Author Archives: Brian Chick

Author Archives: Brian Chick

Canadian wheelchair team prevails at Scottish event

October 19, 2018

While Canada may lead the way in terms of numbers, it has become more and more obvious that curling is growing on the international stage. One just needs to look at this week’s bonspiel calendar to see that Canadian curlers are competing all over the world, and much of the world teams are competing in Canada.

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Curling season already busy at home and away

October 16, 2018

You can tell the curling season is in full swing when one event starts before the last one ends. While some of the top men’s teams were still playing the finals in Portage la Prairie, Man., another event got underway in China featuring two of Canada’s top teams.

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Carruthers looking to defend title in Portage la Prairie

October 12, 2018

Fresh off a win in Toronto, Reid Carruthers looks to defend a different title this weekend in Portage la Prairie, Man. Carruthers (with Mike McEwen, Derek Samagalski, and Colin Hodgson) won the Stu Stells Toronto Tankard on Monday, but are back in Manitoba trying to win the Canad Inns Men’s Classic; an event they’ve won the past two years.

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Fourth WCT victory for Einarson

October 9, 2018

When Kerri Einarson’s Gimli, Man., foursome won their first couple of World Curling Tour events this season, it quickly answered the questions of whether four skips could make a successful team. When they won their third, it was obvious that they were ready to redefine what it meant for a new team to be “successful.”

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Weekend Tour action moves to Calgary and Toronto

October 5, 2018

While the turn of the calendar from September to October usually indicates curling season is entering full swing, the weather outside Calgary’s Curler’s Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic decided to make it blatantly clear that it was time for everybody to get on the ice.

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Einarson claims third tour victory of the young season

September 25, 2018

When Kerri Einarson and Val Sweeting announced they’d be teaming up for the 2018-2019 season, most curling fans thought that would be a formidable back-end combination, regardless of who skipped. When the announcement also mentioned they’d be bringing on two more skips to play front end, those same curling fans started to scratch their head and wonder how, or if, that was going to work. Out of the gate, it appears that it works.

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This week’s World Curling Tour features two Fall Classics

September 21, 2018

This week’s World Curling Tour schedule is a tale of two Granite Clubs, and two Fall Classics. While Winnpeg’s Granite Club is hosting the Mother Club Fall Curling Classic, the KW Granite Club in Waterloo, Ont., is hosting its own version: the KW Fall Classic.

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Carruthers and McEwen making debut at Shorty Jenkins Classic

September 13, 2018

For some new teams, the wait was over last week. For others, this weekend is what they’ve waited all summer for. For the second time in as many weeks, new-look curling teams are hitting the ice for the first time with their new lineups. And as with most World Curling Tour events, there’s a lot of money and valuable points on the line.

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New-look Team Einarson prevails at Stu Sells Tankard

September 11, 2018

When three Manitoba skips and one from Alberta decided to team up for the upcoming season, there were a number of questions? Who was going to sweep? Who’d call the game? Who would throw last rock?

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New lineups making debuts on World Curling Tour

September 6, 2018

The calendar has turned, the kids are back to school and although it still feels like summer in much of the country, curling season is underway. Two major World Curling Tour events are being hosted this weekend. The Stu Sells Oakville Tankard (Ontario) features both men and women, while the HDF Insurance Shoot-Out in Edmonton is strictly a women’s event.

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Canada downs Korea to win bronze at Paralympics

Canada celebrated with friends and family following their bronze medal win (photo: Brian Chick - Curling Canada)
March 17, 2018

After yesterday’s heartbreaking semifinal loss, a fourth consecutive gold medal was out of the question for Canada. But was was still on the table was the prospect of a podium finish and a Paralympic medal. The Canadian wheelchair curling team won that bronze medal, defeating South Korea in a fairly one-sided match. Canada took two in the first, never looked back, and the Canadian team will stand on the podium for the fourth straight Paralympic games. “I’m super proud,” said skip Mark Ideson (London, Ont.). “We put ourselves in a position to defend gold, and we played our hearts out ...

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Canada loses heartbreaker in semifinal, will play for bronze

March 16, 2018

Nobody likes to lose, especially elite athletes playing at world class competitions with medals on the line.  You could forgive Canadian skip Mark Ideson if he was angry, bitter, heartbroken or a bit crusty following a last rock loss to China in the semi-final of the Paralympic medal round in wheelchair curling.  But, following the game that’s not the emotion he showed. “You know what? I am proud,” he said minutes after Chinese skip Haitao Wang made a remarkable tap to the button with the last shot of the game. “I’m really proud of the way that the team played… We ...

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Canada Advances to Playoffs After Victory Over Finland

March 15, 2018

The Paralympic playoff picture became a little bit clearer on Thursday as Canada completed yet another comeback victory vs. Finland.  With the win, Canada finished the round-robin at 9-2, which will be tied for first with South Korea, and also China. The Koreans will have the tiebreaker based on the head-to-head results. “We’re definitely happy,” said skip Mark Ideson. “If someone said we’d be 9-2 at the end of the week, we have taken it for sure.”  In what has become typical fashion for Team Canada, they started the game by getting down a few points before battling back in ...

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Paralympic Blog: Marie Wright Checks In From Pyeongchang

March 15, 2018

Hello Canada, We’re about halfway through the games and things are going well for Canada. We’re 6-2 and playing well. While we have a few minutes between games, I just wanted to get you up to speed on what life is like in Pyeongchang for a Paralympian. We moved into the athletes’ village last week after a few days training in Incheon. Everything was amazing. We really didn’t know what to expect. We thought it might be cramped or small, but the rooms are all a good size, there’s a rec room for the athletes. You can play games or ...

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Canada qualifies for playoffs at Paralympics

March 15, 2018

Canada’s wheelchair curling team knew that defending a gold medal for the third time wasn’t going to be easy; nor was it going to be quick. The team constantly referred to the 11-game round robin as a marathon, and they were going to take it one mile at a time. With a 6-2 win over Germany, the Paralympians must feel that they’ve passed a major milestone by officially qualifying for the medal round. “It feels great,” said skip Mark Ideson (London, Ont.). “ It’s been a really long week. It feels like everyone is tired. We had a quick turn ...

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