2023 PEI Scotties & Tankard Photo Gallery

We were excited to have Eliza Blacquiere of Elizabeth Design & Photography taking pictures at this year’s PEI Scotties and Tankard, and even more excited that she has shared her pictures with us…

January 25:

January 26:

Two Teams undefeated at the PEI U18 Curling Club Championships

The PEI U18 Curling Championships got underway on Tuesday, with 3 girl’s teams and 3 boy’s teams competing.

With one round of the double round robin complete the girls division has Team Lenentine  undefeated, Team Carver sitting 1-1 and Team Easter looking for a win.  On the boy’s side, Team Snow is 2-0, the Dalton rink is 1-1 and Team Shaw is 0-2.

Round robin play continues on Wednesday with games at 10am, 2pm and 6pm.

All teams will advance to a two or three game championship round with the third game needed only if a team went through the double round-robin undefeated and loses their first championship game.

The winning Girls and Boys rinks from the PEI U18  Curling Championships earn the right to advance to the 2023 Canadian Under-18 Curling Championships, presented by Curling Canada February 6-11, 2023 in Timmons, ON.

Live, end-by-end results will be available at: https://peicurling.com/scoreboard/#!/competitions/8030

Photos from Draw 1:

Photos from Draw 2:

PEI U18 Curling Championships are set for December 27-29 in Cornwall, with 3 Girls and 3 Boys teams entered

The PEI Under 18 Curling Championships are set for December 27 – 29 at the Cornwall Curling Club.

The three girls teams and an equal number of boys rinks signed up will play a double round-robin format, followed by a two or three-game championship round, with the third game needed only if a team went through the double round-robin undefeated and loses their first championship game.

The defending champions, Ella Lenentine and Isaiah Dalton rinks, are returning to see if they can make it back-to-back titles.  Lenentine will be joined by the Madalyn Easter team and the Sydney Carver rink.  Dalton will face the Brayden Snow team (recently named the PEI 2023 Canada Games team), and the Nate Shaw rink.

The winning Girls and Boys rinks from the PEI U18  Curling Championships earn the right to advance to the 2023 Canadian Under-18 Curling Championships, presented by Curling Canada February 6-11, 2023 in Timmons, ON.

Spectators are welcome at this year’s PEI U18.

Here are the team rosters (“S” designates the skip) and round robin positions:

Girls:

1 – Team Easter
Madalyn Easter (S), Reid Hart, Kenna Warnell, Brooke Lewis, Shelley MacFadyen (coach)

2 – Team Carver
Sydney Carver (S), Katie MacLean, Michaela MacLean, Clara Jack, Tammy Dewar (coach)

3 – Team Lenentine
Ella Lenentine (S), Makiya Noonan, Kacey Gauthier, Erika Pater, Robbie Lenentine (coach)

Boys:

A – Team Snow
Brayden Snow (S), Jack MacFadyen, Davis Nicholson, Anderson MacDougall, David MacFadyen (coach)

B – Team Dalton
Isaiah Dalton (S), Connor Bruce, Sheamus Herlihy, Nate MacRae, Michael MacRae (coach)

C – Team Shaw
Nate Shaw, Brody Quinn, Sam Shaw, Aaron Haight, Sean Peric, Kyle MacDonald (coach)

Draw (Double Round Robin with a 2-3 game Championship Round) and Schedule:

If teams are tied after the double round robin, their win/loss record against each will determine their ranking. If a complete ranking of the tied teams cannot be established a second comparison for ranking shall be made utilizing the win/loss records of only the remaining teams.

If the ranking of ties teams eligible for playoffs cannot be established by the successive comparisons of win/loss records, only those teams that remain tied after such comparisons shall be ranked by implementing the ranking based on last stone draw.

Live, end-by-end results will be available at: https://peicurling.com/scoreboard/#!/competitions/8030

The world’s best curlers are returning to Pictou County

We are very excited to announce that The Pictou County Wellness Centre will play host to the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling BOOST National from November 7-12, 2023.

The Boost National features the top 16 men’s teams and 16 elite women’s teams from around the world, including Olympic medalists, world champions and past Grand Slam winners.

Full event and weekend packages are now sale with a limited time Holiday Special of 20% savings on the full event package!

Get your tickets at www.thegrandslamofcurling.com

Sale ends December 31st, 2022.

Curl PEI is Looking for Volunteers

The Curl PEI Board of Directors have established some committees to assist with communications, programming and events.  Committees will focus on their specific area; will make recommendations to the Board; and may help operationalize some projects.  All committees have Board Member as the Chair and will have 4-6 members from the curling community (membership not required).  The input and support of the committees is invaluable to our organization in our efforts to create the best curling opportunities possible.

