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Tim Hortons Brier
Established 1927
2014 host city Kamloops, British Columbia
2014 arena Interior Savings Centre
2014 champion  Alberta (Kevin Koe)
Current edition
2014 Tim Hortons Brier

The Tim Hortons Brier, or simply (and more commonly) the Brier, is the annual Canadian men's curling championship, sanctioned by the Canadian Curling Association (CCA). The current event name refers to its main sponsor, the Tim Hortons coffee and doughnut shop chain.

The Brier has been held since 1927, traditionally during the month of March. The winner of the Brier goes on to represent Canada at the World Championships of the same year. The Brier is regarded by most curlers as the world's premier curling championship. Many Canadian teams feel it is more of a privilege to win the Brier than the World Championship.[citation needed] The Brier is by far the best supported curling competition in terms of paid attendance, attracting crowds far larger than even those for World Championships held in Canada.

The Brier Tankard

History[edit]

In 1924, George J. Cameron, the president of W. L. Mackenzie and Company of the Macdonald Tobacoo Company pitched the idea of a national curling championship to Macdonald Tobacco and was accepted. However, at the time Canadian curling was divided between the use of granite and iron curling stones with the latter being used in Quebec and Eastern Ontario and the former being used everywhere else. The granite camp held the advantage, as Macdonald Tobacco President Walter Stewart brother, T. Howard Stewart (also of Macdonald Tobacco) supported the use of granites, and was able to influence the decision for the new national championship to use granite stones.[1]

Before the creation of the Brier, Macdonald Tobacco would begin by sponsoring the 1925 Manitoba Bonspiel, the provincial championship. The winner of this tournament would be sent to Eastern Canada to compete in a number of exhibition games against local teams. In 1926, the winners of the Bonspiel were sent to play in the Quebec Bonspiel. This visit was deemed popular enough to spur on the idea of a national championship to be held the year following. The first Brier would be held at the Granite Club in Toronto. Eight teams would play in the first Brier, from across the country. One team would represent Western Canada, while one team would represent the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, while an additional entry was given to Northern Ontario and one each for the cities of Toronto and Montreal. Games in the 1927 Brier would last 14 ends in length, and each team would play all the other teams in a 7 game round robin with no playoffs unless there was a tie for first. The first winning team would be from Nova Scotia, a rink skipped by Murray Macneill. The other four curlers on the team - Al MacInnes, Cliff Torey and Jim Donahue - were normally skips in their own right - but were added to the Macneill rink because the rest of his normal team could not make the trip.[2]

By 1928, games were shortened to 12 ends in length and each of the three prairie provinces would get their own separate entries, bringing the number of teams up to 10. In 1932, the separate entries for Montreal and Toronto would be removed, but Northern Ontario- which is not a province- kept its entry, and still remains the only non provincial or territorial entry to this day. In 1936, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia were given entries followed by Newfoundland (later Newfoundland and Labrador) in 1951. Finally, the Territories were given representation with a combined entry beginning in 1975. Two years later, in 1977, games were shortened to 10 ends, which is the current length for matches (there is a move to shorten games to 8 ends, much like they are in Grand Slam events). Up until 1973, games had to last the full 12 ends. After 1973, teams could concede defeat before the end of the match if they wished.[2]

From its beginnings until 1940, the Brier would be played at the Granite Club in Toronto. After then, the event would travel around the country, and would be played in all 10 provinces. Also at this point, rocks were coloured differently for each team and were matched to be of equal size. Play was discontinued between 1943 and 1945 due to World War II. After World War II, the event became more of a popular sporting spectacle across the country thanks to Macdonald Tobacco enlisting media outlets to cover the event. In 1946, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation began covering the event live across the country on the radio. By the 1960s, the CBC began showing curling on television, at first giving daily half-hour reports. In 1962, the CBC showed the tie-breaking playoff match up. In 1973, they began regularly showing live coverage of the final draw of the event.[3]

