ABOUT POLICE CURLING
Where rank doesn't matter, only good times with great friends do!
The history of police curling dates back to 1955 when the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police first formed the Canadian Police Curling Association for the purpose of encouraging fellowship and liaison among Canadian police officers as well as promoting the game of curling in Canada. The first "National Police Bonspiel" was organized and held at the Granite Curling Club in Winnipeg on March 12th, 1956.
At that time, it was a one day, four event bonspiel. There were sixteen rinks allowed, one representing each of the provinces as we do today, plus four other teams representing four of the major police forces in Canada, the RCMP, the OPP, the CPR Police and the CNR Police.
Between 1956 and 1971 the annual bonspiel was held in various cities across Canada. It was sponsored by the Chiefs of Police Association, but most of the expenses were paid by the curlers themselves. Due to the costs involved, not all of the provinces or police forces always sent a rink to the bonspiel and local area rinks were substituted to make up the full complement of 16 rinks. Nevertheless, the event proved to be very popular in the police community and the original purpose for which it was organized was achieved. The event became more competitive each year and play-offs to get into the bonspiel generated much more liaison and friendly rivalry among the police forces and police officers.
In March 1972, with the support of a major sponsor, the first truly Canadian Police Curling Championship was held at the Thistle Curling Club in Hamilton, Ontario. The Brier format of a round robin competition was adopted and teams from all of the Provinces and the Yukon-Northwest Territories were present
It is truly my pleasure to welcome on behalf of the National Executive and the Organizing Committee back to our Canadian Police Curling Championships in Halifax for 2022. I know the last two years have been very hard on everyone, but we stood as professionals on the front lines for the citizens of Canada and for that I know Canadians are extremely pleased.
It is an honor to announce the National Police Federation – NPF who has come on board to support and sponsor the oldest running police national championships in Canada. Halifax Co-Host Joe Taplin has worked very closely with the NPF to secure this National sponsor for Halifax 2022. We are hoping this will be a long term partnership with the NPF moving forwarding. Host Joe Taplin and Jeremy Tipper have worked very hard during the COVID restrictions to secure a huge amount of sponsorships from local business. I know when coming to Halifax and enjoying all the events planned and live entertainment at our hospitality room at the Atlantica Hotel curlers will be going home on April 10th, with the best experience possible. Without our sponsors and partners we would not be able to hold these championships at the high level we have come to enjoy and I personally want to thank them for their sponsorship.
It is also a pleasure to host this year’s championships at the historical Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax, NS. This club is known for championship curlers with the best known Scotties and World Champions Colleen Jones rink and Tankard Champion Mark Dacey. I want to thank you to club manager Karen Skiffington and President Carolyn Kavanagh for their continued support of Police Curling.
I would like to wish all the curlers safe travels to and from Halifax, NS, enjoy yourselves and all the very best in luck during the 2022 Canadian Police Curling Championships.
Stuart Knockwood, President
Canadian Police Curling Association