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Linda Moore retires to battle neurological disorder

Rauter, Moore and Turnbull at Vancouver 2010 (TSN photo)

Rauter, Moore and Turnbull at Vancouver 2010 (TSN photo)

After a 25-year-career, Linda Moore has retired, effective immediately, from TSN curling broadcasts in Canada.

The network made the announcement today, citing “a chronic health condition.”

However, Linda wants the curling world to know… she’s okay!

“I have what’s called benign fasciculation syndrome,” Moore told The Curling News from her home in Vancouver. “It’s a neurological disorder and the doctors don’t really know what causes it, but it’s probably from a virus, or vaccines, or stress. It’s not Parkinsons, but it involves tiny, tiny twitches.”

Moore first noticed this occasional and involuntary twitching in July of 2013, and it has since travelled from the initial area of her calves and feet to her tongue and, more recently, to her fingers.

However, the other aspect is extreme fatigue, which she says is the main reason she has stepped aside after so many years.

“It’s the crew I’ll miss the most,” said Moore. “Twenty-five years with Vic Rauter… and I made it!” she joked.

TSN has rushed to fill the void left by Moore by announcing a roster of various analysts will join Rauter and Russ Howard on the talent crew. TSN’s first event of the year starts this week, on December 3, with the Canada Cup from Camrose, Alberta [UPDATE: And late Monday night, we learned that 2010 Olympic silver medallist Cheryl Bernard would be the first to fill in for Moore in Camrose].

“Linda is not only an excellent curling analyst, she’s also an excellent broadcaster,” said Scott Higgins, Senior Producer, Curling on TSN. “She has been incredibly well-researched, with a natural ability to tell stories. Her greatest strength is her depth of knowledge, and her insights into the game within the game.”

“I want to thank Vic Rauter for being my guide during those years, as well as Russ Howard and Ray Turnbull for sharing the booth with me,” Linda told TSN public relations. “Thanks as well to Scott Higgins and all our incredible producers; Andy Bouyoukos and the other talented directors; my colleagues Cathy Gauthier and Bryan Mudryk; and everyone involved with TSN curling.  This is a group of talented people who are passionate about sharing the superb skills of curlers with fans, and I have been proud to be a part of the crew for so long. I wish the TSN crew all the best for the coming season.

“As well, thanks to the fantastic curlers, hard-working event host committees, and the fans who have let me into their homes for so many years. You may still see me at your local curling clubs, helping to coach a team at a practice or bonspiel.”

Moore skipped a national and world champion team from British Columbia in the mid-1980s, and also won demonstration gold at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary. She has also served the sport as an administrator; as Executive Director of CurlBC for 19 years, promoting the sport and developing curling programs throughout the province, and also as the ED of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation (2005-06).

As a Level 4 certified coach, Moore has been actively involved in coaching for many years. Her husband, Al Moore, also coaches actively, and is currently raking in gold medals as the coach of Switzerland’s national women’s team.

Linda Moore was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1991 and the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1990 as part of the 1985 World Championship team.

You can read the full TSN news release here.

The December 2014 issue of The Curling News is now in circulation, and includes the Canada Cup broadcast schedule as a part of the “Curling TV/Web Guide”. The guide is also expanded with additional listings in the December digital edition, being released tomorrow to subscribers. To purchase a subscription, and with that an extra nine entry ballots into The Curling News‘ Pinty’s All-Star Curling Skins Game contest, click here.

Tell us what you think in the Comments section below – we’ll make sure your best wishes are sent along to Linda!

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Vol. 58 Issue 2: December 2014

  • Layout 1GREAT SHOT

    Mike McEwen killed it with the early Shot Of The Year nominee; click on the centre house in the digital edition to launch the video

  • CRISIS ON THE COUCH

    Our Hall-Of-Fame columnist Terry Jones thinks curling is cooking its own golden goose

  • MURDER, SUICIDE OR MERCY KILLING?

