Curling Bibliography Abstracts
"Ron Northcott." Canada's Sporting Heroes. Sydney F. Wise and Douglas Fisher, 2009-210. Don Mills: General Publishing Co., (1974).
AB: In this book which celebrates the many historical figures that have influenced Canadian sport is a brief chapter on Ron Northcott and his contributions to the sport of curling. Northcott won his first Brier championship in 1966 and won again in 1968 and 1969, his last win culminating from an undefeated 10-match series, the first rink to achieve this distinction since Matt Baldwin in 1958. Ron Northcott stood out with his tall stature and intense presence, as well as his large black-rimmed glasses which earned him the nickname "the Owl." In world competition, Ron Northcott won the Scotch Cup on every occasion in which his rink competed.
"Matt Baldwin." Canada's Sporting Heroes. Sydney F. Wise and Douglas Fisher, 192-193. Don Mills: General Publishing Co., (1974).
AB: In this book on the sports heroes in Canada's history is a chapter which explores the accomplishments of Edmonton skip Matt Baldwin who won the Brier in 1954, 1957 and 1958. He began his curling career in Bradwell, Saskatchewan at 14 and in 1953, when he was 26, he emerged as a star skip in the Edmonton city zone Consols competition, then went on to take his first northern Alberta title. At thirty, he was the youngest skip to take the Brier. He had been a favourite among fans and the press for his daring, colourful performances on the ice as well as his "ballet form" of gliding which presented a fluid delivery that could carry him the length of the ice.
Watson, Ken. Ken Watson on Curling. Winnipeg: Harlequin Books, 1958.
AB: Although primarily a guide to curling by one of Manitoba's foremost experts in the sport, this volume does contain firsthand accounts of the 1957 and 1958 Briers won by the team headed by Matt Baldwin, a 1980 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum inductee (p, 194-209).
Watson, Ken. Curling Today. Winnipeg: Harlequin Books, 1961.
AB: The bulk of the text is a guide to the sport of curling, with useful information for all levels of players. Of note are accounts of the Canadian Curlers Tour of Scotland in 1960 featuring four players from Alberta (p. 146-163), the initial success of the Alberta team at the 1959 Briers (p. 165-167) and young skip and future Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum inductee Hector Gervais' impressive win at the 1961 Brier in Calgary (209-218).
Watson, Ken. Curling To Win. Winnipeg: Stovel-Advocate Press, 1955.
AB: A comprehensive guide to the world of curling, with additional tips for skips, this book is intended to teach players what it takes to have a winning spirit. Of special note is a brief overview of the1954 Brier hosted in Edmonton, Alberta and won by 1980 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum inductee Matt Baldwin and his team (p. 155-156).
"Fast Eddy Lukowich: Still hungry after all these years." Burned by the Rock: Inside the World of Men's Championship Curling. rev. ed.. Jean Sonmor, 116-141. Toronto: Macmillan, (1991).
AB: In this book on the many talented Canadian male curlers is a section dedicated to Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inductee Edward R. "Fast Eddy" Lukowich who excelled in curling, represented Alberta at five Briers, was the winner in the Moncton 100 in 1990 and set a single season money winning record at $165,000 in the same year. This chapter provides further insight into his early childhood, his introduction to the sport of curling and the many championships and prizes he amassed including the most coveted prize: representing Canada in the 1988 Olympics.
"The Alberta Association." The Stone Age: A Social History of Curling on the Prairies. Vera Pezer, 75-86. Calgary: Fifth House, (2003).
AB: Provides a brief overview of the creation of the Alberta Association, formally established in 1904 during a special meeting held during the Calgary Bonspiel. A year earlier, the "Father of Curling" in Calgary, Colonel James Walker, had initially proposed an Alberta branch but no action had been taken and so he newly dedicated his efforts in pursuit of this endeavour. He convened a meeting at the Calgary Club, of which he was president, consisting of curlers from across Alberta including Edmonton, Calgary, Banff, Priddis, Golden and Lacombe, and from this meeting came the Alberta Branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. Within ten years, this Alberta association would confront the same fate as the Assiniboia-Saskatchewan district with the pressures to split the organization into two, inspired primarily by Edmonton curlers. This book examines the tensions that existed between the Edmonton-Calgary curling communities seeking control over the Alberta organization as well as the organization's optimistic start as the world's third largest curling club subsequently sullied by a detrimental incident at the 1909 Calgary Bonspiel which negatively impacted the Association's reputation and lead to a decline in entries for the following Alberta Bonspiel. Prompted by curlers from Edmonton, it was decided that the task of hosting the annual bonspiel would no longer be reserved for Calgary but would be shared with Edmonton. The remaining chapter examines the formation of two individual clubs for Edmonton and Calgary as well as the progression of the sport during the first World War.
