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Issue 6 – Thursday, March 11, 2010 • An Official Publication of the Canadian Curling Association.

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Howard clinches playoff berth Larry Wood Tankard Times Editor

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inner of 52-andcounting Tim Hortons Brier games over five renewals, Glenn Howard and his team of Richard Hart, Brent Laing and Craig Savill assured Ontario on Wednesday night of playoff activity for the fifth straight year. Extending its current win skein to nine games at the Metro Centre with an 8-4 conquest of Winnipeg’s Jeff Stoughton, who skipped the team that derailed Ontario a year

ago in Calgary, Howard clinched a berth in the Page 1-2 playoff game on Friday night. That game provides an extra playoff life. The winner heads directly to Sunday’s 8 p.m. championship final while the loser drops the Saturday night (7:30 p.m.) semifinal. It was a critical day for Howard, who earlier disposed of another possible threat in Brad Gushue of Newfoundland/Labrador. That was a 9-5 thrashing on the morning shift. Gushue then rebounded to defeat Stoughton 5-3 in the afternoon. It was duplicate of the result in the same building five years ago when Gushue defeated Stoughton in the final of the 2005 Olympic trials to earn a trip to the Torino Games and a subMissed it by that much! Actually, Kevin Koe, Carter Rycroft and Alberta are in good shape at 7-2.

At left, Ontario won two more games to improve to 9-0. Below, Wednesday wasn’t a great day for third Kevin Park and Manitoba (5-4).

sequent gold-medal haul. While Howard was prevailing, Gushue (7-and-2) splitting and Stoughton (5-and-4) plummeting, Alberta’s Kevin Koe won twice and installed himself as a promising bet to face Howard in the Page 1-2. With each team drawn twice in today’s final round-robin docket of three draws, here’s how the contenders will wrap it up: ■ Ontario (9-and-0): 3 p.m. Territories (1-8), 7:30 p.m. Alberta (7-2).

■ Alberta (7-and-2): 10:30 a.m. Territories (1-8), 7:30 p.m. Ontario (9-0). ■ Nfld/Labrador (7-and2): 10:30 a.m. Northern Ontario (7-and-2), 7:30 p.m. Quebec (5-and-4). ■ Northern Ontario (7-and-2): 10:30 a.m. Newfoundland/Labrador (7-and-2), 3 p.m. Quebec (5-and-4). ■ Manitoba (5-and-4): 10:30 a.m. Nova Scotia (2-and-7), 3 p.m. Saskatchewan (4-and-5).

■ Quebec (5-and-4): 3 p.m. Northern Ontario (7-and-2), 7:30 p.m. Newfoundland/Labrador (7-and-2). Howard slammed four on the board in the first end Wednesday night against Stoughton and the Manitobans failed to recover although they did battle back to within a point. “That was characteristic of that Manitoba team,” said Howard. “They weren’t quite on their

game but they keep coming back at you. “We were leaking oil for a time there after getting the four but finally we got the pressure back on him.” Howard said his team will keep playing every game as though it could be the last one. “We’ll go out and play as well as we possibly can against the Territories and Alberta. Like I’ve been saying all week, we want to win every game. That’s the goal and that hasn’t changed with a 9-and-0 record. We never sit back.” Moaned Stoughton: “No one’s making many shots so you get your rump kicked. We aren’t putting eight shots together at all. “It’s one of those days. You get as much out of this game as you put into it so I guess we haven’t put enough into it.”

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Turnbull endorses curlers as athletes

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hey’re talking about major changes upcoming in the competitive curling world, courtesy officious factions of the World Curling Federation. As far as 25-year TSN curling commentator Ray Turnbull of Winnipeg is concerned, there’ve been unlimited changes to the game already. Turnbull will surrender his position in the telecast booth following the Halifax Brier and the Ford Worlds women’s event at Swift Current later this month. He’s been involved in the game since his first Brier appearance as a teenager in 1958 at Victoria when his Manitoba team skipped by Terry Braunstein lost a sudden-death Macdonald Brier playoff to Alberta’s Matt Baldwin. “Before TSN,” he recalls, “I’d spent 25 years travelling the world teaching the game for four or five months per year. And that’s where my notoriety came from. Hey, I was just a lead man in my playing days. But 17 world champions went through my teaching

program. So, basically, I’ve travelled 50 years of my life . . . and I’m tired.” Turnbull, more affectionately known as Moosie, has witnessed just about every meaningful alteration made to the modern game of curling. “Back in the old days,” he says, “nobody knew there were mismatched stones, right? You missed a shot, you threw it badly. No alibis. The reason the stones have become so prevalent today is that the ice is so good. Practically antiseptic, compared to a quarter-century ago. “The ice does make that much difference. On the ice we curled on back in the ’60s, ’70s, a rock might have had a pit or something but it wasn’t going to bother it. There was so much invisible corn dust on the ice from the brooms, little imperfections in the rocks were no problem. And the was much heavier, to boot. “It has become so much better and I think that’s why the East has more or less caught up with the West. Because they’ve played on the better ice that was made by Shorty Jenkins and other guys, as opposed to Saskatchewan and Manitoba where icemakers were like chefs. You couldn’t tell them anything. They made their ice and that was it. I can recall in Winnipeg when the ice in the arena was pretty bad, and that wasn’t so long ago.” Turnbull detects more “spread” among curling teams now. “There are more casual curlers coming on but less

competitive curlers,” he says. “In our day, you could beat Matt Baldwin. You could beat (Ron) Northcott on a given day. A good team, but not necessarily a competitive team, could knock off a Terry Braunstein or a Don Duguid. But that’s disappeared. Now, it’s such an art, and the ice is so keen.

