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The Tim Hortons Brier, or simply (and more commonly) the Brier, is the annual Canadian men's curling championship, sanctioned by Curling Canada. The current event name refers to its main sponsor, the Tim Hortons coffee and donut shop chain. "Brier" originally referred to a brand of tobacco sold by the event's first sponsor, the Macdonald Tobacco Company.

Tim Hortons Brier
Established1927
2020 host cityKingston, Ontario
2020 arenaLeon's Centre
2019 champion Alberta (Kevin Koe)
Current edition
2019 Tim Hortons Brier

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 Curling Championships of the same year. 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

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HistoryEdit

In 1924, George J. Cameron, the president of the W. L. Mackenzie and Company subsidiary of the Macdonald Tobacco Company, pitched the idea of a national curling championship to Macdonald Tobacco and was accepted. 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's T. Howard Stewart, brother of company president Walter Stewart, supported the use of granites, and was able to influence the decision to use granite stones for the new national championship.[1]

Macdonald Tobacco further developed the concept, in 1925 and 1926, by sponsoring the winners of the Manitoba provincial championship to travel to Eastern Canada. In 1925, the Manitoba team played a number of exhibition games against local teams, while the 1926 team played in the Quebec Bonspiel. The visits were deemed popular enough for Macdonald Tobacco to move forward with sponsorship of a full national championship in 1927.

The first Brier was held at the Granite Club in Toronto in 1927. Eight teams from across the country participated, representing Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Northern Ontario, Toronto and Montreal. Games lasted 14 ends, and each team played each other in a 7-game round robin with no playoffs unless there was a tie for first. The first Brier champion was Nova Scotia, a rink skipped by Murray Macneill, with teammates Al MacInnes, Cliff Torey and Jim Donahue – who 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 the single Western Canada team was replaced by individual teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, increasing the total number of teams to 10 – seven provinces, two cities and the region of Northern Ontario. In the 1932 Brier, the cities of Montreal and Toronto were dropped from competition, but Northern Ontario 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. The Dominion of Newfoundland did not become part of Canada until after the 1949 Brier, so the team representing the new province of Newfoundland (later Newfoundland and Labrador) did not join the Brier until 1951. In 1975, a single combined team representing the federal territories of Yukon and Northwest Territories joined the Brier competition. In 1977, games were shortened to 10 ends, which is the current length for matches. Games had to be played in their entirety until the 1974 Brier, when the rules were changed to the present standard of allowing a team to concede defeat before the end of the match if they wished.[2]

The Brier would continue to be played at the Granite Club in Toronto through to the 1940 competition. 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 (CBC) 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, CBC began regularly showing live coverage of the final draw of the event.[3] Today, TSN covers the entire tournament. CBC had covered the semi-finals and the finals up until the 2007–08 season. In 2013, Sportsnet and City began to offer coverage of the finals of the provincial playdowns in Manitoba, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia as well.

In 1977, Macdonald Tobacco announced it would no longer be sponsoring the Brier, and the 1979 event would be the last one titled the Macdonald Brier. A committee headed by the Canadian Curling Association (today's Curling Canada) 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 Labatt sponsorship 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 on 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 Canadian Curling Association 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.

SponsorsEdit

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

Qualification and eligibilityEdit

 
2006 Brier, in Regina

The Brier is currently contested by 16 teams. Most provinces and territories are represented by one team, with the exception of Ontario, which sends two teams (named Ontario and Northern Ontario). Through 2014 the territories sent one team, but starting in 2015 all three territories were permitted to compete individually. 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. Playdown formats vary, with each member association choosing a format suited to its geography and demographics. Originally, nearly all teams regardless of ability or past performance had to qualify for each Brier, starting at the club level when more than one team from a club seeks to enter the playdowns. Today, member associations typically grant past champions and other strong teams automatic entry to the latter stage(s) of the playdowns.

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 now earn a bye representing Canada during the following year's Brier.[7]

For the three tournaments from 2015 to 2017, fifteen teams (ten provinces, three territories, Northern Ontario, and Team Canada) competed for twelve places in the Brier proper. The four lowest-ranked regions played a pre-qualifying tournament to open the Brier, with the winner advancing to the full round-robin. In this format's first year Nunavut declined to send a team, and the round was between the winners of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and the Yukon.

