Curling Canada – 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Moose Jaw draws on Canada Cup legacy

When Moose Jaw hosted the 2012 Canada Cup of Curling, Danielle Sicinski was at the helm of the volunteer force, serving as Host Chair for one of curling’s most prestigious events.

After five days of excitement at Mosaic Place, the southwestern Saskatchewan city’s impressive sports and entertainment complex, Moose Jaw had established a new attendance record.

The competition came with some added excitement as the two winning teams – Winnipeg’s Jeff Stoughton and Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon – moved on to compete in the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings.

The Canada Cup success story of 2012 didn’t go without notice in the competitive curling ranks, setting the stage for even bigger things to come in the future. And the first step into the future begins Feb. 14-22, 2015, when Moose Jaw welcomes the Scotties Tournament of Hearts – the Canadian women’s curling championship.

2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Co-Chair Danielle Sicinski on the steps of Moose Jaw's Mosaic Place (CCA Photo)

2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Co-Chair Danielle Sicinski on the steps of Moose Jaw’s Mosaic Place (CCA Photo)

This time around, Sicinski will share Host Chair duties with former mayor Glenn Hagel, an avid supporter of the sport and one of the first to purchase a full event pass for the Canada Cup two years ago.

And it doesn’t hurt to have some extra help at the top since Sicinski and husband Derek Owens are now parents to seven-month-old daughter Emilie. But she’s still been able to manage the new responsibilities at home with her volunteer role.

“The Scotties has actually been pretty easy,” she said. “Glenn’s really excited to get involved and we have such a great group of people on the volunteer team.”

A number of Canada Cup veterans have signed on for the Scotties, including several directors and co-chairs, but the event is also attracting fresh faces amongst the volunteer corps, said Sicinski.

After the record-setting attendance for the Canada Cup, Sicinski is hoping for similar results during the Scotties.

“With a few sell-outs during the week, you never know. The word is definitely out there and Saskatchewan is a hotbed for curling fans. Plus, Mosaic Place is such a great facility and it’s so nice to have everything under one roof.”

While the nine days of curling action take place in the arena at Mosaic Place, the HeartStop Lounge in the adjacent Moose Jaw Curling Centre will be the scene of the daily party with plenty of food, beverages and live entertainment.

Sicinski also notes the difference between the two events and how that can potentially influence attendance.

“With the Canada Cup, fans are definitely pulling for specific teams, but with the Scotties you’re also cheering for provinces. It’s really neat… and whatever team represents Saskatchewan, they’re going to have tremendous support.”

Another plus is the fact that officials of Mosaic Place and event organizers have the benefit of the Canada Cup experience.

“We all have a better idea of what to expect with a event of this nature,” says Sicinski.

The Scotties volunteers are already on the job to get the community involved in the upcoming Canadian women’s championship. The initial stage of the promotional campaign started with the Hometown Parade and continues next weekend at the annual Moose Jaw Sidewalk Sale.

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