PEI’s DeWolfe and Roche among “For the Love of Curling” scholarship recipients (Curling Canada)

Some of Canada’s most promising student/athlete curlers will get a much-needed financial boost after being named recipients of the 2017 Curling Canada Foundation For the Love of Curling scholarships, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

2017 For the Love of Curling Scholarship recipients, top row, from left, Nicholas Bissonnette, Kira Brunton, Krysta Burns, Sarah Daniels. Middle row, from left, Donald DeWolfe, Rob Gordon, Sara Guy, Matthew Hall, Sarah Hoag. Bottom row, from left, Matthew Manuel, Brooks Roche, Megan Smith, Mackenzie Zacharias.

For the first time in the history of the scholarship program, there were 13 recipients — 10 received $1,000 scholarships funded by donations from curling fans and supporters of the Curling Canada Foundation, while three young women earned $1,100 scholarships thanks to a one-time grant of funds from the now-defunct Women’s World Curling Tour (WWCT).

The scholarships are in place to help young university or college students cover a portion of their education and curling costs during the 2017-18 school year.

“We couldn’t be happier to see these young curlers rewarded for their hard work — on the ice, in the classroom and in their communities,” said Peter Inch, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors and a member of the Selection Committee. “There were so many deserving recipients, and it made for some difficult decisions. At the same time, it was gratifying to see what kind of quality there is in the youth curling community; it fills me with optimism about the future of our sport.”

There were 70 applications received from across the country. The 2017-18 scholarship recipients are:

$1,100 scholarships

  • Krysta Burns, Sudbury, Ont. (Forensic Science, Laurentian University)
  • Sarah Daniels, Delta, B.C. (Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University)
  • Megan Smith, Sudbury, Ont. (Biomedical Biology, Laurentian University)

$1,000 scholarships

  • Nicholas Bissonnette, Sudbury, Ont. (Physical Education and Health, Laurentian University)
  • Kira Brunton, Sudbury, Ont. (Sport Psychology, Laurentian University)
  • Donald DeWolfe, Cornwall, P.E.I. (Sciences, Mount Saint Vincent University)
  • Rob Gordon, Winnipeg (Education, University of Winnipeg)
  • Sara Guy, Wahnapitae, Ont. (Nursing, Laurentian University)
  • Matthew Hall, Kitchener, Ont. (Honours Financial Mathematics, Wilfrid Laurier University)
  • Sarah Hoag, Gravelbourg, Sask. (Pre-law, University of Regina)
  • Matthew Manuel, Halifax (Engineering, Dalhousie University)
  • Brooks Roche, Montague, P.E.I. (Environmental Design Studies/Masters of Architecture, Dalhousie University) 
  • Mackenzie Zacharias, Altona, Man. (Kinesiology, University of Manitoba)

The scholarship recipients were decided by a committee that looked at both academic and curling achievements, while showing a commitment to building the sport of curling through coaching/instructing and/or volunteer activities. Applicants needed to be enrolled full-time for at least two semesters at a Canadian university or college, in addition to being registered to compete for Canadian Team Ranking System points during the 2017-18 curling season.

The Selection Committee consisted of Inch, Curling Canada Chief Executive Officer Katherine Henderson, former Curling Canada Board Chair Fran Todd, 2010 Olympic silver-medallist Cheryl Bernard and former scholarship recipients Daniel Grant, Karsten Sturmay and Cathlia Ward.

“I was thrilled to be a part of the selection process and just so happy to see the legacy funds of the Women’s World Curling Tour used in this way,” said Bernard, who was one of the key proponents of the WWCT. “From my time as a young player, I know how challenging it was to compete at a high level while keeping my school commitments in mind, and I’m really pleased that this program is in place to make life a little easier for these athletes.”

The Curling Canada Foundation philanthropic program was introduced during the 2013-14 season to help junior curling and to support curling centres in Canada. Last season, donors invested almost $552,000 in the sport of curling to specifically support youth programs across Canada. The Egg Farmers Rocks & Rings program presented by Curling Canada, Curling 101-Try Curling, scholarships and grants to curling clubs are only made possible thanks to the generous support of the Canada’s curling community.

Click to read this story at Curling Canada.

Former World Junior Curling Champ brings awareness for Lyme disease with run/walk event (Guardian)

Fewer than two years ago, a Charlottetown mother diagnosed with Lyme disease dreamed one day she would be able to play with her children again.

Stefanie Clark, 36, has since completely recovered after more than a year of treatment.
 
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Fewer than two years ago, Stefanie Clark, centre, didn’t have enough strength to play with her children. Since then she has recovered from Lyme disease. Now, she’s lacing up her sneakers with her son, Ethan, right, and family friend Will Yeo to participate in a Lyme Disease Awareness 5K Run/Walk on Saturday at 9 a.m. It begins on the Confederation Trail between UPEI and the Farmers’ Market. Everyone is welcome.

©THE GUARDIAN/Dave Stewart

Now, the mother of two young children hopes to bring some awareness to the debilitating disease by hosting a Lyme Disease Awareness 5K Run/Walk on Saturday in Charlottetown.

It will begin on the Confederation Trail, between UPEI and the Farmers’ Market at 9 a.m.

“I really am feeling better. I’m doing good, it’s crazy,’’ Clark says. “(My kids) are happy to have their momma back. It was a long journey.’’

Island sports fans will recall Clark (then Richard) was a member of the Suzanne Gaudet (now Birt) curling team that captured the world junior curling title in March 2001.

Click for full story in The Guardian

 

U21 Nautilus Slam Junior Competition at CFB Halifax club

The new U21 Nautilus Slam (Jr competitive curling) still has spots open. Sep 29-Oct 1, 2017 at the CFB Halifax Curling Club. Register today! http://www.juniorslamseries.com/events/61

See poster for details:

 

2019 World Junior Curling Ch’ships to be held in Liverpool NS (Curling Canada)

The planet’s best young curling teams will gather in Liverpool, N.S., for the 2019 World Junior Curling Championships, it was announced jointly today by the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada.

Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, N.S., will host the 2019 World Junior Curling Championships. (Photo, courtesy Region of Queens Municipality)

The 2019 World Juniors, featuring 10 men’s and 10 women’s teams in the Under-21 age group, will be played Feb. 17-24 at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, and will mark the first time the World Juniors have been contested in Canada since 2009 at Vancouver, which served as the test event for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

“I am delighted to confirm we will be taking international curling back to Nova Scotia for the first time since 2015, when the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship was held in Halifax,” said Kate Caithness, President of the World Curling Federation. “With this announcement we continue to grow stronger ties with Canada, who have time and time again hosted first-class World Curling Championships. It is also exciting to work with a new organizing committee who are full of enthusiasm for this event.”

