Summerside was the last stop on P.E.I. for the United States team as they slid onto the Silver Fox Entertainment Complex’s ice for the CanAm Cup tour Sunday afternoon.
Americans, from left, Dixon Freeman, Steven O’Connor and Mark Tolvstad curled in Summerside Sunday as part of the CanAm Cup. – Desiree Anstey
The point of the tour, started by Curling Canada’s Peter Inch and U.S. Curling Association chairman Rich Lepping, is to build bridges.
“Curling is done between Canada and Scotland, and the U.S. and Scotland, but there has not been anything between Canada and the U.S.,” explained Steve McKee, the United States captain. “This is an opportunity to connect and make friendships. Five years from now, 20 Canadians will travel to the U.S.”
Larry Richards of the P.E.I. organizing committee said “This event came together at the Continental Cup in Las Vegas to bring camaraderie with the U.S. and Canada, so today is a big deal. I’ve been travelling with these people and they are a great bunch of guys from across the United States. They met for the first time on this tour and were picked for what they do for the sport,” said Richards.