Arctic Winter Games

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Arctic Winter Games
Arctic Winter Games Logo.jpg
Arctic Winter Games Logo
First event1970 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Occur every2 years
Last event2018 Arctic Winter Games held in Hay River/Fort Smith
PurposeSports for the Arctic
PresidentGerry Thick
An athlete performing a two-foot high kick at the 2008 Arctic Winter Games

The Arctic Winter Games is an international biennial celebration of circumpolar sports and Indigenous culture.


The Arctic Winter Games were founded in 1969 under the leadership of Governor Walter J. Hickel of Alaska, Stuart M. Hodgson, Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, and Yukon Commissioner James Smith. The idea to "provide a forum where athletes from the circumpolar North could compete on their own terms, on their own turf" came from Cal Miller, an advisor with the Yukon team at the 1967 Canada Winter Games.

In 1970 in Yellowknife, Canada, 500 athletes, trainers and officials came together for the first Arctic Winter Games. The participants came from the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska. Since then, the Games have been held on fifteen occasions in different places and with ever more participants from more and more places within the Arctic region. The games in 2002 were the first jointly hosted Arctic Winter Games, by Nuuk, Greenland and Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Sports disciplines[edit]

Games include:[1]


A total of nine contingents participated in the Arctic Winter Games. The same group of teams also made up the participants of the previous games[2]

Host cities[edit]

Host cities have been in Canada, the United States, and Greenland.[3]

Year Host City Country
1970 Yellowknife Canada
1972 Whitehorse
1974 Anchorage United States
1976 Schefferville Canada
1978 Hay River/Pine Point
1980 Whitehorse
1982 Fairbanks United States
1984 Yellowknife Canada
1986 Whitehorse
1988 Fairbanks United States
1990 Yellowknife Canada
1992 Whitehorse
1994 Slave Lake
1996 Chugiak/Eagle River United States
1998 Yellowknife Canada
2000 Whitehorse
2002 Nuuk Greenland
Iqaluit Canada
2004 Wood Buffalo
2006 Kenai Peninsula Borough United States
2008 Yellowknife Canada
2010 Grande Prairie
2012 Whitehorse
2014 Fairbanks United States
2016 Nuuk Greenland
2018 Hay River/Fort Smith Canada
2020 Whitehorse (cancelled)
2022 Wood Buffalo[4]

Hodgson Trophy[edit]

The Hodgson trophy for fair play and team spirit is awarded at the end of every games. The trophy is named for Stuart Milton Hodgson, former Commissioner of the Northwest Territories.[5]

The past winners of the trophy are:[5]

Winner Year
Alaska 1978
Yukon 1980–1988
Alaska 1990
Northwest Territories 1992
Greenland 1994
Northwest Territories 1996
Yukon 1998
Nunavut 2000
Greenland 2002
Nunavut 2004
Alaska 2006
Nunavut 2008
Alaska 2010
Nunavut 2012
Greenland 2014
Alaska 2016–2018

Arctic Winter Games International Committee[edit]

Arctic Winter Games alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2000 Arctic Winter Games Results",
  2. ^ Arctic Winter Games International Committee (2006). "Medal standings". Archived from the original on 2 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-01.
  3. ^ Past Games
  4. ^ 2022 Arctic Winter Games
  5. ^ a b "The Hodgson Trophy",

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