“We’re extremely excited to see the World Junior Curling Championships returning to Canada,” added Peter Inch, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors. “We’re also grateful to the World Curling Federation for this opportunity, and its faith in the Liverpool Host Committee. We’ve seen this group do a wonderful job in the past, and I’m confident that Liverpool will be ready to welcome the world in 2019.”

Liverpool is no stranger to hosting high-calibre junior curling. The 2014 Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Championships were played at Queens Place Emera Centre, and featured victories by eventual two-time world champion Kelsey Rocque of Alberta in the women’s competition, along with Manitoba’s Braden Calvert on the men’s side.

“The province recognizes the value of events, and their ability to deliver significant social and economic benefits,” said Leo Glavine, Nova Scotia’s Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister. “This event will put Queens County on the international stage  and I am confident the local curling community and its amazing volunteers will make this a memorable week for curlers and spectators.”

The Nova Scotia fans were out in force at the 2014 Canadian Junior Curling Championships at Queens Place Emera Centre. (Photo, Curling Canada/Mark O’Neill)

Queens Place Emera Centre is a multi-purpose facility with an NHL-size arena, indoor track, fitness centre and basketball courts, with the arena containing 1,050 seats.

“We look forward to welcoming the world’s top young curlers to Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool in February 2019,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Congratulations to the Liverpool Championship Host Society on its successful bid to host this major international event. Not only will we be able to share our Queens County hospitality with curlers and visitors from all over the world, fans of top-calibre curling will see eight days of the very best that curling has to offer.”

It will be the 45th edition of the World Junior Men’s Championship, which debuted in 1975 at East York, Ont., while it will be the 32nd World Junior Women’s Championship, which began in 1988 at Chamonix, France. The events were combined into one a year later in Markham, Ont.

It will be the eighth time Canada has hosted the combined Junior Worlds — 2009 at Vancouver, 2004 at Trois-Riviéres, 2002 in Kelowna, B.C., 1998 at Thunder Bay, Ont., 1996 at Red Deer, Alta., 1990 at Portage la Prairie, Man., and the 1989 event in Markham.

Prior to that, Canada hosted the World Junior Men’s Championship nine times, including in 1986 at Dartmouth, N.S., where Canada’s Kevin Martin lost in the gold-medal game to Scotland’s David Aitken.

The 2019 World Juniors will feature the host teams from Canada in both genders, along with the top six countries in each gender from the 2018 World Juniors in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Three more countries in each gender will qualify out of the 2019 World Junior-B Curling Championships (dates, location TBD).

Canada’s entries will be decided at the 2019 New Holland Canadian Junior Championships (dates, location, TBD).

“We are delighted that Liverpool has been awarded the 2019 World Junior Curling Championships by the World Curling Federation,” said Greg Thorbourne, Chair of the Liverpool Host Committee. “The bid process has been a collaboration with our partners, and the real work begins now as we start turning these ambitious plans into an exciting event. From today we will start working with new partners, sponsors and volunteers to deliver a successful event at Queens Place Emera Centre in February 2019.

Click to read this story at Curling Canada

27th annual Toronto Curling Assoc. U18/U21 Youth Ch’ship in Dec.

The 37th annual TCA Youth Championship will be held in Oshawa from December 27-29 and features an exciting prize purse. This year’s tournament will feature an opening ceremony on December 28, as well as the first ever gender-neutral TCA Youth Awards

• December 27th – 29th, 2017

 Oshawa Curling ClubOshawa Golf & Curling Club
 $320.07-442.30

For more info or to enter, visit https://www.torontocurling.com/events/37th-tca-youth-championship/

Field set for Home Hardware Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Summerside (Curling Canada)

Twenty-eight teams are now set to pursue their Olympic gold-medal ambitions later this year in Summerside, P.E.I., it was announced today by Curling Canada.

Photo, Curling Canada/Andrew Klaver

The 2017 Home Hardware Road to the Roar Pre-Trials, set for Nov. 6-12 at Credit Union Place, will determine the final entries for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials, Dec. 2-10 in Ottawa, where Canada’s men’s and women’s four-player teams for the 2018 Winter Olympics will be decided.

Fourteen teams in each gender will compete for two coveted berths in the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, and all have now confirmed their entry after a grace period during which teams had to declare lineups, and in one case, decline an invitation.

Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon had qualified for the Home Hardware Road to the Roar based on her position on the Canadian Team Ranking System over two seasons (2015-16, 2016-17) ranking. But because the points she’d earned were entirely with her 2015-16 team, which was completely changed for 2016-17, she had to pass on the berth.

To accept Home Hardware Road to the Roar berths, teams must retain three of the original players who earned the qualifying points, and have them on the ice at all times.

Lawton’s berth will now be taken by Halifax’s Theresa Breen, the next-highest non-qualified team on the two-year rankings.

On the men’s side, meanwhile, three qualifying teams will have different skips than the ones with whom they qualified, after some off-season lineup changes.

Winnipeg’s Matt Dunstone left his team to join Steve Laycock’s Saskatoon squad, which has already qualified for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings. Dunstone is being replaced by fellow Winnipegger Jason Gunnlaugson.

Meanwhile, Gunnlaugson had also qualified for the Home Hardware Road to the Roar with his own team, so he’s being replaced on that team by two-time Tim Hortons Brier champion Pat Simmons.

And since Saskatoon’s Bruce Korte retired from competitive curling after last season, his team needed a new skip for the Home Hardware Road to the Roar, and recruited Colton Flasch; ironically, it was Flasch who left Laycock’s team after last season to open the door for Dunstone’s move.

For the complete list of qualified teams, and their lineups, CLICK HERE.

The Pre-Trials teams will be seeded one through 14 based on their 2016-17 CTRS rankings, and then split into two pools of seven for the round-robin competition.

The top three teams from each pool will advance to the playoffs, with the first- and second-place teams crossing over to meet each other in the first round of the A-side. The winners will then meet for the first Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings berth.

The first-round losers, meanwhile, will drop to meet the third-place teams in each pool in the first round of the B-side. The winners of the two games will then meet, with the winner taking on the A-side final loser for the second Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings berth.

Tickets are available for the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials. CLICK HERE for more information.