Beginning with the 2018 Brier, the event expanded to a sixteen team field, with the ten provinces, three territories, Northern Ontario, and Team Canada being joined by the highest-ranked non-qualified team on the Canadian Team Ranking System standings.[8] The teams are separated into two pools of eight, each playing a round-robin, with the top four teams in each pool advancing to a second pool to determine the final four teams. The pools were tentatively slated to be determined by the CTRS standings as of December 31, 2017.[clarify] [9]

WinnersEdit

Macdonald BrierEdit

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 (2)
1929 Manitoba Gordon Hudson, Don Rollo, Ron Singbush, Bill Grant Toronto, Ontario (3)
1930 Manitoba Howard Wood, Sr., Jimmy Congalton, Victor Wood, Lionel Wood Toronto, Ontario (4)
1931 Manitoba Bob Gourley, Ernie Pollard, Arnold Lockerbie, Ray Stewart Toronto, Ontario (5)
1932 Manitoba Jimmy Congalton, Howard Wood, Sr., Bill Noble, Harry Mawhinney Toronto, Ontario (6)
1933 Alberta Cliff Manahan, Harold Deeton, Harold Wolfe, Bert Ross Toronto, Ontario (7)
1934 Manitoba Leo Johnson, Lorne Stewart, Linc Johnson, Marno Frederickson Toronto, Ontario (8)
1935 Ontario Gordon Campbell, Donnie Campbell, Gord Coates, Duncan Campbell Toronto, Ontario (9)
1936 Manitoba Ken Watson, Grant Watson, Marvin MacIntyre, Charles Kerr Toronto, Ontario (10)
1937 Alberta Cliff Manahan, Wes Robinson, Ross Manahan, Lloyd McIntyre Toronto, Ontario (11)
1938 Manitoba Ab Gowanlock, Bung Cartmell, Bill McKnight, Tom McKnight Toronto, Ontario (12)
1939 Ontario Bert Hall, Perry Hall, Ernie Parkes, Cam Seagram Toronto, Ontario (13)
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 (14)
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, Jock 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 (2)
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, Glen 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 (2)
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 (2)
1962 Saskatchewan Ernie Richardson, Arnold Richardson, Garnet Richardson, Wes Richardson Kitchener, 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 (2)
1966  Alberta Ron Northcott, George Fink, Bernie Sparkes, Fred Storey Halifax, Nova Scotia (2)
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 (3)
1971   Manitoba Don Duguid, Rod Hunter, Jim Pettapiece, Bryan Wood Quebec City, Quebec (3)
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 (2)
1974   Alberta Hec Gervais, Ron Anton, Warren Hansen, Darrel Sutton London, Ontario
1975   Northern Ontario Bill Tetley, Rick Lang, Bill Hodgson, Peter Hnatiw Fredericton, New Brunswick
1976   Newfoundland Jack MacDuff, Toby McDonald, Doug Hudson, Ken Templeton Regina, Saskatchewan (2)
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 (2)
1979   Manitoba Barry Fry, Bill Carey, Gordon Sparkes, Bryan Wood Ottawa, Ontario