“From Day 1, I have always have referred to those players at (the elite) level as athletes” TSN curling commentator Ray Turnbull

“Look at the teams doing well in this Brier. Teams are moulded together. Howard has four guys from different areas of Ontario. (Kevin) Martin designed his team, put it together — two guys from Calgary, two from Edmonton.” It’s a far cry from the days of residency rules. “I’m not sure it’s good for the game from a growth point of view,” says Turnbull, “but from the perspective of

the game being accepted as an athletic sport it has to be good. You remember in the old days, people used to laugh at us when we’d tell them we were curlers. And they’d give you the shots about an old man’s game and any fat guy could play.” The evolution of curlers to athlete status rates as one of the highlights of Turnbull’s life, he confesses. “From Day 1, I always have referred to those players at that level as athletes. If you don’t have the physical condition these kids have to play the front end, you can’t play the game. Not today. “I think the game probably was more difficult in the old days. But it’s a better game now because of the new rules. From a presentation standpoint you see far more spectacular shots.” Turnbull is dead set against most of the rumoured alterations to the game, including a move to an eight-end curling tilt. “They’d have to look at the Free Guard Zone rule again,” he says. “At eight ends, a team gets up two or three points after three or four ends and they merely run. They’ll give you one, give you one, give you one to hold last rock. Eight ends just isn’t a curling game. Hell, we used to play 12!” And how about eliminating extra ends and tiebreakers in round-robin tournaments, other WCF brainchildren? “Hey,” says Turnbull, “I’ll give them credit for getting to the FGZ before we did. That was great. But there’s some traditions in the game, too.”


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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Newfoundland/Labrador: Skip: Brad Gushue Home: St. John’s Began curling at age: 13 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Business owner Employer: Self Date of birth: June 16, 1980 Place of birth: St. John’s Marital status: Married Spouse/partner: Krista Children: Hayley (2) Favourite food: Pizza and/or chocolate Favourite drink: Root beer Celebrity dream woman: Charlize Theron Most annoying celebrity: Jamie Korab All-time favourite movie: Shawshank Redemption Last movie he loved: Avatar Last movie he hated: The Informant Tattooed? Never Never leaves home without: Wallet Ten ends or eight? 10 ends Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakerss Extra ends or no o extra ends? Extra ends Competed in: 95, 5, 96, 98, 99, 00, 01 Junior Nationals, tionals, 01 World Junior, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08, 09 Briers, 05 O-trials, rials, 06 Olympic Games

Third: Mark Nichols ls Home: St. John’s s Began curling at age: Seven Delivery: Right Occupation/title: e: Fitness director Employer: Definiitions Fitness Co. Date of birth: Januanuary 1, 1980 Place of birth: Labraabrador City, NL

Chocolate milk, root beer, Jessica Alba dreams, and the cult of celebrity Marital status: Relationship Spouse/partner: Colette Lemon Children: None. Favourite food: Pizza Favourite drink: Chocolate milk Celebrity dream woman: Jessica Alba Most annoying celebrity: Flava Flav All-time favourite movie: Gladiator Last movie he loved: Avatar Last movie he hated: Knowing Tattooed? None Never leaves home without: Cellphone Ten ends or eight? Eight ends Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra ends Competed in: 99, 00, 01 Junior Nationals, 01 World Junior, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08, 09 Briers, 05 Trials, 06 Olympic Games, 05 0 Mixed Nationals

Second: Ryan Fry Home: St. John’s Began curling at age: Eight Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Pro curler Employer: Self Date of birth: July 25, 1978 Place of birth: Winnipeg Marital status: Single Spouse/partner: None Children: None Favourite food: Steak Favourite drink: Rye and Coke Celebrity dream woman: Likes all women, celebrity or not All-time favourite movie: Fight Club, The Notebook Last movie he loved: Slumdog Millionaire Last movie he hated: Avatar Tattooed? Yes Never leaves home without: Capital One credit card

Ryan Fry, left, and Brad Gushue

Ten ends or eight? Depends if he’s winning or losing after eight Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra ends Competed in: 96, 97 Junior Nationals, 07, 09 Briers.

Lead: Jamie Korab Home: St. John’s Began curling at age: 11 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Marketing sponsorship co-ordinator Employer: Bell Aliant Date of birth: Nov. 28, 1979 Place of birth: Harbour Grace, NL Marital status: Engaged Spouse/partner: Stephanie Leachman None Children: No food: Pizza Favourite fo drink: Chocolate Favourite dr Mmmmm milk. Mmmm woman: Celebrity dream dr Megan Fox celebrity: Not Most annoying annoy but Pierre so much a celebrity, ce McGuire favourite movie: ZoolAll-time favo ander he loved: Last movie mo Avatar Avata Last movie he hated: New Moon Tattooed? Two, one Tatt from World Juniors and one Olympic tattoo Never leaves home Ne without: Underwear wit and Visa Ten ends or eight? Eight, Eig he plays front end Tiebreakers or no tieTieb breakers? Tiebreakers, break of course cour Extra ends or no extra e ends? What else you

going to do, flip a coin? Competed in: 97, 00 Junior Nationals, 01 World Junior, 03, 04, 05, 07, 09 Briers, 05 O-trials, 06 Olympic Games