    Rodger Schmidt is back with the behind-the-scenes scoop on the debacle that is German curling

  • GONE DIGITAL

    As we said, every issue of The Curling News is now enhanced and expanded online with more pages of exclusive, interactive curling content – but you must subscribe to get it all

  • CURLING TV/WEB GUIDE

    You won’t believe the amount of stuff to watch in late November through December, and only we have the most in-depth and accurate listings – EXPANDED FOR DIGITAL EDITION

  • THE FERB ON TELEVISION – DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

    Randy Ferbey weighs in on TV curling and who are the best commentators – and not

  • CLUB CORNER: FINANCIAL PLANNING 101

    This second chapter in Mark Inglis’ three-part examination is essential reading for every curling manager and volunteer – that is all

  • STRATEGY: NEW 5RFGZ MOVES

    Mike McEwen shares some strategy secrets in today’s ultra-modern curling game

  • THE CURLING NEWSDESK

    Our annual Holiday Shopping Guide; curling cover boy raises over $16,000; Homan a hit at the Bay Street Bonspiel; the Canadian Mixed with online photo gallery (digital exclusive)

  • CHINA CHEATERS

    Robbie Gallaugher with some shocking insights into the scary growth of Chinese curling

  • JA, PRETZEL LOGIC

    Matt Sussman looks at Germany’s woes and suggests a savior for U.S. curling – jawohl!

  • INSIDE THE DEN – DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

    The Hardline boys take our readers deeper into the Dragons’ Den and reveal more about their Big Deal

  • FOR THE LOVE OF MEAT

    Matt Brouwer cooks a steak, and recalls his greatest curling triumph (featuring a digital exclusive video)

  • CURLING IN AMERICA – DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

    Guy Scholz is back with an extensive look at his fascinating – and gold medal-winning – U.S. Arena Nats team

  • CATCH THE SPIRIT

    The 2015 Spirit of Curling Calendar raises funds for three charities, and curling communities too

  • And more… subscribe today!

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New curling calendar now on sale

Another fundraising tool for curling facilities

Celebrate the Roaring Game in all its glory – for some great causes

Celebrate the Roaring Game – and support some great causes

First came the Women of Curling. Then, last season, the Men of Curling.

Now for 2015, The Curling News and The Community Fundraiser have announced the Spirit of Curling, the latest installment in their successful series of fundraising wall calendars.

The 2015 Spirit of Curling Calendar retails online for $20.00 each plus taxes, shipping and handling, at The Spirit of Curling website.

A portion of proceeds from each purchase go to three charitable campaigns: the Canadian Curling Association’s “For The Love of Curling” philanthropic program, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, which has now contributed over $2.5 million to 35 Canadian hospital neonatal intensive care units, and the Canadian Spinal Research Organization’s “Shoot For A Cure” campaign, which amasses research funding to find a cure for spinal paralysis.

“The 2014 Men of Curling Calendar raised more than $100,000 for multiple charities and causes, across Canada and around the world,” said George Karrys, Publisher of The Curling News. “Now, the 2015 Spirit of Curling Calendar will engage curlers and curling fans in a celebration of the tradition, honour and great history of the Roaring Game.”

A special curling facility program is also available, allowing clubs to purchase copies at a discount and re-sell the calendars in the local community for a fundraising profit, to aid in any number of areas – including capital costs, prize funds, and support for junior, bantam or Little Rock programs.

“The 2015 Spirit of Curling Calendar is a great fundraising tool for curling centres across Canada, the United States, Europe and other curling-crazy countries,” said Rick Warner, President of The Community Fundraiser. “Any interested club representatives can call or email, and we will set them up to engage their communities this fall.”

Each calendar is printed on glossy stock and shrink-wrapped, and ships in a protective envelope with a stiff cardboard insert. Each of the 12 calendar months features a comprehensive worldwide curling tournament schedule, listing colour-coded men’s, women’s, mixed and open events.

The Canadian Curling Association also commented on today’s release.

“We’re extremely pleased that this beautiful calendar will play a significant role in continuing the growth of curling in Canada,” said CCA Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “Like For The Love of Curling, the Spirit of Curling puts its focus on the grassroots of the game, while still acknowledging some of the sport’s biggest names and showing their athleticism. And the added bonus is that by buying this calendar, you’re helping young curlers and local curling centres.”

Advance orders for the 2015 Spirit of Curling Calendar are now underway at The Spirit of Curling website, with product shipping in the second week of November.

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Digital + Print = Happy Curling Fans

The Curling News expands its digital curling reach

Kevin Palmer's April/May digital column was a hit

Kevin Palmer’s April/May digital column was a hit with fans

TORONTO – Now into it’s 58th season of publishing, The Curling News has gone digital for the year 2015.

Subscribers will receive all six monthly issues in print format as they have since 1957. However, subscribers will also receive an email message each month directing them to an expanded, enhanced online version of that issue.

Modelled after four one-off digital editions The Curling News has produced since 2012, each digital issue will feature extra pages of content plus enhancements to the editorial and advertising content from the print edition.

