Sports Briefs: Team Saskatchewan competing at NAIG

Results from Saskatchewan sports teams this weekend including NAIG in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), U18 boys Canada Cup, and CHL selections for Hlinka Gretzky Cup

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More than 500 athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff are attending the 2023 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) as part of Team Saskatchewan.

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The Games, which are being held in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), started Saturday and will continue until July 23 with athletes aged 13-19 from across North America competing in 16 different sports.

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Since the start of NAIG in 1990, Saskatchewan has won the overall team title six times and the province has hosted the event twice, once in 1993 in Prince Albert, and in Regina in 2014.

At the most recent NAIG in 2017 in Toronto, Team Saskatchewan finished second overall, bringing home 166 medals including 65 gold, 54 silver and 47 bronze.

This year’s NAIG was originally scheduled for 2020, but was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To follow along with Team Sask at NAIG, visit

Canada Cup finals cancelled due to air quality

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Team Saskatchewan will have to wait another year to try and claim their fourth U18 boys Canada Cup in a row after the bronze and gold medal games were cancelled on Saturday due to poor air quality in Edmonton.

Saskatchewan won their opening game against New Brunswick 39-0 on July 9, advancing the team to semifinals against Ontario on Wednesday.

In that game, Saskatchewan led 10-4 at halftime, but Ontario fought back to tie the game in the fourth quarter 12-12, only for Saskatoon’s Carter Casey to successfully make a 36-yard field goal and secure the 15-12 victory for the green and white as well as a place for the team in the final.

The gold medal game, which was slated for Saturday between Saskatchewan and Quebec, was postponed multiple times on the day in an attempt to play the game, however, it was ultimately cancelled.

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McQueen, Catton make Hlinka Gretzky Cup roster

Roger McQueen and Berkly Catton will be representing Canada at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup as two of the roster’s 23 players selected from the Canadian Hockey League.

McQueen, who plays for the Erie Otters, and Catton, who plays for the Spokane Chiefs, are both forwards who hail from Saskatoon.

The Cup will run July 31 to Aug. 5 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Canada will take on Finland on July 31 and continue round robin play with games against Slovakia on Aug. 1 and Switzerland Aug. 2 before playoffs begin Aug. 4.

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