Click to read this story at Curling Canada

Home Hardware named title sponsor for Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Summerside (Curling Canada)

One of the key events in deciding which Canadian teams will be chasing gold in 2018 will have a new title sponsor, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

Photo, Curling Canada/Michael Burns

 

Home Hardware, Canada’s largest dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials and furniture cooperative, will be the title sponsor for the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials.

The 2017 Home Hardware Road to the Roar Pre-Trials are scheduled for Nov. 6-12 at Credit Union Place in Summerside, P.E.I., and will determine the final two entries in each gender for the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, Dec. 2-10 in Ottawa.

That’s the event that will decide Canada’s four-player teams for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

“Home Hardware has been a wonderful partner as the title sponsor of the Home Hardware Canada Cup, and we could not be happier that their partnership and commitment to our sport is expanding,” said Katherine Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of Curling Canada. “The Home Hardware Road to the Roar is a premier curling event that has produced gold-medallists in the past, and we’re very excited to see what will unfold next November in Summerside.”

There are close to 1,100 stores from coast to coast under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners, with annual retail sales of over $6 billion. Founded in 1964 in rural St. Jacobs, Ont., Home Hardware remains 100 per cent Canadian owned and operated.

“As a Canadian company, we are proud to partner with one of the nation’s most popular and distinctive sports, stated Terry Davis, CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “We celebrate the tireless work of our Canadian teams and look forward to supporting the athletes at the Home Hardware Road to the Roar in November.”

Fourteen men’s and 14 women’s teams will be competing in Summerside, looking to make it to the final round of the Canadian qualifying process for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Tickets are available for the Home Hardware Road to the Roar Pre-Trials. CLICK HERE for more information.

CLICK HERE to read this story at Curling Canada

(Reminder) Trainwave workshop with Adam Kingsbury: Becoming your team’s mental coach

Curl PEI’s Performance Committee is excited to announce two upcoming workshops with Mental Performance Specialist – National Team Program (Curling Canada), Adam Kingsbury.

Adam Kingsbury is a clinical psychology resident at the University of Ottawa.  Adam presently consults for Curling Canada, Golf Canada, and has previous experience consulting for a number of national sporting organizations in Canada.  His doctoral research has focused on how social evaluation influences the golf putting stroke under pressure.  Adam is also the co-founder of Marble Labs Inc. – a sport consulting firm focusing on performance under pressure, and curriculum development for high-performance adolescents.  Adam played collegiate golf for 11 seasons, before realizing that he enjoyed helping others with their golf game significantly more than working on is own.  Adam has taken up curling as his next passion pursuit, and plays 3 times a week as a Lead who sweeps hard, earns a lot of post-round beverages, and is always smiling – even when flashing guard attempts. He is also coach of Team Homan.

Curl PEI is excited to have Adam come to PEI and share his knowledge and expertise with local coaches and curlers.

The first workshop will be for coaches, and will be an introduction to Trainwave, a series of user friendly mental training workbooks for developing athletes.  The program is designed to develop better people and better performers in line with Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model.

Date: July 29

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: Charlottetown Curling Complex

Cost: $50 (registration will include a copy of the Trainwave workbook)

Register online: https://thelocker.coach.ca/event/public/5190130

(Reminder) Identifying Barriers in Emerging Elite Curlers – Workshop with Adam Kingsbury

Curl PEI’s Performance Committee is excited to announce two upcoming workshops with Mental Performance Specialist – National Team Program (Curling Canada), Adam Kingsbury.

Adam Kingsbury is a clinical psychology resident at the University of Ottawa.  Adam presently consults for Curling Canada, Golf Canada, and has previous experience consulting for a number of national sporting organizations in Canada.  His doctoral research has focused on how social evaluation influences the golf putting stroke under pressure.  Adam is also the co-founder of Marble Labs Inc. – a sport consulting firm focusing on performance under pressure, and curriculum development for high-performance adolescents.  Adam played collegiate golf for 11 seasons, before realizing that he enjoyed helping others with their golf game significantly more than working on is own.  Adam has taken up curling as his next passion pursuit, and plays 3 times a week as a Lead who sweeps hard, earns a lot of post-round beverages, and is always smiling – even when flashing guard attempts. He is also coach of Team Homan.

Curl PEI is excited to have Adam come to PEI and share his knowledge and expertise with local coaches and curlers.

The “Identifying Barriers in Emerging Elite Curlers” workshop will be designed for curlers to attend as individuals or as a team with or without their coach.  The Curl PEI Performance Committee and Adam will work together to determine the topics for the day; however they will be related to preparing to compete. 

Date: July 30

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: TBD

Cost: $25/individual or $100/team

Register by emailing Amy Duncan @ aduncan@sportpei.pe.ca

Minimum numbers are required for Curl PEI to host a workshop, so please register early.

 

Self-Expression and Curling: Video by PEI Jr. and U18 champ Lauren Lenentine for her leadership class

Check out this video about Self-expression and curling, make by PEI Junior and Under 18 champ Lauren Lenentine for her Leadership class:

Crapaud Community Curling Club receives Canada 150 funding (Guardian)

KINGSTON, P.E.I. — As part of the celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary, nine projects in central P.E.I. will share more than $300,000 in federal government funding.

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From left, president Alan Crane and Eric MacArthur with the Kingston Legion, join Cornwall MLA Heath MacDonald, Cornwall councillors Irene Larkin and Peter Meggs, and Malpeque MP Wayne Easter at an announcement in Kingston Thursday, July 6.

Among the projects receiving funds through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program are upgrades to the Crapaud Community Curling Club, which will get $65,218 “to upgrade facilities”, and to the Kingston branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, which gets $72,750 “for upgrades to the building and facilities”.
 
 
 
 

Canadian U-18 Ch’ships to be staged in St. Andrews NB (Curling Canada)

Canada’s top up-and-coming curlers will play for national championships for a second straight year in the province of New Brunswick.

The W.C. O’Neill Arena Complex, which features both a hockey arena and the three-sheet Heather Curling Club, will host the 2018 Canadian Under-18 Curling Championships. (Photo, Mary Craig)

The 2018 Canadian Under-18 Boys and Curling Championships will be staged in Saint Andrews, N.B., April 9-14, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

It will be the second edition of the U-18 national championships, following a successful debut this past April in Moncton.

The event, which will feature representatives of all 14 of Curling Canada’s Member Associations in both genders (aged 17 and under as of June 30, 2017), will be staged at the W.C. O’Neill Arena Complex, using both a hockey arena and the three-sheet Heather Curling Club, which is part of the complex.