Labatt BrierEdit

Year Winning province Winning team Finalist province Finalist team Host
1980   Saskatchewan Rick Folk, Ron Mills, Tom Wilson, Jim Wilson   Northern Ontario Al Hackner, Rick Lang, Bob Nichol, Bruce Kennedy Calgary, Alberta (3)
1981   Manitoba Kerry Burtnyk, Mark Olson, Jim Spencer, Ron Kammerlock   Northern Ontario Al Hackner, Rick Lang, Bob Nichol, Bruce Kennedy Halifax, Nova Scotia (3)
1982   Northern Ontario Al Hackner, Rick Lang, Bob Nichol, Bruce Kennedy   British Columbia Brent Giles, Greg Monkman, Al Roemer, Brad Giles Brandon, Manitoba (2)
1983   Ontario Ed Werenich, Paul Savage, John Kawaja, Neil Harrison   Alberta Ed Lukowich, Mike Chernoff, Neil Houston, Brent Syme Sudbury, Ontario (2)
1984   Manitoba Michael Riley, Brian Toews, John Helston, Russ Wookey   Ontario Ed Werenich, Paul Savage, John Kawaja, Neil Harrison Victoria, British Columbia (2)
1985   Northern Ontario Al Hackner, Rick Lang, Ian Tetley, Pat Perroud   Alberta Pat Ryan, Gord Trenchie, Don Mckenzie, Don Walchuk Moncton, New Brunswick (2)
1986   Alberta Ed Lukowich, John Ferguson, Neil Houston, Brent Syme   Ontario Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Tim Belcourt, Kent Carstairs Kitchener, Ontario (2)
1987   Ontario Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Tim Belcourt, Kent Carstairs   British Columbia Bernie Sparkes, Jim Armstrong, Monte Ziola, Jamie Sexton Edmonton, Alberta (3)
1988   Alberta Pat Ryan, Randy Ferbey, Don Walchuk, Don McKenzie   Saskatchewan Eugene Hritzuk, Del Shaughnessy, Murray Soparlo, Don Dabrowski Chicoutimi, Quebec
1989   Alberta Pat Ryan, Randy Ferbey, Don Walchuk, Don McKenzie   British Columbia Rick Folk, Bert Gretzinger, Rob Koffski, Doug Smith Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (3)
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 (2)
1992   Manitoba Vic Peters, Dan Carey, Chris Neufeld, Don Rudd   Ontario Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Peter Corner Regina, Saskatchewan (3)
1993   Ontario Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Peter Corner   British Columbia Rick Folk, Pat Ryan, Bert Gretzinger, Gerry Richard Ottawa, Ontario (2)
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 (4)
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 (4)
1998   Ontario Wayne Middaugh, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley, Scott Bailey   Quebec Guy Hemmings, Pierre Charette, Guy Thibaudeau, Dale Ness Winnipeg, Manitoba (4)
1999   Manitoba Jeff Stoughton, Jon Mead, Garry VanDenBerghe, Doug Armstrong   Quebec Guy Hemmings, Pierre Charette, Guy Thibaudeau, Dale Ness Edmonton, Alberta (4)
2000   British Columbia Greg McAulay, Brent Pierce, Bryan Miki, Jody Sveistrup   New Brunswick Russ Howard, Wayne Tallon, Rick Perron, Grant Odishaw Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (4)

Nokia BrierEdit

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 (3)
2002   Alberta Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque   Ontario John Morris, Joe Frans, Craig Savill, Brent Laing Calgary, Alberta (5)
2003   Alberta Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque   Nova Scotia Mark Dacey, Bruce Lohnes, Rob Harris, Andrew Gibson Halifax, Nova Scotia (5)
2004   Nova Scotia Mark Dacey, Bruce Lohnes, Rob Harris, Andrew Gibson   Alberta Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (5)

Tim Hortons BrierEdit

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 (5)
2006   Quebec Jean-Michel Ménard, François Roberge, Éric Sylvain, Maxime Elmaleh   Ontario Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig Savill Regina, Saskatchewan (4)
2007   Ontario Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig Savill   Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Chris Schille, Jamie Korab Hamilton, Ontario (3)
2008   Alberta Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert   Ontario Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig Savill Winnipeg, Manitoba (5)
2009   Alberta Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert   Manitoba Jeff Stoughton, Kevin Park, Rob Fowler, Steve Gould Calgary, Alberta (6)
2010   Alberta Kevin Koe, Blake MacDonald, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen   Ontario Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig Savill Halifax, Nova Scotia (6)
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 (2)
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 (6)
2013   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 (6)
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 (2)
2015   Canada Pat Simmons
John Morris
Carter Rycroft
Nolan Thiessen
  Northern Ontario Brad Jacobs
Ryan Fry
E.J. Harnden
Ryan Harnden
  Saskatchewan Steve Laycock
Kirk Muyres
Colton Flasch
Dallan Muyres
Calgary, Alberta (7)
2016   Alberta Kevin Koe
Marc Kennedy
Brent Laing
Ben Hebert
  Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue
Mark Nichols
Brett Gallant
Geoff Walker
  Northern Ontario Brad Jacobs
Ryan Fry
E.J. Harnden
Ryan Harnden
Ottawa, Ontario (4)
2017   Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue
Mark Nichols
Brett Gallant
Geoff Walker
  Canada Kevin Koe
Marc Kennedy
Brent Laing
Ben Hebert
  Manitoba Mike McEwen
B.J. Neufeld
Matt Wozniak
Denni Neufeld
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (2)
2018   Canada Brad Gushue
Mark Nichols
Brett Gallant
Geoff Walker
  Alberta Brendan Bottcher
Darren Moulding
Brad Thiessen
Karrick Martin
  Ontario John Epping
Matt Camm
Patrick Janssen
Tim March
Regina, Saskatchewan (5)
2019   Alberta Kevin Koe
B.J. Neufeld
Colton Flasch
Ben Hebert
  Wild Card Brendan Bottcher
Darren Moulding
Brad Thiessen
Karrick Martin
  Northern Ontario Brad Jacobs
Ryan Fry
E.J. Harnden
Ryan Harnden
Brandon, Manitoba (3)
2020 Kingston, Ontario (2)[10]

Top 3 finishes tableEdit

As of the 2019 Brier

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 were 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. The bronze medal games were discontinued with the 2018 Brier.

