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Justice, Manitoba’s Bryan Wood began his curling career in Westman but went on to national and international acclaim as one the greatest leads ever to play the game. In an era when the skip was always the recognized star of the team, Wood became known as the lead around whom it was possible to build a championship team.
In 1979, playing lead for Barry Fry, Wood won the Manitoba British Consols Men’s Championship. It was his fifth Manitoba Men’s title. He was the first person, at any position, to win the championship five times. It was 25 years before another Manitoban accomplished the feat.
Across two decades, Bryan Wood competed in the Manitoba championship as a skip, a second and a lead. His five Manitoba championships came in a period of just 9 curling seasons and were accompanied by three Canadian and two world championships.
He was the lead on Don Duguid’s 1970 and 1971 Manitoba and Canadian champions who went undefeated through consecutive world championships. He played for Rod Hunter’s Manitoba championship team in 1975 and for Doug Harrison’s Manitoba champions in 1978. For the second time in 1979, Wood won a second consecutive Manitoba championship as lead for Barry Fry’s team that went on to win the final Macdonald’s Brier.
In 1979, Wood was the All-Star Lead at the Brier. In addition to a long list of other on-ice achievements, the 1970, 1975, and 1978 Manitoba champion teams also won the MCA Men’s Bonspiel Grand Aggregate trophy.
Bryan Wood is already a member of the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, and the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame as a member of the Duguid team. He was also inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame as a Curler in 1995.