“After such a successful debut in Moncton, the bar has been set high, but I know the Saint Andrews committee is ready to put on a first-class event,” said Peter Inch, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors. “The Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Championships are a vital component in developing young curlers into future world and Olympic championships, and it’s exciting to see them all under one roof.”

The teams will be seeded into two seven-team pools, and will play eight-end round-robin games. The top three teams will advance to the playoffs, with the pool winners advancing directly to the semifinals, and the second-and third-place teams meeting in crossover quarter-finals.

The Heather Curling Club in Saint Andrews, N.B. (Photo, Heather Curling Club)

“It’s exciting news that New Brunswick is being given another chance to host this event, and I know the people in Saint Andrews will respond with enthusiasm,” said Marg Maranda, Executive-Director of the New Brunswick Curling Association. “There’s a very passionate curling community there that will go out to make sure the curlers, their coaches and families, and all of the officials will have a wonderful experience.”

Athletes who meet the age requirements will be able to enter this event as well as the New Holland Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships, which are set for Jan. 13-21 in Shawinigan, Que.

Saint Andrews has a glowing reputation as a tourism mecca; in fact, USA Today recently named the town Canada’s No. 1 tourism destination.

“We’re already working hard to make sure this event is a success, on and off the ice,” said Susan Lister, Chair of the Saint Andrews Host Committee. “Our community is going to put out the welcome mat for the curlers and fans and send them home with some wonderful memories. We can’t wait for the first rock to be thrown!”

Click to read at Curling Canada

Roger Gavin named Alberton’s Volunteer of the Year (Journal)

ALBERTON — His active involvement in the day-to-day operation of the Western Community Curling Club has earned Alberton resident Roger Gavin the town’s Myles Getson Volunteer of the Year Award. It was presented to him during the town’s Canada Day celebrations.

Norma Getson, left, and Alberton Town Councillor Kelly Williams present Roger Gavin with the Town of Alberton Myles Getson Volunteer of the Year Award.

©Eric McCarthy/Journal Pioneer

Gavin has been a member of the club for 36 years and has served many years on the board of directors including a term as president. He is the club’s drawmaster, he helps with installing and maintaining the ice and handles scheduling details for the club. He has coached several junior men’s teams in provincial competitions, earning several peer-generated coaching awards.

Click for full story in the Journal Pioneer

Prime Minister to pay visit to Montague Curling Club Thurs. morning

The Hon. Lawrence MacAulay and the Montague Curling Club have announced that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be at the Club at 9 am on Thursday, to kick off Canada Day celebrations. Everybody is invited!

Format Finalized for 16-Team Ch’ships in 2018 (Curling Canada)

A Friday night showdown will determine the 16th and final entries into the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

Photo, Curling Canada/Jeffrey Au

On the Friday night prior to the opening of round-robin play at both events, the top two teams from the Canadian Team Ranking System that didn’t qualify out of their provincial/territorial championships will get a second chance at qualifying for the Canadian championship.

It’ll be a Wild Card Friday that will get the championship week at both events off to an exciting start, said Curling Canada Chief Executive Officer Katherine Henderson.

“We did extensive consultation with our Member Associations, the athletes and our partners at TSN, Tim Hortons and Kruger and everyone agreed that this was an ideal and positive solution to the issue of determining the 16th entry into the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier,” said Henderson. “The new 16-team format ensures every Member Association is participating from the beginning of the week, and also ensures that a quality field is in place in order to determine a Canadian team to wear the Maple Leaf and play for a world championship.”

The pre-qualifying format, introduced in 2014, was voted out by Curling Canada’s Member Associations at the 2015 Annual General Meeting, and a 16-team, two-pool format was approved by the same Member Associations a year later.

It was determined then that the 14 Member Associations and Team Canada would be part of the field, with discussions to follow to determine the 16th team.

It was a suggestion from Manitoba’s Mike McEwen — who along with E.J. Harnden, Nolan Thiessen, Lisa Weagle, Tracy Fleury and Val Sweeting is a member of the Curling  Canada Athletes’ Advisory Council — that spearheaded the idea of a play-in game.

“I don’t think many curlers would say no to a second chance at qualifying for the Brier or the Scotties, and the thing I really like is that a team has to win a game in order to qualify,” said McEwen. “It’s going to be a treat for the fans and the national television audience, and I think it will be a great showcase for curling.”

For example, this past season, the Friday night Wild Card game would have been a showdown between Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones and Alli Flaxey of Caledon, Ont., for the final berth into the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Meanwhile, it would have been Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers against Toronto’s John Epping for the final spot in the Tim Hortons Brier.

To qualify for the Wild Card game, teams must have participated in their respective provincial/territorial championships.

The teams will be split into two pools of eight, with the top four teams from each pool then advancing to a championship pool that will determine the final four playoff teams. The format allows the Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts to stick to its traditional nine-day format for round-robin play, while satisfying the desire of the Member Associations that all 14 teams have direct entry into the main portion of the championship.

Once all of the Member Associations have declared their champions, they, along with the defending champion Team Canada foursome, will be seeded based on their current position on the Canadian Team Ranking System. The winner of the Wild Card game will automatically have a No. 4 seed.

The seedings will then be used to set two balanced pools.

“We know there’s no one single format that will make everyone happy, but we think this is a format that will address the most concerns that people had expressed,” said Thiessen, who also serves as Curling Canada’s Athlete Liaison Officer. “It was appreciated by the Athletes Council to be part of the process, to be able to hear all the stakeholders and work together to try to find a system that had the best interest of our Canadian championships as the top priority.”

How the team will be named for the round robin, as well as team colours, will be determined at a later date.

Click to read at Curling Canada

Pre-Season curling cancelled at Crapaud due to ice plant chiller delivery delay

The Crapaud Community Curling Club has recently been informed us that the new chiller for their ice plant will not be delivered until September 15. Because of this, they will have to cancel the planned Pre-Season curling.   … Continue reading

Brett Gallant’s wonderful curling season will be celebrated tonight (PEI Guardian)

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Brett Gallant has a bit of tongue-in-cheek advice for permitting well-wishers to kiss the Brier Tankard when it’s on display Sunday in Charlottetown. “As long as they don’t get too close,” Gallant said with a laugh.  That’s … Continue reading

More details on Sat. Celebration Gala for Brett Gallant. Lounge open to public at 10 pm

Here’s a run-down of the activities at Saturday evening’s Brett Gallant Celebration Gala at the Charlottetown Curling Complex. The evening will begin at 6 pm with the piping-in of the guest of honour to a reception in the lounge  area, where … Continue reading

