Winnipeg’s curling heritage is carved in Granite
- Updated: February 7, 2013
The spirit of the curling community is coming alive in Winnipeg as momentum builds for the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings in the city where the traditions of the roaring game are so deeply ingrained in local culture.
The Canadian Curling Trials, slated for the MTS Centre Dec. 1-8, will feature our country’s top 16 teams, competing in the emotionally-charged showdown with the right to represent Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, on the line.
“Winnipeg is a natural setting for this historic event,” said Host Chair Mitch Tarapasky. “We’ve hosted Briers, Scotties and world championships… we’re home to more national men’s and women’s champions than any other city in the country. Now, it’s our time to crown Canada’s Olympians for 2014.”
The local history of the sport dates back to the 1870s when it was played in a rudimentary fashion in various locations around the city. The most significant development in the evolution of the game in the Manitoba capital came in 1880, with the formation of the Granite Curling Club.
Two years later, club founders established the city’s first indoor curling rink at the corner of Hargrave Street and Ellice Avenue – coincidentally, just a block away from the site of the MTS Centre.
In 1911, with the sport growing in popularity, the club invested in property on the banks of the Assiniboine River and constructed a facility that was considered state-of-the-art for the era. The three-storey Tudor-style design included nine sheets of ice and elaborate facilities that made it a ‘home away from home’ for members.
The ‘Mother Club’, as it’s affectionately known in curling circles, has also produced some of the legendary names in the game including Brier champions Howard Wood, Sr., Terry Braunstein, Don Duguid and Vic Peters.
When you come to Winnipeg this December for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, set aside some time on your schedule for a visit to the Granite Curling Club – where the roaring game really started to roar more than a century ago!
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