Friday, May 6, 2016

Hardline 2015/16 Recap – An Amazing Season!

Hardline 2015/16 Recap – An Amazing Season!

The 2015-16 curling season for #HardlineNation was simply AMAZING!  We are so proud of our teams and all of their successes!   Here’s a summary of a few of our teams’ accomplishments over the past curling season:

Team Gushue
After joining #HardlineNation at the start of the 2015-16 season, Team Gushue went on to have one of the most successful years in history!  Some of their accomplishments:
  • 3 Grand Slam wins – National, Elite 10, Players Championship
  • Brier silver medalists
  • #1 on the money list with over $194,000
  • 101 wins, including 9 tournament wins
  • Rogers Grand Slam Cup Champions

Team McEwen
Coming off a great year in 2014-15, Team McEwen was poised to have another solid season in 2015-16.  The highlight of their year was capturing the elusive Manitoba provincial title earning their first Brier berth in Ottawa.   They also had 3 event wins including the Masters Grand Slam, Stu Sells Toronto, and Point Optical Curling Classic.  They were also Canada Cup finalists, and finished # 4 on the money list!

Team Carruthers
In their 2nd season together, Team Carruthers captured the inaugural season ending Champions Cup for their first Grand Slam win.  They were also finalists in two other GSOC events this year (National, Elite 10), and won the Dekalb Classic.  They also finished 3rd on the money list and 4th in CTRS standings.

Team Carey
The 2015-16 season saw Chelsea Carey take over skipping duties from Heather Nedohin, and with Amy Nixon, Jocelyn Peterman, and Laine Peters won the Alberta provincials and then had a fantastic week winning the Scotties Tournament of Hearts!  They made playoffs in 6 WCT events, including 2 event finals.

Team Tirinzoni
Team Tirinzoni’s 2nd year with #HardlineNation got off to a great start winning their 1st Grand Slam title in Paradise NL at the Tour Challenge!  They had 3 wins on tour, 12 playoff appearances including 8 finals and 11 top-3 finishes, and finished # 2 on the money list and # 3 on the Order of Merit for 2015-16! 

Team Shuster
Team Shuster of the USA had a very successful season. They won the Bronze medal at the Men’s World Championships, won 3 WCT events, qualified for the Continental Cup of Curling and Curling Night in America, and reached the semi finals in the opening Tour Challenge Grand Slam event.

Team Laycock
Team Laycock’s first year with Hardline Curling was a solid one. They won the SK Tankard and the Canad Inn’s Classic.  They had 10 playoff appearances including 6 top-3 finishes.  They finished 6th on the money list and Order of Merit.

Team McCarville
Krista McCarville made a return to competitive curling this year and what a season it was!  They were Scotties Tournament of Hearts finalists, including defeating Team Canada in a semi-final to remember, and had 4 WCT wins, earning a berth into the season ending GSOC Champions Cup.

Team Thomas
Charley Thomas had an impressive year on the tour, winning the Original 16 WCT bonspiel. They were also AB Tankard finalists, and made playoffs in 10 of 11 events played including 7 top-3’s.  They finished 9th on the CTRS standings for 2015-16.  Charley also won the gold medal in New Zealand Winter Games 2015 playing mixed doubles with Kalynn Park.

Hardline Curling is proud of all our teams who qualified for the Scotties, the Brier, and World’s this season:

Chelsea Carey – AB
Krista McCarville – NO
Kerri Einarson – MB
Jolene Campbell – SK
Stacie Curtis – NL
Karla Thompson – BC

Brad Gushue – NL
Mike McEwen – MB
Steve Laycock – SK
Mike Kennedy – NB
Jamie Koe – NWT

World Championships:
Chelsea Carey - Canada
John Shuster – USA
Aku Kauste – Finland
Alexander Baumann – Germany
Max Kirkpatrick - Canada

Some other highlights of the season, national and provincial champions, and WCT event winners:

  • Team Max Kirkpatrick – 2015/16 World Mixed Championships
  • Jocelyn Peterman & Brett Gallant – Canadian Mixed Doubles 2016 Champions
  • Team Colleen Jones – 2016 Canadian Senior Women’s Champions
  • Team Bryan Cochrane – 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Champions
  • Team Einarson –MB Scotties champion, GSOC Tour Challenge Tier 2 winner, 4th place at STOH, 10 playoff appearances including 6 top-3 finishes
  • Team Canada with Tyler Tardi & Sterling Middleton won the Youth Olympic Gold medal in Lillehammer
  • Team Felix Asselin – QC Junior Men’s Provincial Champs
  • Team Tyler Tardi – BC Junior Men’s Provincial Champs
  • Team Jacob Hersikorn – SK Junior Men’s Provincial Champs
  • Team Alex Robichaud – NB Junior Men’s Provincial Champs
  • Team Kourtney Fesser – SK Junior Women’s Provincial Champs
  • Team Brooke Godsland – NL Junior Women’s Provincial Champs
  • Team Jacqueline Harrison – Oakville OCT Fall Classic, Gord Carroll Curling Classic, Royal Lepage OVCA Fall Classic
  • Team Peter De Cruz – Cookstown Cash
  • Team Allison Flaxey – KW Fall Classic
  • Team Shaun Meachem – HDF Insurance Shootout, Medicine Hat Charity Classic
  • Team Dean Joanisse – Cloverdale Cash Spiel
  • Team Jeff Hartung – Westwood Inn Classic
  • Team Michelle Montford – Mother Club Fall Curling Classic
  • Team Kristy McDonald - MB Scotties finalists, 6 playoff appearances, T3 Masters GSOC
  • Rocks Around The Clock – Official Guinness World Record holders for longest game
  • Dustin Mikush - Optimist U18 Champions

Those are just some of the highlights of a wonderful season for all of our #HardlineNation teams!  We apologize if we have forgotten to include some (let us know and we’ll add it to the list).   

Whether a pro curler winning a national or provincial championship or Slam event, or a recreational curler winning a club championship or fun bonspiel, we appreciate the support you give Hardline Curling, and the trust you put into playing with our equipment.  We will continue to strive to provide all curlers with the best possible curling equipment to help you reach your curling objectives!   Have a great summer, and we’ll see you in the Fall of 2016!