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
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 Aboriginal 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 mostly been in Canada and the United States.

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/ Anchorage  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[3]
2018 Hay River/Fort Smith  Canada[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
 Alberta 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. ^ "Arctic Winter Games 2016 – Grønland". Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq (in Danish). 3 March 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Hay River, Fort Smith to jointly host 2018 Arctic Winter Games". CBC. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b "The Hodgson Trophy",

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