Arctic Winter Games

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Arctic Winter Games
Arctic Winter Games Logo.jpg
Arctic Winter Games Logo
First event 1970 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Occur every 2 years
Last event 2016 Arctic Winter Games held in Nuuk, Greenland
Purpose Sports for the Arctic
President Gerry Thick

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


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 [1]

Host cities[edit]

Host cities have mostly been in Canada and the United States.

Year Host
1970 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
1972 Whitehorse, Yukon
1974 Anchorage, Alaska
1976 Schefferville, Quebec
1978 Hay River/Pine Point, Northwest Territories
1980 Whitehorse, Yukon
1982 Fairbanks, Alaska
1984 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
1986 Whitehorse, Yukon
1988 Fairbanks, Alaska
1990 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
1992 Whitehorse, Yukon
1994 Slave Lake, Alberta
1996 Chugiak/Eagle River, (Anchorage), Alaska
1998 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
2000 Whitehorse, Yukon
2002 Nuuk, Greenland/Iqaluit, Nunavut
2004 Wood Buffalo, Alberta
2006 Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska
2008 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
2010 Grande Prairie, Alberta
2012 Whitehorse, Yukon
2014 Fairbanks, Alaska
2016 Nuuk, Greenland[2]
2018 Hay River/Fort Smith, Northwest Territories[3]

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.[4]

The past winners of the trophy are:[4]

Winner Year
Alaska 1978
Yukon 1980-1988
Alaska 1990
NWT 1992
Greenland 1994
NWT 1996
Yukon 1998
Nunavut 2000
Greenland 2002
Nunavut 2004
Alaska 2006
Nunavut 2008
Alaska 2010
Nunavut 2012
Greenland 2014
Alaska 2016

Arctic Winter Games International Committee[edit]

Arctic Winter Games alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Arctic Winter Games International Committee (2006). "Medal standings". Archived from the original on 2 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Arctic Winter Games 2016 – Grønland". Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq (in Danish). 3 March 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hay River, Fort Smith to jointly host 2018 Arctic Winter Games". CBC. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b The Hodgson Trophy

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