ECC Registration Open for 2015 Pacific International Cup (PIC)

PIC125logo15ECC is now accepting registrations from men’s and women’s teams interested in representing the Club at the Pacific International Cup (PIC), to be held April 15-19, 2015, at the Richmond Curling Club in Vancouver, BC.

This is a premiere international event for club-level curlers that also serves as the club championship for British Columbia. If you are interested in entering a team or participating as an individual in this prestigious event, then contact Art Placek by November 15, 2014.

Each PIC qualifier team is guaranteed a minimum of seven games. ECC can only send one men’s team and one women’s team to the event. If more than one team is interested, ECC will hold a playdown, likely in February, to determine the PIC qualifier team. In past years, ECC has had multiple teams interested and we would like to see that again. Per PIC rules, teams must have four members from ECC.  Teams will need to finance their own travel costs and registration fees. The team entry fee for the PIC qualifier team is $700 (Canadian).

The PIC committee invited curling associations from Alaska, Arizona, Australia, British Columbia, California, China, Chinese Taipei, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Japan, Korea, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Zealand, North Dakota, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Yukon.    The organizers have stated that: ‘Priority will be given to those associations that enter both a men’s and a women’s team and to those associations that hold club team playoffs to declare their representatives.’ Additionally, all participants must meet PIC eligibility requirements.

Registrations, as well as questions, should be sent to Art Placek (gwaycpmd @

Cascade Heights 8th Graders Learn Curling

IMG_5300Just like last year, Teacher Melanie Adams brought her 8th grade class from Cascade Heights Public Charter School to Evergreen Curling Club this morning to learn about friction and the sport of curling.

These are bright kids with many good questions (and answers!) about the details of the sport.   When they played the game they learned quickly and had a great time.IMG_5297

My favorite part was watching the kids sweep.   They try so hard and work so diligently at it that they focus in and don’t pay attention to much else.   At one point coach Karen was yelling, yelling, yelling at a pair of them to stop sweeping, but they were so locked in that they kept sweeping anyway.   Hilarious and fun.

Mission Granite Ladies (Nov 27-30, 2014)

Click Here for Flyer:  2014-MGC-Ladies-Bonspiel-Secret-Santa



WHEN: NOVEMBER 27-30 2014

WHERE: Leisure Center 7650 Grand St, Mission BC V2V 3T3 (604) 826-7444

Cost: $240 per team

THEME: SECRET SANTA (each person bring a wrapped gift

$10.00 & under to exchange)

Music: Motions Unlimited Saturday Evening

Entry includes: 3 games, banquet dinner & a Santa sackful of fun

Host Hotel: Best Western Plus~ Mission City Lodge

32281 Lougheed Mission, BC (604) 820-5500 or toll free: 1-888-

Discount 15% off room rate PLEASE quote the event,” Mission

Ladies Curling Bonspiel” TO RECEIVE DISCOUNT.

Contact: Katherine Johnson (604) 826-6076 email:

Get your entries in early, Santa knows…come play with us


Marpole CC Halloween Mixed

Check out the Monster Madness Halloween Open Mixed Bonspiel on the weekend of October 23-26, 2014 at Marpole Curling Club , the friendly home of curling in South Vancouver, BC.

$260 CDN Team Entry
Includes Prizes, Dinner & Entertainment!
Open Mixed Format: Skip and Third must be opposite sex
Register by contacting

Melinda tells us that “Costumes are encouraged but not required.”

Bonspiel Flyer:  Marpole Mixed Bonspiel 2014


MoPac Open (Missoula, March 27-29, 2015)

missoula curling iconGary Bollenbacher, President of Missoula Curling Club contacted us today to announce a big, new bonspiel in Montana.

MoPac Open Bonspiel in Missoula, Montana March 27-29, 2015.  They would love to have as many MoPac member club teams participate as possible.

The event is being designed for 60 teams (4 matches guaranteed) total, with competition occurring on 2 sheets of arena ice with 5 sheets of curling ice on each. This will be occurring at the Glacier Ice Rink with one indoor arena and one covered outdoor arena. (we are working toward dedicated in the future however)

The MoPac Open will have two brackets, one MoPac, where all teams must be members of MoPac, and the other bracket will be an “at large” bracket with invitations going out to all clubs in the western U.S. and Canada for participation in that bracket.   Metals or trophies will be awarded for the top teams in MoPac and a MoPac open champion crowned , as well as the top teams in the “at large” bracket. Then the top 2 teams in each bracket will compete for the overall Big Sky Spiel  Championship.

Concurrently they will hold a Big Sky Games 5-and-under open Spiel for those teams with 5 or less years of experience. MoPac membership for this event is not required.

