U SPORTS / CCAA Champions!

From top left, clockwise: University of Alberta, Wilfrid Laurier University, Douglas College, Concordia University of Edmonton. (Photo, Curling Canada/Czarina Castellano)

U SPORTS & CCAA Name National Champions & AWArd winners

2020 U SPORTS/Curling Canada Championships: Past champions add to trophy case

U SPORTS media release

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. (U SPORTS) – Past champions stood tall on Sunday to conclude the U SPORTS/Curling Canada Championships. 

The winners have will now wear the Maple Leaf on their backs. The Laurier Golden Hawks men’s rink and the Alberta Pandas women’s team will represent Canada at the 2021 Winter World University Games in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Schedule and Results

2020 U SPORTS women’s curling champions: Selena Sturmay, Abby Marks, Kate Goodhelpsen and Paige Papley with coach Garry Coderre and alternate Catherine Clifford of the University of Alberta. (Photo, Curling Canada/Czarina Castellano)

“Anytime you get to represent your country at a world competition is an unreal feeling that never gets old,” said Alberta skip Selena Sturmay.

The Pandas stole seven straight points to power them to a 10-2 victory over the UNB Reds in the women’s final. 

Sturmay made a clutch takeout through a port with her final stone in the second end and UNB’s draw with the hammer slid through the house to put the Pandas ahead 5-0.

It is Alberta’s fourth national title victory in the last six years, with the Pandas also winning in 2017-18 and back-to-back in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

The Pandas and Reds reached the gold medal game after winning their semifinals earlier in the day. Alberta stole a single point in seven and added a deuce in the ninth to prevail over the McMaster Marauders 8-4. UNB edged the Queen’s Gaels 5-3 after scoring one in the eighth and stealing a single point in nine. 

Queen’s earned a 7-5 victory over McMaster to win the bronze medal.

2020 U SPORTS men’s curling champions: Matthew Hall, John Willsey,  
Jordie Lyon-Hatcher, Graham Singer, alternate Adam Vincent and coach Matthew Wilkinson of Wilfrid Laurier University. (Photo, Curling Canada/Czarina Castellano)

On the men’s side, the Laurier Golden Hawks capped off an undefeated week with an 8-5 win over the Dalhousie Tigers in the final. The Hawks finished the round robin with a perfect 7-0 record and added two more wins in the playoffs.

“There are so many good teams, so to be able to win it and have such a great week is something you only dream of,” said Golden Hawks skip Matthew Hall.

The Hawks scored three in the second and stole single points in the third and fourth ends against the Tigers. 

Laurier last captured the national championship in 2015-16, with the program also earning the gold medal in the inaugural U SPORTS / Curling Canada Championship in 2007-08.

The Hawks and Tigers punched their ticket to the title game earlier in the day. Laurier’s four-ender in the seventh helped them double the Guelph Gryphons 8-4. In the other semi, Dalhousie defeated the Alberta Golden Bears 7-5 with three in the 10th end. 

The Bears bounced back to win the bronze medal game 11-6 over the Gryphons.


(1) Alberta 8, (4) McMaster 4
(2) UNB 5, (3) Queen’s 3

(1) Laurier 8, (4) Guelph 4
(3) Dalhousie 7, (2) Alberta 5



Gold: (1) Alberta 10, (2) UNB 2
Bronze: (3) Queen’s 7, (4) McMaster 5


Gold: (1) Laurier 8, (3) Dalhousie 5
Bronze: (2) Alberta 11, (4) Guelph 6


Alberta Pandas (6-1)
UNB Reds (6-1)
Queen’s Gaels (5-2)
McMaster Marauders (4-3)
Dalhousie Tigers (2-5)
Laurier Golden Hawks (2-5)
Regina Cougars (2-5)
Brandon Bobcats (1-6)

Laurier Golden Hawks (7-0)
Alberta Golden Bears (6-1)
Dalhousie Tigers (5-2)
Guelph Gryphons (3-4)
Regina Cougars (3-4)
Brandon Bobcats (2-5)
Memorial Sea-Hawks (1-6)
Brock Badgers (1-6)



First Team All-Canadians
Skip: Justine Comeau, UNB
Third: Abby Marks, Alberta
Second: Grace Lloyd, McMaster 
Lead: Kenna Bartlett, Queen’s 

Second Team All-Canadians
Skip: Selena Sturmay, Alberta
Third: Michaela Robert, Queen’s 
Second: Sarah Hoag, Regina
Lead: Sarah Gierling, Dalhousie

Fox 40 Coach of the Year: Garry Coderre, Alberta
R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: Mary Fay, Queen’s


First Team All-Canadians
Skip: Matthew Hall, Wilfrid Laurier
Third: John Willsey, Wilfrid Laurier 
Second: Jeffrey Meagher, Dalhousie 
Lead: Graham Singer, Wilfrid Laurier 

Second Team All-Canadians
Skip: Matthew Manuel, Dalhousie 
Third: Chris Kennedy, Alberta
Second: Andrew Gittis, Alberta
Lead: Glenn Venance, Alberta

Fox 40 Coach of the Year: Anthony Purcell, Dalhousie
R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: Nick Lemieux, Brock 

2020 CCAA/Curling canada National Championship Matches & AWARDS WINNERS

-CCAA media release

The Douglas Royals women curlers and Concordia Thunder men’s team are repeat CCAA Curling Canada Champions. The Royals and Thunder took different paths to gold, but both can now hang a 2020 CCAA banner next to their 2019 ones.