Province / Locale 1st 2nd 3rd Top 3 finishes
  Alberta 28 19 8 55
  Manitoba 27 14 15 56
  Ontario 10 18 13 41
  Saskatchewan 7 15 16 38
  Northern Ontario 5 6 13 24
  British Columbia 4 13 14 31
  Nova Scotia 3 3 6 12
  Quebec 2 4 4 10
  Newfoundland and Labrador 2 2 2 6
  Canada 2 1 0 3
  New Brunswick 0 3 7 10
 Wild Card 0 1 0 1
  Yukon/Northwest Territories 0 1 0 1
  Toronto 0 0 5 5
  Prince Edward Island 0 0 2 2
  Northwest Territories
  Nunavut
  Yukon

AwardsEdit

Hec Gervais Playoff MVP AwardEdit

Year Player Locale
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   Northern Ontario
2014 Carter Rycroft   Alberta
2015 Pat Simmons   Canada
2016 Kevin Koe (2)   Alberta
2017 Brad Gushue   Newfoundland and Labrador
2018 Brad Gushue (2)   Canada
2019 Kevin Koe (3)   Alberta

Ross Harstone Sportsmanship AwardEdit

Year Player Locale
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   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
2015 Jim Cotter (2)   British Columbia
2016 Tyrel Griffith   British Columbia
2017 Jean-Michel Ménard (2)   Quebec
2018 Greg Smith   Newfoundland and Labrador
2019 Darren Moulding   Wild Card

Shot of the Week AwardEdit

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 ShotsEdit

RecordsEdit

Most Brier wins as skipEdit

Four 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)
  • Kevin Koe (2010, 2014, 2016, 2019)

Top Attendance RecordsEdit

# 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 2015 Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary 151,835
14 1989 Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon 151,538
15 1998 Winnipeg Arena, Winnipeg 147,017
16 1994 Centrium, Red Deer 130,625
17 1993 Civic Centre, Ottawa 130,076
18 1996 Riverside Coliseum, Kamloops 127,746
19 2006 Brandt Centre, Regina 125,971
20 2017 Mile One Centre, St. John's 122,592
21 1995 Metro Centre, Halifax 121,896
22 1992 Agridome, Regina 121,555
23 2016 TD Place Arena, Ottawa 115,047
24 2011 John Labatt Centre, London 113,626
25 2018 Brandt Centre, Regina 110,555
26 2010 Metro Centre, Halifax 107,242
27 2007 Copps Coliseum, Hamilton 107,199
28 1982 Keystone Centre, Brandon 106,394

