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 two years
Last event 2014 Arctic Winter Games held in Fairbanks, Alaska
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 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, but on two occasions Greenland was co-host city.

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

Hodgson Trophy[edit]

The Hodgson trophy for fair play and team spirit is awarded at the end of every games. The rophy is named for Stuart Milton Hodgson, former Commissioners of the Northwest Territories[4]

The past winners of the trophy are:[5]

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

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. ^
  5. ^ The Hodgson Trophy

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