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A sad day for curling as cancer claims the life of Vic Peters, 60 years old, being lauded as one of the nicest guys in curling by many of his peers.

Peters is a three-time Manitoba curling champion, going on the win the 1992 Brier title over Russ Howard before winning bronze a the World Championship in Germany.

Peters made two more trips to the Brier, in 1993 failing to make the playoffs and again in 1997 where he lost the final to Kevin Martin. Peters won the Ross Harstone Trophy at the 1997 Brier as the curler with who best represents sportsmanship, observance of the rules, exemplary conduct and curling ability.

After a minor cancer scare when he was in his 20s, Peters was diagnosed with cancer in his lymph nodes (lymphoma) in 2011, the beginning of a nearly 5 year battle that would ultimately take his life.

Peters is survived by his wife Debbie, his son Daley and daughters Kasandra and Elizabeth. Peters was seen prominently on Television during the 2016 Scotties in Grande Prairie cheering on Elizabeth as part of Team Einarson.

Well I found out last night how life can go from being on top the world to rock bottom instantly… One of the greatest…

Posted by Derek Dale Samagalski on Monday, March 28, 2016

More on the story:

2011: Peters no long calling shots

2012: He’s a miracle man

2016: Curling champ Peters dies of cancer:


Team Ahlmarks, skipped by Cissi Ostlund, with Sabina Kraupp, Sara Carlsson and Paulina Stern is no more after their recent announcement that the team is parting ways. Team Ostlund went 47-34 on the season, winning the Swedish National Championship this season.

We would like to announce that the season of 2015/2016 has come to be our last season together as a team. After 16 years…

Posted by Team Ahlmarks on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

This is an interesting time for the Swedish Women’s program with Ostlund, Carlsson and Stein becoming free agents which could create a shakeup overall. Team Sigfridsson was nominated for the Women’s World Championship as the best team this season, but their results have been underwhelming since their Silver Medal at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, missing the playoffs in last three Worlds.

Anna Hasselborg and juniors Isabella Wrana add depth to the program and have posted some strong results this season, and it will be interesting to see if further changes will happen in Sweden.


2 Girls and a Game – A Curling Podcast

Our show reflects our insights and observations about our favourite game, the athletes and their stories during the biggest competitions. The Girls wrap up last week’s coverage of the Brier. We apologize for some technical issues with the quality at times, but felt the discussion was still worthwhile.

Have a Listen:


curling1712The 2016 Tim Hortons Brier was John Morris’s last curling event for the 2015-2016 season. The 37-year-old curler, and vice-skip on Team Canada at this year’s Ottawa Tim Hortons Brier, will be undergoing Inguinal Hernia Repair.

“I’ve been playing through some significant pain this season, and the timing is right to deal with these issues”, said Morris, who still managed to curl a career-high 90% at the Tim Hortons Brier.

Following recovery, Morris will also be undergoing treatment for associated hip pain.

“By taking the time now to focus on my physical health and use the extended offseason to recover, I expect to return to the ice stronger and better than I’ve ever been in the fall. I want to make sure I do everything I can to be in a great position for another 2018 Olympic run, whether that be in mixed
doubles or the team event.”

John Morris is a three-time Tim Hortons Brier champion, including in 2015 with teammates skip Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Tom Sallows and coach Earle Morris, and gold medallist from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.


2 Girls and a Game – A Curling Podcast

Our show reflects our insights and observations about our favourite game, the athletes and their stories during the biggest competitions. Check out our first podcast recorded during the Brier.


A developing story from Winnipeg Sun reporter Paul Friesen out of Denmark and soon to be posted on Winnipeg Sun shortly that Kyle Doering and Wade Ford, two players from Matt Dunstone’s Canadian Junior team playing the World Championships saved a man’s life.

The story in tweets from Friesen:


Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton is making changes for the 2015-16 curling season with sister Marliese Kasner stepping back for personal reasons, and former third Trish Paulsen going another direction. Team Lawton won the Prestige Hotels Classic in Vernon this season, but qualified only twice more this season before losing the final of the Saskatchewan Viterra Scotties.

Team Lawton is adding an experienced player at the Third position, with Beth Iskiw joining the team for next season. Iskiw last playing in 2013/14 with Heather Nedohin out of Alberta before stepping away at the time. Iskiw played third and was part of the 2012 Scotties Champions, advancing to the Ford World Women’s Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta where they would win a bronze medal.

Iskiw joins Lawton, along with long-time second Sherri Singler as the search continues to find someone to play lead.


Monday was Support Our Troops Day at the Tim Hortons Brier, with a full on-ice ceremony before this afternoon’s draw, where fans were asked to also wear red to show support of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Team Canada wore special-edition camouflage uniforms for both the afternoon and evening draws. Six signed uniforms will be donated to the Support Our Troops Program, and six more signed uniforms will be given to the Curling Canada Foundation to be bid on in the second annual Great Canadian Auction, which begins Wednesday in the Brier Patch.

PROCURLINGWear and Designs by EM (Canadian Champion Emma Miskew) sponsored Curling Canada’s Support Our Troops activities, with Authentic Replica Teamwear worn by Team Canada’s Pat Simmons, John Morris, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen and coach Earle Morris on Support Our Troops Day at the Brier available exclusively via A portion of the profits will be donated to Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services.

The initiative is a natural tie-in for Team Canada, as they’ve been donating a portion of their winnings to Wounded Warriors Canada and worn special edition jerseys at other events this season. Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization that supports Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, and their families.

Through a wide range of national programs and services, Wounded Warriors provides a spectrum of care that is focused on mental health and, particularly, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Nothing to report, scores probably still zero.

It’s been a tight and intense start to the beginning of this year’s Tim Hortons Brier in Ottawa. You can feel the tension around the event, with such a deep, talented field the teams know they need to be ready every game.

Team Canada’s Pat Simmons is off to a great start, focusing on being strong early to stay in the mix. A team I thought might be a bit of a one-hit wonder, but Pat Simmons is proving his 2015 Brier run was more than just a mirage.

Brad Jacobs, another recent former champion looks to join Simmons with an win over BC’s Jim Cotter in this evening’s tilt. It seems to show that experience is paying off early here, when you then consider the big wins by Glenn Howard over Brad Gushue and Kevin Koe.

I had thought Team Howard might struggle here, for a couple of reasons. The team is ailing, players banged up from the season and the ban of hair brushes which Team Howard leaned on in their Ontario Tankard run.

Interesting to see Hardline brush pads on the end of Howard’s BalancePlus handles. It’s been well discussed among the players that many feel the Hardline IcePads are still the best of the market, without insert and the new Tour Elite fabric. Even playing that advantage, many feel it’s getting closer to an even playing field.

37 Blank Ends over first 4 draws (14 games). That’s 2.6 ends per game. It’s been an exciting start, but looking at the scoreboards only, you’re left to wonder what’s going on. There are many great shots being made, that it’s not boring blank ends being played, and two strong teams going at each other, refusing to bend.

The games needs something more. The great shot-making is seeing ends being setup until one side makes a small mistake and feels the need to bail. With great execution many rocks leave play, leading to ends being exciting, but still zeroed out by the end.

If we want more points on the board, we need to create a situation where both teams feel the incentive to put rocks in play. The guys are getting so good, that it truly is chess on the ice now, the strategy and tactics even more important.

Experience is ruling the day early. A tight and intense start where even the smallest of mistakes can be the difference in winning and losing.

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