2020 CCAA men’s curling champions: Evan Van Amsterdam, Tyler Van Amsterdam,  
Braden Pelech,  Cody Holowaychuk, alternate Josh Buchholtz and coach Taina Smiley of Confederation University of Edmonton. (Photo, Curling Canada/Czarina Castellano)

The Humber men posed a serious challenge to Concordia’s defense, narrowly missing out on the Gold. The Hawks seemed to be in firm control of the match leading 5-1 through four ends, but Concordia got a pair in the fifth and sixth to even things up. Humber pulled ahead again but the Thunder stole three points in the ninth to lead 9-7 heading into the tenth. Not to be out done, Humber then scored the necessary two points to force extra ends. Now with the hammer, Concordia clinched the championship with the final shot of the match.

2020 CCAA men’s curling champions: Kayla MacMillan, Sarah Loken, Patty Wallingham, Kylie Karoway and coach Daniel Wenzek of Douglas College. (Photo, Curling Canada/Czarina Castellano)

The Royals back-to-back championship was earned after a 10-1 victory over the Humber Hawk’s women’s team. Douglas jumped out to an early 7-1 lead on the Hawks at the halfway point of the final. A steal of three more in the sixth was enough for the Royals to retain the crown. 

The Humber Hawks are the 2020 CCAA Women’s and Men’s Curling silver medallists.

Bronze Medal Matches

The Red Deer Queens and Fanshawe Falcons men captured the Bronze Medals at the 2020 CCAA Curling Canada Championships. 

The Red Deer Queens and Concordia Thunder knew each other well, having met several times this season. Neither team led by more than a couple points and they were tied 5-5 after the eighth end. The Queens strategically blanked the ninth to take the hammer into the final end, where they secured two points and a 7-5 victory for the bronze. 

The Fanshawe men had been the top performers the first three days of competition, before losing their final two round robin matches and semi-final. In the bronze medal game, they seemed to return to form, maintaining their lead over NAIT all match. A single in the eighth and three more in the ninth sealed the 12-5 victory for the Falcons. 

Semi-final Matches

The competitors in the medal rounds were determined during the morning’s semi-final draw. The women’s side featured a tight contest between Douglas and Red Deer, with only one end resulting in more than a single point. The Royals managed to steal a few points which proved to be the difference in their 7-4 win over the Queens. The Humber Hawks were more dominant in their performance, downing the Concordia Thunder 11-2. 

The Men’s playoff featured a pair of closer contests. Concordia and NAIT traded points and the lead all match, with the Thunder getting the eventual 9-7 victory in extra ends. Humber managed to distance themselves from Fanshawe early on, and despite the Falcons attempts at a comeback, the Hawks held on for the 9-7 win. 


The top female and male performers were honoured following each of their respective final matches.  

2020 Women’s Curling Awards
2020 Men’s Curling Awards
National Champions
Gold – Douglas Royals
Silver – Humber Hawks
Bronze – Red Deer Queens
National Champions
Gold – Concordia Thunder
Silver – Humber Hawks
Bronze – Fanshawe Falcons

First Team All-Stars
Skip – Kayla MacMillan, Douglas
Third – Sarah Loken, Douglas
Second – Patty Wallingham, Douglas
Lead – Brittany Elson, Humber
First Team All-Stars
Skip – Zach Shurtleff, Humber
Third – Matthew Garner, Humber
Second – Braden Pelech, CUE
Lead – Emerson Steffler, Humber

Second Team All-Stars
Skip – Amelia Dolsen, Fanshawe
Third – Parker Doig, Humber
Second – Lauren Massey, Fanshawe
Lead – Nicole Sawiak, NAIT
Second Team All-Stars
Skip – Evan Van Amsterdam, CUE
Third – Dale Mizera, Lakeland
Second – Owen Tester, Fanshawe Second & Nicholas Duivenvoord, NAIT
Lead – John Ritchie, NAIT

Exemplary Leadership Award Sault Cougars Exemplary Leadership Award Dale Mizera, Lakeland

Curling Canada Coaching Award
Daniel Wenzek, Douglas
Curling Canada Coaching Award Clancy Grandy, Humber

Curling Canada