In 1977, Macdonald Tobacco announced it would no longer be sponsoring the Brier, and the 1979 Macdonald Brier would mark the final event to be sponsored by the event. A committee headed by the Canadian Curling Association was put in charge to find a new sponsor, which would end up being the Labatt Brewing Company. The event retained the "Brier" name, despite the word being the property of Macdonald Tobacco. However, with the sponsorship of the Labatt came some changes to the event, such as adding a new championship trophy and adding a TV-friendly playoff round after the round robin games. Labatt remained the title sponsor until 2001 when Nokia took over. That sponsorship only lasted four years before Tim Hortons took over. When the Labatt sponsorship ended, the original Brier trophy was brought back and the names of the winners during the Labatt era were engraved in it.[4]

Beginning in the 1990s, curling became more profitable, and the event would mostly be held in larger curling friendly markets (such as Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Saskatoon). At the same time, the World Curling Tour made the sport more lucrative, and curlers demanded cash prizes at the Brier, and the ability to display their sponsors on their jerseys. The CCA ignored their demands, and when the Grand Slam curling series was instituted in 2001, many of the top teams in the country boycotted the Brier in favour of playing in the Slams.[4] Curlers' demands were eventually met and the boycott ended in 2003. The dominant Brier team of the era, the "Ferbey four" did not boycott the Brier, and won four of five Briers during the era, while other top teams such as Kevin Martin's boycotted the event.

Sponsors[edit]

For the first fifty years, the Brier was sponsored by Macdonald Tobacco (later RJR Tobacco Company and now part of JTI-Macdonald Corporation). The name "Brier", in fact, came from a brand of tobacco being manufactured by Macdonald at the time (a brier being a small shrub whose roots are commonly used to make tobacco pipes).[5] Macdonald was also responsible for introducing both the Brier Tankard trophy (originally named the British Consols Trophy after a brand of cigarettes), and the now famous heart-shaped patches awarded to the tournament winners. The patches were modeled after a small tin heart pressed into the centre of Macdonald tobacco plugs, along with the slogan “The Heart of the Tobacco.” The same heart appeared on tins of Macdonald pipe tobacco. Later, when other national championships were developed, many took the heart as their identifying symbol as well.[6]

Brier sponsors by year
Years Sponsor
1927–1979 Macdonald Tobacco
1980–2000 Labatt
2001–2004 Nokia
2005 to present Tim Hortons (with Monsanto becoming an important sponsor in 2010)[7]

Qualification and eligibility[edit]

2006 Brier, in Regina

The Brier is currently contested by 12 teams. Most provinces are represented by one team, with Ontario, which sends two teams (named Ontario and Northern Ontario), being the exception. The territories send one team. Teams qualify for the Brier through their respective provincial championships, which are held every year and are open to any Canadian men's curling team consisting of Canadian citizens. The formats for these championships vary from province to province, but most entail a series of club, municipal, district and/or regional playdowns prior to the provincial championship.

Until 2013, the champions of the Brier did not automatically qualify for the following year's Brier, and had to qualify again. However, beginning in 2014, following the precedent set by its women's counterpart, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, champions will now earn a bye representing Canada during the following year's Brier.[8]

Winners[edit]

Macdonald Brier[edit]

