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The Last End: The history of playing time

The rules regarding playing time have changed many times throughout curling's history and Warren Hansen explores this and future of playing time in curling.

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The Last End: London’s past Brier – 1974

It’s been 37 years since the Brier was last held in London, where some interesting official changes were made that first week of March in 1974.

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The Last End: The Round Robin is still on top

For many years, members of the curling community have disagreed about the best draw formats and how the game’s major events should be operated.

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The Last End: Opportunities for Junior Curlers

The first official Canadian schoolboys curling championship took place back in 1950 and for the next 25 years the age limit was 18 and Canada’s high schools played a major role in its operation.

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The Last End: Perspective on the Cost of Curling

There is no doubt that the 2010 Olympic Winter Games was the most successful event ever for the sport of curling in all of North America.

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The Scotties has some significant history in the Soo!

The Macdonald Lassie was held at Sault Ste. Marie in 1978, in the old Sault Ste. Marie Gardens, and while a number of locals will remember the event, probably few will recall the number of significant things that happened during that second-last Lassie 32 years ago.

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Coaching in Canada and the World Stage

In the past 10 years, most of the top teams, including the men, have relied more on coaches but many would argue that coaches still have not been utilized to the utmost by the majority of the top teams in Canada.

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To Tiebreak or not to Tiebreak… that is the Question.

To tiebreak to not to tiebreak is a question that will be discussed extensively by the World Curling Federation over the next number of months.

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Challenges facing the CCA, WCF and WCPA

Over the past year, the Canadian Curling Association, World Curling Federation and the World Curling Players Association found some agreement on a number of issues of mutual interest to all three.

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Huge challenges still ahead to gain our proper position in Canada’s sport mosaic

My first contact with the sport of curling came in the Fifties when I followed my father to the Thistle Curling Club in Edmonton where he toiled twice a week on a not-so-great curling team.

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Heroes on Ice

Every child has a hero and many adults do too. Webster’s Dictionary defines hero as “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities”.

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Near-Perfect Conditions for our Elite Athletes?

A lot of time and effort have been put into making the playing conditions at major curling championships nearly perfect during the past 20 years. 

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What’s in a Name?

The men’s world curling championship debuted in Scotland in 1959.  Only Canada and Scotland competed the first two years, but the event soon grew in size and popularity.

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Extra Ends… are there alternatives?

Games that end in a tie after regulation time have been a pain in the you-know-where for all sports.  And the situation has been dealt with in many different ways.

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The Reality of the New Demographic

For years the advertising world has based a lot of its focus and predictions on the assumption that the world stops once a person turns 49.

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