens Brinch and Secretary Doris Landry awarded the coveted Hodgson Trophy to the Alaska contingent at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games Closing Ceremonies in Nuuk, Greenland

 

One of the founders of the Arctic Winter Games, Commissioner S.M. Hodgson of the Northwest Territories, donated the Hodgson Trophy to the Arctic Winter Games Corporation. In 1978 the trophy was first presented to Team Yukon  for the purposes of recognizing that in the north, the concepts of friendship, cooperation and resource sharing are valued.   In a multifaceted event like the Arctic Winter Games, this concept can be translated as Fair Play and respect for the philosophy behind the Arctic Winter Games. 

 

“This is the only presentation other than Ulu’s awarded at the Arctic Winter Games and it is a very prestigious honour,” says President Jens Brinch.  “The award demonstrates that the Team Alaska members have displayed respect for the rules, respect for officials and their decisions along with respect for opponents and being able to maintain self-control. “

 

The Hodgson Trophy is actually a piece of Inuit artwork.  Its main feature is a six-foot high narwhal tusk mounted on a soapstone base and decorated with scrimshaw.  A carved walrus wraps itself around the tusk at the base, and a carved bear clings to the tusk’s upper reaches, symbolizing the efforts of participants to reach for the top through their endeavors.  The trophy is on public display at the Yukon Sports Hall of Fame in Whitehorse.  A framed photograph of the Hodgson Trophy was presented to the Chef de Mission for Team Alaska and each individual team member received a distinctive pin to commemorate their collective achievement. 

 

Voters during the 2016 Arctic Winter Games included Mission Staff Members, registered coaches, major officials from each sport, Arctic Winter Games International Committee members, all registered media, the president, general manager and sport manager for the 2016 Host Society. 

 

Previous winners include:

 

1978 - 1983 Team Yukon
1990 Team Alaska
1992 Team NWT
1994 Team Greenland
1996 Team NWT
1998 Team Yukon
2000 Team Nunavut
2002 Team Greenland
2004 Team Nunavut
2006 Team Alaska  
2008 Team Nunavut
2010 Team Alaska
2012 Team Nunavut
2014 Team Greenland
2016 Team Alaska

   

Held once every two years, the Arctic Winter Games represent a high level of international opportunity for aspiring athletes, cultural artists and performers from the circumpolar world. The Games have been hosted in Greenland, Alaska, and every Canadian territory and the province of Alberta since their inception in Yellowknife in 1970.

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