The Board of Directors is also looking to fill the vacant secretary position on the Board.  Meetings  are held regularly throughout the year, usually virtually.  Curl PEI operates efficiently on a tight budget and currently has investments in addition to the annual operating budget.  The Association carries Directors and Officers insurance.

To learn more about the committees or joining the Board, please contact our executive director, Amy Duncan at 902-368-4208 or by email, [email protected].

Former teammates Peter Gallant, Robert Campbell share induction into P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame (SaltWire Network)

(by Grant Harrison, Special to SaltWire Network)

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Peter Gallant started his curling career at Birchwood Intermediate School over 50 years ago.

Gallant enjoyed the curling section in physical education class so much he joined the after-school curling program.

After all, he only lived a stone’s throw from the Charlottetown Curling Club.

One day, Gallant was playing against the teachers of Birchwood. In the first end, he threw his rock down the ice and split his pants.

He left the ice, ran home, changed his pants and got back on the ice before the second end started.

“I loved the game too much already,” Gallant said after being inducted to the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame Nov. 25 in Charlottetown.

Gallant has won 14 provincial championships: nine men’s titles, four mixed and one senior. He has also won a Canadian mixed championship.

As a coach, he commanded the South Korean women’s curling team to an Olympic silver medal in 2018, and he is father to Canadian Olympic curler Brett Gallant.

Peter Gallant’s former teammate, Robert Campbell, was also inducted into the hall of fame at the same Nov. 25 event. The teammates went to the Brier seven times together.

The two worked well on the ice together, with Gallant offering guidance said Campbell.

“I was probably heading down that road of being too fiery at times. But having a third like Peter Gallant slowed me down somewhat and gave me some wisdom,” Campbell said.

Curlers and former teammates Peter Gallant, left, and Robert Campbell catch up with each other after their induction ceremony into the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame in Charlottetown Nov. 25. Grant Harrison • Special to The Guardian – Contributed

The 1995 Halifax Brier sticks out the most to Campbell.

“We started off 0-4. We weren’t Nova Scotians, obviously, but we had kind of a hometown crowd by the end of it. We reeled off seven straight wins to make the tiebreaker.”

Unlike Gallant, Campbell said he won’t be coaching an Olympic team anytime soon.

“Coaching – it’s always interested me. But I don’t know if I have the patience Peter does.”

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Grant Harrison is a student in the journalism program at Holland College.

P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum inductees reflect on distinguished careers (SaltWire)

(by Jason Simmonds)

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — When the P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum’s Class of 2022 reflect on their careers, camaraderie, teamwork, and friendship immediately come to mind.

Mel Bernard (curler) of Summerside, Roger Gavin (builder) of Alberton, Earle Proude (curler) of Miscouche and Blair Weeks (builder) of Charlottetown were inducted during a recent ceremony at the Silver Fox Entertainment Complex in Summerside.

“Games are often won and lost on a one-inch or two-inch margin or a one-shot miss or make,” said Bernard. “The team play was very important, getting along together, working together and spending time together… The people you do that with, you get a close bond with.”

The 2022 inductees into the P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum are, from left: Mel Bernard (curler), Roger Gavin (builder), Earle Proude (curler) and Blair Weeks (builder). The induction ceremony took place at the Silver Fox Entertainment Complex recently. Contributed

The 2022 inductees into the P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum are, from left: Mel Bernard (curler), Roger Gavin (builder), Earle Proude (curler) and Blair Weeks (builder). The induction ceremony took place at the Silver Fox Entertainment Complex recently. – Contributed

The inductees

Some facts about the 2022 P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum inductees:

  • Earle Proude and Mel Bernard were named second-team all-stars at the 2009 Canadian senior curling championships in Summerside.
  • Proude is a former member of the curling executive at the Silver Fox and is currently a member of the ice committee at the Summerside facility.
  • Bernard has volunteered as a scorekeeper and statistician at several provincial and national curling events.
  • Roger Gavin, who has received several coaching awards at the provincial competitions, has been the delegate for the Alberton-based Western Community Curling Club’s delegate to Curl P.E.I. for 20 years.
  • Blair Weeks made a motion at the P.E.I. Curling Association annual meeting in 1986 to change the Final 8 in the Tankard provincial men’s championship to a triple-knockout format. The motion passed.