Click on a story, and it might launch a webpage which continues the discussion.

Click on a photograph, and it might launch a photo gallery of additional images.

Click on an advertisement, and it might launch an online video.

“The official launch of The Curling News digital subscriber editions marks the end of a lengthy period of research, investigation and preparation,” said George Karrys, owner and publisher of The Curling News since 2003.

“This is what we’ve seen from major publishers around the world, and this is what the curling world has been asking for. At The Curling News, we are pleased to be able to offer these enhanced and expanded content services with no price increase to our advertising partners, and also at no price increase to our valued subscribers.”

The November issue of The Curling News – both print and digital – will be unleashed on or around November 1, and will boast the return of well-known columnists – including sports hall of fame scribe Terry Jones – plus a slew of new contributors, including Matt Brouwer, Andrew Stoakely, Mark Inglis, Stephanie LeDrew and the one and only Randy Ferbey.

NOTE: Each issue’s subscriber log-in name and password access will be provided by an email message; therefore new and current subscribers should ensure The Curling News has their email address on file.

To confirm your email address with The Curling News, send us a direct message through the website CONTACT page.

To subscribe to The Curling News, visit the SUBSCRIBE tab.

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Vol. 58 Issue 1: November 2014

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  • SADDLE UP

    The new season has begun and Terry Jones predicts a wild ride

  • GONE DIGITAL

    Every issue of The Curling News is now enhanced and expanded online – but you must subscribe to get it all

  • CATCH THE SPIRIT

    The 2015 Spirit of Curling Calendar raises funds for three charities, and curling communities too

  • CURLING TV/WEB GUIDE

    You won’t believe the amount of stuff to watch in November and early December, and only we have the latest accurate listings

  • NEW COLUMNIST: THE FERB

    New contributor Randy Ferbey explains an addiction

  • NEW COLUMNIST: ANDREW STOAKLEY – DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

    Behind the Board – and behind the scenes – with one of TV curling’s previously-anonymous insiders

  • THE CURLING NEWSDESK

    Rob Swan’s “Curling Across The Nation” and schedule; Who designs those cool customized brushes; Exclusive celebrity curling photos no one has seen

  • THE CURLING NEWSDESK – DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

    More pages of exclusive, interactive curling content

  • NEW COLUMNIST: MATT BROUWER

    Is this a golden age of curling broadcasting, or are we held hostage by billion-dollar mega-corps?

  • CURLING IN AMERICA – DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

    Dean Gemmell on The American Dream: At Least it’s Still Alive in Curling

  • CLUB CORNER: DEATH AND LIFE OF A CURLING CENTRE

    First in a three-part examination of club culture by new columnist Mark Inglis

  • CURL COACH: APP-TASTIC – DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

    A look inside the popular curling application

  • ICE GOLD: NEW CURLING BOOK

    We dig in to the new ECW tome written by Ted Wyman; watch for our online contest launching November 1

  • THEY SAID IT – DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

    Our popular collection of quotable quotes from around the curling world

  • And more… SUBSCRIBE today!

 

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Curling supplier Plays It Forward

Retailer supports curling facilities

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TORONTO – fUZION Sportswear has already made an impact on the curling scene, as their dye sublimation technology allows teams to go “seamless” with a variety of patterns, designs and logos on their competition wear. They’ve signed up a few top-ranked high-performance squads for their “Ambassador” program, and they are also rumours of replica team competition jackets and shirts hitting the market soon.

Now in their third year on the rock scene, the company has also introduced “Play It Forward”, a new program which delivers value from any player’s purchase decisions back to that player’s home curling facility.

For example, a purchase of four sublimated SMARTFLEX jackets plus four sublimated CIRCULAIR shirts will give your curling club a rebate of CDN $50.00.

With a purchase of four jackets plus eight sublimated shirts, the curling club scores a $100.00 rebate.

“Although we are a new team this year, two of our members were part of a team that wore fUZION uniforms last year,” said Kalie McKenna, a member of Ottawa’s Team Butler-Rohland. “We absolutely loved the fit of the uniforms and the ability to create a custom design. We contacted fUZION for pricing and additional information and that’s when we became aware of Play It Forward, which was just another incentive to wear fUZION apparel this season.”

The squad’s decision to go with Fuzion has already guaranteed a rebate payment to the Rideau Curling Club, the home of Team Butler-Rohland.