  • Dinner provided Friday night; Saturday night Banquet; and snacks provided throughout
  • Buy a MoPac mug to get free beer all weekend
  • In addition, experience 10 Missoula area Brew Pubs
Registration is now open on the MCC web page at


Man Spiel (Seattle, Sept. 26-28)

manspiel2014Granite Curling Club in Seattle will host its annual Man Spiel September 26-28th. Man Spiel organizer Jenn Schleit told us today that the spiel still has lots of room.   Check it out if you are looking to get in some curling action before Evergreen CC’s ice opens in October.

Granite CC’s bonspiels are always a good time with food, drinks, a wonderful facility and great competition.   The 2014 Man Spiel features an Oktoberfest theme with sausage and beer for all.   Lederhosen optional.

Entry fee is $260 per team.   Three game guarantee.

Man Spiel 2014 Poster

Man Spiel web page




Coyotes CC 5-Under Bonspiel

The brand new Coyotes Curling Club, located in Tempe, AZ, will host its first 5 & Under Open Bonspiel on October 24th to 26th, 2014.  This bonspiel is presented as part of the USWCA for the Region of West II.  This is an open bonspiel which means it is open to both men and women with 5 years or less lifetime curling experience.  You can register as a team or as an individual on the Coyotes CC website.

The cost is $80 per person with a limit of 24 teams. Included with your entry fee is a 3 game guarantee, Continental Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and a Pot Luck Dinner on Saturday evening. They will also have a Halloween Costume Contest, 50/50 Raffle and a Calcutta.

The Coyotes Curling Club is located at 2202 W Medtronic Way, Tempe, Arizona, 85281.

Click Here to see the Bonspiel Flyer

Bar Renovation

Jim Smoltz with ECC bar renovation permitIn June the ECC Board of Directors unanimously approved a budget of $20,000 for a major upgrade to the Broken Stone Bar.   Craig Webster, Jim Smoltz and Matt Starr are leading the project to bring tap beer, mixed drinks and limited food items to Evergreen CC.   Surveys of ECC members overwhelmingly supported the bar project, and conservative financial estimates showed that the enhanced bar will pay for itself within five years.

After many trips to Beaverton City Hall we now have a construction permit and an OLCC full on-premise liquor license.   Contractors will work during August and September to alter plumbing and build the bar with help from Evergreen CC volunteers.

Early History of Curling in Oregon

2007 Reenactment of 1847 Curling MatchesIf you love history, Oregon history, curling history or the history of curling in Oregon, then check out the latest blog post on The Curling History Blog.   It is the finest article I have yet seen about the 1847 curling matches on the frozen Columbia River near Ft Vancouver.   The article expertly sets the international historical context, chronicles the matches themselves, and carries the story through to the present day including the Evergreen CC reenactment in 2007 and the establishment of dedicated curling ice in Beaverton in 2013. The article draws from Royal Navy records, Hudson’s Bay Company records, local newspaper accounts and a letter sent to the Royal Caledonian Curling Club in Scotland. Enjoy!

2014 PIC International Silver Medalists

PIC 2014 Team OregonCongratulations to Evergreen CC curlers Doug Schaak, Roger Chan, Steve Liske and Dan Sorensen who played as Team Oregon and finished second among 8 international teams at the 15th Annual Pacific International Cup, April 16-20, 2014, at Richmond Curling Club in Richmond, British Columbia.

Oregon finished 4-3 in round-robin play and tied Team Washington (Joel Larway, Benj Guzman, Peter Sommer, Chad Siefert of Granite CC in Seattle, WA).   Oregon and Washington then played a semi-final playoff which Oregon won 4-3.   In the final,  Team Wisconsin (Mark Olson, Paul Rudkin, Ryan Spielman and Aaron Richards of Blackhawk CC in Janesville, WI) defeated Team Oregon 8-3.

PIC international men’s teams represented Alaska, Arizona, Australia, California, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin and Yukon.   The event also included 8 club champion teams from British Columbia who played in a separate round-robin pool and playoff.   Team Wisconsin then played the Langley, BC team (winners of the BC half of the event) with Langley defeating Wisconsin, 7-3.

The PIC also included women’s pools, with the Evergreen CC team of Theresa McCormick, Karen Fairley, Kris Klinkhammer and Gail Starr playing as Team Oregon.   Team Oregon finished 0-7 in women’s pool play.   PIC international women’s teams represented Alaska, California, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Yukon.   Alaska finished 6-1 in pool play, defeated Minnesota 10-5 in the international final and then went on to defeat the British Columbia champion (from Cowichan Rocks CC) 5-4 to win the overall PIC women’s championship.   Team Alaska included Cathy Shuttleworth, Vicky Persinger, Catharine Persinger and Adie Callahan.