Registered: Jan 2009
Location: Hovel of Fame
This came as a surprise. Ray just lost his oldest son a few weeks back, now this!
Bob Picken the legendary Manitoba curling broadcaster (who's now 84 or 85) was on radio this a.m.
Said Ray excelled in a number of things but graded him differently than I would have.
Ray had impact in 3 different areas.
Broadcasting. Building. Playing.
He was a full service curling rounder.
Picken said his greatest achievement was his 30 yrs of broadcasting on TSN. While Ray was the first great color man on TV I think his biggest impact was in taking an essentially Canadian game - and seeding it like the Johnny Appleseed of curling into virgin curling territories - like Japan, Korea, Australia, Switzerland - just about every area other than Russia!
He trained an enabled an army of eager non-curlers into a force to be reckoned with, at points squashing many Canadian comers with superbly trained, educated and prepared teams.
As a lead he managed to get to 2 Briers - in 1958 he was part of Manitoba's "Young Sheldon" group of youngsters that toppled the famed (locally) Stan Topoloniski in the Manitoba finals - then proceeded to Victoria with 2 x 18 yr olds, a 17 yr old and a 16 yr old. They fought valiantly - in an era where 70% shot completion was actually pretty good. Legendary Matt Baldwin came out of Alberta that year - and while suffering with standing pneumonia, still managed to subdue the eager but out-gunned Children of the Corn.
Moose got back to the Brier in 1965, with legendary Don Duguid replacing Braunstein's brother at 3rd - and they busted up the field to win Canada - and take a silver at worlds, the first Canadian team not to win the worlds.
Moosie was an above average lead - certainly a competent 65 to 75% player. Nowhere near the level of leads we see in the last 10 to 15 years. Strong sweeper - the guy was nearly 6'2" and well over 220 lbs. and really had a skip's mind - just couldn't make skip's shots.
While being one of the foremost individuals to build up international curling, broadcasting in his irascible style and playing in 2 briers and numerous Manitoba championships (6 or 7 minimum would be my estimate) he also opened one of Winnipeg's first all-curling shops with an assistant, Don "Snapper" Stay who was a real beaut. I still remember visiting Ray at his shop on Notre Dame Ave. when I was a hot junior. I should have asked him for more advice - but I was far too arrogant for a snot-nosed kid at 18 or 19. I should also have asked Ken Watson to coach me but was too shy to ask.
Ray also built a substantial financial empire selling insurance. His insurance company is still in business on Winnipeg's Corydon Avenue strip.
A real renaissance man of curling. No other quite like him.
Only ones close immo - legendary player, coach and now broadcaster Kevin Martin - and possible Russ Howard.
RIP MOOSE TURNBULL - YOU WERE ELITE.
I'm one of the good guys now!
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