Fifth: Glenn Goss Home: Mount Pearl, NL Began curling at age: 22 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Executive Director, HR & Engineering Employer: NL Housing Date of birth: Dec. 14, 1957 Place of birth: St. John’s Marital status: Married Spouse/partner: Peg Children: Ben (17) Favourite food: Spaghetti Favourite drink: Beer (the nectar of the gods) Most annoying celebrity: Dr. Phil and those who intentionally say or do stupid things to get noticed All-time favourite movie: Shawshank Redemption Last movie he loved: Gran Torino Last movie he hated: Valkyrie Tattooed? No Never leaves home without: Clean underwear and a kiss for his wife (not necessarily in that order) Ten ends or eight? Eight Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra ends Competed in: 86 Mixed; 90, 92, 99, 08, 09 Briers

Coach: Ken Bagnell Home: Halifax Occupation/title: President Employer: Canadian Sports Centre Atlantic Date of birth: June 28, 1962 Place of birth: Halifax Coached: Newfoundland at 2009 Brier; Colleen Jones team for six years leading up to 2005 O-Trials


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Are men with brooms actually sexy?

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he thing about the inclusion of curling at the Olympics is that you never know what the story is going to be. One day at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games there were actually writers showing up at the

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day wasn’t sexy women curlers. It was the, uh, sexy male curlers! Obviously, your agent had been spending too much time looking at Randy Ferbey to have missed this story. But there were a lot of questions about their pecs, washboard stomachs, tight T-shirts and the like. They’re getting younger. They’re full-time athletes now. They’re ripped. And, apparently, from the general questioning, they’re sexy. Curlers? Sexy? Admittedly, the late Hec Gervais wouldn’t recognize them. But sexy? Curlers? It must be, said Swedish

skip Niklas Edin. “In Sweden, curling is known as an old man’s sport, but now women are starting to notice it’s not any more. I got an e-mail from one. “It was a strange one,” he said of what the woman had in mind. “I don’t think I should talk about it. “It was my first,” he admitted. Canadian lead Ben Hebert said he hopes the sudden interest in curlers becoming sexy has nothing to do with those crazy, loud, jester pants Thomas Ulsrud and the Norwegians wore. “But I can see it,” he said. “I think it’s the fit-

comfortable. At least, not this curling scribe. But asking the women curlers about it . . . “Gee, I don’t know,” said Canadian third Susan O’Connor. “When I’m watching curling, I’m watching curling.” Canadian second Caroline Darbyshire said, “you get a lot of questions at the Olympics you don’t normally get.” “I’ve never heard that one before. But I guess that now that they’ve maybe got better bodies, they have to have the tight shirts to show them off.”

ted shirts this year. Pretty much all the curlers are in pretty good shape now.” Hebert figure maybe his teammate Morris had something to do with it. Morris was voted one of Canada’s most eligible men by Entertainment Tonight just prior to the Olympics. “I was kind of surprised by that,” said Morris. “I was approached about a month or so ago and was told I was being considered. I thought, ‘It’s the Olympics. What the heck.’ ” Asking guys about being sexy isn’t something with which your average male curling scribe can be completely

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Chinese skip ‘slapped down . . . with pain’ Larry Wood Tankard Times Editor

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hina men’s curling skip Wang Fengchun’s firing following his failure at the Vancouver Olympics has been compounded by the fact he wore a U.S. team cap on the airplane home. The Chinese men finished eighth out of 10 teams in the round robin of last month’s Winter Games, failing to progress after losing seven and winning just two of their games. Wang was not allowed to join in the celebratory banquet on the Olympic delegation’s return to Beijing. He was instead dispatched to the railway station for the 12-hour train journey home to Harbin. “We made our decision in Vancouver. We did not need to communicate this to him because he knows how he affected the team,” team manager Li Dongyan told the Information Times. “He was unhappy about not being sent to play the last two games. He was wearing a U.S. team cap when he arrived at the Beijing airport in a Chinese uniform. Do you think that is appropriate?” “It’ll be very helpful to heavily slap him down with pain,” Li added.

“We will not give up on such a good curler. We hope he changes his attitude and we will then consider using him in future competitions.” Beijing’s Fawan newspaper reported on Tuesday that Wang’s father had been taken to hospital with a heart attack on hearing the news of his sacking. However, the Chinese team manager told Reuters News Agency he knew nothing about it. “The cap was a souvenir exchanged with an American athlete. It was inappropriate indeed to wear it coming back,” Wang told the newspaper. “I have been self-criticizing since. But my love for curling never changes. I am really keen to return to the rink to serve my country.” Coincidentally, the U.S. men’s team in the tournament also finished with a 2-and-7 record. ***** Lotuslander skip Jeff Richard of Kelowna, on a proliferation of tight B.C. matches: “We always play ’em tough. We always keep games fairly close. We play all 10 ends in our games, or 11. We don’t try to end games early, or gamble to score big ends. We use the hammer to our advantage, and hopefully

have it at the end of the game.” Bluenose skip Ian Fitzner-LeBlanc, on lacking experience reading arena ice: “I certainly haven’t figured (the ice) out, and unfortunately that’s probably the inexperience biting me that everyone’s been warning me about. I seem to be behind the eight-ball. The guys are throwing it well, and I’m unfortunately not reading it well. Being in Atlantic Canada, there’s no arena ’spiels, no options unless you want to travel out West. And unfortunately, with full-time jobs, that’s tough to do. But it’s a great experience nonetheless. It’s great to be able to get on this Brier ice now and see what it’s all about.” Ontario skip Glenn Howard, on his admiration for vice-skip Richard Hart: “Yeah, I’m a bit of a perfectionist and Richard, I don’t know whether or not he knows it, but so is he. Maybe it has just developed between the two of us. I’m a stickler for little things and maybe he wasn’t before but he has taught me a heckuva lot about the game as well.”