“So we look great, we can capitalize on sponsorship opportunities for our team, and we’re giving back to our club,” said McKenna. “I can’t think of a single reason why you wouldn’t want to be part of Play It Forward.”

fUZION also offers a club program, where jackets and scarves purchased by any facility pro shop – adorned with club logos and even personalized on request – also deliver rebate revenues.

Posters promoting the program (above left) are now in the mail to all 960-odd curling clubs across Canada.

Meanwhile, fUZION Managing Director Jamie Vickerman has also been beating the drum for the new program.

“We’re hoping that curlers of all skill levels, particularly recreational players, will take advantage of this offer and pass the word along at their curling clubs,” said Vickerman. “You can wear what the pros wear, and look great on the ice, and help your clubs as well. The more teams involved, the more funds for your club to receive and use as required. Just contact us for help on your graphic ideas, and let’s get started.”

Poster graphic by fUZION Sportswear (click on image to increase viewing size)

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The Curling News 2014-15

We’re baaaaack!

Team Laycock at the Baden Masters in August

Team Laycock at the Baden Masters in late August

This webpage (including blog) is about to end its silence. Behind the scenes, quietly active for many months, The Curling News has been assembling a new army of product and talent that is almost – ALMOST – ready to be unleashed on the curling world.

We’re excited, and we know you will be, too. You’ll just have to hang in there a wee bit longer, and then *boom*… all shall be revealed.

For now, we once again invite you to check out the digital version of our previous April issue (which can be considered a May/June release) and all its digital extras. This includes a complete 2013-14 season-ending Gold Trial money list, an entertaining dissertation on the five-rock rule (now officially implemented for all five Grand Slams this season), an extra six pages of Photos of The Year and a great summary of the gaggle of team lineup changes that stunned us last spring.

Plus, each page of the original print edition has been digitally enhanced to launch extra photo galleries, videos and website links. It’s a curling clickfest for your fingers!

And the shortlink for sharing, if you’re interested, is: http://bit.ly/TCNdigital.

It won’t be long (yeah/yeah/yeah)…

The Curling News photo by Urs Räber (click on image to increase size)

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Vol. 57 Issue 6: April 2014

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  • COVER: PHOTOS OF THE YEAR

    It was a season to remember, and the year’s best images prove it

  • MIKE McEWEN WRAPS UP SOCHI

    You loved his behind-the-scenes Olympic blogs; now Mike finishes what he started

  • STUNNING NUMBERS FROM SOCHI

    Canadian TV expert Bill Brioux examines curling and the Olympic movement

  • CURLING TV/WEB GUIDE

    Can’t find the listings? Even for the Slam in PEI, or the World Mixed Doubles in Scotland? We’ve got it… in fact, we’ve got it all…

  • HIS LOVE WILL COST ME MONEY

    Columnist Mike Fournier received a love letter from Olympic champ Brad Jacobs – with strings attached

  • BRIER GONE BUST

    Award-winning columnist Terry Jones on what happened in Kamloops

  • RELEGATION ROCKS THE CURLING WORLD

    Larry Wood isn’t afraid of using “The R Word”

  • THREE WHEELS IN A ROW

    Canada wins its third straight Paralympic wheelchair title

  • NEWSDESK

    RIP Harry… No pants for Ulsrud… Johnny Mo donates $13,000 in Men of Curling Calendar revenues to charity… OCA versus CCA, again.. and more!

  • THEY SAID IT

    Jacobs, Werenich, Murdoch, Hansen, Gushue and more in our amazing curling quotes feature

  • And more… subscribe today!

 
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Morris announces curling sabbatical – perhaps

No Mo Johnny… unless…

John Morris has spoken.

The finalist from both the Brier and the Canadian Olympic Trials has issued a statement today on his immediate curling future, and here it is:

This ad appears in our April issue

After a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided to take a step back from the game of curling next year.

I had the tremendous pleasure of playing with three great, genuine teammates in Jim Cotter, Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky as we made it farther than I think anyone would have predicted for a team playing its first year together. You were all amazing, as was our coach, Pat Ryan, and our alternates Jody Epp and Jason Gunnlaugson.

I am extremely proud of our squad for what we accomplished, and would like to thank my guys for helping me recover my passion and heart for the game of curling, and for providing me with one of the most memorable years in my career.

I will be taking some time off to pursue an educational course that I’ve been wanting to take for a few years now, as well as to secure a career in the fire service. If our team happens to be awarded the default Team Canada berth at the Brier next year, then I will consider coming back to play a light schedule.