Year Winning province Winning team Host
1927 Nova Scotia Murray Macneill, Al MacInnes, Cliff Torey, Jim Donahoe Toronto, Ontario
1928 Manitoba Gordon Hudson, Sam Penwarden, Ron Singbush, Bill Grant Toronto, Ontario
1929 Manitoba Gordon Hudson, Don Rollo, Ron Singbusch, Bill Grant Toronto, Ontario
1930 Manitoba Howard Wood, Sr., Jimmy Congalton, Victor Wood, Lionel Wood Toronto, Ontario
1931 Manitoba Bob Gourlay, Ernie Pollard, Arnold Lockerbie, Ray Stewart Toronto, Ontario
1932 Manitoba Jimmy Congalton, Howard Wood, Sr., Bill Noble, Harry Mawhinney Toronto, Ontario
1933 Alberta Cliff Manahan, Harold Deeton, Harold Wolfe, Bert Ross Toronto, Ontario
1934 Manitoba Leo Johnson, Lorne Stewart, Linc Johnson, Marno Frederickson Toronto, Ontario
1935 Ontario Gordon Campbell, Donnie Campbell, Gord Coates, Duncan Campbell Toronto, Ontario
1936 Manitoba Ken Watson, Grant Watson, Marvin MacIntyre, Charles Kerr Toronto, Ontario
1937 Alberta Cliff Manahan, Wes Robinson, Ross Manahan, Lloyd McIntyre Toronto, Ontario
1938 Manitoba Ab Gowanlock, Bung Cartwell, Bill McKnight, Tom McKnight Toronto, Ontario
1939 Ontario Bert Hall, Perry Hall, Ernie Parkes, Cam Seagram Toronto, Ontario
1940 Manitoba Howard Wood, Sr., Ernie Pollard, Howie Wood, Jr., Roy Enman Winnipeg, Manitoba
1941 Alberta Howard Palmer, Jack Lebeau, Art Gooder, Clare Webb Toronto, Ontario
1942 Manitoba Ken Watson, Grant Watson, Charlie Scrymgeour, Jim Grant Quebec City, Quebec
1943 Cancelled due to World War II
1944
1945
1946 Alberta Billy Rose, Bart Swelin, Austin Smith, George Crooks Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1947 Manitoba Jimmy Welsh, Alex Welsh, Jack Reid, Harry Monk Saint John, New Brunswick
1948 British Columbia Frenchy D'Amour, Bob McGhie, Fred Wendell, Jim Mark Calgary, Alberta
1949 Manitoba Ken Watson, Grant Watson, Lyle Dyker, Charles Read Hamilton, Ontario
1950 Northern Ontario Tom Ramsay, Len Williamson, Bill Weston, Billy Kenny Vancouver, British Columbia
1951 Nova Scotia Don Oyler, George Hanson, Fred Dyke, Wally Knock Halifax, Nova Scotia
1952 Manitoba Billy Walsh, Al Langlois, Andy McWilliams, John Watson Winnipeg, Manitoba
1953 Manitoba Ab Gowanlock, Jim Williams, Art Pollon, Russ Jackman Sudbury, Ontario
1954 Alberta Matt Baldwin, Glenn Gray, Pete Ferry, Jim Collins Edmonton, Alberta
1955 Saskatchewan Garnet Campbell, Don Campbell, Glenn Campbell, Lloyd Campbell Regina, Saskatchewan
1956 Manitoba Billy Walsh, Al Langlois, Cy White, Andy McWilliams Moncton, New Brunswick
1957 Alberta Matt Baldwin, Gordon Haynes, Art Kleinmeyer, Bill Price Kingston, Ontario
1958 Alberta Matt Baldwin, Jack Geddes, Gordon Haynes, Bill Price Victoria, British Columbia
1959 Saskatchewan Ernie Richardson, Arnold Richardson, Garnet Richardson, Wes Richardson Quebec City, Quebec
1960 Saskatchewan Ernie Richardson, Arnold Richardson, Garnet Richardson, Wes Richardson Fort William, Ontario
1961 Alberta Hec Gervais, Ron Anton, Ray Werner, Wally Ursuliak Calgary, Alberta
1962 Saskatchewan Ernie Richardson, Arnold Richardson, Garnet Richardson, Wes Richardson Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
1963 Saskatchewan Ernie Richardson, Arnold Richardson, Garnet Richardson, Mel Perry Brandon, Manitoba
1964  British Columbia Lyall Dagg, Leo Hebert, Fred Britton, Barry Naimark Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
1965  Manitoba Terry Braunstein, Don Duguid, Ron Braunstein, Ray Turnbull Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1966  Alberta Ron Northcott, George Finks, Bernie Sparkes, Fred Storey Halifax, Nova Scotia
1967  Ontario Alf Phillips, Jr., John Ross, Ron Manning, Keith Reilly Hull, Quebec
1968  Alberta Ron Northcott, Jim Shields, Bernie Sparkes, Fred Storey Kelowna, British Columbia
1969  Alberta Ron Northcott, Dave Gerlach, Bernie Sparkes, Fred Storey Oshawa, Ontario
1970  Manitoba Don Duguid, Rod Hunter, Jim Pettapiece, Bryan Wood Winnipeg, Manitoba
1971  Manitoba Don Duguid, Rod Hunter, Jim Pettapiece, Bryan Wood Quebec City, Quebec
1972  Manitoba Orest Meleschuk, Dave Romano, John Hanesiak, Pat Hailley St. John's, Newfoundland
1973  Saskatchewan Harvey Mazinke, Billy Martin, George Achtymichuk, Dan Klippenstein Edmonton, Alberta
1974  Alberta Hec Gervais, Ron Anton, Warren Hansen, Darrel Sutton London, Ontario
1975 Ontario Northern Ontario Bill Tetley, Rick Lang, Bill Hodgson, Peter Hnatiw Fredericton, New Brunswick
1976 Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland Jack MacDuff, Toby McDonald, Doug Hudson, Ken Templeton Regina, Saskatchewan
1977  Quebec Jim Ursel, Art Lobel, Don Aitken, Brian Ross Montreal, Quebec
1978  Alberta Ed Lukowich, Mike Chernoff, Dale Johnston, Ron Schindle Vancouver, British Columbia
1979  Manitoba Barry Fry, Bill Carey, Gordon Sparkes, Bryan Wood Ottawa, Ontario