Overflow parking for Brett Gallant gala at Ch’town Curling Complex

The Charlottetown Curling Complex has arranged for overflow parking for the Brett Gallant gala on Saturday evening, in the Holland College staff parking lot on Fitzroy Street (behind the milk plant). As you can see from the map it is … Continue reading

Trainwave workshop with Adam Kingsbury: Becoming your team’s mental coach

Curl PEI’s Performance Committee is excited to announce two upcoming workshops with Mental Performance Specialist – National Team Program (Curling Canada), Adam Kingsbury. Adam Kingsbury is a clinical psychology resident at the University of Ottawa.  Adam presently consults for Curling … Continue reading

Identifying Barriers in Emerging Elite Curlers – Workshop with Adam Kingsbury

Curl PEI’s Performance Committee is excited to announce two upcoming workshops with Mental Performance Specialist – National Team Program (Curling Canada), Adam Kingsbury. Adam Kingsbury is a clinical psychology resident at the University of Ottawa.  Adam presently consults for Curling … Continue reading

Multi-Sport Coaching and Leading Effectively Workshop from Coaching PEI

Coaching PEI will be hosting a Multi Sport Coaching and Leading Effectively workshop on Saturday July 22, 2017. This is one of the longest modules and they needed to bring a Coach Developer in from Halifax in order to host. For … Continue reading

Curl Moncton International Junior Summer Spiel in August

The 2017 Curl Moncton International Junior Summer Spiel takes place August 4-6, 2017 Format: The format will depend on number of teams entered (maximum 16 teams). Every team is guaranteed 4 games (either pools & play-offs or draw trees & … Continue reading

New Holland named title sponsor of Canadian Junior Ch’ships (Curling Canada)

A world leader in the manufacturing and selling of agricultural and construction equipment also will be taking a lead role in helping to develop Canada’s top young curlers, it was announced today by Curling Canada. New Holland — the parent … Continue reading

Safety first: Curl PEI already putting helmets on kids (CBC PEI)

Curl PEI already has rules requiring young curlers to wear helmets, in line with a recent Curling Canada’s recommendation. Curling Canada puts up a guard, urges beginners to wear helmets Sandy Matheson, the vice-president of Curl PEI said staff at … Continue reading

Meet and Greet with Brett Gallant & the Brier Tankard trophy on Sunday. Juniors especially welcome!

Curl PEI will be hosting a Meet and Greet with Brett Gallant on Sunday, June 25 from 1-3 pm at the West Royalty Community Centre, at the corner of the Lower Malpeque and Kirkdale roads in Charlottetown.   Curling Canada … Continue reading

New helmet recommendations, new governors, come out of Curling Canada Annual Meeting (Curling Canada)

Curling Canada will move forward on introducing a helmet policy for young and beginning curlers, it was confirmed during the Curling Canada Annual Meeting on Saturday in Cornwall, Ont. Participants in the 2017 Curling Canada Annual Meeting in Cornwall, Ont. … Continue reading

Turning Point High Performance Camp in Bridgewater in September

Turning Point High Performance Camp Featuring: Olympic Gold Medalist & 2017 Brier Champion Mark Nichols BRIDGEWATER CURLING CLUB Bridgewater NOVA SCOTIA September 23th & 24th, 2017 Tentative Topics: Strategy & Scoreboard Management Player Roles & Responsibilities Nutrition for Maximum Performance … Continue reading

UPEI teams: register by June 14 if interested in Atlantic Univ. Curling Ch’ships

Attention all 2017/18 UPEI M/W Curlers! Any UPEI students interested in entering a team to compete for the right to represent UPEI at the 2018 Atlantic University Curling Championships is asked to contact Ron Annear by June 14. If more … Continue reading

Junior Events Calendar

Here is a list of Junior Curling events and camps in the Maritimes (plus Nationals) for the upcoming season. Curl PEI events will be posted when finalized. (Curling Canada photo) EVENT DATES LOCATION Becoming Your Team’s Mental Coach with Adam … Continue reading

Maritime Junior Competitive League at Curl Moncton

The 2017 Maritime Junior Competitive League runs Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 9 to Oct. 1 at Curl Moncton. Teams choose which dates they would like to play, subject to availability. Entry fee is $80 per team per day. Competition Dates … Continue reading

CCE Maritime Junior U21 Bonspiel in Moncton in Oct.

The Centre for Curling Excellence (CCE) 2017 Maritime Junior Bonspiel takes place Oct. 13-15 at Curl Moncton. $200 team entry fee guarantees four games. REGISTER ONLINE AT CURLMONCTON.CA MAIL REGISTRATION FEE TO: Curl Moncton Inc. * 80 Lockhart Avenue * … Continue reading

New TSN, Sportsnet fees kill TV broadcasts at Charlottetown Curling Complex (CBC)

Curlers hoping to catch a couple of ends of television after their own games at the Charlottetown Curling Complex will have to go home as things stand, says club president Mitch O’Shea. Curling on ice will continue, but curling on … Continue reading

Early Bird ticket pricing for Brett Gallant Celebration Gala ends Saturday

Corporate Sponsorship Tables are also on sale. Please stop by the Charlottetown Curling Club on Saturday, June 3rd,  from 11am-2pm or email cccgala2017@gmail.com to reserve your Early Bird ticket or to get info on Corporate Sponsorship Tables. For more details … Continue reading

Deposit fee for Moncton Brier tickets cut in half

SEAN HATCHARD TIMES & TRANSCRIPT Organizers behind the bid to bring the 2019 Brier to Moncton are putting on one final push. There’s just four weeks to go before Moncton submits its bid for the 2019 national men’s curling championship … Continue reading

Canadian curling clubs rocked by big cable companies (CBC Sports)

Fee increase for sports channels a blow to game’s grassroots, says Curling Canada By Devin Heroux, CBC Sports Curling clubs across Canada are rallying together and pushing back against what they see as unfair treatment by the country’s two biggest cable … Continue reading

Upcoming Mental Performance Training workshops with Adam Kingsbury

Curl PEI’s Performance Committee is excited to announce two upcoming workshops with Mental Performance Specialist – National Team Program (Curling Canada), Adam Kingsbury. Adam Kingsbury is a clinical psychology resident at the University of Ottawa.  Adam presently consults for Curling … Continue reading

Reminder: Application deadline is June 30 for 2017 For the Love of Curling Scholarships (Curling Canada)

Young curlers from across the country will once again be able to further their academic and athletic ambitions, thanks to the Curling Canada Foundation’s For the Love of Curling Scholarship program. Kristen Streifel (WCF/Richard Gray photo) Applications are now being … Continue reading