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top 50,000 in attendance, pulling in 51,725 over the five-day event. 1960: The final day of the championship saw Ernie Richardson lead his Saskatchewan team to its second consecutive title, when the Richardsons hammered Ian Baird’s Nova Scotia entry 13-3. In winning the title, Richardson became one of only three skips (Matt Baldwin: ’57, ’58 and Gordon Hudson: ’28, ’29) to win the Brier Tankard in consecutive years. 1966: The second Brier held in Halifax produced one of the great playoff games in the storied history of the men’s championship. Trailing 4-1 after five ends, Ron Northcott rallied his Alberta four-

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some to an exciting 7-6 victory, after Ontario skip Joe Gurowka was just heavy on a draw to the four foot with his last rock. The title was Northcott’s first of three. 1983: Saskatchewan’s Brier rookie Kirk Ziola drew to the back of the four-foot ring in the 10th end of the final round-robin draw to win 5-4 and nullify a bid for Canadian curling history by Alberta veteran Ed Lukowich. Alberta had entered the final game with a 10-0 record and a chance to become the first team to go a perfect 11-0 in the round-robin.

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your guide to what’s goin’ on

A Great Night to “Mingle” in the Patch One of the true legends of Canadian music appears on stage at 11:00 pm tonight in what promises to be one of the most memorable experiences of the 2010 Keith’s Patch. Matt Minglewood, raised in Cape Breton, has been writing and performing in his own unique style for more than three decades. His achievements include three gold records, two Juno nominations and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Coast Music Association. In a career that has seen him tour throughout Canada, Europe and the United States, Minglewood has shown a natural brilliance as a storyteller, singer and musician.

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It’s a Full Moon Tonight The Cape Breton born vocalist known as Sam Moon – he’s actually Richard Boudreau – has been performing for decades with hundreds of different musicians. Tonight at 11:00 pm he’ll be on the stage at the Purple Heart Lounge with his band, the Wing Nuts. Known for his signature stage presence - including bare feet and ankle length Moo Moo - Moon has been a dynamic part of the East Coast music scene for more than 30 years. Over the course of the his career he has performed with such greats as ZZ Top, the Guess Who, the Doobie Brothers, Sash Jordan, The Band, the Atlantic Rhythm Section, Delbert McClinton and the Beach Boys.

The Last Day to Qualify for the Cool Quarter Finals Another group of 32 are competing today in the qualifying round for the chance to advance to the Friday Quarter Finals in the Cool Curling championship. All the action takes place in Keith’s Patch, starting at noon. Twenty-four qualifiers have already clinched their spot in the Friday showdown. After today’s competition eight more will join them to fill out the slate. They’re all playing for the right to hit the tables Saturday with the prizes on the line… $500 for the champion, $250 for second and $150 for the third place winner.

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The Flowers Form the Flags in Metro Centre The Maritimes is famous for our colourful signal flags, used for communication at sea. At the Tim Hortons Brier, we’ve placed our “floral flags” in each corner of the Metro Centre. The attractive arrangements are designed to portray the original versions that have been flown on ships since the mid-1800’s. See if you can decipher the messages. The following guide shows the letter associated with each flag. (See the answers on page 12)

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In Manitoba, the compass pointed directly to the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier for Jeff Stoughton, marking the eighth time he has navigated his way to the national championship. And for four of those Brier visits, his co-pilot has been the everdependable Randy Dutiaume as the team’s fifth man. Appropriately, Team Stoughton has named Dutiaume as one of their representatives at tonight’s Up Close and Personal. Dutiaume skipped his own rink to the 2005 Brier, finishing in third position. More notably, he made an instant impression as a favourite among media and fans… always quick with the colourful quotes.

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Tuesday, Draw 11 - Anna Burke, Halifax, NS - $6,911 Wednesday, Draw 12 - Brian Salt “group”, MB - $4,000 Draw 13 - Carl Comeau, NS - $5,550

Today’s feature stars are:

Team Prince Edward Island • 3:00 pm Christopher Abraham • Mayflower Anna Dwyer • Dartmouth Team Nova Scotia • 7:30 pm Jeremie Grondin • Lakeshore (Bedford) Megan Sams • Dartmouth

Come out and meet the curlers – they’ll be signing autographs in the Purple Heart Lounge. Today 2 pm Alberta & Newfoundland/ Labrador 6:30 pm New Brunswick

zone, grip, hack, and draw

50/50 Winners

• the opportunity to participate in one practice with the team • introduction and march with the curlers in a pre-game ceremony • 3 tickets to one of the team’s round robin games • a gift package from the host committee

The words signaled by the “floral flags” are

The 50/50 draws use an electronic system that displays real time pool updates on the video screen in the Halifax Metro Centre and Keith’s Patch. A 50/50 prize will be awarded for each Brier draw. Here’s how it works:


