1971 Macdonald Brier

The 1971 Macdonald Brier, Canada's national men's curling championship was held March 16 at the 2,800 seat Pavilion de la Jeunesse in Quebec City, Quebec.

1971 Macdonald Brier
Host cityQuebec City, Quebec
ArenaPavilion de la Jeunesse
DatesMarch 1–6
Winner Manitoba
Curling clubGranite CC, Winnipeg
SkipDon Duguid
FourthRod Hunter
SecondJim Pettapiece
LeadBryan Wood
Finalist Northern Ontario
« 1970
1972 »

A blizzard hit the city late in the week, and was blamed for low attendance. One draw had to be cancelled due to the blizzard, and curlers had to be shuttled from the rink to their hotels on snowmobiles.[1]

After the round robin, three teams (Manitoba, Northern Ontario and Saskatchewan) were tied for first place with identical 8-3 records, forcing a playoff. Lots were drawn to determine the seeds, and Team Manitoba, won the draw and were given the bye into the final.[2] Northern Ontario's Bill Tetley rink won the first playoff match over Saskatchewan's Bob Pickering, but lost to a rested Team Manitoba in the final, 11-6. With the victory, skip Dale Duguid and his team of Rod Hunter, Jim Pettapiece and Bryan Wood became only the third rink to repeat at the Brier, having won the championship in 1970. The team went on to win the 1971 Air Canada Silver Broom World Championship, defending their title there as well.

After winning the 1971 World Championship, Duguid retired from competitive curling, and joined the CBC in 1972 as a curling commentator.[3]


Alberta British Columbia Manitoba
Derrick G&WC, Edmonton

Skip: Matt Baldwin
Third: Tom Kroeger
Second: Rich Cust
Lead: Reg Van Wassenhove

Prince George CC, Prince George

Skip: Kevin Smale
Third: Pete Sherba
Second: Pat Carr
Lead: Bob McDonald

Granite CC, Winnipeg

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

New Brunswick Newfoundland Northern Ontario
Beausejour CC, Moncton

Skip: Paul Bordage
Third: Art Gillard
Second: Dale Somers
Lead: Murray Leger

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

Skip: Bob Cole
Third: Les Bowering
Second: Ken Ellis
Lead: Alex Andrews

Thunder Bay CC, Thunder Bay

Skip: Bill Tetley
Third: Frank Sargent
Second: Jim Sargent
Lead: Eric Knudson

Nova Scotia Ontario Prince Edward Island
Truro CC, Truro

Skip: Frank Hoar
Third: Doug Carter
Second: John Sanford
Lead: Don Fulton

Avonlea CC, Don Mills

Skip: Bob Charlebois
Third: Rich Palmer
Second: Ray Lilly
Lead: Jim McGrath

Charlottetown CC, Charlottetown

Skip: Kip Ready
Third: Bill MacGregor
Second: David Kassner
Lead: Norm MacNeill

Quebec Saskatchewan
Outremont CC, Outremont

Skip: Bill Ott
Third: Tom Fisher
Second: Herb Miyashita
Lead: John Walling

Avonlea CC, Avonlea

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

Round robin standings

Teams to Tiebreak playoff
 ManitobaDon Duguid82
 Northern OntarioBill Tetley82
 SaskatchewanBob Pickering82
 AlbertaMatt Baldwin55
 British ColumbiaKevin Smale55
 OntarioBob Charlebois55
NewfoundlandBob Cole46
 Prince Edward IslandKip Ready46
 New BrunswickPaul Bordage37
 Nova ScotiaFrank Hoar37
 QuebecBill Ott28


A two-round playoff was necessitated as three teams had tied for top spot in the event.[4]

  Semifinal     Final
     Manitoba 11
   Northern Ontario 10      Northern Ontario 5
   Saskatchewan 9  


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