Curling facilities invited to apply for New Horizons funding

The New Horizons for Seniors program is open for applications until June 23rd at the following site: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/new-horizons-seniors-community-based.html The Federal Government provides both community (up to $25,000) and pan Canadian funding for initiatives in the following areas: promoting volunteerism among … Continue reading

Penultimate Joyce Myers Trust Fund Grant, Scholarship winners announced

The Trustees of the Joyce Myers Trust Fund, established under Curl Atlantic from profits from the 2003 Brier and the 2005 Roar of the Rings curling events in Atlantic Canada, have selected the 2017 recipients of its Student/Athlete Scholarships and Curling Club Capital … Continue reading

Egg Farmers Rocks and Rings, FloorCurl Tournament Day held at Spring Park School

Rock Solid Productions Inc. were in Charlottetown on Friday to put on the Egg Farmers Rocks and Rings presented by Curling Canada program, and to hold a FloorCurl Tournament Day, both held at Spring Park School. Plastic curling “rocks” with ball-bearings, … Continue reading

Field expanded to 28 for Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Summerside (Curling Canada)

Two more teams of each gender will get a chance to chase their gold-medal dreams at the 2017 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials later this year in Summerside, P.E.I., it was announced today by Curling Canada. Because the race was … Continue reading

Curling Clubs caught up in huge cable fee hikes intended for sports bars #NotaSportsBar (Curling Canada)

As you may have heard, Rogers and Bell Canada recently increased fees paid for cable packages that include TSN and Sportsnet by licensed establishments with capacity over 100 people. The target of the rate increase is sports bars, but the … Continue reading

Celebration Gala for Brett Gallant

The Charlottetown Curling Club is pleased to announce an evening to celebrate Brett Gallant. On Saturday, June 24th, they will be hosting a reception and dinner to honour his amazing accomplishments of winning both the Brier and the World Men’s Curling … Continue reading

PEI Curling Hall of Fame offering bursaries – deadline is Sept. 30

The Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame is offering four annual bursaries, for a total amount of $3000, with $1000 and $500 awarded annually to junior female curlers, and an equal amount to junior male curlers. Bursaries are awarded … Continue reading

May 28 is Pizza Day for KidSport

Sunday, May 28th is “Pizza Day for KidSport” in partnership with Papa John’s Pizza!  Any order over $25, on this particular day, will see $5 donated to KidSport PEI!  Customers will also receive enough Papa Points loaded onto their Rewards Card … Continue reading

Pre-Season Curling at Crapaud – cancelled

Pre-season curling has been cancelled, as the new chiller for the ice plant won’t be arriving until September 15. The Crapaud Curling Club will be running the Preseason curling again this year starting September 8 and running until the end of … Continue reading

‘The lifestyle on the Island’: Yet another PEI curler on the world stage (CBC PEI)

Ian MacAulay of P.E.I. recently faced off against some of the best curlers in the world at the World Senior Men’s Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta. The team finished with the silver medal. “Representing Canada is pretty special,” said MacAulay, … Continue reading

Applications now being accepted for 2017 For the Love of Curling Scholarships (Curling Canada)

Young curlers from across the country will once again be able to further their academic and athletic ambitions, thanks to the Curling Canada Foundation’s For the Love of Curling Scholarship program. Kristen Streifel (WCF/Richard Gray photo) Applications are now being … Continue reading

PEI’s Adam Casey accepts invitation for Summerside pre-Olympic trials (Journal)

(by Jason Simmonds) CALGARY – There will be a P.E.I. skip in the 2017 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials in Summerside. Adam Casey ©Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer Seven Mile Bay native and Winsloe resident Adam Casey confirmed on Friday that his … Continue reading

Qualifiers, including PEI’s Adam Casey, unveiled for Road to the Roar in Summerside (Curling Canada)

A Prince Edward Island product has the opportunity to pursue his dreams of representing Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics close to home. Summerside product Adam Casey, now living in Charlottetown, has been invited to join the field for the … Continue reading

PEI Curling Coach Olympics Bound (CBC PEI)

‘I’m still pinching myself here’ By Krystalle Ramlakhan, CBC News P.E.I. curling coach Peter Gallant, who is also father to world curling champion Brett Gallant, will be going to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea with the South Korean women’s … Continue reading

14 teams set for Roar of the Rings, 4 more to be selected at Road to the Roar in S’Side (Curling Canada)

Fourteen teams are officially a step closer to achieving their gold-medal dreams after being named to the field for the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, it was announced today by Curling Canada. World champions Brad Gushue, left, and … Continue reading

Colleen Jones rink wins Gold, Bryan Cochrane team with PEI native Ian MacAulay wins Silver at World Seniors (Curling Canada)

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — It was a memorable day for Team Canada on Saturday at the World Senior Curling Championships. First, Colleen Jones’s Halifax team won Canada’s 11th women’s gold medal in the 16-year history of the World Seniors, cruising to … Continue reading

Charlottetown Curling Complex to honour Brett Gallant (Guardian)

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – A dinner honouring world champion curler Brett Gallant is part of upcoming activities at the Charlottetown Curling Complex (CCC). Gallant is the first Islander to win a Canadian Brier and the first from the province to win … Continue reading

Moncton making bid for 2019 Brier, seeking $100 pre-sale deposits on full event passes. #BringOnTheBrier

As you may have heard, Moncton New Brunswick is working on a bid to bring the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship, The Brier, to the Hub City in 2019.  They are treating it as a regional event, and expect to draw … Continue reading

Summer Fitness Training Program for Curlers – Try it on May 9

Synergy Fitness is once again offering an off-season Sport Performance Training Program to Island curlers.  This program includes fitness sessions, nutrition sessions and fitness testing. All ages and levels are welcome.  The folks at Synergy will work with your fitness … Continue reading

Gushue, Homan confirmed for new Everest Curling Challenge in Fredericton this August

The Everest Curling Challenge is a world-class curling event with a novel game format. The event, which will air across Canada on TSN, and in the U.S. will bring together 32 of the world’s top women’s and men’s curlers to … Continue reading

PEI Curlers win Gold, Bronze in Mixed Doubles portion of inaugural Cdn. U18 Ch’ships in Moncton

Two members of the Lauren Lenentine-skipped PEI Girl’s team won medals on Saturday in Canada’s first-ever Under-18 Mixed Doubles national championship, as part of the inaugural Canadian Under- 18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships in Moncton, with Rachel O’Connor, paired … Continue reading

