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Northern Ontario Curling Clubs
The predecessor of the Community First Curling
Centre has been providing a place for curling in Sault Ste. Marie since the early 1900ís. Soo Curlers Association was officially registered a non-profit corporation on December 12, 1944.
As a non-profit organization, the clubís goals are to operate in a manner that ensures an environment exists which is conducive to the development of the sport of curling in Sault Ste. Marie. The club generates the majority of its revenue from its membership in the form of dues. In addition, the bar and kitchen provide the much-needed revenue to ensure that the club operates from year to year.
Over the years, significant investments have and will have to be made to the facility in order to continue to provide a venue for curling in Sault Ste. Marie.
For the 2005-6 season the club is hopeful in
receiving grants to replace the aging chillers
in the ice plant as well the heating furnaces
for the building.
Leagues & Bonspiels
Soo Curlers Association provides menís, ladies, mixed and junior curling leagues throughout the season.
on-line registration for both teams and
individuals. The club is also very involved with the Special Olympic curling program and both elementary and high school curling. The club also hosts many weekend bonspiels.
If you are looking to book some ice time for
your special event or bonspiel please contact
A look back at our history is a clear indication
that Soo Curlers has played host to national and
international events and the 2004-5 season was
no exception. In November of 2004 North
America's and Europe's top women's teams played
in the inaugural Horizon Capital Curling
Classic. The second annual
Curling Classic. will be held November 18-21,
2005 with the teams vying for the chance to win
a portion of the $36,000 total purse. This
4 day event is guaranteed to attract many
visitors and local fans to the club to see some
of the best women's curlers in the world perform.
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Ken Ballstadt for the doing the following research:
That's a pretty
sensational headline, isn't it? Well, most people, even some
of the older retired curlers in the city, don't know that it
happened more than once here.
Of course most of us
know that Soo Curlers on Gouin Street burned in 1965 but
they don't know about the much earlier fire, so here is a
bit of history about curling in the Sault.
The Sault Star was only
a weekly paper at that time ~ and the copies at the library
began in 1901. The first curling news I saw was in January
1902. Of course they depended on natural ice in those days.
Dave Sagle, who was like a curling God at Tarentorus Curling
Club, says there was even a curling rink in Sault Michigan
at that time. In any event Michigan was represented at
spiels around here. People from here were featured in a
story about a spiel in Duluth in 1902. The paper of Jan.
30, 1902 wrote about an upcoming spiel in Thessalon where
teams played from Sault Michigan, Mattawa, North Bay,
Sturgeon Falls and Sudbury.
The story about the
fire in November, 1910 was very interesting. The skating
rink and curling club near Gouin and Bay were attached. The
fire was referred to as "mysterious", but I didn't see any
reference to arson. I thought of this because there had been
another fire in the west end at Halloween which brought up
controversy about having another fire hall in the west.
The annual curling club
meeting was held at the Town Hall the evening before the
fire. Dr. McLurg was on his way home at 2 A.M. when he saw
the smoke and gave an alarm.
At the same time, on
night duty, Constable Fortune heard an explosion. The
brigade was on the spot quickly and they saved the Collins
block, west of the rink. The fire had started in the skating
rink but it couldn't be stopped from spreading and taking
the curling club. The heat was intense and the roar of the
fire sounded like a cyclone.
cabinet shop of a Mr. Parrish caught fire and was destroyed.
financial loss sounds like a joke these days. It was a
stunning $25,0OO. Only $9,000 was insured. About $3500 of
the damage was to the cabinet shop. Eighty pairs of curling
stones, every last one in town, were destroyed. They were
worth an amazing $18 a pair and who could imagine the value
of all those brooms. The current price of two stones is
$lOO0, partly due to the scarcity of the rare type of
granite used, which only comes from Scotland.
fire happened on Tuesday and the club already had a meeting
on Thursday to discuss a new rink on property they owned on
Bay Street. A month later, in December, 1910, they secured
the use of a new large shed at the New Ontario Dock to
accommodate 3 sheets. In December 1910 someone was also
planning a large outdoor skating rink opposite the Court
House to also accommodate one curling sheet. I don't know if
it ever happened.
March 22, 1912 the Annual Smoker of the curling membership
was held, something which would happen now without the
smoke. They discussed the saving strategy for a new rink.
March 28, 1912 they were selling shares for a new ice rink
80 x 200í to seat 3,000 & also to include 5 curling sheets
and club house to start building in the Spring, 1912.
The cost of the second fire was much different. It happened
on July 2, 1965 and destroyed the curling rink and the Sea
Cadet Barracks at damages of $500,000, Shortly before the
fire, a large truck had pulled down some wires near the main
fire hall on Bruce Street messing up the traffic signals and
causing a delay in getting to the fire. The fire was
spectacular and very dangerous. The City Hall and Library
nearby on Queen Street were prepared for evacuation of
Bullets in the Navy Barracks were exploding and the ammonia
tank in the curling rink also. The gas station at Queen and
East raised the alarm. A U.S. Coast Guard fire boat cruised
the river to lessen the threat from the large oil storage
tanks located on Bay Street at that time.
fire started in the old hockey rink which is where the Navy
League barracks was. This was also the site of senior hockey
where the Greyhounds played at the time they won the Allan
Cup in 1924. At one time, they could sometimes draw 2500
people. Much of the damage was to material belonging to
Stedman's which was about to open a store in the west end. It
was stored on the curling ice surface. There was also goods
from another store in the Navy barracks. All of the rocks in
the club were destroyed. As a result of the fire there was
no Soo Curling Club in 1965-1966 season. Even though there
was still lots of construction to be finished the ice was
ready in November 1966 and the first ceremonial rock was
delivered on November 24.
People must have been hungry for curling because there were
48 teams entered for the opening mixed bonspiels on the
November 26 weekend. One of the really, really old ,old
curlers from this club, Pentti Tyynela, won the first
bonspiel. You can imagine that he must have had a very
talented vice skip and a flawless team.