Al Hackner

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Al Hackner
Curler
Born 1954 (age 59–60)
Career
Brier appearances 9 (1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2001)
World Championship
appearances
2 (1982, 1985)

Allan A. "Al" Hackner, (born 1954) nicknamed "the Iceman",[1] is a Canadian Hall of Fame[2] curler from Thunder Bay, Ontario. He was born in Nipigon, Ontario. He is a two-time Brier and World Champion skip. He is of Ojibwa descent and is a member of the Red Rock Indian Band.[3]

Career[edit]

Hackner has skipped the Northern Ontario team at nine Briers. He won the Brier in 1982 and again in 1985.

In 1982, he defeated Brent Giles of British Columbia to win his first Brier.

The "Hackner Double", one of the most difficult shots in curling. Hackner made this shot at the 1985 Labatt Brier final in order to tie the game, putting it into an extra end, which he would steal to win the game.

In 1985, he defeated Pat Ryan of Alberta to win his second Brier. To tie the game with last rock in the 10th end Hackner had to make a near impossible double-take out,[4] coming around a guard to hit two stones some 8 feet apart, which would later go down in curling infamy as the "Al Hackner double". Hackner's team then stole a single point in the extra end for the win. The shot was named the greatest moment in Northern Ontario curling history by the Northern Ontario Curling Association.[1]

In addition to playing for Northern Ontario, Hackner also represented Alberta at the 1972 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, playing second for Darrel Sutton.

In 2004, Al Hackner was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.[5]

Hackner won the 2006 Canadian Senior Curling Championships which he followed up with a silver medal at the World Senior Curling Championships in 2007.

In 2013, Hackner announced he would be playing in his final provincial championship, literally saying he was "too old for this shite" [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Shot named greatest moment". tbnewswatch.com. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Inductees to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame". Canadian Curling Association. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  3. ^ http://ontariosportlegendshof.com/index.php/component/k2/item/40-al-hackner (Text modified from earlier revision of this Wikipedia page)
  4. ^ "Double Take-out". CurlingNet. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Al Hackner". http://oshof.ca/. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.torontosun.com/2013/02/06/mens-curling-provincials-climax-this-weekend

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