N. Ontario sweeps gold medals, Maritime teams take silver, at inaugural U18 Ch’ships (Curling Canada)

(Story by Cathlia Ward) The inaugural Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships saw the first-ever champions crowned in Moncton, N.B., on Saturday night, and it was a clean sweep for Northern Ontario with Sudbury’s Tyler Horgan and Kira Brunton … Continue reading

Playoff teams set at U18 Ch’ships in Moncton, PEI players to compete in Mixed Doubles (Curling Canada)

(Story by Cathlia Ward) The final day of championship and seeding pool play wrapped up in Moncton, N.B. at the inaugural Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships on Friday, determining the final four women’s and four men’s teams who … Continue reading

PEI teams both pick up wins today, but fall short of the playoffs at the U18 Ch’ships

Round robin play is over at the inaugural Canadian Under 18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships in Moncton, with the PEI  girl’s team, skipped by Lauren Lenentine, finishing with a 2-3 win-loss record, while the boy’s, skipped by Donald DeWolfe, … Continue reading

Colleen Jones skipping women’s rink, Souris PEI native Ian MacAulay on men’s team at World Seniors (Curling Canada)

Three Canadian teams will begin their quest for gold Saturday when the 2017 World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships get underway at the ATB Centre in Lethbridge, Alta. The ATB Centre in Lethbridge, Alta., host … Continue reading

Lenentine 1-2, DeWolfe 0-4 at Canadian U18 Ch’ships

Two round robin games, at 10 Thursday against the Northwest Territories, and at 2 pm against the host province, remain for PEI’s Lauren Lenentine-skipped girl’s team, while there’s one game left in the round robin for the Island’s Donald DeWolfe … Continue reading

Lenentine 1-1, DeWolfe 0-2 after Cdn. U18 opening day

The Canadian Under 18 Boy’s and Girl’s Curling Championships got underway on Tuesday in Moncton. PEI’s Lauren Lenentine girl’s rink are 1-1 after a 6-3 loss to aBC and a 5-3 win against Quebec. They’re back on the ice Wednesday evening at … Continue reading

Ch’town Curling Complex committed to staying open

The Charlottetown Curling Complex held a meeting on April 5, and are holding another on Wednesday, April 19 at 6 pm to discuss the future of the facility. They have posted the April 5 minutes on their website. Click to view … Continue reading

Canadian U18 Ch’ship starts this morning in Moncton

The inaugural Canadian Under 18 Boy’s and Girl’s Curling Championships get underway this morning in Moncton, at the Superior Propane Centre arena and at Curl Moncton. PEI is represented by the Lauren Lenentine and Donald DeWolfe rinks. Games on sheets B and … Continue reading

Sport PEI Scholarship deadline May 17

Sport PEI offers Sport Scholarship awards which recognize excellence and achievement in sport, academics and community involvement.   Sport PEI in 2017 will grant three scholarships of $1000.00 each to Island student athletes.  These scholarships are made possible with support from Sport Centre … Continue reading

Lenentine rink to represent PEI at inaugural Canadian U18 Ch’ships in Moncton

The Cornwall Curling Club’s provincial Under 18 girl’s champions, the Lauren Lenentine rink, three members of whom are also the PEI junior women’s champs, will be competing in the inaugural Canadian Under 18 Boy’s and Girl’s Curling Championships, starting Tuesday … Continue reading

DeWolfe team heading to under-18 curling nationals (Journal)

SUMMERSIDE – The Donald DeWolfe team will represent P.E.I. at the 2017 national under-18 curling championships from April 18 to 22. The Donald DeWolfe rink, with members from the Cornwall Curling Club, Silver Fox in Summerside and the Western Community … Continue reading

Inaugural U18 Canadian Curling Ch’ships begin Tues. in Moncton (Curling Canada)

(by Al Cameron) Many of Canada’s up-and-coming curling stars will get their first exposure to a national championship competition when the inaugural Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships get underway in Moncton, N.B. The event, for players ages 17 … Continue reading

Whitecap Jr. camp still has space available

The 2017 Whitecap Summer Curling Camp for Juniors age 12-18, takes place at the Centre of Curling Excellence in Moncton New Brunswick from August 6-11. This camp uses a similar “all inclusive” format to previous Whitecaps, with meals and five nights … Continue reading

‘A dream’ says PEI’s Brett Gallant of winning men’s world curling championship (CBC PEI)

Brett Gallant is the first Islander ever to be part of a men’s world curling championship-winning team, after winning gold with Team Gushue at the tournament in Edmonton on Sunday. P.E.I.’s Brett Gallant (2nd from right) celebrates his team’s gold-medal win … Continue reading

PEI U16 curlers pick up experience on arena ice at Fredericton spiel

There was great competition on arena ice at the Willie O’Ree Place in Fredericton on the weekend at the CWG SLAM spiel for teams of age for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Five Island rinks took part, and all managed … Continue reading

Summerside area’s own Adam Casey among those at the Road to the Roar. Get your tickets now!

Homegrown talent will be in the house at Summerside’s Credit Union Place November 6-12 for Curling Canada’s Season of Champions “Road to the Roar” pre-trial event. Team Adam Casey will be fighting for a spot at the Tim Hortons Roar of the … Continue reading

Courtney, Carruthers win Cdn. Mixed Doubles, Team PEI finishes with 1-6 record (Curling Canada)

Joanne Courtney and Reid Carruthers claimed the 2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, earning a 9-6 extra-end win over Rachel Homan and John Morris in a star-studded gold-medal game. PEI’s entry of Sabrina Smith and Kyle Holland picked up one … Continue reading

Canada completes perfect run with Ford World’s Gold (Curling Canada)

Brad Gushue’s curling resume is now complete. Team Canada scored a clutch deuce in the ninth end, and Gushue made two superb finishing shots in the 10th, to beat Niklas Edin of Sweden 4-2 Sunday and win the Ford World Men’s Curling … Continue reading

PEI’s Bill Hope team loses Canadian Masters Bronze Medal game in extra end. The Iceman takes men’s gold, Sask. wins women’s

The Canadian Masters Curling Championships, for age 60+, wrapped up today in Guelph. PEI’s Bill Hope rink lost a close men’s bronze medal game, 6-5 in an extra end to Saskatchewan. The Sask. skip had to draw the button to … Continue reading

Ch’town Curling Complex open this (Sunday) evening to watch Team Gushue in World Men’s final

The Charlottetown Curling Complex will be open after 8 pm tonight (Sunday) to allow everyone to watch Team Gushue and Charlottetown’s own Brett Gallant go for gold in the World Men’s Curling final. Game time is 9 pm on the big screen, so … Continue reading

