Governor General's Curling Club
Five of Manitoba's GG's attended the May 1, 2016 Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame
banquet and induction ceremony in Winnipeg. Pictured (l-r) GGs Resby Coutts, Bob
Picken, John Helston, Bryan Wood. Also present at the event was GG Garry DeBlonde
- busy in his role as the volunteer Treasurer of Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame &
Museum Inc when the picture was taken.
Wally Morris has sent some advance information about the Safari in PEI for
those who want to make their travel plans now:Make PEI Governor General's
Curling Club's Safari a part of your holiday plansSeptember 10 – 13, 2017. The
hotel block is at the Rodd Royalty in Charlottetown $139 per night for a standard
room. Executive suites are available for $189. Reservations are made by calling
1-800-565-RODD (7633) and identifying yourself as a member of the Governor
General's Curling Club.
Besides our traditional reception and dinners, Golf has been booked at Fox
Meadows and Belvedere. We are working with the Sherwood Lawn Bowling
Club and researching other options for activities for Tuesday. And....for anyone
wishing to extend their holiday, PEI's world famous Shellfish Festival is
September 14 – 17. http://peishellfish.com/More details on the Safari will be
Two added to Canadian Curling Hall of Fame
ST. JOHN’S — A Bear and a Mouse are the newest members of the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame, it was
announced today by Curling Canada.
Brian (Mouse) Cassidy, left, and Reg Caughie (aka Brier Bear) are being inducted into the Canadian Curling
Hall of Fame. (Photos, Curling Canada)
Reg Caughie — known across the country as the legendary Brier Bear — and longtime Curling Canada chief
statistician Brian Cassidy, known across the country in stats rooms by his nickname “Mouse”, will formally be
inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame during ceremonies later this week at the 2017 Tim Hortons
Brier in St. John’s.
“The success of Canadian curling events is well-known, of course, but that success goes beyond what takes
place on the ice,” said Curling Canada Board of Governors member Scott Comfort, who chairs the Awards &
Hall of Fame Committee. “Reg and Brian have offered so much to our championships over the years, even
though fans wouldn’t recognize them if they ran into them at the Patch. Reg’s Brier Bear character is beloved
by fans and players alike. Brian, meanwhile, revolutionized the idea of curling statistics and brought them to
a level where they are now an important tool for coaches, players and media. We were thrilled to be able to
welcome them to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.”
Here’s a closer look at the two newest Canadian Curling Hall of Fame members — both of whom are being
inducted in the Builder category.
One of the most beloved figures in Tim Hortons Brier history, Caughie never threw a rock during a Brier but entertained
thousands of fans since his Brier Bear character made its debut in 1981 at Halifax.
Caughie was a member of the host committee for that Brier, and a meeting at his then-home Dartmouth Curling Club
produced the idea of a mascot.
It was an instant hit, and he would attend every Brier that followed, culminating with his 37th and final appearance in the
costume this week in his adopted hometown of St. John’s. He has announced his retirement as Brier Bear, and with him
goes the famous costume.
“To say the least, I was completely floored when Curling Canada chair, Peter Inch phoned to inform me of my impending
induction into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame,” said Caughie. “I am deeply honoured and humbled to be thought of in
this manner. I am further grateful to Curling Canada for their continued support and kindness in allowing Brier Bear on
an annual basis a most unique and amazing opportunity to rub shoulders with the best curlers in the world and hobnob
with officials, media, icemakers, fans, visit hospitals and schools, attend special functions and generally create an
atmosphere of fun and camaraderie that enshrouds our great sport of curling.” Brian Cassidy
Cassidy refined what became curling’s most widely used statistical scoring program, and soon became a fixture at
Canadian and world championships.
Cassidy’s duties at events included co-ordinating a crew of volunteer scorekeepers, providing them with a set of scoring
parameters for shot-calls and results, and putting together in-depth analyses of games that went far beyond the
scoreboard. It gave coaches new details on strengths and weaknesses of their players and their opponents, and also
provided abundant storylines for media members covering the events.
For his efforts, Cassidy won the Curling Canada Award of Achievement in 1992, and was appointed to the Governor
General’s Curling Club in 1996.
“I am overjoyed to receive this special and very unexpected honour,” said Cassidy. “What this award means to me is the
ultimate acceptance by my peers for a job well done. It doesn’t get any better than that and I think this all we can really
hope for in life. I am fortunate and blessed to join the incredible list of men and women builders of this great sport of