Maxwell, Douglas. Tales of a Curling Hack. North Vancouver, BC: Whitecap Books, 2006.
AB: This is an intimate look into the world of curling by one of Canada's top commentators and organizers of the sport, Doug Maxwell. In this text, we are treated to an autobiographical journey back through Maxwell's career and the growth of the roaring game in Canada. Albertan athletes are mentioned throughout, some of the highlights include: a brief look at the victory of the Canadian women's bronze winning Olympic team from Alberta [p. 17-28], several mentions of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum inducted Pat Ryan curling team from Edmonton that won the 1989 World Championship and Calgary's disappointing bid for the 1973 Silver Broom Brier [p. 152].
Lukowich, Ed., Eigil Ramsfiell and Bud Somerville. The Joy of Curling: a Celebration. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1990.
AB: Written in part by Ed Lukowich, a 1998 inductee to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, this book covers the early history of the sport of curling and its introduction to Canada. Of special note are the excellent illustrations and photographs, including one of the Calgary Ladies Curling Club from 1920 p.47 This Albertan author gives great insight into the history of the sport.
Lukowich, Ed., Al Hackner, and Rick Lang. Curling to Win. Toronto: McGraw-Hill, 1986.
AB: This volume, written in part by 1998 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inductee Ed Lukowich, made famous by his 1986 World Championship win against the odds-on favorite Scotland, seeks to teach curlers old and new all the tips, tricks, and techniques it takes to win.
Hedley, J.. "Curling in Canada, Pt II." Dominion Illustrated Monthly. Vol 1 No.3. (Apr 1892) 173-182.
AB: Comments on the establishment of some of the oldest curling clubs in Canada, the Montreal Curling Club in 1807, and the Quebec Curling Club in 1821. Describes how the Ontario and Quebec clubs are organized into regional groups of six or seven clubs who compete against each other to qualify for the Final match for the trophy called the Ontario Silver Tankard, and in Quebec, the Quebec Challenge Cup. In addition to describing the game of curling, the author outlines the recent matches in the Maritimes, the clubs that compete, and some of the personalities. Mention is made of the western cities, Calgary, Regina, and Winnipeg. This essay is concluded with a description of some of the outstanding curling facilities and rinks in Ontario and Quebec.
Hansen, Warren. Curling: the History, the Players, and the Game. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 1999.
AB: This book starts with a detailed autobiographical account of Warren Hansen's lifelong fascination with curling, from his youthful experience competing for Northern Alberta championship in 1959 to his eventual career with the Canadian Curling Association. Of special interest are the author's brief biographies on the especially famous players he met throughout his career including three members of the ASHFM Hector Gervais was Hansen's skip on Alberta's 1974 Brier winning team and credited by revolutionizing curling during the 1960s, he was inducted in 1991(p.58-61). Ron "The Owl" Northcott played on 3 teams that captured both the Brier and world championship and was inducted in 1980 (p. 76-78). Ed Lukowich, inducted in1998, was a champion curler and the inspiration behind the World Curling Tour (p. 78-79). Pat Ryan, originally from Winnipeg, nonetheless won five Alberta championships, two Briers and a world championship during his time in Edmonton (p. 92-95). Additional topics covered are the basics of curling's history, equipment, strategy, rules and the conclusion touches on the difficulties the sport may face in the future.
"Sangudo Curling Club." The Lantern Era: a History of Cherhill, Rochfort Bridge, Sangudo and surrounding school districts. James Donahue. ed, 140-141. Sangudo, AB: Sangudo and District History Society, (1979).
AB: This article follows the Sangudo Curling Club from its official founding in 1936 until the publication of this text in 1979. Highlights include: the list of founding members who purchased their own rocks to curl with, a photo demonstrating the results of the Klondike beard growing contest to raise funds for the club and the instillation of a used artificial ice plant after the collapse of the old rink in 1951.
"Curling in Western Canada." Curling, Past and Present. William Albert Creelman, 142-154. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, (1950).
