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Great news on a couple of fronts as the North Bay Granite Club will be hosting the 2015 Canadian Mixed Championship, in a club that is seeing a resurgence in exposure due to the hard work of it’s manager Bobby Ray. The club has recently hosted a successful summerspiel event for the second year and it’s great to see them take on an event like that mixed that I expect to see them do an amazing job with.
The other thing this announcement means is that the national mixed championship is not going away and this is great news for the curlers who love to play this event. There’s been concern that with the mixed doubles becoming the national championship, that the Canadian Curling Association (CCA) would do away with the mixed and so far that’s not the case. I would expect that as long as enthusiastic clubs like the North Bay Granite Club step forward to host the mixed will remain.
While the travel costs limit money making opportunities for the CCA, this event does make it possible for host committees to generate revenues for their clubs, and exposure and experience in hosting a major championship and we hope to see it continue going forward.
The announcement below:
The 2015 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship will be hosted by the North Bay Granite Club in North Bay, Ont., it was announced today by the Canadian Curling Association (CCA).

The traditional four-player team championship will be staged Nov. 8-15, 2014, with the pre-qualifier to take place Nov. 6 and 7 at the Granite Club.It will be the eighth time the Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) has played host to the Canadian Mixed Championship, and the second time the event has been played in North Bay. In 1988, an up-and-coming skip from Manitoba named Jeff Stoughton won his first national championship“The Northern Ontario Curling Association has a longstanding tradition of hosting the Canadian Mixed Championship,” said NOCA president Stephen Chenier. “The North Bay Granite Club will do a superb job with this event, and we look forward to welcoming Canada’s top mixed curling teams to Northern Ontario.”
Thunder Bay has hosted the Canadian mixed on three occasions (1966, won by Manitoba’s Ernie Boushy; 1972, won by B.C.’s Trev Fisher); 1991, won by Manitoba’s Stoughton). Timmins hosted in 1982 (won by B.C.’s Glen Pierce) and 2004 (won by Alberta’s Shannon Kleibrink), while Sudbury played host to the 2012 championship (won by Saskatchewan’s Jason Ackerman).

“This is going to be an exciting way to showcase both mixed curling and the North Bay Granite Club,” said Host Committee Co-Chair Dave Bennett. “Our club has a dedicated group of volunteers ready to make this one of the best Canadian Mixed Championships that has ever been staged.”

Ontario’s Cory Heggestad captured the 2013 Canadian Mixed Championship last November in Montreal.

The 2014 Canadian Mixed is scheduled for Nov. 14-23, 2013, at the Rideau Curling Club in Ottawa.

For more information:
Danny Lamoureux
Director, Championship Services & Curling Club Development
Canadian Curling Association
Office: 613-834-2076 x116
Cell: 613-878-3682
Al Cameron
Director, Communication & Media Relations
Canadian Curling Association
Tel: 403-463-5500
Dave Bennett

Co-Chairman, Host Committee

Tel.: 705-476-3111, x4252


Canadian curler Matt Dumontelle has been suspended for two years from competition after an anti-doping rule violation during the World Men’s Curling Championship in Victoria.

Dumontelle, the alternate player for the team skipped by Brad Jacobs, tested positive for the banned substance Methandienone Metabolites in a test following the gold-medal game.

The result does not affect Canada’s silver-medal finish at the World Championship, nor does it have any ramifications for the Jacobs team.

“We are disappointed to hear this news,” said Canadian Curling Association (CCA) Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “We take the issue of doping in sports extremely seriously, and we stress repeatedly and emphatically to our athletes how important it is to respect the rules set down by the World Anti-Doping Agency. We respect the findings of the tests, and will pursue no further action on behalf of the athlete in question. In the end, regardless of the circumstance, our athletes are solely responsible for everything that enters their body. Having said that, we are firm in the belief that our athletes respect the rules and will continue to display a high standard of following them. As well, the CCA will continue to provide educational resources to our athletes on the subject of doping. Players who compete in national and international events are told in advance, and in clear language, of the anti-doping rules and the importance of following them.”

Dumontelle informed the CCA, World Curling Federation and the World Anti-Doping Agency that he has acknowledged the violation and has waived his right to appeal the finding. His two-year sanction ends on May 6, 2015 (two years from the date of the provisional suspension being assessed), and makes him ineligible to participate in any sport that is part of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program during the time of the suspension.

“I take full responsibility for the findings of the positive test at the World Championship in Victoria. I am truly sorry for letting down my teammates, the Canadian Curling Association and curling fans across Canada,” said Dumontelle. “I was taking a workout supplement that I believed was safe; clearly, it was not and I regret that decision. I had no intentions of trying to ‘beat the system.’ I was made aware by our Canadian Curling Association High Performance staff of my responsibilities to respect and follow the rules as set down by the World Anti-Doping Agency. At the end of the day I accept that it was, and is, my responsibility to make sure that I am playing by those rules.”

“We have been informed of the positive finding for alternate player Matt Dumontelle, and while we remain friends with Matt, we in no way condone his actions,” said E.J. Harnden, the second for Team Jacobs. “We respect the rules of the the World Anti-Doping Agency, and we also respect the process and the resulting penalty. Our team has undergone various in-competition tests this season with no adverse findings. As well, we are fully aware that as high-performance athletes, we are subject to random testing at any time. This is as it should be, because in no way, shape or form do we think that doping has a place in sports. We believe that this is an extremely isolated incident, and in no way should it be a reflection on our team or our sport.”

Dumontelle was added to Team Jacobs following its victory at the 2013 Northern Ontario championship. He did not participate in any games at the World Championship.


OTTAWA — Curling fans around the world will be able to access the rich history of the Roaring Game in Canada with just a click of the mouse.

The Canadian Curling Association (CCA) announced today that it has launched a new web site for its Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. It can be accessed at

On the site, fans and media will be able to get information on the 385 members of the Canadian Curling Association Hall of Fame, including 2013 inductees Cathy King, Sonja Gaudet and Laura Lochanski, through a virtual tour.

“So much of the attention is paid to the here and now when it comes to curling, but it’s due to the work of the athletes and builders in the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame that game is thriving, healthy and prominent today in Canada,” said CCA Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “Our Hall of Fame web-based platform is a wonderful and comprehensive tribute to those people, and a terrific way for fans to find out more about the game and the people who’ve made it so great by exploring the virtual Hall of Fame.”

The online Hall of Fame features pictures and biographies of most of the inductees over the years, although the site will continue to evolve as pictures and information on some of the early inductees are submitted.

“We’re hoping our great curling fans can supply some more background details and photographs of our inductees,” said Glenn van Gulik, the CCA’s Director, Information Services and Technology, who oversaw the Virtual Hall of Fame project. “It’s a great way for people to get involved with, and contribute to, the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.”


Media inquiries:

Greg Stremlaw
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Curling Association
Office: 613-834-2076 x117
Cell: 613-799-9993

Al Cameron
Director, Communication & Media Relations
Canadian Curling Association
Tel: 403-463-5500

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