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SOUDOG'S CURLING HISTORY SITE

HOME OF THE HISTORY & RICH TRADITION OF "THE ROARIN' GAME".

"You've gotta have STONES to play this game!"

 

 

 

THE BRIER: A TIMELINE

 

A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME: KEYSTONE MOMENTS FROM THE BRIER

 

 

1927

Eight teams from across Canada gather at Toronto's Granite Club for the first Brier, which was officially known as the Dominion Curling Championship. Murray Macneill's rink representing Halifax win the Brier Tankard, donated for the event by the MacDonald Tobacco Company.

 

1928

Field increases to 10 and includes teams representing Manitoba (Gordon Hudson's winning rink), Saskatchewan and Alberta, which is represented by a Saskatchewan rink.

 

1929

 

 

Gordon Hudson from the Strathcona Curling Club in Winnipeg becomes the first to win two straight Briers and the first to go undefeated.

1936

 

 

British Columbia and Prince Edward Island send their first entries to the Brier.

1940

Winnipeg becomes the first city other than Toronto to host the Brier. A total of 26 other cities from St. John¹s to Victoria have since hosted the Brier.

 

1943-45

 

 

The Brier is suspended due to Second World War.

1949

 

 

Ken Watson of Manitoba becomes the first three-time Brier with a perfect 9-0 record in Hamilton.

1963

 

 

Ernie Richardson wins his record fourth Brier -- the fourth in five years for this Regina curling dynasty.

1976

 

 

Jack MacDuff records Newfoundland's only Brier win in Regina.

1977

 

 

Jim Ursel obliges the home fans in Montreal with Quebec's only Brier win.

1980

 

 

Labatt Brewing takes over from MacDonald as the Brier's primary sponsor and replaces the Brier Tankard with the Labatt Tankard.

1993

Round-robin ends with a four-way tie for first place between Ontario¹s Russ Howard, B.C.'s Rick Folk, Northern Ontario¹s Rick Lang and Manitoba¹s Vic Peters. Howard finally wins th Brier after four tie-breakers, a semi-final and a final.

 

2001

Nokia takes over from Labatt as the primary sponsor, with the refurbished, solid-silver Brier Tankard brought out of retirement to be presented to the winner for the first time since 1979.

 

2002

 

 

Alberta's Randy Ferbey becomes just the fourth man to win four Brier titles; the only man to do it with two different teams.

2003

Alberta's Randy Ferbey becomes the only man to win five Brier titles; his team becomes the first to win three consecutive Brier titles. The team goes 13-0, setting a new record.

 

2004

The Ferbey rink shatters the record for consecutive victories, winning 23 in a row dating back to Draw 17 of the 2002 Brier, before finally losing a game, 8-7 to Nova Scotia's Mark Dacey.

 

2005

 

 

Randy Ferbey wins his sixth Brier title.

2006

Skip Jean Michel Ménard, Third François Roberge, Second Eric Sylvain, Lead Maxime Elmaleh and Alternate Jean Gagnon from the Victoria, Ste-Foy and Etchemin Curling Clubs, St-Romuald becomes just the second team from Quebec to win the Brier.

 

2007

 

 

Glenn Howard joins his brother Russ in winning his first Brier as a Skip.