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here was a time when 10 Brier appearances was a realm reserved for the likes of Garnet Campbell. Then along came Bernie Sparkes and the number rose to a dozen. That was before Russ Howard hiked the ante to 14. Now brother Glenn Howard is heading to his 12th Brier after a recordsetting performance at the Ontario men’s curling championship. Howard’s team of Richard Hart, Brent Laing and Craig Savill won its fifth

straight Ontario title last month, thereby establishing a provincial men’s curling record for the 87-year-old competition. Over the course of the last five Ontario tournaments, Howard never has won less than 10 games in any one event. Which means he’s won 50-plus and counting at the OCA show. Over the last four Briers, the team has won 43, lost 11, played in three championship finals and won once — in 2007. The Coldwater unit completed a perfect seven days of curling with a 5-3 last-shot win over the Ottawa’s Bryan Cochrane

in the provincial final at Napanee. That capped a 12-0 record. Howard, 47, who also

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win at Napanee not only was a great week for his team, but also a cure for the team’s blues after losing out to Kevin Martin for the right to play for Canada at the Olympics. “That loss to Kevin was devastating. We’re not over it yet,” said Howard, who is from Midland. “But that’s the best part of our team. We get right back up on the horse. We knew if we went out there and played to our ability, we’d have a good shot at winning.” Howard’s winning shot to qualify for another Brier was a big-time, out-turn draw to the

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Glenn Howard, left: 12 Brier appearances. four-foot in the 10th end. Cochrane’s team had battled back from a 4-1 deficit with a steal of one in the ninth, making it 4-3 heading into the final end. Cochrane had the tying

and winning rocks counting — one at the top of the 12-foot and the other at the back 12-foot. It was a gritty performance by Cochrane, whose only trip to the Brier was in 2003. He was 9-1 in the preliminary round robin, trailing only Howard who was 10-0. After losing 6-4 to Howard in the Page Playoff 1-2 game, Cochrane earned another shot at the champ by defeating Brampton’s Peter Corner 12-5 in a semi-final. Corner was 7-3 during the round robin and knocked off Robert Rumfeldt of Guelph 7-4 in the Page 3-4 playoff game.

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Mayor Peter Kelly and Members of Halifax Regional Council are pleased to welcome all athletes and sports enthusiasts to the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier. Come share in the excitement as the country’s most accomplished male curlers compete in one of the most anticipated events of the Canadian Men’s curling scene. We wish you all success and trust your visit will be a truly memorable experience. Enjoy!

1986: In Ed Lukowich’s 11-0, seven-end shutout of Newfoundland, Alberta stole all 11 of their points. Newfoundland skip Chris Hamelmann didn’t help his team’s cause by curling only 19 per cent. 1990: Ed (The Wrench) Werenich rode a second end three-pointer to a tense 5-4 win over Jim Sullivan’s New Brunswick foursome in the first men’s championship final to feature the new shot clock. It was Werenich’s second championship title. 2001: Alberta’s Randy Ferbey won his third Brier, but his first as a skip, in defeating twotime champion Kerry Burtnyk of Manitoba by an 8-4 score in nine ends. Two down going into the final frame, Burtnyk was forced to attempt two high-risk triple takeouts,

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ROBERTS but narrowly missed and the game and the championship went to the Ferbey Four. 2006: In a first-round match, Nova Scotia beat Saskatchewan

Ferbey: First Brier win as skip in 2001.

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7-3, as Bluenose third Bruce Lohnes tied Peter McPhee for the most Brier appearances for Nova Scotia with six. 2007: Glenn Howard finally moved out of his older brother’s shadow, winning his first Brier championship as a skip. The Ontarians overcame a 5-3 deficit to edge Olympic champion Brad Gushue 10-6 at Hamilton. 2009: Kevin Martin became the seventh Brier skip to record a 100 per cent game when he achieved the memorable feat in an 8-2 afternoon draw win over Northern Ontario at the Calgary Saddledome. It was Martin’s 21st consecutive victory in Brier play. (Alex Roberts is a freelance writer based in Halifax)


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JONES: ‘I guess’ American skip Debbie McCormick shrugged. “I guess. If you’re into that sort of thing. But not in my mind,” she said. Nineteen-year-old skip Eve Muirhead of Great Britain, said she could see it. Sort of. “The game has gone to more and more fitness and conditioning. They’ve got muscles and look like other athletes now. And there are a few who are quite good-looking.” But sexy? Veteran British third Jackie Lockhart thought about it for a moment. “Nah,” she said.