Labatt Brier[edit]

Year Winning province Winning team Finalist province Finalist team Host
1980  Saskatchewan Rick Folk, Ron Mills, Tom Wilson, Jim Wilson Ontario Northern Ontario Al Hackner, Rick Lang, Bob Nichol, Bruce Kennedy Calgary, Alberta
1981  Manitoba Kerry Burtnyk, Mark Olson, Jim Spencer, Ron Kammerlock Ontario Northern Ontario Al Hackner, Rick Lang, Bob Nichol, Bruce Kennedy Halifax, Nova Scotia
1982 Ontario Northern Ontario Al Hackner, Rick Lang, Bob Nichol, Bruce Kennedy  British Columbia Brent Giles, Greg Monkman, Al Roemer, Brad Giles Brandon, Manitoba
1983  Ontario Ed Werenich, Paul Savage, John Kawaja, Neil Harrison  Alberta Ed Lukowich, Mike Chernoff, Neil Houston, Brent Syme Sudbury, Ontario
1984  Manitoba Michael Riley, Brian Toews, John Helston, Russ Wookey  Ontario Ed Werenich, Paul Savage, John Kawaja, Neil Harrison Victoria, British Columbia
1985 Ontario Northern Ontario Al Hackner, Rick Lang, Ian Tetley, Pat Perroud  Alberta Pat Ryan, Gord Trenchie, Don Mckenzie, Don Walchuk Moncton, New Brunswick
1986  Alberta Ed Lukowich, John Ferguson, Neil Houston, Brent Syme  Ontario Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Tim Belcourt, Kent Carstairs Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
1987  Ontario Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Tim Belcourt, Kent Carstairs  British Columbia Bernie Sparkes, Jim Armstrong, Monte Ziola, Jamie Sexton Edmonton, Alberta
1988  Alberta Pat Ryan, Randy Ferbey, Don Walchuk, Don McKenzie  Saskatchewan Eugene Hritzuk, Del Shaughnessy, Murray Soparlo, Don Dabrowski Chicoutimi-Jonquière, Quebec
1989  Alberta Pat Ryan, Randy Ferbey, Don Walchuk, Don McKenzie  British Columbia Rick Folk, Bert Gretzinger, Rob Koffski, Doug Smith Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1990  Ontario Ed Werenich, John Kawaja, Ian Tetley, Pat Perroud  New Brunswick Jim Sullivan, Charlie Sullivan, Jr., Craig Burgess, Paul Power Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
1991  Alberta Kevin Martin, Kevin Park, Dan Petryk, Don Bartlett  Saskatchewan Randy Woytowich, Brian McCusker, Wyatt Buck, John Grundy Hamilton, Ontario
1992  Manitoba Vic Peters, Dan Carey, Chris Neufeld, Don Rudd  Ontario Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Peter Corner Regina, Saskatchewan
1993  Ontario Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Peter Corner  British Columbia Rick Folk, Pat Ryan, Bert Gretzinger, Gerry Richard Ottawa, Ontario
1994  British Columbia Rick Folk, Pat Ryan, Bert Gretzinger, Gerry Richard  Ontario Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Peter Corner Red Deer, Alberta
1995  Manitoba Kerry Burtnyk, Jeff Ryan, Rob Meakin, Keith Fenton  Saskatchewan Brad Heidt, Mark Dacey, Wayne Charteris, Dan Ormsby Halifax, Nova Scotia
1996  Manitoba Jeff Stoughton, Ken Tresoor, Garry VanDenBerghe, Steve Gould  Alberta Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Shawn Broda, Don Bartlett Kamloops, British Columbia
1997  Alberta Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Rudy Ramcharan, Don Bartlett  Manitoba Vic Peters, Dan Carey, Chris Neufeld, Scott Grant Calgary, Alberta
1998  Ontario Wayne Middaugh, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley, Scott Bailey  Quebec Guy Hemmings, Pierre Charette, Guy Thibaudeau, Dale Ness Winnipeg, Manitoba
1999  Manitoba Jeff Stoughton, Jon Mead, Garry VanDenBerghe, Doug Armstrong  Quebec Guy Hemmings, Pierre Charette, Guy Thibaudeau, Dale Ness Edmonton, Alberta
2000  British Columbia Greg McAulay, Brent Pierce, Bryan Miki, Jody Sveistrup  New Brunswick Russ Howard, Wayne Tallon, Rick Perron, Grant Odishaw Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Nokia Brier[edit]