AB: This chapter begins with a brief overview on the favorable climate of Western Canada for curlers before launching into a province by province look at the growth of organized curling from its inception in the late nineteenth centaury to 1948. In Manitoba, curling was introduced in 1876 and steadily grew with over a half-dozen curling clubs started by 1888 when the Manitoba Branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club was founded. In Saskatchewan, the author emphasizes the rural nature of the pastime, a characteristic shared by the other provinces. Unfortunately, much archival data for curling in Alberta was lost during a fire in the Manitoba Curling Association's office. From what remains, the process by which Albertan curlers split from the Manitoba Curling Association in 1904 is outlined and the initial cooperation and competition between Edmonton and Calgary curling clubs is observed.
"Lawson, Guy, Merv Curls Lead." The Way it Looks from Here: Contemporary Canadian Writing on Sports. Stephen Brunt. ed, 83-102. Toronto: A.A. Knopf Canada, (2004).
AB: This story follows Merv Bodnarchuk and his team, the Anaheim Earthquake through a curling season. They curled in places including Jasper, Alberta and the Skyreach Curling Classic IV in Red Deer. Reprinted from Saturday Night, April 1999
"Randy Ferbey Wins Fourth World Title (2005)." One Hundred Greatest Canadian Sports Moments. James Bisson, 18. Mississauga, ON: John Wiley & Sons Canada, (2008).
AB: After being inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum as a member of Pat Ryan's stellar curling team, Randy went on to form his own and lead them to this impressive moment in Canadian sports history.
Redmond, Gerald. "The Development of Curling in Western Canada." Winter Sports in the West. Elise A. Corbet and Anthony W. Rasporich. eds, 112-123. Calgary: Historical Society of Alberta, (1990). Access Our Future, Our Past. http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/loc_hist/toc.aspx?id=4049.
AB: This paper is dedicated to the discussion of one of Canada's most popular winter social sports- curling. With an introduction to the sport and a detailed look at its development in western Canada, there is also an analysis of the region's continual dominance in the sport since its earlier days in Winnipeg in the 1880's up until modern times. Also included for discussion is the Scottish background of the sport and, with that, the role of the Scottish settlers in Canada in the sport's development as well as the promotion of other activities such as golf. The paper concludes with an in depth look at the development of curling from Winnipeg and its coinciding with the settlement of the prairies, as well as the advent of the bonspiels, and finally the role of women and their participation in the sport.
Mason, Emma and Albert Mason. "Curling in Delia." Delia Craigmyle Saga. Lester Battle. ed, 26. Delia: Delia and District Historical Society, (1970). Access Our Future, Our Past. http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/loc_hist/toc.aspx?id=7588.
AB: A brief, personal recollection of the sport of curling in the community of Delia Craigmyle and district, with photographs and names of past players included. Provides a glimpse into the history of early rinks, the uniforms and traditions of the early games, as well as the community building of a new rink.
Calgary Curling Club. Calgary Curling Club, 1888-1988, A Roaring Century. Calgary: Calgary Curling Club, 1988.
AB: Created as a commemoration for the Calgary Curling Club's centennial year, this book is organized as an extensive timeline which delineates the clubs existence since its beginnings in 1888 and over the 100 year span of its existence. The book provides a chronological summary of key moments in the clubs existence and the progression of the sport in the area as well as its importance to the community. The book also includes photographs, related poetry and local newspaper excerpts as well as information on Calgary Ladies' Curling, sports builders and previous champions.
"Alberta Curling Association." Rule Book of the Dominion Curling Association. Dominion Curling Association, 69-73. s.l.: s.n., (1945).
AB: The introduction to the handbook contains a brief overview of the conference held in March of 1928 that would unite the independent provincial curling associations under what would become the Dominion Curling Association. During this meeting, Joe Heartwell, as representative of Alberta, agreed to the necessity of such a body. The chapter on curling in Alberta begins with the list of officers and 37 clubs operating under the mandate of the Alberta Branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club in 1945. What follows is the brief history of the separation of the Alberta Branch of the R.C.C.C. from the Manitoba Branch in 1904, reconstructed from documents saved from a fire that destroyed much of Alberta's early archival curling data. Page 71 contains a list of the 53 curling clubs and the officers of the Alberta Curling Association that joined with the Dominion Curling Association in 1935. The chapter concludes with highlights from early Albertan curling and the difficulties of managing the sport during the Second World War.