Registered: Jan 2009
Location: Hovel of Fame
Sad Day - Rod Hunter Dies
Legendary Hall of Fame 3rd and 4 time Manitoba champion Rod Hunter has passed away.
Rod rose to prominence as Don Duguid's 3rd during the amazing 2 year run of Team Duguid (Don Duguid, Hunter, Jim Pettapiece & Bryan Wood) in 1970 and 1971, winning the Brier in the packed Winnipeg Arena in 1970 and then weathering a stormy 3 way playoff with fellow legends Bob Pickering (Sask) and Bill Tetley (N. Ont.) in 1971 Quebec City Brier.
The team also went undefeated in their 2 silver broom wins (aka worlds)
Got to know Rod in the mid-70s when I was coming up as a curler and broadcaster. A sardonic guy with a quick wit - would have made as good a color commentator as Moosie Turnbull (who also died earlier in 2017).
Watching footage of that late Friday afternoon game w/ Pickering gave me shivers today. Duguid, needed to spill a 3/4 open Pickering stone in the side 4 ft. A totally nervous Duguid looked like Fresca coming out of the hack, nearly tipping over during his shaky delivery. Then as the rock hit the half way point, Jim Pettapiece, as strong and vicious a sweeper as ever existed wiped out and almost burned Duguid's rock. . . . . leaving Hunter on the tee, urging the one remaining sweeper Bryan Wood to sweep a rapidly curling takeout ----- eventually the takeout succeeded - Duguid got about 1/6th of the Pickering stone and won their first Brier.
Duguid retired shortly after the 1971 Brier, he had previously placed 4th in the 1957 Brier as lead for Howard Wood, Jr. He won his first Brier as 3rd for Terry "Bronko" Braunstein in 1965 (but lost the worlds to Bud Somerville).
Hunter continued to dominate Manitoba curling for the next half decade, bringing in Danny Fink from Alberta to replace Duguid. They won the Manitoba championship in 1973 and were unbeaten at the Edmonton Brier (4-0) when they ran into a cyclone named Harvey Mazinke - Fink unravelled and Rod finished up the track with a very poor record - I think they only won one game after Mazinke spanked them,
The Magic was not over for Uncle Rod though. In 1975 he electrified a nearly brand new Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba. . . . winning the Manitoba consols - down 6-3 in the 10th end to Paul Devlin, and with 1000s leaving the arena, I stayed. Rod didn't give up - and neither did I. He got a couple mistakes from Devlin's front end of Mark Malkin & Ian Staniloff (known pot-heads at the time) and proceeded to ring Devlin up for a 4 spot - advancing to the Manitoba final where he defeated Barry Fry.
With Rod skipping Manitoba fared better than they did under Danny Fink - amassing a winning record but unable to topple eventual winning Bill Tetley, the lip-smacking Northern Ontario ace.
Moosie Turnbull last year, now Rod. Awful - but great memories from both men!
Rod moved to VIking, Alberta for business purposes but still came back for the odd Winnipeg bonspiel - but the arrow was shot - he ended up fork-curling - BUT LIKE BRANDON IN 1975 THE ARROW STILL SHOWED UP. A REAL CREDIT TO THE SPORT - AND THE MODEL FOR THE GREAT SLIDERS OF THE FUTURE - AKA kEVIN KOE, RACHEL HOMAN, KAITLYN LAWES, ETC.
NB. Arrow would have been about 74/75
I'm one of the good guys now!
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