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Vol. 59 Issue 5: March 2016

  • BRUSHING MADNESS SWEEPS CURLING – AGAIN

    Blame the rulemakers? Blame some/all players? Blame the Sinister Sweeper? Regardless, “Broomgate” continues leading up to…

  • THE STOH: OUR ULTIMATE WRAP-UP

    Our army of correspondents provide your most in-depth look at the 2016 STOH that was – DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • THE BRIER: OUR ULTIMATE PREVIEW

    The great Terry Jones provides your most in-depth look at the 2016 Brier field and how it will play out – DIGITAL EDITION FEAT. IMAGE GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • THE BRIER: PRO PICKS

    Some of the biggest names in curling make their Brier predictions – DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • CURLING TV/WEB GUIDE

    You won’t believe the amount of stuff to watch in March, and only we have the most in-depth and accurate listings – DIGITAL EDITION FEAT. EXPANDED LISTINGS (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • THE BRIER: MEMORIES PT. I

    Randy Ferbey slides down memory lane to the Ottawa Brier that started his legacy – DIGITAL EDITION FEAT. IMAGE GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • THE BRIER: MEMORIES PT. II

    A younger correspondent has some Ottawa Brier memories, too

  • THE BRIER (AND STOH) IN A PLAYDOWNS CRISIS

    Kevin Palmer returns with an in-depth and worrying report on the decline of the competitive curler – DIGITAL EDITION FEAT. IMAGE GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • THE BRIER: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

    Warren Hansen on Briers past, present and future – DIGITAL EDITION FEAT. IMAGE GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • ACHIEVING YOUR CURLING CLUB GOALS

    Mark Inglis with another essential “Club Corner” how-to guide

  • A ROYALS WELCOME FOR A SYRIAN NEWCOMER

    Three days after arriving in Canada, a Syrian refugee was dispatched to the curling ice

  • I GOT THE CALL AND JUMPED AT THE CHANCE

    The sabbatical didn’t last long for our own Stephanie LeDrew

  • IF THEY CAN SUCCEED IN THE DESERT…

    … then we can succeed anywhere in the curling world, sayeth the sun-drenched drivers of the Coyotes Curling Club – DIGITAL EDITION FEAT. IMAGE GALLERY PLUS VIDEO (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • THE CURLING NEWS GOLD TRAIL

    Only The Curling News tracks every dollar won in the sport, regardless of event affiliation… and the money winnings are redonkulous – DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • A HANSEN BRIER REBUTTAL

    One reader takes issue with our columnist’s opinion – DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • MORE CURLING FOR LAS VEGAS

    Sam Corea has finally recovered from Vegas… and we’ll be sending him back there far sooner than expected – DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • And more… subscribe today!

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Hair brushes banned from STOH, Brier

Hair today, gone tomorrow

The Curling News has learned that hair brushes – manufactured with horsehair and/or hoghair – have been banned from the upcoming Tournament of Hearts and the Brier: the Canadian women’s and men’s championships.

To be specific, hair brushes have now been added to the previous sweeping equipment moratorium(s) issued by Curling Canada.

This latest initiative was led by the athletes – following numerous testing videos such as this one from Team Brad Gushue (Newfoundland and Labrador) – and as a result, Curling Canada has decided to support the player action in full. The organization’s official adoption of the no-hair movement means that monitoring and enforcement now falls under each competition’s official rules… clearly the optimum scenario.

However, the wording might be due for some additional fine-tuning, for the inclusion of hair in the moratorium is not absolute.

For example, athletes are permitted to bring hair brushes onto the field of play, and use them in pre-game practice sessions with the exception of the last-stone draw. The brushes are then not permitted during the game… but again, there are two exceptions.

The first is that hair brushes can be used as sliding devices.

The second sees skips and thirds permitted to use hair brushes in the house at the playing end, but those skips and thirds can only sweep behind the tee-line.

An official news release on this expansion of the moratorium is expected shortly.

The Tournament of Hearts begins Saturday in Grande Prairie, Alberta while the opening draw of the Ottawa Brier is slated for March 5.