Legion Bonspiel is amazing success, fun-filled weekend

Thirty-six rinks competed trophies and handcrafted plaques

The 60th Annual Legion Bonspiel was an amazing success.

Thirty-six teams were entered, some from as far away as Prince George and one individual from the Okanagan. From a formal opening ceremonies with a most impressive Colour Party and a moment’s silence for a special friend on Friday evening to the marching off of the Colours on Sunday evening, everyone was treated to a fun-filled event, wonderful food both at the rink and at the Legion and some excellent curling.

Sixty years is a long time for an event that gives so much pleasure to so many to be sponsored by any one and it was duly noted by Branch #13 that while it sponsors the event, it is only with the help of so many individuals. In particular, sincere thanks was extended many times throughout the weekend to the local businesses who donated this year and over many years and without whose generosity and assistance this feat could never have been accomplished.

Many thanks are also extended to Bonspiel Chairperson, B. Gomes and her committee for a fitting tribute to 60 years of curling compliments of Branch #13.Thirty

The winners were as follows:

A Event and The Ken Austin Memorial Trophy, sponsored by the Legion and presented by the Sallenback family and the President of Branch #13, was:

The Vanderstar Rink from Smithers,

2nd was The Giffith Rink,

3rd was The Johnson Rink,

4th was The Dennis Rink,

B Event and the Bud Kirkaldy Memorial Trophy, sponsored by Canadian Tire and presented by Brian Gascon and Brian Kirkaldy, went to:

The Tracey Hittel Rink from Terrace,

2nd went to The Oleniuk Rink,

3rd went to the Billson Rink,

4th went to the Green Rink.

C Event and the Peter Barnett Memorial Trophy, sponsored by the Barnett family and presented by three generations of that family, went to:

The Austin Rink from Terrace,

2nd to the Bulleid Rink,

3rd to the Kurisu Rink,

4th to the Goodall Rink.

D Event and the Steve Kutenics Memorial Trophy, sponsored by MacCarthy GM and presented by Les Kutenics, was awarded to:

The Thomas Rink from Prince Rupert,

2nd was the D. Melanson Rink,

3rd was the Les Kutenics Rink,

4th was the Bakker Rink.

All the winners in all events were presented with a plaque beautifully handcrafted by Karen Dedosenco as a momento of this special event.

The Terrace Legion extends its thanks to all the participants and truly hope they had a weekend to remember for years to come.

As President Ray Hallock said at the opening ceremonies, we hope that many of you will be here 40 years from now when Branch #13 honours all Veterans with another Bonspiel.

Don’t forget our monthly meetings at the Legion at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, our Steak Nights (don’t forget your children are welcome for the dinner) the first Friday of each month  and Meat Draw every Saturday afternoon from 4 till 6.

We Will Remember Them.