A fast-paced, physical sport, ice hockey is very popular in particularly Canada, Alaska and Northern Europe. Ice hockey is the official national winter sport of Canada, where the game enjoys immense popularity. While the contemporary sport of ice hockey is commonly thought to have been developed in Southern Canada in 1870’s, many years earlier, in 1825, John Franklin wrote during one of his Arctic expeditions about "The game of hockey played on the ice was the morning sport", near Deline in the Northwest Territories on Great Bear Lake.
Ice hockey competition is held in three age categories: Junior Female (born 1999 or later) and Midget Male (born 2000 or later) and Bantam Male (born 2003 or later). Each team is comprised of up to 17 players and two coaches from participating contingents. Teams participate in a round-robin tournament to determine seeding for medal-round pairings and then playoff to see which team will win the gold Ulu in their division.
In 2018 the Female Ice Hockey events will be held at Fort Smith Centennial Arena in Fort Smith and the Male Ice Hockey events will be held at the Don Stewart Arena in Hay River, both featuring newly renovated arena facilities.
Note: Sports venues and location are subject to change.