Year Winning province Winning team Finalist province Finalist team Host
2001  Alberta Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque  Manitoba Kerry Burtnyk, Jeff Ryan, Rob Meakin, Keith Fenton Ottawa, Ontario
2002  Alberta Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque  Ontario John Morris, Joe Frans, Craig Savill, Brent Laing Calgary, Alberta
2003  Alberta Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque  Nova Scotia Mark Dacey, Bruce Lohnes, Rob Harris, Andrew Gibson Halifax, Nova Scotia
2004  Nova Scotia Mark Dacey, Bruce Lohnes, Rob Harris, Andrew Gibson  Alberta Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Tim Hortons Brier[edit]

Year Winning province Winning team Finalist province Finalist team Host
2005  Alberta Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque  Nova Scotia Shawn Adams, Paul Flemming, Craig Burgess, Kelly Mittelstadt Edmonton, Alberta
2006  Quebec Jean-Michel Ménard, François Roberge, Éric Sylvain, Maxime Elmaleh  Ontario Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig Savill Regina, Saskatchewan
2007  Ontario Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig Savill  Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Chris Schille, Jamie Korab Hamilton, Ontario
2008  Alberta Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert  Ontario Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig Savill Winnipeg, Manitoba
2009  Alberta Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert  Manitoba Jeff Stoughton, Kevin Park, Rob Fowler, Steve Gould Calgary, Alberta
2010  Alberta Kevin Koe, Blake MacDonald, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen  Ontario Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig Savill Halifax, Nova Scotia
Tournament Gold Silver Bronze Host
Locale Team Locale Team Locale Team
2011  Manitoba Jeff Stoughton
Jon Mead
Reid Carruthers
Steve Gould
 Ontario Glenn Howard
Richard Hart
Brent Laing
Craig Savill
 Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue
Mark Nichols
Ryan Fry
Jamie Danbrook
London, Ontario
2012  Ontario Glenn Howard
Wayne Middaugh
Brent Laing
Craig Savill
 Alberta Kevin Koe
Pat Simmons
Carter Rycroft
Nolan Thiessen
 Manitoba Rob Fowler
Allan Lyburn
Richard Daneault
Derek Samagalski
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2013 Ontario Northern Ontario Brad Jacobs
Ryan Fry
E. J. Harnden
Ryan Harnden
 Manitoba Jeff Stoughton
Jon Mead
Reid Carruthers
Mark Nichols
 Ontario Glenn Howard
Wayne Middaugh
Brent Laing
Craig Savill
Edmonton, Alberta
2014  Alberta Kevin Koe
Pat Simmons
Carter Rycroft
Nolan Thiessen
 British Columbia John Morris
Jim Cotter
Tyrel Griffith
Rick Sawatsky
 Manitoba Jeff Stoughton
Jon Mead
Mark Nichols
Reid Carruthers
Kamloops, British Columbia
2015 Calgary, Alberta

Top 3 finishes table[edit]

Prior to the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier, there were no bronze medal games, so the third place finishes listed in the table are for the teams that finished third in the tournament. Following the introduction of bronze medal games, which are played between the loser of the page 3 vs. 4 playoff game and the loser of the semifinal game, the third place finishes listed are for the teams that won the bronze medal games in each Brier.