Click the link to read the full story at SaltWire.com:  https://www.saltwire.com/prince-edward-island/news/pei-curling-hall-of-fame-and-museum-inductees-reflect-on-distinguished-careers-100799056/

Family ties make for a special event at the 2022 Everest Curling Club Ch’ship (Curling Canada)

The 2022 Everest Canadian Curling Club Championships got underway Monday at the Ice Palace in the West Edmonton Mall and for several teams at this year’s event, it’s a special family affair. 

Rod Feltham of Newfoundland and Labrador is skipping his team from the Gander Curling Club which includes his son Aaron as the team’s alternate. 

Alternate Aaron Feltham watches as his father Rod delivers a stone on the opening day of the 2022 Everest Canadian Curling Club Championship (Photo, Curling Canada/Darren McEwen)

“Not many people get to do this with your kids. I coached him in hockey and we’re a pretty close pair so to come together to play on the same team at a national curling championships … I’ll never forget this,” an emotional Rod Feltham said after picking up a 6-5 win over British Columbia in the team’s first game.

Aaron, who competed for Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2019 Canadian U18 Championship, is using his previous national experience to help the team that includes his father, vice-skip Scott Davidge, second Kris MacLeod and lead Keith Clarke at this year’s event.

“I also curl in St. John’s where the ice has more curl than in Gander and is similar to this arena ice here and you have to be positive with your release so I just keep reiterating to the team to be positive on their releases,” the 19-year-old said shortly after he was called upon for strategy advice during an eighth end timeout. 

For many curlers at the Everest Curling Club Championships the event is an exciting leap onto a big stage, so having a loved one on the team can be an added comfort.

“My eyes are wide open here,” Rod admitted, “Aaron has a great junior coach in Jeff Thomas and so he’s passed along a lot of valuable insight. I’m just so proud that he’s a good teacher and listener.”

Feltham’s team put early pressure on B.C. with three points in the first end and added a steal in the second end. British Columbia climbed back to get within one point by the fourth end break, before adding another steal in the fifth end. The eighth and final end included a pile of granite and Ron Schmidt of the Comox Valley Curling Club in Courtenay was just shy of connecting on a double run-back on his final shot. Feltham didn’t need to throw his last rock to secure the 6-5 win.

Newfoundland and Labrador are just one of several teams at this year’s event with family ties. Siblings Veronica and Sabrina Smith are back wearing the Prince Edward Island colours at this year’s Canadian Curling Club Championship and they’re thrilled to be back on a big stage after appearances at Canadian Junior Championships almost a decade ago.

Veronica Smith (skip) throws as sister Sabrina (second) sweeps her rock in PEI’s opening game at the 2022 Everest Canadian Curling Club Championships (Photo, Curling Canada/Darren McEwen)

“I think it’s so special,” Sabrina said after their opening game at the Ice Palace. “It’s been a while since we’ve been at a Canadian championship but to win our province together was really special.”

Prince Edward Island’s women’s team dropped their opening game on a last rock hit that rolled inches too far, giving New Brunswick’s Shaelyn Park and her team from Curl Moncton a 7-6 victory. 

Another team with family bonds on the ice at this year’s Everest Canadian Curling Club Championship is the Northwest Territories women’s rink skipped by Betti Delorey. The team includes Delorey’s daughter Halli-Rai Delorey at the vice-skip position, sister-in-law Katrina Delorey at second, along with D’arcy Delorey, Betti’s husband, as coach. Amanda Roach is the lead for the team from the Hay River Curling Club.

“To be here with my daughter, my husband and my sister-in-law is pretty cool. She’s in university so to have this chance to play with her I don’t know that I’ll get more of these opportunities and I’m just trying to soak in all the time and love every second of it,” Delorey said after an opening game 7-2 loss to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Delorey echoed Feltham’s thoughts on playing in such a unique venue saying it took a couple ends for her to settle in. “Wow, there’s a lot going on but I reminded myself to just shut it out and it was a small learning curve.”

The spectacular Ice Palace has been converted into five sheets of pebbled ice for the week-long event. Monday’s opening day action featured hundreds of shoppers stopping to take in the action inside Canada’s largest shopping mall. 

Betti Delorey (skip) calls a shot for her team from the Northwest Territories at the 2022 Everest Canadian Curling Club Championship (Photo, Curling Canada/Darren McEwen)

Elsewhere in women’s play on Monday evening, Manitoba’s Lisa Birchard’s rink needed an extra-end to get past Quebec 6-5 and Saskatchewan downed Northern Ontario 12-2. 

In the men’s division it was Northern Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and Quebec who were winners in their opening games in Edmonton. 

