Travelers’ event to determine North’s Brier curling entry

Starts February 7 at Little Current Curling Club

LITTLE CURRENT—Little Current will host the 2018 Men’s Northern Ontario Provincial Curling Championship next week, February 7 to 11, at the Northeast Town Recreation Centre.

Olympic Gold medalists Team Jacobs (skip Brad Jacobs, third Ryan Fry, second E.J. Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden), representing Community First Curling Club, will be one of the teams competing as will the local Team Chandler (skip Jordan Chandler, vice Sandy MacEwan, second Luc Ouimet, lead Lee Toner and fifth Kyle Chandler), representing Curl Sudbury and the Little Current Curling Club.

Team Horgan of Curl Sudbury (skip Tanner Horgan, third Jacob Horgan, second Nicholas Bissonnette and lead Maxime Blais) will also be competing, as will Team Johnston (skip Dylan Johnston, vice Mike Badiuk, second Cody Johnston, lead Travis Showalter and fifth Chris Briand) of the Fort William Curling Club and Team Koivula (skip Colin Koivula, vice Brennan Wark, second Jordan Potts and lead Mark Adams), also of the Fort William Curling Club.

The other rinks were determined at the Travelers East Qualifier, January 18-21 in Sault Ste. Marie. They include: Team Montpellier (skip Dustin Montpellier, vice Eric Gelinas, second Artie Trudel, lead Matt Gordon and fifth Chris Gilbota) of the Copper Cliff Curling Club; Team Robert (skip Charlie Robert, vice Dan Mick, second Clint Cudmore and lead Marc Barrette) of the Community First Curling Club; Team Dumontelle (skip Matt Dumontelle, vice Jeff Brown, second Gavan Jamieson and lead Bobby Ray) or the North Bay Granite Curling Club.

The Chandler Rink, which includes Haweaters Jordan and Kyle Chandler, qualified for the Travelers at the 2018 Men’s West Qualifier in Hearst earlier this month.

Team Montpellier also has an Island connection—lead Matt Gordon is the grandson of Bruce and Helen Gordon of Little Current. Although Matt was born in London, Ontario, he grew up in Sudbury, visiting his family on the Island often.

Matt Gordon isn’t the only curler in the family, his father Chris Gordon recently qualified for the 2018 senior men’s provincial curling championships.

The draw has been posted for next week with game 1 starting at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, February 7: on Sheet A, Team Koivula versus Team Jacobs; Sheet B, Team Johnston versus Team Robert; Sheet C, Team Horgan versus Team Dumontelle; and Sheet D, Team Chandler versus Montpellier.

The opening ceremonies will take place Wednesday night at 6:30 pm with the 7:30 pm draw to follow. The draws include: Sheet A, Team Dumontelle versus Team Montpellier; Sheet B, Team Horgan versus Team Chandler; Sheet C, Team Jacobs versus Team Robert; Sheet D, Team Koivula versus Team Johnston.

Game three will be held on Thursday, February 8 at 12 pm: Sheet A, Team Horgan versus Team Robert; Sheet B, Team Koivula versus Team Montpellier; Sheet C, Team Chandler versus Team Johnston; Sheet D, Team Jacobs versus Team Dumontelle.

Game four at 7:30 pm on Thursday includes: Sheet A, Team Johnston versus Team Dumontelle; Team Chandler versus Team Jacobs; Sheet C, Team Koivula versus Team Horgan; and Sheet D, Team Montpellier versus Team Robert.

Game 5 on Friday, February 9 at 2 pm includes: Sheet A, Team Team Chandler versus Team Koivula; Sheet B, Team Roberts versus Team Dumontelle, Sheet C, Team Johnston versus Team Montpellier; Sheet D, Team Horgan versus Team Jacobs.

Game 6 at 7:30 on Friday night will see Team Jacobs go up against Team Johnston on Sheet A, Team Montpellier versus Team Horgan on Sheet B, Team Robert versus Team Koivula on Sheet C and Team Dumontelle versus Team Chandler on Sheet D.

Saturday, February 10 at 9:30 am will be the last of the games prior to playoffs and will include: Sheet A, Team Robert versus Team Chandler; Sheet B, Team Dumontelle versus Team Koivula; Sheet C, Team Montpellier versus Team Jacobs; and Sheet D, Team Johnston versus Team Horgan.

The playoffs will start Saturday night at 7:30 pm and run until Sunday, with the final game taking place at 2 pm.

The draw is available www.littlecurrentcurling.com.

Following the Little Current Lion’s Club Winterfest hockey tournament this weekend, the Travelers Host Committee will be bringing in a professional ice-maker to transform the arena into a four sheet-curling rink.

Event passes are available in advance at The Expositor office in Little Current or online at littlecurrentcurling.com for $90 (including tax). Event passes will also be available at the door, as will passes for individual draws.

The winning rink of the 2018 Men’s Northern Ontario Provincial Curling Championship will go on to represent Northern Ontario at the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier in Regina, March 3 to 11.