Province 1st 2nd 3rd Top 3 finishes
 Manitoba 27 14 14 55
 Alberta 26 18 8 52
 Ontario 10 18 12 40
 Saskatchewan 7 15 15 37
Ontario Northern Ontario 5 5 11 21
 British Columbia 4 13 14 31
 Nova Scotia 3 3 6 12
 Quebec 2 4 4 10
 Newfoundland and Labrador 1 1 2 4
 New Brunswick 0 3 7 10
 Yukon/ Northwest Territories 0 1 0 1
Toronto Toronto 0 0 5 5
 Prince Edward Island 0 0 2 2

Awards[edit]

Hec Gervais Playoff MVP Award[edit]

Year Player Province
1997 Kevin Martin  Alberta
1998 Graeme McCarrel  Ontario
1999 Jeff Stoughton  Manitoba
2000 Bryan Miki  British Columbia
2001 David Nedohin  Alberta
2002 David Nedohin (2)  Alberta
2003 David Nedohin (3)  Alberta
2004 Mark Dacey  Nova Scotia
2005 David Nedohin (4)  Alberta
2006 Jean-Michel Ménard  Quebec
2007 Glenn Howard  Ontario
2008 John Morris  Alberta
2009 Kevin Martin (2)  Alberta
2010 Kevin Koe  Alberta
2011 Jon Mead  Manitoba
2012 Wayne Middaugh  Ontario
2013 Brad Jacobs Ontario Northern Ontario
2014 Carter Rycroft  Alberta

Ross Harstone Sportsmanship Award[edit]

Year Player Province
1966 George F. McCharles  Newfoundland
1967 Douglas S. McGibney  British Columbia
1968 Charles Piper, Jr.  Nova Scotia
1969 Bill Piercey  Newfoundland
1970 Ed Steeves  New Brunswick
1971 Bob Pickering  Saskatchewan
1972 David Sullivan  New Brunswick
1973 Mel Watchorn  Alberta
1974 Larry McGrath  Saskatchewan
1975 Harvey Mazinke  Saskatchewan
1976 Jim Ursel  Quebec
1977 Joe Power, Jr.  Newfoundland
1978 Peter Murray  New Brunswick
1979 Dave Durrant  Nova Scotia
1979 Wayne Matheson  Prince Edward Island
1980 Wayne Hamilton  Newfoundland
1981 Mel Watchorn (2)  Alberta
1982 Mark Noseworthy  Newfoundland
1983 Jim Armstrong  British Columbia
1984 John Helston  Manitoba
1985 Daniel Hildebrand  Manitoba
1986 Bill Campbell, Jr.  Nova Scotia
1987 Jim Armstrong (2)  British Columbia
1988 Thomas Hakansson  Nova Scotia
1989 Bert Gretzinger  British Columbia
1990 Craig Lepine  British Columbia
1991 Rick Lang Ontario Northern Ontario
1992 Jim Armstrong (3)  British Columbia
1993 Trevor Alexander  Northwest Territories/Yukon
1994 Mark Noseworthy (2)  Newfoundland
1995 Rick Folk  British Columbia
1996 Brian Rafuse  Nova Scotia
1997 Vic Peters  Manitoba
1998 Toby McDonald  Newfoundland
1999 Gerald Shymko  Saskatchewan
2000 Bryan Miki  British Columbia
2001 Paul Flemming  Nova Scotia
2002 Mark Lang  Saskatchewan
2003 Bob Jenion  Manitoba
2004 Daniel Lafleur  Quebec
2005 Randy Dutiaume  Manitoba
2006 Jean-Michel Ménard  Quebec
2007 Mark Whitehead  Northwest Territories/Yukon
2008 Gerry Adam  Saskatchewan
2009 Dean Hicke  Saskatchewan
2010 Ian Fitzner-LeBlanc  Nova Scotia
2011 Jim Cotter  British Columbia
2012 Scott Manners  Saskatchewan
2013 Paul Flemming (2)  Nova Scotia
2014 Greg Balsdon  Ontario

Shot of the Week Award[edit]