Perfect gamesEdit

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   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   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   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   Northern Ontario
Ken Ellis   Newfoundland Second 20 1997   New Brunswick
Pierre Charette   Quebec Third 12 1998   Newfoundland
Don Walchuk   Alberta Second 18 1998   Northern Ontario
Pierre Charette   Quebec Third 18 1999   New Brunswick
Grant Odishaw   New Brunswick Third 10 1999   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   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   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   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
Ryan Harnden   Northern Ontario Lead 14 2013   Alberta
Ryan Harnden   Northern Ontario Lead 17 2013   Manitoba
Ben Hebert   Alberta Lead 10 2013   Nova Scotia
Brad Jacobs   Northern Ontario Skip 14 2013   Alberta
Marc Kennedy   Alberta Second 14 2013   Prince Edward Island
Brent Laing   Ontario Second 14 2013   Newfoundland and Labrador
Mark Nichols   Manitoba Lead 18 2013   Northern Ontario
Mark Nichols   Manitoba Lead 16 2013   Nova Scotia
Philippe Ménard   Quebec Lead 16 2013   British Columbia
Craig Savill   Ontario Lead 14 2013   Newfoundland and Labrador
Jamie Childs   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
Ryan Fry   Northern Ontario Third 18 2015   Ontario
Ryan Harnden   Northern Ontario Lead 18 2015   British Columbia
Colin Hodgson   Manitoba Lead 16 2015   Northern Ontario
Brent Laing   Alberta Second 18 2015   Northern Ontario
Marc Kennedy   Alberta Third 16 2016   Prince Edward Island
Marc LeCocq   New Brunswick Second 20 2016   Manitoba
Philippe Ménard   Quebec Lead 18 2016   Saskatchewan
Scott Howard   Ontario Lead 18 2016   Northwest Territories
Glenn Howard   Ontario Skip 16 2016   Prince Edward Island
Nolan Thiessen   Canada Lead 20 2016   New Brunswick
E.J. Harnden   Northern Ontario Second 16 2016   Northwest Territories
Denni Neufeld   Manitoba Lead 17 2016   British Columbia
Kevin Koe   Alberta Skip 18 2016   Canada
Brett Gallant   Newfoundland and Labrador Second 18 2016   Prince Edward Island
Brad Gushue   Newfoundland and Labrador Skip 19 2017   Alberta
E.J. Harnden   Northern Ontario Second 16 2017   Nova Scotia
Brad Gushue   Canada Skip 16 2018   Yukon
B.J. Neufeld   Wild Card Third 16 2018   Northwest Territories
Denni Neufeld   Wild Card Lead 12 2018   Northern Ontario
Denni Neufeld   Wild Card Lead 14 2018   Manitoba
E.J. Harnden   Northern Ontario Second 16 2019   Prince Edward Island
Wes Forget   Ontario Second 16 2019   Northwest Territories

Number of games playedEdit

As of the 2019 Brier

Rank Player Team(s) / Province(s) Games played
1 Glenn Howard   Ontario 218
2 Brad Gushue   Newfoundland and Labrador
  Canada
197
3 Mark Nichols   Newfoundland and Labrador
  Manitoba
  Canada
188
4 Russ Howard   Ontario
  New Brunswick
174
5 Brent Laing   Ontario
  Alberta
  Canada
161
6 Brad Chorostkowski   Northwest Territories/Yukon
  Northwest Territories
154*
7 Kevin Martin   Alberta 150
8 Ryan Fry   Manitoba
  Newfoundland and Labrador
  Northern Ontario
142
9 Jamie Koe   Northwest Territories/Yukon
  Northwest Territories
141*
10 Jeff Stoughton   Manitoba 139
11 Éric Sylvain   Quebec 137
12 Ben Hebert   Saskatchewan
  Alberta
  Canada
136
13 James Grattan   New Brunswick 135
14 Brad Jacobs   Northern Ontario 131
15 Bernie Sparkes   Alberta
  British Columbia
129
16 E.J. Harnden   Northern Ontario 126
16 Ryan Harnden   Northern Ontario 126
18 John Morris   Ontario
  Alberta
  British Columbia
  Canada
125
19 Rick Lang   Northern Ontario 121
20 Craig Savill   Ontario 121
21 Pat Ryan   Alberta
  British Columbia
120
22 Ed Werenich   Ontario 120
23 Jean-Michel Ménard   Quebec 119
24 Wayne Middaugh   Ontario 115
25 Mark O'Rourke   Prince Edward Island 111
26 Pat Simmons   Saskatchewan
  Alberta
  Canada
110
27 Al Hackner   Northern Ontario 106
28 Richard Hart   Ontario 103
29 Garnet Campbell   Saskatchewan 101
30 Randy Ferbey   Alberta 100
30 Peter Gallant   Prince Edward Island 100
30 Marc Kennedy   Alberta
  Canada
100

* Includes pre-qualifying games (2015–2017)

Most Brier game wins as skipEdit

On March 5, 2018 Brad Gushue skipped the 114th win of his Brier career, breaking a three-way tie with previous record-holders Russ Howard and Kevin Martin. His first victory took place on March 1, 2003, 15 years earlier.[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Brier to follow Scotties in awarding a Team Canada bye to champion". Canadian Press. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  8. ^ http://www.curling.ca/blog/2016/06/19/new-formats-new-event-introduced-at-2016-national-curling-congress/
  9. ^ https://www.facebook.com/curlingcanada/photos/a.332767560068617.90230.118338991511476/1249133898431974/?type=3&comment_id=1249144271764270&reply_comment_id=1249147581763939&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R6%22%7D
  10. ^ MacAlpine, Ian (November 1, 2018). "It's official: Brier coming to Kingston in 2020". Kingston Whig-Standard. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Gushue breaks Tim Hortons Brier career victories record". Curling Canada. March 5, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.

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