Page 15 “I think we’ve been a great combination,” adds Howard. “We’ve really helped each other out. He knows the psychological end of the game and his strategy is second to none. He knows what it’s all about, the pressure doesn’t get to him and he helps me with that, too. If a player is having a tough time, he’s the guy who knows exactly what to say.” ***** The Iceman, Al Hackner of Thunder Bay, will be looking for his second national senior men’s championship next week at the Ottawa Hunt Club. Hackner heads a star-studded field in the men’s and women’s combined event that will produce

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NOTES: Iceman cometh Canadian reps for the 2011 World Seniors. Hosting the competition is particularly notable for the Hunt Club which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Hunt was the site of the very first national women’s championship (now the Scotties) in 1961. It previously hosted the Canadian senior men in 1976. The men’s field also includes Peter MacDonald of Charlottetown with his brother Rod, the current Island Brier

skip, playing second; Mark Johnson of Edmonton skipping Pat Ryan’s former national champion lineup, Brian Rafuse of Bridgewater, Pierre Charette of Quebec (fifth player on the Serge Reid team) and the Brad Heidt-Gerald Shymko combo fromn Saskatchewan. Former champions Diane Foster (Calgary), Christine (Bodogh) Jurgenson and world champion Pat Sanders (Victoria), Agnes Charette (Quebec), Heidi Hanlon (New Brunswick), Laura Phillips (Newfoundland/ Labrador) and former runnerup Linda Vandaele (Brandon) For more information, go to http://www. ottawa.ca/visitors/ index_en.html or www. ottawatourism.ca

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BERTH In other Wednesday night matches, Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie (7-and-2) forged into the top four by edging Rod MacDonald (1-and-8) of Prince Edward Island 7-6 on last rock, and New Brunswick’s James Grattan (3-and-6) halted a win famine by upended Quebec’s Serge Reid 7-2. The loss kept Reid (5and-4) from moving ahead of Manitoba to a position one game shy of the top four places. Koe of Edmonton and Gushue of St. John’s moved into enviable positions behind Ontario during Wednesday’s afternoon draw. Stoughton bowed 5-3 to Gushue, the former

Olympic gold-medal winner rebounding from a 9-5 morning thumping administered by Howard. Koe, meanwhile, doubled up on Grattan 6-3. “A couple more key wins is nice on the old nerves,” said Koe. Gushue allowed as how he thinks his team can still use some polishing. “I still don’t think we’re playing really well as a team,” he said. “We just have to get rocks set up a little bit better early.” Jacobs and his team have proved to be the unsung tournament contender. “I’m not surprised by the way we’re playing,” said Jacobs. “We’ve been getting better and better throughout this playoff process. We came in here feeling virtually no pressure. That’s all on the guys who are expected to perform well.”

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Northern Ontario: Skip: Brad Jacobs Home: Sault Ste. Marie Began curling at age: 10 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Home theatre product expert Employer: Future Shop Date of birth: June 11, 1985 Place of birth: Sault Ste. Marie Marital status: Single Favourite food: Ribs Favourite drink: Spiced rum and Diet Pepsi, Gatorade Celebrity dream woman: Megan Fox Most annoying celebrity: Spencer Pratt All-time favourite movie: Die Hard With A Vengeance Last movie he loved: Avatar Last movie he hated: District 9 Tattooed? Not yet Never leaves home without: BlackBerry Ten ends or eight? 10 ends Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? No tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? No extra ends Competed in: 05 Junior Nationals, 07, 08 Briers

Third: E.J. Harnden Home: Sault Ste. Marie Began curling at age: Eight Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Brand Manager, Instant Games Employer: Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation Date of birth: April 14, 1983 Place of birth: Sault Ste. Marie Marital status: Engaged Spouse/partner: Rachelle Benoit Children: None Favourite food: BBQ chicken and/or steak Favourite drink: Non-alcoholic: water and Gatorade; alcoholic: Rum and Coke Celebrity dream woman: Jessica Biel and Jessica Alba Last movie he loved: Avatar

Spiced rum, tacos, Bob Barker brawls, and Vince the annoying Slap Chop guy Tattooed? No Never leaves home without: Typical, but BlackBerry Ten ends or eight? Eight ends Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra ends Competed in: 08 Brier

Second: Ryan Harnden Home: Sault Ste. Marie Began curling at age: Four Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Intern appraiser Employer: Algoma Property Appraisers Date of birth: June 28, 1986 986 Place of birth: Sault Ste.. Marie Marital status: Single Spouse/partner: None Children: None Favourite food: Pasta Favourite drink: Gatorade de Celebrity dream woman: n: Megan Fox Most annoying celebrity: y: Spencer Pratt All-time favourite movie: e: Avatar Tattooed? None Never leaves home without: hout: Cellphone Ten ends or eight? 10 Tiebreakers or no tiebreakeakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra ends Competed in: 07 Junior Nationals, 08 Brier

Lead: Caleb b Flaxey Home: Sault Ste. Marie Started curling at age: 14 Delivery: Right

Occupation/title: Accountant/ analyst Date of birth: August 30, 1983 Place of birth: Scarborough, Ont. Marital status: Relationship Spouse/partner: Alli Children: None Favourite food: Tacos Favourite drink: Coke Celebrity dream woman: Emmanuelle Chriqui Most annoying celebrity: Vince Shlomi, the Slap Chop, ShamWow dude All-time favourite movie: Happy Gilmore Last movie he loved: Avatar Last movie he hated: Night at the Museum 2 Tattooed? No Never leaves home without: Wallet and cellphone

Ten ends or eight? 10 ends Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra ends Competed in: 08 Brier, 09 Mixed Nationals

Fifth: Robert Thomas Home: Sault Ste. Marie Started curling at age: 12 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Drywaller, business owner Employer: Local 446, Carpenter’s Union Date of birth: July 5, 1961 Place of birth: Sault Ste. Marie Marital status: Married Spouse/partner: Kelly Thomas Children: Emily Nethery (20)