Year Player Province
1997 Kevin Martin  Alberta
1998 Guy Hemmings  Quebec
1999 Guy Hemmings (2)  Quebec
2000 Peter Corner  Ontario
2001 Kerry Burtnyk  Manitoba
2002 David Nedohin  Alberta
2003 Bruce Lohnes  Nova Scotia
2004 Jay Peachey  British Columbia
2005 David Nedohin (2)  Alberta
2006 Mark Dacey  Nova Scotia
2007 Dean Joanisse  British Columbia
2008 Glenn Howard  Ontario
2009 Glenn Howard (2)  Ontario
2010 Richard Hart  Ontario
2011 Jeff Stoughton  Manitoba
2012 Glenn Howard (3)  Ontario
2013 Brad Gushue  Newfoundland and Labrador

Ford Hot Shots[edit]

Further information: Ford Hot Shots

Records[edit]

Most Brier wins as skip[edit]

Three people have won the Brier four times as skip:

  • Ernie Richardson (1959, 1960, 1962, 1963)
  • Randy Ferbey (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005) - In addition, Ferbey won the 1988 and 1989 Briers playing third for Pat Ryan.
  • Kevin Martin (1991, 1997, 2008, 2009)

Top Attendance Records[edit]

# Brier Venue Total attendance
1 2005 Rexall Place, Edmonton 281,985
2 2000 Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon 248,793
3 2009 Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary 246,126
4 2002 Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary 245,296
5 1999 Skyreach Centre, Edmonton 242,887
6 2004 Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon 238,129
7 1997 Canadian Airlines Saddledome, Calgary 223,322
8 2013 Rexall Place, Edmonton 190,113
9 2012 Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon 177,226
10 2008 MTS Centre, Winnipeg 165,075
11 2003 Metro Centre, Halifax 158,414
12 2001 Civic Centre, Ottawa 154,136
13 1989 Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon 151,538
14 1998 Winnipeg Arena, Winnipeg 147,017
15 1994 Centrium, Red Deer 130,625
16 1993 Civic Centre, Ottawa 130,076
17 1996 Riverside Coliseum, Kamloops 127,746
18 2006 Brandt Centre, Regina 125,971
19 1995 Metro Centre, Halifax 121,896
20 1992 Agridome, Regina 121,555
21 2011 John Labatt Centre, London 113,626
22 2010 Metro Centre, Halifax 107,242
23 2007 Copps Coliseum, Hamilton 107,199
24 1982 Keystone Centre, Brandon 106,394

Perfect games[edit]

A perfect game in curling is one in which a player scores 100% on all their shots in a game. Statistics on shots have been kept since 1985.