Thank you to all our true fans, friends, sponsors and to all of our families for being there every inch of the way and showing us the support we needed to almost make the improbable happen!

 

[This Team Morris advertisement appears in the April 2014 issue of The Curling News; click on the image to increase viewing size]

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Team Shuffle 2015: Disrespect for the Brier?

Koe blows up team – before the worlds

By George Karrys

From yellow to purple (with apologies to both)

Okay, the annual team shuffle didn’t really begin today. There have been team lineup changes for next season that have been announced already, with one of the bigger ones ones coming well before the STOH (Team Kelly Scott disbanding) and this one fairly recently.

But today’s triple reveal is a whopper, and for very big reasons.

While watching daughter Carly Howard compete at the Canadian University championships in Regina, Glenn Howard confirmed to the Regina Leader-Post that his longtime second Brent Laing is moving to Alberta, and will compete next year with Team Kevin Koe.

We spilled it on Twitter and there was the expected reaction. But then came word that Kevin Martin‘s longtime front end of Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert, Olympic champions all back in 2010, have split from Martin and joined Team Koe, too.

All of this is big news in any curling year, but this is particularly stunning given a couple of facts.

First off, Team Koe is also Team Canada, newly-crowned Brier champs (Koe, Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen) and soon headed to the worlds in Beijing. Second, thanks to the new Brier (and STOH) format changes, that Team Koe was already pre-qualified for next year’s Brier in Calgary as Team Canada.

If Laing had constituted the only team change, that meant someone else was out, from a Brier championship team, whether he would soon be leaving of his own accord or soon be released. But now, given these seismic changes, the skip of the defending Brier champion team has just forfeited his 2015 Brier berth. In the very first year of the berth taking effect.

Wow.

It’s pretty much unprecedented that news of such team changes are revealed this early, before a squad departs to wear the Maple Leaf at the worlds. It’s also utterly wild to think that numerous players have actually considered – with one now deciding – to give up a confirmed berth in the Brier.

This leaves Simmons, Rycroft and Thiessen with some thinking to do. If they stick together an add a fourth, they keep the Brier’s Team Canada berth, despite the absence of Koe – or so we think?

However, Rycroft has already declared his intention to retire or at least take the 2015 season off from competition – will that now change? Simmons, we know, has maintained a business and residence in Alberta for three years now – does he want to return home to Saskatchewan?

If Koe is willing to take a pass at a Brier berth, how many other high-performance curling athletes are?

Yes. Many are boggled.

This is what we’re getting at. A few years ago, all this would be unthinkable. The Brier was a huge, huge championship curling event – the biggest, bar none, of which every Canadian male curler dreamed about.

Nowadays, and the ongoing Team Koe machinations prove this, the Brier’s primary function – as far as the nation’s top teams are concerned – is merely to provide a qualifying route into the Olympic Trials.

And indeed, 2015 is the (non-Olympic qualifying) season where unusual team moves might be made – such as Koe’s stunning changes… such as John Morris (Brier finalist, and next in line – we assume – to get the Brier berth) either taking the year off or relocating to the B.C. coast (both are rumours, by the way)… and such as Richard Hart returning to play third for Team Howard on a one-year, fun-filled farewell tour (another rumour, folks).

All of this boggles the veteran curling mind. Since when have we seen the legacy of the Brier so – what’s the word we’re looking for – disrespected, however unintentionally this may be intended, by the top high-performance competitors in the land?

And how does this help the Canadian Curling Association challenge various opinions that are swirling about, everything from “relegation sucks” (see the upcoming April issue of The Curling News) to the Association’s present high-performance event focus being a dangerous game (see “Are the Olympics killing curling?” on the cover of our November 2013 issue and also “What the Olympics and Slams have done to Competitive Curling” by Mike Fournier at a later date online)? Not to mention obvious problems within the CCA’s own house, represented by the six-months-and-counting conflict with its Ontario member organization?

Disrespect is, I admit, a pretty strong word, even if couched by “unintentional”, and it’s one the top competitors would never use nor intend to. But the question remains: Is this continuing decline of the Brier brand really the cost of doing business in this 21st century world of curling – a world in which our sport, like many others, is changing at a rapid pace?

Perhaps. But the mind still boggles.

What on earth could be next, lurking ’round the curling corner?

[Composite Laing/Koe image by Gary Darakjian; original Sportsnet images by Anil Mungal]

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