World Jr. Championships player of the game awards feature art from 4 Wabanaki artists

Four artists piled hundreds of hours of work over the past month, all in an effort to showcase their art at this year’s World Junior Hockey Championships in Halifax and Moncton

Lorne Julien from Millbrook First Nation, 61 kilometers north of Halifax, wanted to honour his family’s connection to Mi’kmaq hockey sticks. The Mi’kmaw are believed to have crafted the first modern hockey sticks. 

Julien’s research shows his great-grandfather, Joseph Julien, once worked as part of a collective in the early 1900’s to fill an order of 12,000 hockey sticks for Eaton’s.

Now, he hopes his family’s story will be carried on when one of his sticks is presented to a “player of the game” winner.

Full story here.

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