1970 Macdonald Brier

The 1970 Macdonald Brier, Canada's national men's curling championship was held March 26 at the Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

1970 Macdonald Brier
Host cityWinnipeg, Manitoba
ArenaWinnipeg Arena[1]
DatesMarch 2[2]–6[3]
Winner Manitoba
Curling clubGranite CC, Winnipeg
SkipDon Duguid
FourthRod Hunter
SecondJim Pettapiece
LeadBryan Wood
Finalist Alberta
« 1969
1971 »

The hometown Don Duguid rink out of Winnipeg's Granite Club won the event in the last draw, when they beat Saskatchewan's Bob Pickering rink in front of 9,287 fans at the Winnipeg Arena, which was "filled to capacity".[5] This gave the team the best round robin record, preventing a playoff against the next best team, Alberta which had one more loss. With the championship, the Duguid team would go on to represent Canada at the 1970 Air Canada Silver Broom, the World Curling Championships, which they won.

Duguid's only loss came against team British Columbia, skipped by 1964 Brier champion Lyall Dagg, who would go on to finish in third place. Manitoba's first round match against Alberta, skipped by 1961 Brier and World Champion Hec Gervais proved to be the deciding game. The ice in that game as particularly bad, as it had "almost turned to water", making players have to throw the rocks very hard to get them to the other end, and making hits nearly impossible. Manitoba won their match against Alberta 10-9, after Gervais missed his last throw.[6]

Prior to the season, Duguid's experience as a skip was limited, though he had won the 1965 Brier as a third. For the 1970 season, Duguid reluctantly joined forces with teammates Rod Hunter, Jim Pettapiece and Bryan Wood, replacing Hunter's brother, and found immediate success.[7]


Alberta British Columbia Manitoba
Granite CC, Edmonton

Skip: Hec Gervais
Third: Bill Mitchell
Second: Wayne Saboe
Lead: Bill Tainsh

Vancouver CC, Vancouver

Skip: Lyall Dagg
Third: Barry Naimark
Second: Leo Hebert
Lead: Terry Paulson

Granite CC, Winnipeg

Skip: Don Duguid
Third: Rod Hunter
Second: Jim Pettapiece
Lead: Bryan Wood

New Brunswick Newfoundland Northern Ontario
Moncton CA, Moncton

Skip: Harold Mabey Jr.
Third: Ed Steeves
Second: Hal Keith
Lead: Grant MacMellon

St. John's CC, St. John's

Skip: Les Bowering
Third: Frank Stent
Second: Dan Herder
Lead: Roger Mabey

Fort William CC, Thunder Bay

Skip: Tom Tod
Third: James Carson
Second: J. Carl Whitfield
Lead: Bill Hallinan

Nova Scotia Ontario Prince Edward Island
Mayflower CC, Halifax

Skip: Ron Franklin
Third: Peter Corkum
Second: Stu Cameron
Lead: Howard Oxner

The Terrace Club, Toronto

Skip: Paul Savage
Third: Thomas Cushing
Second: Gerry Downer
Lead: David Phillips

Charlottetown CC, Charlottetown

Skip: Art Burke
Third: George Dillon
Second: George Saunders
Lead: Lorne Burke

Quebec Saskatchewan
Heather CC, Hampstead

Skip: Bill Kent
Third: John Hammond
Second: Don Aitken
Lead: Art Lobel

Avonlea CC, Avonlea

Skip: Bob Pickering
Third: Garnet Campbell
Second: John Keys
Lead: Gary Ford

Round robin standings

Brier champion
 ManitobaDon Duguid91
 AlbertaHec Gervais82
 British ColumbiaLyall Dagg73
 SaskatchewanBob Pickering64
 Northern OntarioTom Tod64
NewfoundlandLes Bowering46
 New BrunswickHarold Mabey Jr.46
 OntarioPaul Savage46
 Prince Edward IslandArt Burke37
 Nova ScotiaRon Franklin37
 QuebecBill Kent19


  1. 2018 Brier Media Guide: Macdonald Brier
  2. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=i54tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=i6AFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3823%2C307586
  3. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jp4tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=i6AFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2086%2C1464103
  4. 2018 Brier Media Guide: Brier Attendance
  5. The Brier, Bob Weeks, pg 116
  6. The Brier, Bob Weeks, pg 116
  7. The Brier, Bob Weeks, pg 115
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