Photos & Video: Off Ice on the Northern Lights Dream Tour

 

The NHL players on the Northern Lights Dream Tour spent the day Monday, November 19, 2012 hitching rides on snowmobiles, hunting, dog sledding, dancing and going ice fishing after flying into Deline, N.W.T. on a World War II vintage DC-3. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.

 
 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Chris Phillips, front, and the rest of the boys joined in the drum dancing at a celebration in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.</div>
 

Chris Phillips, front, and the rest of the boys joined in the drum dancing at a celebration in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.

Photograph by: Julie Oliver, Ottawa Citizen

 
<div id="page1">Chris Phillips, front, and the rest of the boys joined in the drum dancing at a celebration in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.</div>
Jordan Tootoo chats with a young fan at lunch. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline, N.W.T. Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Winnipeg Jet Grant Clitsome (centre) and Ottawa Senator Marc Methot skate on the historic outdoor ice in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Ottawa Senator Zack Smith, left, keeps warm with pal Chris Cook in the back of a snowmobile sled en route to check fishing nets. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline, N.W.T. Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with stick was first recorded in 1825.
Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline, N.W.T. Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Marc Methot, centre, and Winnipeg Jet player, Grant Clitsome, pose for some pictures at the historic ice surface on Deline's lake. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline, N.W.T. Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with stick was first recorded in 1825.
Winnipeg Jet Grant Clitsome gives Marc Methot a wild and chilly ride, driving a dogsled team in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Jordan Tootoo (Detroit Red Wings), who is a native of Nunavut, joins in the traditional hand games during a celebration in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Marc Methot, centre, joins in the traditional hand games during a celebration in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Jordan Tootoo (Detroit Red Wings), who is a native of Nunavut, joins in the traditional hand games during a celebration in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Ottawa Senators Chris Phillips, centre, and Zack Smith, right, along with Detroit's Jordan Tootoo drum dance at a celebration in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Ottawa Senators Chris Neil, centre, and Marc Methot, right, along with Detroit's Jordan Tootoo drum dance at a celebration in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson, right, and Jody O'Neil get some northern history from a fellow passenger on the plane. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline, N.W.T. Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Chris Phillips, left, greets a tiny fan as he arrives in Deline, N.W.T. with son Ben, 9, Chris Neil and the rest of the crew. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Marc Methot hitches a ride on a snowmobile from the airport in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
The crew at the Grey Goose Lodge in Deline, N.W.T. Top row, from left: Grant Clitsome, unidentified, Peter Regin, Chris Phillips, son Ben, Alexandra, unidentified, Marc Methot. Bottom row, left to right: organizer John Chabot, Guillaume Latendresse, Craig Anderson, Chris Neil, support staff Chris Cook, Zack Smith, Jody O'Neill and strength coach, Rob Mouland. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Peter Regin takes Chris Neil, Zack Smith and support staff Chris Cook on a modern sleigh ride to check out fishing nets in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with stick was first recorded in 1825.
Marc Methot, centre, and Winnipeg Jet player, Grant Clitsome, pose for some pictures at the historic ice surface on Deline's lake.  Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline, N.W.T. Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Winnipeg Jet Grant Clitsome gives Marc Methot a wild and chilly ride, driving a dogsled team in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with stick was first recorded in 1825.
Winnipeg Jet Grant Clitsome gives Marc Methot a wild and chilly ride, driving a dogsled team in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline, N.W.T. Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Chris Phillips, centre, takes part in traditional hand games during a celebration in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Chris Phillips and his son, Ben, 9, takes part in traditional hand games during a celebration in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Chris Neil takes part in traditional hand games during a celebration in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Goalie Craig Anderson takes part in traditional hand games during a celebration in Deline, N.W.T. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Chris Neil accepts a hockey jersey emblazoned with the "Birthplace of Hockey" logo as a thank you for the visit. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline, N.W.T. Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Chris Phillips accepts a hockey jersey from a tiny fan emblazoned with the "Birthplace of Hockey" logo as a thank you for the visit. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline, N.W.T. Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
Chris Phillips accepts a hockey jersey from a tiny fan emblazoned with the "Birthplace of Hockey" logo as a thank you for the visit. Hunting, dogsledding and dancing kept NHLers busy during their visit to Deline, N.W.T. Monday and Tuesday. The small native community of 600 people is the birthplace of hockey, where skating with a stick was first recorded in 1825.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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