Curler Team Position Shots Year Opponent
Pat Perroud Ontario Northern Ontario Lead 22 1985  Alberta
Ron Kapicki  Northwest Territories/Yukon Lead 18 1987  Quebec
Neil Harrison  Ontario Lead 18 1988  Saskatchewan
Don Harvey  Manitoba Lead 20 1988 Ontario Northern Ontario
Louis Biron  Quebec Lead 10 1992  Alberta
Glenn Howard  Ontario Third 18 1992  Saskatchewan
Kevin Martin  Alberta Skip 10 1992  Quebec
Scott Alexander  Northwest Territories/Yukon Lead 20 1993  Ontario
Louis Biron  Quebec Lead 20 1993  British Columbia
Peter Corner  Ontario Lead 20 1993 Ontario Northern Ontario
John Gundy  Saskatchewan Lead 20 1993  Newfoundland
Glenn Howard  Ontario Third 20 1993  British Columbia
Gerry Richard  British Columbia Lead 16 1994  Saskatchewan
Kerry Burtnyk  Manitoba Skip 14 1995 Ontario Northern Ontario
Ken Ellis  Newfoundland Second 20 1997  New Brunswick
Pierre Charette  Quebec Third 12 1998  Newfoundland
Don Walchuk  Alberta Second 18 1988 Ontario Northern Ontario
Pierre Charette  Quebec Third 18 1999  New Brunswick
Grant Odishaw  New Brunswick Third 10 1999 Ontario Northern Ontario
Grant Odishaw  New Brunswick Lead 14 2000  Nova Scotia
Grant Odishaw  New Brunswick Lead 20 2000  Ontario
Don Walchuk  Alberta Third 16 2000  British Columbia
Wayne Middaugh  Ontario Skip 10 2001  Quebec
Wayne Middaugh  Ontario Skip 16 2001  Manitoba
Ian Tetley  Ontario Second 16 2001  Manitoba
Brad Fenton  British Columbia Lead 20 2004  Nova Scotia
Phil Loevenmark  Ontario Second 12 2004  Quebec
Scott Pfeifer  Alberta Second 12 2004 Ontario Northern Ontario
Trevor Wall  Ontario Lead 20 2004  Prince Edward Island
Jean Gagnon  Quebec Lead 10 2006  Prince Edward Island
Glenn Howard  Ontario Skip 14 2006  Manitoba
Craig Savill  Ontario Lead 18 2006 Ontario Northern Ontario
Pierre Fraser  New Brunswick Lead 12 2007  Alberta
Craig Savill  Ontario Lead 10 2007  New Brunswick
Glenn Howard  Ontario Skip 12 2008  Prince Edward Island
Ryan Fry  Newfoundland and Labrador Second 14 2009  Quebec
Steve Gould  Manitoba Lead 18 2009  Alberta
Kevin Martin  Alberta Skip 12 2009 Ontario Northern Ontario
John Morris  Alberta Third 12 2009  British Columbia
Nolan Thiessen  Alberta Lead 18 2010  Nova Scotia
Jeff Stoughton  Manitoba Skip 15 2011  Alberta
Brent Laing  Ontario Second 16 2012  Prince Edward Island
Mark Nichols  Manitoba Lead 16 2013  Nova Scotia
Ryan Harnden Ontario Northern Ontario Lead 14 2013  Alberta
Brad Jacobs Ontario Northern Ontario Skip 14 2013  Alberta
Ben Hebert  Alberta Lead 10 2013  Nova Scotia
Philippe Ménard  Quebec Lead 16 2013  British Columbia
Craig Savill  Ontario Lead 14 2013  Newfoundland and Labrador
Brent Laing  Ontario Second 14 2013  Newfoundland and Labrador
Marc Kennedy  Alberta Second 14 2013  Prince Edward Island
Mark Nichols  Manitoba Lead 18 2013 Ontario Northern Ontario
Ryan Harnden Ontario Northern Ontario Lead 17 2013  Manitoba
Jamie Childs Ontario Northern Ontario Lead 20 2014  Prince Edward Island
Nolan Thiessen  Alberta Lead 15 2014  Newfoundland and Labrador
Nolan Thiessen  Alberta Lead 16 2014  Northwest Territories/Yukon
Rick Sawatsky  British Columbia Lead 18 2014  Prince Edward Island
Rick Sawatsky  British Columbia Lead 16 2014  New Brunswick
Rick Sawatsky  British Columbia Lead 16 2014  Ontario

Number of games played[edit]

Rank Player Province(s) Games played
1 Glenn Howard  Ontario 196
2 Russ Howard  Ontario
 New Brunswick
174
3 Kevin Martin  Alberta 150
4 Jeff Stoughton  Manitoba 139
5 Brad Gushue  Newfoundland and Labrador 133
6 Bernie Sparkes  Alberta
 British Columbia
129
7 James Grattan  New Brunswick 127
8 Rick Lang Ontario Northern Ontario 121
9 Pat Ryan  Alberta
 British Columbia
120
10 Ed Werenich  Ontario 120
11 Brent Laing  Ontario 122
12 Craig Savill  Ontario 120
12 Mark Nichols  Newfoundland and Labrador
 Manitoba
120
14 Wayne Middaugh  Ontario 115
15 Mark O'Rourke  Prince Edward Island 111
16 Al Hackner Ontario Northern Ontario 106
17 Garnet Campbell  Saskatchewan 101
18 Randy Ferbey  Alberta 100
19 Peter Gallant  Prince Edward Island 100

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canada Curls", by Doug Maxwell, pg 106
  2. ^ a b "Canada Curls", by Doug Maxwell, pg 109
  3. ^ "Canada Curls", by Doug Maxwell, pg 114
  4. ^ a b "Canada Curls", by Doug Maxwell, pg 121
  5. ^ "CBC Digital Archives: Curling at the 1947 Macdonald Brier". CBC. 
  6. ^ "The History of Curling". Canadian Curling Association. 
  7. ^ Mellor, Claire (12 March 2010). "Monsanto curls up with Brier organizers". Halifax, Nova Scotia: The Chronicle Herald. 
  8. ^ "Brier to follow Scotties in awarding a Team Canada bye to champion". Canadian Press. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 

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