Fourteen men’s teams and 12 women’s teams (Nunavut and Yukon did not send a women’s team) are competing in the annual event. The men’s field is divided into two pools of seven teams and the women’s has two pools of six. After the round robin, the top three teams in each pool will make a modified double-knockout playoffs, which begin Friday, Nov. 25, and conclude with the gold- and bronze-medal games on Saturday, Nov. 26.

On the final day between the semifinals and medal games, a variety of curling disciplines will be on display to mall-goers, including stick curling and wheelchair curling. Learn to curl opportunities will also be available for those passing by through opportunities with Curling Alberta. 

Games from the 2022 Everest Canadian Curling Club Championships are live-streamed on Curling Canada’s YouTube channel and features commentary from world men’s champion Randy Ferbey, Olympic gold-medallist and world women’s champion Jennifer Jones and Olympic silver-medallist Cheryl Bernard and world men’s champion Brent Laing. The event is also streamed on the TSN app.  For the up-to-date broadcast schedule, click here.

Scores and standings from the event are available at by clicking here

For draw times, team lineups and other event info, click here

Click here to read this story at Curling Canada

Canada and PEI support investments to Montague Curling Club ahead of the 2023 Canada Winter Games (CNW/Infrastructure Canada)

THREE RIVERS, PE, Nov. 19, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence; the Honourable Cory Deagle, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Thomas Annear, President of the Montague Curling Club, announced over $264,000 in joint funding for upgrades to the Montague Curling Club in Three Rivers.

The funding announced today will enhance the building’s accessibility features for all users ahead of the 2023 Canada Winter Games. Improvements include the addition of a ramp at the entrance, upgrades to the back exit as well as the addition of a new elevator. Funding will also support upgrades to the facility’s ice-making equipment to ensure athletes have access to safer and smoother ice conditions.

Once completed, the facility will offer a welcoming venue for athletes and visitors and encourage residents to stay active for generations to come.

By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country’s economy, increasing the resiliency of our communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.

Quotes

“Recreation and sports are essential for building strong and connected communities. These improvements to the Montague Curling Club will help us to welcome athletes and visitors into an updated and inclusive facility for the 2023 Canada Winter Games and provide residents with a great space to connect and stay active for many years beyond the Games.”

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

“This investment will support our local curling community and expand Three River’s potential to host large-scale events like the 2023 Canada Winter Games. The Province of Prince Edward Island is pleased to be able to support community infrastructure projects, like the Montague Curling Club, as we continue to strengthen our rural communities.”

The Honourable Cory Deagle, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

“We are really pleased to see these necessary upgrades to our facility. Having the proper equipment to offer a welcoming, competitive atmosphere will be an asset to our curling club and the area. We look forward to hosting the mixed doubles event at the 2023 Canada Winter Games and are looking ahead to future opportunities.”

Thomas Annear, President of the Montague Curling Club

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is investing more than $106,000 in this project. The Government of Prince Edward Island is contributing more than $88,000 and the Montague Regional Athletic Complex Association is investing over $70,000.
  • The Government of Canada’s funding comes from the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
  • Under the Investing in Canada Plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is delivering over $33 billion for public infrastructure across Canada. Under this program, provinces and territories submit projects to Infrastructure Canada for funding approval. To date, the program has approved more than $23 billion for over 5,200 projects in communities across the country.
  • Over the past six years, Infrastructure Canada has invested more than $17.7 million in 29 recreation projects across Prince Edward Island under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
  • To date more than $1.2 billion in federal funding has been approved through the program for community, culture and recreation infrastructure projects across the country.
  • The funding announced today builds on the Government of Canada’s work through the Atlantic Growth Strategy to create well-paying middle class jobs, strengthen local economies, and build inclusive communities.

 

 

PEI Curling Hall of Fame and Museum inducts four in Summerside

Following a two-year hiatus, the PEI Curling Hall of Fame and Museum held its 14th Induction Ceremony on Monday evening Nov. 14 at Summerside’s Silver Fox Entertainment Complex, with four inductees,  two in the “Curler” and two in the “Builder” category,  honoured for their achievements in and contributions to the sport of curling: Mel Bernard (Curler), Roger Gavin (Builder), Earle Proude (Curler), and Blair Weeks (Builder).

Inductees (L-R): Mel Bernard, Roger Gavin, Earle Proude, Blair Weeks
 
Master of Ceremonies Paul H. Schurman invited everyone to stand as the inductees, led by PEI Curling Hall of Fame and Museum chair Jerry Muzika, entered the hall.
Al Ledgerwood, at Jerry’s request, spoke on behalf of the Hall of Fame, welcoming everyone to the event.
Al Ledgerwood
Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart (Councillor Barb Ramsay was also in attendance) offered greetings on behalf of the City, mentioning the importance of the sport of curling to Summerside, and recalling fondly his trip to Ogden Utah when the Suzanne Gaudet (now Birt) rink, curling out of Summerside, won the World Junior Curling Championship.
 
