Photos: Senators Northern Tour, Yellowknife

 

A number of Ottawa Senators and other NHL players arrived in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories Sunday to begin their Northern Lights Dream Tour, which will include three exhibition games in Yellowknife, Inuvik, and Whitehorse, Yukon.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Brothers, Gavin (left), 6, and Aiden Pellissey, load up on cotton candy before the big game.</div>
 

Brothers, Gavin (left), 6, and Aiden Pellissey, load up on cotton candy before the big game.

Photograph by: JULIE OLIVER, OTTAWA CITIZEN

 
<div id="page1">Brothers, Gavin (left), 6, and Aiden Pellissey, load up on cotton candy before the big game.</div>
The whole team in Yellowknife.
Players, including Chris Phillips, centre, and Chris Neil, right, and their little &#8220;escorts&#8221; onto the ice stand for the national anthem before the game
A number of Ottawa Senators and other NHL players arrived in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories Sunday to begin their Northern Lights Dream Tour, which will include three exhibition games in Yellowknife, Inuvik, and Whitehorse (Yukon). Here, fans, young and old of all NHL teams, took in the action, including Kolby Melanson, 2, who couldn&#8217;t seem to get close enough to the NHL players.
Patrick Osmond, centre, 21, can&#8217;t believe his luck after winning a car in a shoot-the-puck competition between periods.
Senator Zack Smith, front, takes the carries the puck up the ice as Marc Methot (rear) and Chris Neil (right) follow the action during the game.
Senator Chris Neil gets high fives after a scrum between periods with some local young players.  (JULIE OLIVER/OTTAWA CITIZEN/) #111075. Ken Warren.
Ottawa Senator Zack Smith, centre, carries his bags to a waiting truck at the Yellowknife airport as fellow player Marc Methot, left, bundles up for the cold weather.
Jordan Tootoo signs autographs and sticks in the dressing room after the game.
Players congratulate Patrick Osmond, 21, after he won a new car in a shoot-the-puck competition. &#8220;I&#8217;ve never played hockey!&#8221; exclaimed the lucky young local man.
A sign, written by a young local, points the way to the players&#8217; dressing room.
Native player Jordan Tootoo signs some sticks for local kids before the game.
Senators Chris Neil, left, and Marc Methot gets some competition between periods from some local young players.
Senator Chris Neil (pictured) and other pros took on some local young players during intermission.
Senators&#8217; goalie Craig Anderson meets his mini match as local children escort players onto the ice before the game.
Jim Slater (Winnipeg) signs a big card from tiny autograph seeker, Kadric Mujcin, 2, following the game.
Senator Marc Methot takes gets some competition between periods from some local young players.
Eight-year-old Marie Carpenter cheers on her uncle, James William, who was brought in to play in the game.
Dartmouth College goalie Jody O'Neil shakes a young fan's hand upon arriving at the airport in Yellowknife as Guillaume Latendresse, left, looks on.
Chris Phillips&#8217; son, Ben, 9, takes a time out with his dad on the bench during game action.
Tour organizer and former NHL player and coach, John Chabot (centre), keeps on top of every detail as the game gets underway to a packed arena.
Ottawa Senator Chris Neil cracks up the other players (including Marc Methot, at left) by modelling his new northern wardrobe on the plane.
Ottawa Citizen reporter Ken Warren  (right) boards the Yellowknife-bound plane in Edmonton, Alberta Sunday morning alongside Ottawa players Zack Smith (left) and Peter Regin.
A study in contrasts: Ottawa Senator Chris Neil (top) disembarks from the plane in Yellowknife ready for the northern weather. Teammate Marc Methot (in front), however, wasn't quite as ready.
Ottawa Senator Chris Neil dressed for the weather, all suited up in his parka as he gets off the plane in Yellowknife.
Ottawa Senator Chris Phillips, right, and his young son, Ben, 9, wait with the other players, including Chris Neil, centre, Zack Smith, left for their bags upon arriving in the airport in Yellowknife.
Ottawa Senator Chris Phillips, centre, alongside goalie Craig Anderson, sign an autograph for a young fan upon arriving at the airport in Yellowknife.
Ottawa Senator Chris Neil signs an autograph for a young fan at the airport as, from left, Dartmouth College goalie Jody O'Neil, Peter Regin, goalie Craig Anderson and Marc Methot look on.
Ottawa Citizen reporter Ken Warren came dressed for the weather.
Ottawa Senator goalie Craig Anderson takes bags off the conveyor at the Yellowknife airport as other players, including Marc Methot, at left, and Chris Neil, rear, bundle up for the cold weather outside.
Ottawa Senator Chris Neil arrives dressed for the weather.
Chris Phillips, followed by his young son, Ben, 9, walks to the waiting bus from the airport with the other players.
Chris Neil. left, helps to load hockey bags onto a truck at the airport.
First views of  downtown Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories.
Downtown Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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