Bob Ursel

Robert (Bob) "Bobby" Ursel[1] (born February 12, 1965) is a Canadian curler and curling coach. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ursel curls out of Kelowna, British Columbia.

Bob Ursel
Born (1965-02-12) February 12, 1965
Curling clubKelowna CC, Kelowna
Brier appearances3 (1999, 2003, 2008)
Top CTRS ranking10th (2007-08, 2009-10)
Grand Slam victories0

Curling career

In 1984, Ursel skipped his native Manitoba to a Canadian Junior Curling Championship. The following year, he skipped the Canadian Junior Team to a World Junior Curling Championship title.

It would be 15 years out of junior that Ursel would finally make it to the Brier. He played third for Bert Gretzinger's 1999 British Columbia team. They finished 5-6. In 2002 Ursel moved to play third for Pat Ryan where he made the 2003 Nokia Brier. At the 2003 Brier, the team lost in the semi-final to Nova Scotia (skipped by Mark Dacey).

After the 2003 Brier, Ursel left the Ryan team to form his own team. He played in his third Brier in 2008 where he lost in the 3-4 game to Ontario's Glenn Howard.

Ursel sat out most of the 2010-11 season with a knee injury. His team continued to be referred to as "Team Ursel" on the World Curling Tour, but he was replaced by Ken Maskiewich at the third position while regular fourth Jim Cotter took over the reins as skip.

He is the coach of Japanese men's team, who won gold at the 2018 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships.

Personal life

Ursel's father, Jim, won the 1977 Brier as skip of the Quebec team. Ursel is currently married.[2]

Grand Slam record

Event 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
Masters / World Cup Q DNP Q DNP Q DNP DNP
Canadian Open DNP DNP DNP Q Q QF -
Players' Championships DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP Q -


  • C – Champion
  • F – Lost final
  • SF – Lost semi final
  • QF – Lost quarter final
  • Q – Did not make playoffs
  • DNP – Did not participate in event


  1. 2017 Brier Media Guide: Previous Rosters
  2. 2019 World Men's Curling Championship Media Guide: Team Japan
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