Jane DiCarlo
Tim Hawkin

Curl PEI President Jane DiCarlo (Executive Director Amy Duncan was also at the event) spoke on behalf of PEI’s curling governing association, while Summerside Curling Club President Tim Hawkin, doing double duty at an adjacent on–ice event for new curlers, welcomed everyone to the Club, which will be hosting Canada Games curling this winter. He mentioned that he had played against all the night’s inductees and was honoured to be in their presence.
 
It was time for the inductions, with each curler receiving a certificate and pin, with a framed portrait drawn by Summerside’s Wayne Wright, which will be displayed at the Hall of Fame’s Museum, currently located at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary, being unveiled.
 
Mel Bernard
 
First up was Summerside’s Mel Bernard, a teacher who spoke eloquently about his long curling history, going back to 1967, and his first plane trip, to the national Schoolboy Championships in Flin Flon Manitoba, where curling was “as big as hockey”. He talked about his first trip to the Brier, and setting what “might have been a record” for contraventions of the new “hog line rule”, eventually moving up to Seniors, winning three Senior titles and advancing to the nationals, two of which were held right in Summerside. He won seven PEI Senior and Mixed Legion Curling Championships, including and a national title, plus three PEI Masters titles. He talked about the friendliness of curlers, and their willingness to impart their knowledge, and how great both the Legion and Masters championships are for keeping older curlers in the game and inspiring younger curlers.
 
Roger Gavin
West Prince curler Roger Gavin was the next inductee to the podium. He spoke briefly, thanking friends and fellow curling volunteers for their support.
 
Earle Proude

Retired Kensington teacher Earle Proude started his words of thanks by saying that the entry to the Hall of Fame was an “unbelievable honour for someone who never threw a curling rock before the age of 50”, noting that it’s never too late to start. He said he was taken aback when fellow teacher Mel Bernard asked him, just new to the sport, to join his planned competitive curling team in the lead position. Mel obviously recognized his potential, as Earle went on to win an incredible 23 PEI curling championships under three skips in 17 years.
 
Blair Weeks
The final inductee was Blair Weeks, who, mentioned the fact that there is currently no curling in the capital city, and said he is glad to be in the curling club where he and his brothers “won the Tankard”. He talked about the importance of the many sponsored cashspiels he organized in Charlottetown, saying that they helped grow the sport at the time. Looking to the future, he said that Charlottetown is bidding for another national Scotties event, and that the Town of Stratford is working with a committee to help bring curling back to the capital region, noting, though, that it may take a few years.
 
The induction ceremony closed with a reception catered by the Silver Fox Entertainment Complex.
 
 

Here are the biographies of each of the inductees:

Mel Bernard (Curler)

Mel began curling in 1967 in Summerside. That year, playing with skip Kendall Forbes, third Paul Gunn, second Paul Atkinson, and with Mel at lead, they won the PEI Junior Men’s Curling Championship, then known as the Provincial School Boy title.  Along with coach Ken Gunn, they played in the national championship in Flin Flon, Manitoba.

Fourteen years later, in 1981, Mel skipped his team of third Duke Costain, second Dale Cannon, and lead Vance Enman to the 4 Year and Under PEI Championship.

Mel, as skip, won the 8 Year and Under PEI Championship in 1984. Playing with him were John MacWilliams at third, Dale Cannon at second, and lead was Gerard McNeill. They went on to be runner-up team in the Maritime 8 Year and Under Championship.

Mel played third stone on the Grant Somers-skipped team which won the Prince Edward Island Tankard Men’s Curling Championship in 1986. Second on the team was John MacWilliams, and lead was Don Bourque. The team earned a trip to the Labatts Canadian Men’s Championship in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Mel played on three Prince Edward Island Senior Men’s Curling Championship teams. His first was in 2006, playing with skip Ted MacFadyen, Mel was at third, second was Sandy Foy, and lead was Mike Coady.

Mel skipped the other two provincial Senior Men’s winning teams in 2007 and 2009 with team members Blair Jay playing third, Doug Simmons at second, Earle Proude at lead and Al Ledgerwood as coach. Playing in the national championship at home in Summerside in 2009, they won the bronze medal.  Mel and Earle were named to the second all-star team at this event.