Favourite food: Pasta Favourite drink: Pepsi Celebrity dream woman: Natalie Portman Most annoying celebrity: Tyra Banks Favourite

movie: Pulp Fiction Last movie he loved: Avatar Last movie he hated: District 9 Tattooed? No Never leaves home without: Pants Ten ends or eight? 10 ends Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra ends Competed in: 07 Brier

Coach: Tom Coulterman Coach: Tom Coulterman Home: Sault Ste. Marie Occupation/title: Retired high school teacher Date of birth: October 27, 1945 Place of birth: Sudbury Coached/player: 91, 92 Northern Ontario junior women, 95 Ontario women at Canada Games, 96-09 Team Leader, Canadian junior men’s

champions at World Juniors

Ryan Harnden, left, and E.J. Harnden


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son, Dartmouth. 10. Stuart MacLean. 11. Second, record 5-and-6. 12. Mark Dacey, 2003 13. Metro Centre, Halifax. 14. Randy Ferbey.

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recording four losses, who skipped the Nova Scotia entry and where was he from? 10. Name the current Brier participant who played on that team. 11. He played which position and what was

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7. The years and hometowns of those champs? 8. Name the skips of teams they defeated in final games. 9. During the first Canadian championship won by a team

Answers (although Menard himself lives in Gatineau). 8. Hackner beat Pat Ryan, Edmonton; Menard beat Glenn Howard, Coldwater, Ont. 9. Thomas Hakans-

1. Name them and the years and how many wins. 2. Name the first skip ever to win more than 10 games at the Brier.

home town. 5. How about the year and how many wins? 6. Name the skips of teams that have won the Canadian men’s title while absorbing four losses. Hint: There are only two of them.

land Lake 5. 1950 at Vancouver. 6. Al Hackner, JeanMichel Menard. 7. Hackner in 1985 from Thunder Bay, Menard in 2006 from St-Romuald

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Until Barry Fry won the 1979 Brier with a 10-1 record, all skips who had won 10 games went undefeated at the Brier. Since Fry, how many skips have won the Canadian title with less than 10 wins?

3. Where and in what year? 4. One Brier champion was required to win less games in order to claim his title than any other in post-war history. Name him and his

QofD: Three skips. 1. Mike Riley in 1984, Al Hackner in 1985 and Pat Ryan in 1989 each won nine games. 2. Ed Werenich 3. Sudbury in 1983. 4. Tom Ramsay, Kirk-

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the team’s record. 12. Three Nova Scotia teams have won the Brier, but only one Nova Scotia team ever has finished runnerup. Name the skip and the year. 13. Where was that Brier played? 14. Who skipped the winner in that Brier?

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2010 BRIER CUMULATIVE STATS (through Wednesday’s draws)

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Skips

Thirds

Name % age Glenn Howard (Ontario) 87 Kevin Koe (Alberta) 82 Brad Gushue (Nfld/Labrador) 82 Brad Jacobs (N. Ontario) 80 Jeff Richard (B.C.) 77 Jeff Stoughton (Manitoba) 77 James Grattan (N.B.) 77 Darrell McKee (Saskatchewan) 76 Rod MacDonald (P.E.I.) 72 Serge Reid (Quebec) 72 Ian Fitzner-LeBlanc (N.S.) 66 Jamie Koe (NWT/Yukon) 62

Name % age Richard Hart (Ontario) 88 Blake MacDonald (Alberta) 84 E.J. Harnden (N. Ontario) 84 Kevin Park (Manitoba) 82 Mark Nichols (Nfld/Labrador) 81 Bruce Korte (Saskatchewan) 80 Kevin Champion (P.E.I.) 78 Francois Gionest (Quebec) 78 Steven Howard (N.B.) 78 Stuart MacLean (N.S.) 77 Tom Shypitka (B.C.) 74 Kevin Whitehead (NWT/Yukon) 73

Seconds

Leads

Name % age Brent Laing (Ontario) 89 Carter Rycroft (Alberta) 86 Rob Fowler (Manitoba) 85 Ryan Harnden (N. Ontario) 83 Ryan Fry (Nfld/Labrador) 83 Roger Korte (Saskatchewan) 83 Jason Vaughan (N.B.) 81 Tyler Orme (B.C.) 79 Mark O’Rourke (P.E.I.) 79 Simon Collin (Quebec) 78 Kent Smith (N.S.) 78 Brad Chorostkowski (NWT/Yukon) 75

Name % age Nolan Thiessen (Alberta) 89 Andrew Robinson (P.E.I.) 88 Steve Gould (Manitoba) 88 Craig Savill (Ontario) 86 Jamie Korab (Nfld/Labrador) 85 Caleb Flaxey (N. Ontario) 84 Martin Gavin (NWT/Yukon) 84 Chris Anderson (B.C.) 81 Peter Case (N.B.) 80 Phil Crowell (N.S.) 80 Steeve Villeneuve (Quebec) 79 Rob Markowsky (Saskatchewan) 79

Teams Province Ontario (Howard) Alberta (K. Koe) N. Ontario (Jacobs) Manitoba (Stoughton) Nfld/Labrador (Gushue) Saskatchewan (McKee)

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Province % age P.E.I. (MacDonald) 79 New Brunswick (Grattan) 79 British Columbia (Richard) 78 Quebec (Reid) 77 Nova Scotia (Fitzner-LeBlanc) 75 NWT/Yukon (J. Koe) 74

Playoffs

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Friday, March 12

One draw — 3 p.m. Two draws — 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Three draws — 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m. — Page Playoff 1-2 game Saturday, March 13 Noon — Page

Playoff 3-4 game 7:30 p.m. — Semifinal Sunday, March 14 8 p.m. — Championship final


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2010 TIM HORTONS BRIER SCHEDULE AND RESULTS

Standings (through Wednesday’s draws)

Today’s Games Draw 15 (10:30 a.m) Alberta vs. Territories Nova Scotia vs. Manitoba Nfld/Labrador vs. Northern Ontario New Brunswick vs. B.C.

