The hockey in Salluit is getting a little rough, say local medical workers.
The mayor of another Inuit community recently suffered a serious head injury while playing in Salluit. Salluit’s own mayor, Willie Keatainak, was also among the hockey casualties this season. His ankle was broken during a lively practice.
Even The Montreal Gazette got wind of the overly enthusiastic playing and published an article.
“Outside it was a game,” said nurse Rene Sirois. “Inside the arena it’s a battlefield.” Sirois said hockey is an “aggressive release” for some.
One hockey spectator, Josepi Padlayat said, “These players try to do what they see on TV, but they don’t see all the training behind the game. But at least NHL players are well paid for their pain and suffering.”