Mel skipped teams to three Prince Edward Island Masters Curling Championships. His first was in 2011, with Ted MacFadyen at third, second Lou Nowlan, and lead Earle Proude. The same team won it again in 2012. In 2015, Mel won again with Lou Nowlan at third, Earle Proude at second, and lead was Alan Montgomery.

Mel won the Prince Edward Island Canadian Legion Curling Championship seven times, starting in 1986 and ending in 2000. He played third for Grant Somers in 1986, then third for Steve Costain in 1987, then third again for Grant Somers in 1991, 1992, 1996, 1999, and 2000.

In the PEI Senior Legion Curling Championship, Mel skipped his own teams from 2003 to 2011. During these years, Mel had numerous players on these teams, including Lou Nowlan, Blair Jay, Ted MacFadyen, Doug Currie, Doug Simmons, Wayne Gardiner, and Earle Proude. He won the event in 2013 and 2015.

In 2004, with Mel skipping, Lou Nowlan playing third, Doug Currie at second and Wayne Gardiner in the lead position, they won the Dominion Command Senior Legion Championship in Calgary, Alberta.

Mel won the PEI Senior Mixed Legion Curling Championship in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, Mel skipped, third was Jeanne Duffenais,  second was Earle Proude, and lead was Helen MacDonald. The next year, the team was the same except at lead position, where Paula Baglole replaced Helen McDonald.

Mel was awarded the PEI Senior Male Athlete of the year honours in 2007. He received a Certificate of Achievement by Amalgamated Dairies LTD and Sport PEI at the Curl PEI annual awards. Mel received the same award in 2009.

Mel has volunteered at a number of provincial and national curling events as a scorekeeper and as a statistician.

Roger Gavin (Builder)

Roger began to curl in 1979 at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton and started volunteering for the club almost immediately.

Roger started his 14-year coaching career in 2007, receiving his level 1 coaching certification, followed by his level 2 in 2008. His certificates show that he is a Club Coach Youth-Trained, Club Coach-Trained, Competition Coach-Certified, and Competition Development Coach-Trained.   

In 2007, he coached the Under 18 junior team skipped by Spencer Pitre. They went on to curl in the Under 18 Atlantic Championship.

In 2015, Roger coached the Under 18 junior team captained by Leslie Noye. They went on to curl in the Atlantic Championship. In 2017, he again coached the Leslie Noye junior team, this time in the Under 21 event.

Roger coached the Under 18 junior team skipped by Donald Dewolfe in 2017. The team curled that year at the Canadian Under 18 Championship held in Moncton.

Roger received the Asham Coaching Award in 2009 at the PEI Provincial Juniors Championship. This award is voted on by the coaches at the event. Coaches choose an opposing coach who best exemplifies the attributes of coaching during the event. He received this award again in 2017.

Roger received the Coaching Fair Play Award in 2013 at the PEI Under 16 Championship. He received the Coaching Award in 2014, at the PEI Under 18 Championship. In 2017, Roger received the Coaching Award again at the Under 18 Championship.

Roger received his level 1 certification in officiating in October 2002, and his level 2 in March 2009. Roger has participated as an official at provincial championship events held at the Western Community Curling Club since 2002. He also officiated at the national Dominion Curling Club Championship held in Charlottetown and Cornwall in 2010.  

Roger has performed drawmaster duties for all provincial events held at the Western Community Curling Club, and as the club’s Games chair, he scheduled all bonspiels for the club as well as all nightly draws for the club for more than 20 years. He was on the committee of the Canadian Legion Curling Championship held at the Western Community Curling Club in 2011 and made up the draw for this event.

He was a Board of Directors member of the curling club from 1992 to 1994, and went on the Board again in 1998, and has been on the Board continually since then. As well as games chair during this time, Roger was on the bar committee from 2007 to 2020, ice committee from 1994 to 2006, and chaired the ice committee from 2007 to 2020. Roger was vice-president of the club in 2005, president in 2006, and past president in 2007.

Roger received the ADL Curl PEI Volunteer Administrator of the year Award in 2013. As well as volunteering with ice maintenance, draws, and bar duties, he also helps with the junior program, new curler program, coaching, banquets, and publicity, to name a few.

Roger was on the committee of Stick Curling PEI, which hosted the Canadian Stick Curling Championship at the Cornwall Curling Club in 2013, and in 2019. His main responsibility was as drawmaster. In 2019, he developed and used a pool format to determine which teams tied in a pool would advance to the playoffs. This tie-breaking formula saw ties broken by their cumulative total with each team member throwing two draw shots to the button. Some aspects of his work have been adopted by the Canadian Stick Curling Association.