PEI’s Bill Hope rink advances to Canadian Masters semi-finals

The PEI Men’s team, skipped by Bill Hope, have advanced to the 3 pm semi-finals at the Canadian Masters Curling Championships, for curlers age 60+, in Guelph. They finished round robin play in fourth place overall, and face first place … Continue reading

PEI duo 1-5 at Mixed Doubles

  The PEI rink of Sabrina Smith and Kyle Holland have one win, against Jill Officer and Pat Simmons, against 5 losses at the Canadian Mixed Doubles championship in Saskatoon. They finish up round robin play today against Jill Routledge … Continue reading

Gushue, with PEI’s Gallant to get shot at his 1st World Men’s title (Curling Canada)

EDMONTON – Brad Gushue has a chance to give his country an achievement it hasn’t reached in 22 years. But more importantly, he has a shot at a huge first for himself and his Canadian teammates.   After almost a decade and … Continue reading

Island U16 teams doing well at Canada Games-age spiel on arena ice

There was lots of great curling action on arena ice at the Willie O’Ree Place in Fredericton NB on Friday as the Canada Games-age spiel got underway. Five PEI rinks are among the participants. The Lauren Ferguson rink won their … Continue reading

Cdn. Masters: PEI’s Hope rinks both advance to playoffs

Round robin play has wrapped up at the Canadian Masters Curling Championships in Guelph, with both the Sandy Hope women’s team (3-2) and the Bill Hope men’s rink (4-2) finishing with two losses and advancing to their respective playoff rounds, … Continue reading

Mixed Doubles underway in Saskatoon. PEI’s Smith/Holland duo loses opener (Curling Canada)

(by Jean Mills) The 2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship kicked off on Wednesday with a host of familiar names taking to the ice at the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon. Rachel Homan and John Morris, Joanne Courtney and Reid Carruthers, … Continue reading

Team Canada clinches Page 1-2 Playoff Spot at Ford World’s (Curling Canada)

EDMONTON – Job No. 1 is done for Canada’s Brad Gushue and his Canadian squad at the 2017 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Service Experts. Geoff Walker, left, and Brett Gallant listen for instructions during Wednesday’s win over … Continue reading

PEI Men 2-1, Women 2-2 at Canadian Masters

Going into Wednesday play at the Canadian Masters, for curlers age 60 and over, in Guelph, the PEI Men’s team, skipped by Bill Hope, has a 2-1 win-loss record, while the Women’s foursome, skipped by Sandy Hope (Bill’s wife) is … Continue reading

“Mighty Maple Leaf” takes down China to improve to 6-0 at Ford World’s (Curling Canada)

EDMONTON – Marcel Rocque knows all about the Mighty Maple Leaf. He’s a three-time world champion for Edmonton skip Randy Ferbey back in the day. So he knows the mystique of the Maple Leaf doesn’t need any help, but that’s … Continue reading

PEI’s Hope rinks win Masters openers

Both the PEI men’s rink skipped by Bill Hope, and the women’s team skipped by Bill’s wife Sandy ended up on the winning side of their opening matches at the Canadian Masters Curling Championships, for curlers age 60+, in Guelph … Continue reading

Canadian Mixed Doubles start Wednesday. Sabrina Smith, Kyle Holland representing PEI (Curling Canada)

The 2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship gets underway Wednesday at the Nutana Curling Club at Saskatoon. Olympic gold-medallists, world champions, Scotties and Tim Hortons Brier winners are competing in the five-day event, which is raising excitement levels for mixed … Continue reading

Gushue only unbeaten team at Ford World’s (Curling Canada)

EDMONTON – Bolstered by a lively crowd cheering them on in tense times, Canada’s Brad Gushue overcame a rough first five ends to down Sweden’s Niklas Edin 8-6 Sunday evening at the 2017 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Service … Continue reading

Hope rinks representing PEI at Canadian Masters, starting today in Guelph

Canada’s best age 60+ curlers are in Guelph Ontario for the Hy-Grade Steel Roofing Canadian Masters Curling Championships. PEI is represented by the Bill Hope men’s rink from Cornwall and Charlottetown, and the Sandy Hope women’s team from Cornwall, who both recently won … Continue reading

Canada ices Switzerland in opening draw at World Men’s (Curling Canada)

EDMONTON – Some Swiss misses helped propel Canada to victory in Saturday afternoon’s opening draw of the 2017 Ford World Curling Championships presented by Service Experts. The Canadian squad skipped by Brad Gushue defeated Switzerland, skipped by Peter de Cruz … Continue reading

Alberta edges Sask. to take Canadian Firefighters title

After finishing round robin play with a 7-2 record, and earning a bye to the final with a win over Nova Scotia in the Page 1 vs. 2 game, Team Alberta, skipped by Aaron Bartling, stole the last end to … Continue reading

Follow Team Gushue at the Worlds, which start today in Edmonton

Canada’s Brad Gushue rink, which includes PEI native Brett Gallant, is set to compete at the World Mens Curling Championships, starting today and continuing until April 9 in Edmonton. Event website: http://www.curling.ca/2017worldmen/ Tickets: http://www.curling.ca/2017worldmen/tickets/ TSN broadcast schedule: http://www.curling.ca/championships/tsn-curling-broadcast-schedule/ Official hashtag: #fwmcc2017 … Continue reading

Alberta advances to Cdn. Firefighters final. PEI finishes at 1-8

After winning their opener, the PEI team from the Crossroads Fire Dept. didn’t manage to pick up any more wins at the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship in Mississauga, ending play with a 1-8 win-loss record. After a couple of tiebreakers … Continue reading

Canada Games age curlers to compete on arena ice in Fredericton

Five teams – four from the Cornwall Curling Club, and one from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex in Summerside, will get a rare chance to curl on arena ice next weekend at the Capital City SLAM – … Continue reading

Team Canada faces ‘strong field’ at curling worlds, says Gallant (CBC PEI)

P.E.I. curler Brett Gallant says the Canadian team will have to be sharp to compete in a balanced field at the World Curling Championship, starting this weekend in Edmonton. Brett Gallant (right) consults with Newfoundland and Labrador skip Brad Gushue … Continue reading

ParaSport PEI and SCI PEI funspiel held at Cornwall

Here are pictures from the funspiel held this past Saturday at the Cornwall Curling Club, by ParaSport and Recreation PEI in partnership with Spinal Cord Injury PEI. Source: Parasport and Recreation PEI Facebook page. Click on a picture to enlarge, … Continue reading