Our 125 Year History

FWCC Prominent in Northern Ontario's Top 5 Moments

The public were invited to help celebrate the game’s history in the North by visiting
www.curlNOCA.ca to vote for the “Top 5 Moments in Northern Ontario Curling History” as
part of the Northern Ontario Curling Association’s inaugural “Curling Week in Northern
Ontario” presented by Bearskin Airlines Oct. 31 to Nov. 8, 2009.
 
“We are pleased to announce the list of the Top 5 Moments in Northern Ontario Curling
History,” says NOCA Vice-President Muriel Anderson. “Curling has a proud history in
Northern Ontario and we are pleased to shine a spotlight on just a few of them.”

Descriptions of Top 5 Moments:

1. In the tenth end of the final of the 1985 Brier in Moncton New Brunswick vs. Alberta's Pat
Ryan, Al Hackner made what is widely regarded as curling's most famous shot. Needing two
points to tie the game and force an extra end, Hackner made an extremely difficult, high risk
double takeout. In the extra end Team Northern Ontario scored one to win the Brier. This
was Hackner's second Brier title. His team, which included Rick Lang, Ian Tetley and Pat
Perroud, went on to win the World Championships that year as well.
2. Heather Houston and her team of Lorraine Lang, Diane Adams and Tracy Kennedy won the
Scott Tournament of Hearts in both 1988 and 1989. Representing Ontario at the 1988 Scott
in Fredericton, N.B., they defeated the Pat Sanders Team Canada rink by a score of 6 to 5 in
the final. The team defended their title as Team Canada in 1989 in Kelowna B.C. with a
convincing victory over Manitoba's Chris Moore in the championship game. They capped off
the 1989 season winning the World Women's Championship.
3. In Brandon, Manitoba Al Hackner's team of Rick Lang, Bob Nicol and Bruce Kennedy made
their third consecutive trip to the Brier final and won it all. They defeated the Brent Giles rink
of B.C. in the championship game. They followed that up with a World Men's title where Rick
Lang also won the Colin Campbell Memorial Award as the player who best combines playing
ability and sportsmanship (as selected by competitors).
4. Heather Houston, Lorraine Lang, Diane Adams and Tracy Kennedy won the World Women's
Championship in 1989. This was the team's second consecutive trip to the World's.
5. An early morning party called "Morning Classes" kicks off each day at the Brier from 7:30
a.m. to 9 a.m. Morning Classes are a Brier tradition that began at the 1948 event and are
hosted by a group from (or connected to) the Fort William Curling Club. These mornings feature a traditional drink - freshly squeezed lemons, sugar and gin.
Morning Classes were originally called "Colie's Classes" in honour of Colin Campbell. During
the Second World War, Campbell was in command of a group of miners from Timmins
drilling a tunnel in Gibraltar. In an effort to boost morale, he started a morning ritual of
providing a Gin Collins to workers. After the war, Campbell became President of the
Dominion Curling Association and launched Colie's Classes at the 1948 Brier in Calgary.
Campbell died in 1978 but the classes have lived on.