NBA Championship Trophy, won by Raptors last year, to be in Yellowknife this week

photo courtesy of MLSE

It would be pretty difficult for any Toronto Raptors players to make it up to Yellowknife right now in the middle of their season, but perhaps the next best thing is on its way.

A spokesperson for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), the parent company of the Raptors and the NHL’s Maple Leafs, says the Larry O’Brien Trophy will be here Tuesday and Wednesday.

It’s being done in an effort to help share a piece of the Toronto Raptors 2019 NBA Championship win with all Canadians – no matter their locations.

The Raptor, the team’s official mascot, and MLSE representatives, will attend each visit.

Tuesday, depending upon the weather, it’s hoped that the trophy will make its way to Aurora Village, then on to a dog sled and out for a photo under the Northern Lights.

Fans wishing to attend this event will have to book a tour with Aurora Village.

Then on Wednesday, the trophy will be at St. Joseph’s School at 9:00 am.

The trophy’s appearance comes on the heels of a visit last month by the Stanley Cup to the Northwest Territories.

It was here as part of Hockey Day in Canada celebrations.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.