Roger has a level 1 in Ice Technicians Certification. He has helped install the ice and helped out with ice maintenance for the past 25 years.

 Roger has been the Western Community Club’s delegate to Curl PEI for 20 years. He attends their meetings and organizes the duties of the club when holding provincial events including preparing ice, looking after the draw, and arranging for timers and kitchen, and bar staff.

He assisted in the junior program from 2005 to 2015, and also involved students of Westisle High School from 2007 to 2020, scheduling their ice times and on-ice instruction.

He was also named “Volunteer of the Year” for the town of Alberton in 2017.

Earle Proude (Curler)

Earle started to curl in 2000 in a recreational league in Summerside.

In 2005, he joined Mel Bernard’s team, and in 2006, he won his first PEI curling championship – the PEI Senior Legion Championship, with Mel skipping, Blair Jay playing third, Doug Simmons at second, and Earle in the lead position.

The same team won again in 2007, 2008, and 2010.

In 2011, they won again but with a different third, Ted MacFadyen.

In 2013 and 2015 Lou Nowlan played third, and Blair Jay played in the second position.        

In 2007, Earle won the PEI Senior Men’s Curling Championship, playing lead with skip Mel, third Blair, and Doug at second stone. They went on to curl at the Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championship in Trois Rivieres, Quebec. They lost 6-5 to Rick Folk, and in an extra end to Pat Ryan’s team.  The team finished with a 5-6 win-loss record.

In 2009, they won the PEI Senior Men’s Curling Championship with the same team. At the Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championship in Summerside, they won the bronze metal. They beat New Brunswick’s Russ Howard, and Saskatchewan’s Eugene Hritzuk in a tiebreaker. Mel and Earle were named to the second all-star team.

In 2014, Earle again won the PEI Senior Men’s Curling Championship, with a different team, and went on to compete in the Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championship in Yellowknife. Ted MacFadyen was skipping, third was Lou Nowlan, Pat Aylward was at second, and Earle played lead.

In 2008, Earle’s team won the PEI Senior Mixed Curling Championship. Mel Bernard skipped, Jeanne Duffenais played third, Earle was at second, and Helen MacDonald was in the lead position. In 2009 they won again, but with Paula Baglole playing lead instead of Helen MacDonald.

Earle’s teams won the PEI Masters Curling Championship every year from 2011 to 2020, for a total of ten championships, the first in 2011, with skip Mel Bernard, third Ted MacFadyen, second Lou Nowlan, and Earle at lead. They won again in 2012 with the same team.

In 2013, Lou Nowlan moved up to third, and Blair Jay played second stone. The 2014 team had Ted MacFadyen at skip, Lou Nowlan at third, Earle at second, and Alan Montgomery at lead. In 2015, the skip changed with Mel Bernard coming back. The skips changed again in 2016, with Ted MacFadyen coming back again. The same team won in 2017. In 2018, Lou skipped, Ted MacFadyen was at third, Earle at second, and Alan Montgomery played lead. In 2019, Lou Nowlan skipped, Dave MacFadyen was at third, Earle at second, and Alan Montgomery at lead. In 2020, they won again with the same team.

In 2021, Bill Hope’s team broke their reign, however, in 2022, Lou, Dave, Earle and Alan returned as the PEI Masters Champions.

Earle volunteered to do scoring statistics for Canadian Curling Championships held in Summerside, including the Juniors in 2002, and the Seniors in 2006 and 2013, along with the Grand Slam of Curling events in 2012 and 2014, plus the Road to the Roar Olympic Pre-Trials in 2017.

Earle was on the curling executive of the Silver Fox from 2015 until 2019. He has helped install the ice at the Fox for the past ten years. As well, he has served on the ice committee from 2019 to the present.

Blair Weeks (Builder)

Blair won two Junior Men’s Curling Championships. The first was in 1981 when he played third for his brother Doug. Doug skipped the team, had Billy Dillon at second, and Mark O’Rourke at lead.

Blair’s next junior championship win was in 1983. Wade MacRae skipped the team, Blair played third, second was Paul Dillon, and lead was Mike Dillon. The team came in third place at the Canadian Junior Curling Championship.

Blair won the PEI Men’s Curling Championship in 1989, with his brother Doug skipping the team. Blair played third, Roy Rodd played second, and David Weeks, another brother, played lead.

In 1996, Blair won the PEI Mixed Curling Championship. At third was Janice MacCallum, brother Doug was at second, and Shelley Muzika was lead.

In 2015, Blair won the PEI Senior Men’s Curling Championship. Rod MacDonald skipped the team, Kevin Champion was at third, second was Blair, and lead was played by Mark Victor.