Draw 16 (3 p.m.) P.E.I. vs. New Brunswick Quebec vs. N. Ontario Saskatchewan vs. Manitoba Territories vs. Ontario

Draw 12 Results

Draw 17 (7:30 p.m.) Nfld/Labrador vs. Quebec B.C. vs. P.E.I. Alberta vs. Ontario Saskatchewan vs. Nova Scotia

Team Ontario Alberta Nfld/Labrador N. Ontario Manitoba Quebec Saskatchewan New Brunswick B.C. Nova Scotia P.E.I. NWT/Yukon

Draw 13 Results

W 9 7 7 7 5 5 4 3 3 2 1 1

L 0 2 2 2 4 4 5 6 6 7 8 8

Draw 14 Results

Saskatchewan* B.C. %age Saskatchewan B.C.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 2 1 2 0 2 0 x x x x 7 0 0 0 1 0 2 x x x x 3 Lead Second Third Skip Team 73 89 82 87 83 77 75 89 52 73

Nova Scotia N. Ontario* %age Nova Scotia N. Ontario

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 x x x 2 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 x x x 7 Lead Second Third Skip Team 75/50 69/100 79 73/100 75 79/50 77 79 98 82

Manitoba Ontario* %age Manitoba Ontario

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 x x x 4 4 0 0 0 2 0 2 x x x 8 Lead Second Third Skip Team 80 79 66 66 73 88 91 89 83 88

Nfld/Labrador* Ontario %age Nfld/Labrador Ontario

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 x 5 0 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 2 x 9 Lead Second Third Skip Team 82 76 82 74 78 92 92 93 92 92

New Brunswick Alberta* %age New Brunswick Alberta

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 x x 3 1 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 x x 6 Lead Second Third Skip Team 81 76 76 75 77 79 89 90 88 87

NWT/Yukon Saskatchewan* %age NWT/Yukon Saskatchewan

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 Lead Second Third 83 70 69 82 84 95

P.E.I. Nova Scotia* %age P.E.I. Nova Scotia

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 8 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 2 10 Lead Second Third Skip Team 88 81 73 64 76 79 79 79 74 78

B.C.* NWT/Yukon %age B.C. NWT/Yukon

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 3 0 0 5 1 1 0 x x x 10 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 x x x 4 Lead Second Third Skip Team 81 89 70 91 83 95 68 82 55 75

New Brunswick* Quebec %age New Brunswick Quebec

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 4 0 0 2 0 1 0 x x x 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 x x x 2 Lead Second Third Skip Team 82 94 80 97 88 88/83 67 80 78 78

Quebec* Alberta %age Quebec Alberta

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 1 6 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 7 Lead Second Third Skip Team 84 86 84 74 82 96 89 85 85 89

Nfld/Labrador* Manitoba %age Nfld/Labrador Manitoba

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 x 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 x 3 Lead Second Third Skip Team 86 85 83 90 86 95 84 68 78 81

P.E.I.* N. Ontario %age P.E.I. N. Ontario

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 6 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 7 Lead Second Third Skip Team 85 88 76 70 80 98 80 86 85 87

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8 9 10 T 0 x x 4 5 x x 13 Skip Team 78/50 72 80 85


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Olympic dream was done, we knew that this was what we wanted to do -get to Halifax and get into that championship game again.” McEwen, who’d beaten Stoughton 7-5 to advance

MANITOBA directly to the championship match with a sixth straight win, blamed himself for the final loss. “I missed maybe three shots in that game that

were pretty routine and that maybe would have turned things around and put us in the driver’s seat in the end,” he told Jim Bender of the Winnipeg Sun. “It feels a little surreal. We were going so well all week and for us, it was a single knockout. So it’s a little disappointing because we didn’t have our best game.” This is Gould’s fifth Manitoba Brier assignment, tying him for the record among non-skips with Bryan Wood and former teammate Garry VanDenBerghe. “That’s phenomenal,” Gould said. “Honestly, it feels just like my first.” Stoughton finished the

bowed out prior to the final in a follow-up modifed double-knockout. Stoughton bounced Winnipeg veteran Kerry Burtnyk 6-4 in the semi-final. Stoughton kayoed Randy Neufeld of LaSalle 6-2 and Jason Gunnlaugson of Beausejour 8-6 before losing to McEwen. The latter had beaten David Hamblin of Morris 8-4 and Burtnyk 6-3. Burtnyk nudged Gunnlaugson 5-4 in the quarter-final after earlier sidelining Taylor Brendan of Winnipeg 7-2 while Gunner was eliminating Hamblin 8-5. Burtnyk finished 6-2 while Gunnlaugson was 5-2.

Jeff Stoughton: “Still very, very special.” double-double, 32-team tournament with a 7-1 record while McEwen was 6-1. Eight teams advanced from the preliminary double-knockout, then six of the remaining eight

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