TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / February 2, 2021 / Eskay Mining Corp. (“Eskay” or the “Company”) (TSXV:ESK)(OTCQB:ESKYF)(Frankfurt:KN7; WKN:A0YDPM) is pleased to announce that it has received all assays from 20 drill holes completed during its maiden diamond drill program at two precious metal-rich volcanogenic massive sulphide (“VMS”) deposits, Jeff and TV, on joint venture ground held with Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. (80% Eskay/20% Kirkland Lake Gold). Assays include 35.5 m grading 9.50 gpt Au and 70.0 gpt Ag including 9.25 m grading 32.17 gpt Au and 93.2 gpt Ag in hole J20-33 at Jeff.

Highlights and Summary:

  • An impressive eighteen of twenty holes from the 2020 drill campaign report significant precious mineral intercepts (Au eq = Au + Ag/65) including:
    • Jeff:
      • J20-39: 50.36 m grading 1.8 gpt Au eq including 14.12 m grading 4.2 gpt Au eq
      • J20-38: 10.70 m grading 1.3 gpt Au eq
      • J20-37: 7.66 m grading 4.9 gpt Au eq*
      • J20-35: 13.30 m grading 1.8 gpt Au eq
      • J20-34: 5.08 m grading 33.4 gpt Au eq including 1.59 meters grading 83.8 gpt Au eq*
      • J20-33: 35.5 m grading 10.6 gpt Au eq including 9.25 m grading 33.6 gpt Au eq including 3.00 m grading 82.8 gpt Au eq
      • J20-32: 3.20 m grading 3.9 gpt Au eq
      • J20-31: 24.55 m grading 2.0 gpt Au eq*
    • TV:
      • TV20-45: 3.66 m grading 2.4 gpt Au eq
      • TV20-44: 24.54 m grading 1.5 gpt Au eq
      • TV20-42: 8.00 m grading 2.2 gpt Au eq
      • TV20-41: 9.23 m grading 1.2 gpt Au eq
      • TV20-40: 29.92 m grading 3.5 gpt Au eq including 4.10 m grading 11.7 gpt Au eq and a second zone of 65.27 m grading 1.7 gpt Au eq*
      • TV20-39: 40.74 m grading 1.8 gpt Au eq including 10.50 m grading 2.9 gpt Au eq*
      • TV20-38: 20.53 m grading 2.5 gpt Au eq including 10.50 m grading 3.5 gpt Au eq*
      • TV20-37: 17.46 m grading 3.3 gpt Au eq including 4.2 m grading 8.0 gpt Au eq and a second zone of 54.95 m grading 1.0 gpt Au eq*
      • TV20-36: 32.83 m grading 2.3 gpt Au eq including 1.5 m grading 17.4 gpt Au eq*
      • TV20-35: 15.00 m grading 2.3 gpt Au eq and a second zone of 16.33 m grading 3.4 gpt Au eq*
        * Previously announced in Company news releases dated September 22, 2020 and December 22, 2020
    • Figure 1 shows a plan view of drill holes completed at TV and Jeff. Figures 2 and 3 provide zoomed in plan views of the TV and Jeff Zone drilling with assay flags. Figures 4 through 7 provide cross sectional views of drill intercepts and interpreted mineralization. True widths of mineralization vary between 50-100% of reported intercept lengths.
  • High-grade Au-Ag mineralization encountered in holes J20-33 and J20-34 is interpreted to represent possible feeder mineralization for an exhalative Eskay Creek type system, possibly situated somewhat higher up the stratigraphic section in close vicinity to the drill hole locations.
  • A 50.36 m intercept grading 1.8 gpt Au eq including 14.12 m grading 4.2 gpt Au eq in hole J20-39 represents a significant down dip extension mineralization at Jeff. The results from J20-39, J20-37, and J20-38 show that Jeff has stratigraphically stacked mineralized zones with significant prospectivity down-dip and along-strike, as is the case at TV.
  • Although TV and Jeff targets are approximately 1.8 km apart, and the Company is interpreting these discoveries to be separate systems, interpretations of recent SkyTEM geophysical data suggests strong continuity of stratigraphy along this segment of the east limb of the Eskay Anticline. TV and Jeff may well be geologically connected and part of a larger approximately 6 km long corridor along which numerous electrically conductive anomalies occur.
  • Mineralization encountered to date is predominantly of stratabound stockwork to massive sulphide replacement style hosted by mudstone and peperite sills (intrusive rocks) within the Hazelton Group, the same host rocks hosting the Eskay Creek Deposit approximately 13 km to the north. Intercepts that Eskay Mining has encountered in its drill program are remarkably similar in grade, thickness and style to those recently encountered in the Lower and Even Lower mudstone units drilled by Skeena Resources.
  • Both the TV and Jeff deposits are wide open along strike, down dip and up section. Key prospective stratigraphy including the mudstone that is host to high grade mineralization at Eskay Creek that is sandwiched between a footwall rhyolite and hanging wall basalt has yet to be drilled at TV and Jeff. This unit is hypothesized to be a short distance up section from the current drill holes making for a very intriguing untested target.
  • Eskay’s 2020 drill program is the first to be undertaken in this area since the early to mid-1990’s when a few scattered holes were drilled at these targets. This was at a time when the geology of the Eskay Creek deposit was not all that well understood. In July of this year, Eskay Mining’s team, led by Dr. John DeDecker and Dr. Thomas Monecke of the Colorado School of Mines, confirmed that TV and Jeff are indeed VMS systems similar to Eskay Creek and therefore designed the drill program to test them as such, including systematic evaluation of the host stratigraphy.
  • These discoveries confirm the presence of new Eskay Creek type massive sulphide deposits within the highly propsective Eskay graben, or geologic trough, that extends southward from the Eskay Creek deposit. Approximtely 85% of this belt occurs within Eskay Mining’s tenure. In 2020, Eskay Mining has identified numerous other VMS targets on its tenure. The Company plans an aggressive +30,000 m drill program in 2021 to follow up on the TV and Jeff discoveries and to also test at least another dozen high priority drill targets.

“An impressive eighteen out of twenty drill holes we completed in a short 2020 drill program have encountered significant Au-Ag mineralized intercepts including some high-grade,” commented Dr. Quinton Hennigh, director and technical advisor to Eskay Mining. “We are delighted to see assays confirm visual indications that we were on to something very special at TV-Jeff. Our newest results give us lots of information required to now aggressively step out and expand upon these two precious metal-rich VMS discoveries. Two things particularly excite us. Firstly, we are starting to see very high grades like those of the Eskay Creek deposit, and although these occur in feeder mineralization at Jeff, we think the exhalative style mineralization may be lurking nearby. Secondly, although TV and Jeff are nearly 2 km apart, we see growing evidence these systems are connected and make up a greater 6 km long prospective corridor of electrically conductive geophysical anomalies thought to result from sulphide mineralization. With all data now in hand, we can lay out plans for our robust 2021 Phase II drill campaign.”

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