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Welcome to our 2019-20 Executive Members

President – Martin Rourke
Vice President – Menzie McEachern
Secretary – Shelley Kapraelian
Treasurer – Jody Pellissey
Registrar – Myra Bowerman
Communications Coordinator – Johanna Tiemessen
Fundraising Coordinator – Justin Nelson

Supporting Positions:

Coach Coordinator – Kerry Egan
Travel Coordinator – Johanna Tiemessen
Skate Rental Coordinator – Greg and Carla Skauge

Speed Skating On-Ice Open House

Tell your friends!
Sunday, April 7, 2:00 – 3:30
Ed Jeske Rink, Multiplex
All ages welcome!

All participants must come with their own CSA-approved helmet, gloves and hockey skates. Figure skates are not permitted for speed skate practices. There will be a limited supply of speed skates available for guests to try at no cost.

All participants must sign a YKSSC waiver before getting on the ice. Anyone under the age of 18 needs to come with a parent or guardian or bring the signed waiver with them.

Email for more information.

Dec Schedule & Jan Start Dates

Please be sure to view our December schedule and note the days we have NO ICE. Note: there is a Christmas Camp for the Competitive Skaters, January 3-5, 2019.

After a relaxing holiday season, skaters should be ready to skate again starting on Thursday, January 3 for SS2 and Comp, Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6 for LTS/SS1, Monday, January 7 for Special O, and Tuesday, January 8 for SS3.

Santa Family Skate

The Club is hosting a FREE skate for all its registered skaters and families to celebrate the holiday season. Please join us on Saturday, December 22 from 4:00 – 5:00 at the Shorty Brown Arena at the Multiplex for a fun skate, cookies, hot chocolate and a visit from the ‘Big Guy’ himself. All skaters must wear a helmet please!

Upcoming Ability Meet

The YKSSC Schools Ability Meet will take place Saturday, December 1, 2018. The Ability Meet Information Flyer and Online Registration Form can be found on the Ability Meet page of our website. Deadline to register is Friday, November 16.

The registration fee of $20 (Rockets are FREE!) can be sent via EMT to Please be sure to use the password “yellowknife” and indicate which skater your transfer is for. If you prefer, cash or cheque (make out to YKSSC) can be given to Jody or Myra.

Volunteers are needed to make this event happen
Lots of on-ice and off-ice volunteers and officials are needed to run an event like this. If you are able to help, please email Martin. If you are interested in being the Food Coordinator, please email the Ability Meet Coordinator (Jody).

Remember to get your skates sharpened before the meet
You can drop your skates off with one of the Sr. Competitive skaters during their Sunday ice time. The cost is $10.

As a fundraiser for the kids who travel to out-of-town meets, we will have a Silent Auction during the Ability Meet. We have asked all skaters who travel to provide a new/used in good condition item for the Silent Auction. Please support their efforts and make some bids! If you are interested in contributing anything to this fundraiser, thank you very much and please let us know

YKSSC Open House Skate and Bring-a-Friend to Class on Oct 14

Do you have a child that knows how to skate and is interested in trying Speed Skating? Or maybe you want to try yourself! On October 14, the Yellowknife Speed Skate Club (YKSSC) is hosting an Open House Skate and Bring-a-Friend to Class.

Ages 6 – 8 (SS1) YK Community Arena (12:00 – 1:00)
Ages 8 – 10 (SS2) Ed Jeske Rink, Multiplex (12:30 – 1:30)
Ages 10 – 12 (SS3) Ed Jeske Rink, Multiplex (1:30 – 3:00)
Ages 12+ (Senior Competitive) Ed Jeske Rink, Multiplex (4:00 – 5:00)

There is no cost to join YKSSC opportunity!
• Come out and learn what speed skating is all about.
• Play games and learn drills.
• Try out a fun and positive on-ice sport.

What skaters will need to bring:
• CSA-approved helmet and gloves.
• Hockey skates. Figure skates are not permitted as the tips make holes in the ice. There will be a limited supply of speed skates available for guests to try at no cost (only available for Multiplex classes).
• A signed waiver, which you can do before you get on the ice. Anyone under the age of 18 needs to come with a parent or guardian to sign for them. We will have waivers on hand for you to sign.

7th Annual Canmore Ellis Edge Camp

The camp is aimed at competitive youth skaters (L2T, T2T and Juniors) who wish to improve their technique. It will run Oct 12 – Oct 14.

The Head Coach for the camp is Sue Ellis from Rothesay, New Brunswick. Sue is a Level 4 NCCP coach, and 2002 US Olympic Short Track Team Head Coach.

This will be a technical camp, the focus is working on skill development. The camp participants will watch video of Elite World Cup and Olympic skaters, and analyze the technique and motions that the skaters perform as they skate. The camp participants will then attempt to recreate the motions in dry land exercises and then transfer those skills to the ice. One of the main differences of this camp, is that the skaters will develop an understanding of the technique that they are trying to develop and why; they can then use this knowledge when they analyze their own skating in the future.

The camp will run from approximately 8:30am – 5:00pm each day, with two ice times, dry land, video analysis, and one hour for lunch. Cost for the three days is $270 and we have a limit of 25 skaters. More information can be directed to They welcome skaters on a first come basis up to the 25 maximum.

Skate Rental Times

We are very happy to announce that Greg Skauge is our new our Skate Coordinator. Skaters who need to rent speed skates (usually for levels SSII and up) can try on and pick up rental skates before the season starts during the following times:

  • Thursday, September 6 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Monday, September 10 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Skates are rented from our locker room at the Multiplex (back room of the Ed Jeske ice surface). Please contact if neither of these scheduled times work and you need to make other arrangements.

As noted in our Skate Rental Policy, renters take responsibility for the proper care, maintenance and safe handling of the skates and blades during the rental season. It is recommended skates are sharpened monthly or every 5 -10 practices depending on skater’s size, ability and care of the blades. Your skates can be sharpened by one of our older skaters. If you need contact information for a sharpener, please look on our Facebook page or contact us for more information.