Blair was runner-up in the 1982 Juniors, the 1983 Canada Winter Games playdown, the 1985 Mixed, 1986 Mixed, the 1995 Mixed, the 1986 Men’s, and the 2016 and 2019 Seniors.

He played in numerous cash bonspiels and won several of them. He won the Souris Cash Spiel in 1980, the Choice Tobacco Cash Spiel on four occasions, the Charlottetown City Championship in 1988 and in 1996, as well as the Summerside Cash Spiel in 1997.

 His teams were the Charlottetown Super League winners in 1987, 1988, 1993, and 1996.

Blair has a long history of volunteering for the sport.

Blair has his level 1 and level 2 certificates in Coaching. Level 1 was obtained in 1987, and level 2 in 2011. The certificates show that he is Club Coach Youth-Trained, Club Coach-Trained, and Curling Competition-Certified.

He coached numerous teams in his curling career. He started with coaching Junior teams, the Miles MacLure rink in 1984, Chris Hickey foursome in 1990, Jamie MacCarthy squad in 1991, Mark Kinney junior team in 1995 when they were provincial champions, and Eddie Mackenzie’s men’s team when they were provincial men’s champions.

Blair received his Level 1 Curling Official’s certification in 1984, and Level 2 in 1987. He was an official and worked with the ice crew at the 1984 Canadian Women’s Curling Championship held in Charlottetown, and an official at the 1987 Canadian Mixed Championship held in Summerside.

Blair was the Ice Chair at the TSN Skins Game in 1991, organizing the ice makers course with the well-known ice maker, Shorty Jenkins, and working with the ice crew to ready the ice for the weekend competition.

During the years 1983 to 1992 he was an instructor at the Charlottetown Curling Club beginners clinics. He delivered several strategy courses and rules clinics on behalf of Curl PEI for the development of juniors. He was the head official for the PEI Curling Association in 1987.

In 1984, Blair co-chaired the Kirkwood Cash Maritime Men’s cash spiel. Blair, brother Doug and Mark O’Rourke also hosted the spiel in 1985 and 1986.

 Blair chaired and promoted the Ultramar Cash Spiel from 1988 through to 1993. He promoted this same spiel during the years 1994 to 1997.

 In 1986, Blair promoted a move to change the Final Eights in the Tankard to a triple-knockout. At the PEI Curling Association annual meeting, he made the motion to implement the change and it was passed.

In 1990, he was the PEI Curling Association’s junior representative for junior men. Blair was responsible organizing the provincial tournament and responsible for the behavior of the men at the Canadian Junior Curling Championship. Blair also organized the first Maritime Junior Curling tournament for provincial junior champions in the fall of 1989.

Blair wrote many articles on curling, sometimes as co-writer, and was the Curling Feature Writer for the Guardian for many years. From 1988 to 1991, he had a weekly column in the Guardian, called 26 Weeks of Curling. He was a co-writer of a column in the Scotties Heart Chart during the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship held in Charlottetown in 2011.          

Blair wrote a daily story on women’s curling during the 1991 Canada Winter Games held on the Island. He was a correspondent for the Guardian on several Canadian Curling Championships, including the Scott in Ottawa in 1990, the Brier in Hamilton in 1991, and the Brier in St. John‘s in 2017.

He was a feature writer for Canadian Curling News, and Atlantic Curling Reports. He also enjoyed serving as a commentator for Cable 10 on Eastlink curling broadcasts.

Blair was a member of the 1991 Charlottetown Curling Club Brier Bid Committee and is currently a member of the Bid Committee for the 2025 Scotties.

He served as the Chair of the Charlottetown Curling Club Future Options Committee in 2021-22. In November 2021, he was elected as President of the Charlottetown Curling Club and is working with a group of directors to bring curling back to the Charlottetown Curling Club.

Finally, Blair received the Curl Canada National Scholarship Award in 1986 and in 1987. He was awarded a Volunteer Award from the Charlottetown Curling Club for long service in 1995. In 2019, Blair was awarded the long-time sport volunteer award from Sport PEI for his volunteer work in the sport of curling.

PEI Curling Hall of Fame and Museum executive (missing: Al Ledgerwood)

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Photo Gallery from Nov. 14, 2022 PEI Curling Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Here are photos from the Nov. 14, 2022 PEI Curling Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Silver Fox Entertainment Complex in Summerside, with inductees Mel Bernard, Roger Gavin, Earle Proude, and Blair Weeks. Click on a photo to enlarge; use arrow keys or swipe on a touch screen to go ahead and back.