Four weeks into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame’s invitation for People’s Choice voting on Manitoba’s Most Notable Curling Team, Kerri Einarson and her 2020 Scotties Champion team, who missed their chance to go to a World Championship due to the pandemic, continue to hold the #1 ranking.
Terry Braunstein’s 1958 Manitoba champion team, the high school team which lost the Brier final, continues in the #2 position.
Voting, in the form of donations at canadahelps.org, has resulted in significant change in the Top 10. Most notably Kerry Burtnyk and his 1995 World Champions have moved from #8 to #4, Jennifer Jones and her team have moved from #13 to #8, and Connie Laliberte’s previously unranked 1984 World Champions have joined the list at #9 in the past two weeks.
In the first month, the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame’s Most Notable Manitoba Curling Team fund-raising project has received over $1,600 in People’s Choice donation-votes. Fifteen of the MCHoF&M’s original list of 25 teams have received support. In addition four teams have received Wild Card write-in support.
Behind the Einarson (Gimli) and Braunstein (Granite) teams in the People’s Choice Top 10 are two Deer Lodge teams, two more Granite teams, and one team from each of Fort Rouge, Assiniboine Memorial, St. Vital and Strathcona curling clubs.
The complete ‘leaderboard’ as of November 9, 2020 is:
#1 – Kerri Einarson 2020 Gimli Scotties Champions (previously #1)
#2 – Terry Braunstein 1958 Granite Brier Finalists (previously #2)
#3 – Kelly MacKenzie 1995 Deer Lodge World Junior Champions (previously #4)
#4 – Kerry Burtnyk 1995 Assiniboine Memorial World Champions (previously #8)
#5 – Don Duguid 1970-71 Granite World Champions (previously #3)
#6 – Braden Calvert 2015 Deer Lodge World Junior Champions(previously #5)
#7 – Vic Peters 1992 Granite Brier Champions (previously #7)
#8 – Jennifer Jones 2014 St. Vital Olympic Gold Medalists (previously #13)
#9 – Connie Laliberte Fort Rouge 1984 World Champions (previously unranked)
#10 – Gordon Hudson 1928-29 Strathcona Brier Champions (previously #9)
#11 – Wild Card – Matt Dunstone Granite 2016 Canadian Junior Champions (previously #6)
T#12 – Wild Card – Mabel Mitchell Brandon 1983 Cdn Senior Champions (previously unranked)
T#12 – Wild Card – Lois Fowler Brandon 2014 World Senior Champions (previously unranked)
T#12 – Ernie Boushy Heather 1964-67 Canadian Mixed Champions (previously unranked)
T#12 – Connie Laliberte Fort Rouge 1992-95 Scotties Champions (previously T#10)
T#12 – Jeff Stoughton Charleswood 2011 World Champions (previously T#10)
T#12 – Mike McEwen 2008-18 Fort Rouge Manitoba Champions (previously T#10)
T#12 – Wild Card – Andrew Wickman Fort Rouge 2019 Club Champions (previously T#10)
#19 – Howard Wood Granite 1925 Manitoba Champions (previously unranked)
The Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame & Museum’s named list of 25 Most Notable 25 Curling Teams, along with a comprehensive listing of Notable Manitoba Curling Teams published in recognition of Manitoba’s 150th anniversary is available at canadahelps.org. To make a donation, in support of the team you consider the Most Notable Team in Manitoba’s long curling history go to canadahelps.org (search curling museum and follow links) OR use this direct link: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/manitoba-curling-hall-of-fame-museum-inc/p2p/most-notable-teams
Each team has its own ‘page’ on the canadahelps.org site but you can also name any other team of your choice by going to the ‘Wild Card’ page. Four teams so far have been named: Lois Fowler’s 2014 World Senior Women’s Champions, Mabel Mitchell’s 1983 Canadian Senior Women’s Champions, Matt Dunstone’s 2015 Canadian Junior Champion team, and Andrew Wickman’s three-time Manitoba Club Champions.