1972 Air Canada Silver Broom

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1972 Air Canada Silver Broom
Host city Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Arena Olympic Eisstadion
Dates March 19–21, 1972
Winner  Canada
Curling club Granite CC, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Skip Orest Meleschuk
Third Dave Romano
Second John Hanesiack
Lead Pat Hailley
Finalist  United States

The 1972 Air Canada Silver Broom was held at the Olympic Eisstadion in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany from March 19–21, 1972. The 1972 Air Canada Silver Broom was the site of the infamous incident that led to the Curse of LaBonte.

Teams[edit]

 Canada  United States  Germany  Scotland
Fort Rouge CC, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Skip: Orest Meleschuk
Third: Dave Romano
Second: John Hanesiak
Lead: Pat Hailley

Grafton CC, North Dakota

Skip: Robert LaBonte
Third: Frank Aasand
Second: John Aasand
Lead: Ray Morgan

EC Oberstdorf

Skip: Manfred Räderer
Third: Peter Jacoby
Second: Peder Ledosquet
Lead: Hansjörg Jacoby

Hamilton & Thornyhill CC, Hamilton

Skip: Alex F. Torrance
Third: Alex A. Torrance
Second: Robert Kirkland
Lead: Jimmy Waddell

  Switzerland  Norway  France  Sweden
Dübendorf CC

Fourth: Peter Attinger, Jr.
Third: Bernhard Attinger
Skip: Peter Attinger, Sr.*
Lead: Ernst Bosshard

Stabekk CC, Oslo

Skip: Knut Bjaanaes
Third: Sven Kroken
Second: Per Dammen
Lead: Kjell Ulrichsen

Mont d' Arbois CC, Megève

Skip: Pierre Boan
Third: André Mabboux
Second: André Tronc
Lead: Gerard Pasquier

Djursholms CK, Stockholm

Skip: Kjell Oscarius
Third: Tom Schaeffer
Second: Bengt Oscarius
Lead: Claes-Göran "Boa" Carlma

*Throws second rocks.

Standings[edit]

Country Skip W L
 Canada Orest Meleschuk 7 0
 United States Robert LaBonte 4 3
 Germany Manfred Räderer 4 3
 Scotland Alex F. Torrance 4 3
  Switzerland Peter Attinger, Jr. 4 3
 Norway Knut Bjaanaes 3 4
 France Pierre Boan 2 5
 Sweden Kjell Oscarius 0 7

Round Robin Results[edit]

Draw 1[edit]

Team Final
 Canada (Meleschuk) 11
  Switzerland (Attinger) 6
Team Final
 Scotland (Torrance) 7
 Germany (Räderer) 5
Team Final
 France (Boan) 7
 Sweden (Oscarius) 6
Team Final
 United States (LaBonte) 7
 Norway (Bjaanaes) 5

Draw 2[edit]

Team Final
 Scotland (Torrance) 5
 Sweden (Oscarius) 3
Team Final
 Canada (Meleschuk) 11
 United States (LaBonte) 1
Team Final
  Switzerland (Attinger) 10
 Norway (Bjaanaes) 4
Team Final
 Germany (Räderer) 7
 France (Boan) 6

Draw 3[edit]

Team Final
 United States (LaBonte) 9
  Switzerland (Attinger) 3
Team Final
 Germany (Räderer) 9
 Sweden (Oscarius) 3
Team Final
 Scotland (Torrance) 6
 France (Boan) 5
Team Final
 Canada (Meleschuk) 8
 Norway (Bjaanaes) 7

Draw 4[edit]

Team Final
 Scotland (Torrance) 6
 Norway (Bjaanaes) 4
Team Final
 Canada (Meleschuk) 11
 France (Boan) 5
Team Final
 Germany (Räderer) 9
 United States (LaBonte) 6
Team Final
  Switzerland (Attinger) 6
 Sweden (Oscarius) 4

Draw 5[edit]

Team Final
 France (Boan) 10
 United States (LaBonte) 8
Team Final
  Switzerland (Attinger) 8
 Scotland (Torrance) 7
Team Final
 Norway (Bjaanaes) 4
 Sweden (Oscarius) 3
Team Final
 Canada (Meleschuk) 9
 Germany (Räderer) 4

Draw 6[edit]

Team Final
 Canada (Meleschuk) 8
 Sweden (Oscarius) 6
Team Final
 Norway (Bjaanaes) 8
 France (Boan) 3
Team Final
 Germany (Räderer) 9
  Switzerland (Attinger) 5
Team Final
 Scotland (Torrance) 4
 United States (LaBonte) 5

Draw 7[edit]

Team Final
 Norway (Bjaanaes) 7
 Germany (Räderer) 5
Team Final
 United States (LaBonte) 10
 Sweden (Oscarius) 6
Team Final
 Canada (Meleschuk) 10
 Scotland (Torrance) 7
Team Final
  Switzerland (Attinger) 6
 France (Boan) 5

Tiebreaker[edit]

Team Final
 Scotland (Torrance) 9
  Switzerland (Attinger) 6

Playoffs[edit]

Semi-final Final
           
1  Canada 8
2  Scotland 3
1  Canada 10
2  United States 9
2  Germany 4
2  United States 9

Semifinals[edit]

Team Final
 Canada (Meleschuk) 8
 Scotland (Torrance) 3
Team Final
 Germany (Räderer) 4
 United States (LaBonte) 9

Final[edit]

Sheet [1] 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
 Canada (Meleschuk) 2 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 10
 United States (LaBonte) 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 9
1972 Air Canada Silver Broom
Canada
Canada
12th title

The Curse of LaBonte[edit]

Main article: Curse of LaBonte

The 1972 Air Canada Silver Broom saw the incident which led to the Curse of LaBonte. In the finals, Canada under Meleschuk was playing the Americans under LaBonte, and Canada was down by two points in the final end. Meleschuck had the hammer and tried to hit out an American stone on the button so that Canada could take two and tie the game. The rock succeeded in knocking out the American stone, but rolled so that it came to be very close to another American rock biting the 8-foot. US third Frank Aasand saw that the American rock was still second shot and jumped in the air to celebrate. LaBonte also followed suit, but slipped and kicked the Canadian stone while Canadian third Dave Romano was still investigating the shot. It was decided that Canada got two points in the 10th end, forcing an extra end in which Canada stole a point and won.

It was said that LaBonte placed a curse on Canada, which did not win a world championship until 1980.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 'curse' of LaBonte". CBC. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 

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