Ottawa Curling Club

The Ottawa Curling Club is an historic curling club located on O'Connor Street in the Centretown neighbourhood of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is the oldest curling club in Ottawa, established in 1851 by Allan Gilmour as the Bytown Curling Club. The Club first played on the Rideau Canal until 1858. It subsequently moved to different locations around the city until finally settling at its current location on O'Connor in 1916. In 1931 the Club was expanded to the current capacity of 5 curling sheets. Artificial ice was also installed at that time. In 1998 and 1999, former club member John Morris won the Junior Men's World Curling Championship. The Ottawa Curling Club is one of two clubs in Downtown Ottawa, the other is the Rideau Curling Club, which maintains a rivalry with the Ottawa.

Ottawa Curling Club
Entrance to the club.
Location440 O'Connor Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K2P 1W4
Founder(s)Allan Gilmour
Club typeDedicated Ice
CCA regionOCA Zone 1
Sheets of iceFive
Rock coloursRed and Yellow


The By Town Curling Club was established in 1851 under the presidency of lumber businessman Allan Gilmour. Its earliest facility was a rudimentary shed located near Lisgar Street adjoining the Rideau Canal. Canal water was used to construct the single ice sheet. The club constructed a new rink on Albert Street east of O'Connor in 1867, expanding play to two sheets. In 1878, the club spent $510 to move the building structure to a property near Wellington Street west of Kent on the former Vittoria Street which is today federal property in the Supreme Court district. The rink structure was replaced by a brick building which opened in December 1906. In 1914, the club lost the land due to a significant federal government expropriation.[1]

The club's present location was opened on December 1916 when premises on O'Connor Street were provided through a gift by James Manuel, a wealthy local businessman, curler and club president.[1] In 1927, the club was threatened with eviction by Toronto General Trust which represented Manuel's estate at that time. The club maintained that the terms of agreement with Manuel that it had rightful control of the property as long as the facilities were maintained for curling.[2] In the following year, the courts ruled that the club had no formal claim to the property due to the club's unincorporated status at that time, combined with the lack of a written will or agreement regarding Manuel's wishes. The club therefore was required to purchase the property from the estate.[3]

Formal incorporation of the Ottawa Curling Club Limited was completed in 1929.[1] Artificial ice and expansion from four to five sheets followed in 1931.[1]


  1. 1851-1895: Col. Allan Gilmour
  2. 1895-1914: John Manuel
  3. 1914-1917: James Manuel
  4. 1918-1921: William Manuel
  5. 1922-1936: George F. Henderson, KC
  6. 1936-1942: Hugh Carson
  7. 1942-1950: Darcy Finn
  8. 1950-1952: Olin Beach
  9. 1952-1955: W.E. Hodgins
  10. 1955-1958: Ted Moffat
  11. 1958-1961: B. Brocklesby
  12. 1961-1963: Howard Grills
  13. 1964-1966: Alan Brown
  14. 1966-1968: Gordie Perry
  15. 1968-1970: Harold Scrim
  16. 1970-1972: Bill Davis
  17. 1972-1974: E. Macdonald
  18. 1974-1976: Don MacKinnon
  19. 1976-1978: Dick Rich
  20. 1978-1980: Dave Smith
  21. 1980-1982: Stan Grover
  22. 1982-1984: Ted Root
  23. 1984-1986: Pat Craig
  24. 1986-1988: Bob York
  25. 1988-1990: Rod Matheson
  26. 1990-1992: Sandra Chisholm
  27. 1992-1994: Brad Shinn
  28. 1994-1996: Steve Mitchell
  29. 1996-1998: Eric Johannsen
  30. 1998-2000: Barbara Brown
  31. 2000-2002: Terry Clark
  32. 2002-2004: Gord Perry
  33. 2004-2006: Gayle Greene
  34. 2006-2008: Gord Critch
  35. 2008-2012: Geoff Colley
  36. 2012-2014: Michael Loewen
  37. 2014-2016: Tom Sinclair
  38. 2016–2018: Matthew Kellett
  39. 2018–present: Eddie Chow


The Ottawa Curling Club has a number of different curling leagues that participate at the club. Some are club leagues, while others (like the teachers league or the Rainbow Rockers Curling League) are rentals. Official leagues at the club are the Monday Ladder (open), Business Women (Tuesday), Getting Started/Learn to Curl (Tuesday), Open Cash (Wednesday), Business Men (Thursday), Mixed (Friday), Saturday Men, Sunday Open, Daytime League, Little rocks/bantam and the University/College League.

Cash League

The cash league which runs Wednesday evenings is the league with the highest calibre of curling. Some of the top curlers in the world curl in the cash league at the Ottawa Curling Club. Winners of games receive money, which can vary depending on the level the teams involved are at. The league is open, so there are both men's and women's teams. Curlers in the OCC Cash league include Lauren Mann, Lynn Kreviazuk, Cheryl Kreviazuk, David Mathers, Lee Merklinger, Andrea Sinclair, Erin Morrissey, Karen Sagle, Jean-Michel Ménard, Jenn Hanna, and Christine McCrady.[4]

University / College League

For the 2006-07 season, the Ottawa Curling Club introduced a league on Sunday nights for students in the Ottawa area to participate. At the time, no university in the city had a curling team, so this league was created to facilitate interest in curling from students in Ottawa. At the end of the year, the first championship was played between Carleton University and the University of Ottawa with Carleton winning 6-4.[5]

Club Champions

The club championship is held annually. It is a playoff round featuring the top teams from each of the leagues at the club.

Current famous curlers

  • Jenn Hanna - 2005 Scott Tournament of Hearts runner-up
  • Earle Morris - 1985 Ontario men's champion (represented the R.C.N. Curling Club); 1982 Quebec champion; 1980 Manitoba champion, invented the Stabilizer curling broom, coach of the Australian curling team skipped by Hugh Millikin)
  • Jean-Michel Ménard - 2006 Brier Champion and World Championships runner-up
  • Eldon Coombe, 1972 provincial champion
  • Craig Savill - 2007 Brier and World Champion lead for Glenn Howard
  • Rachel Homan - Four time provincial bantam champion; 2006 Canada Games gold medalist; 2010 Canadian Junior champion; 2013, 2014 and 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion; 2017 World Champion
  • Andrew Mikkelsen - 1996 Canadian Junior Champion
  • Gilles Allaire - 2004 Northern Ontario Mixed Champion
  • Chris Gardner - former provincial bantam and junior mixed champion
  • Stephanie Hanna - 2005 Scott Tournament of Hearts runner-up (with sister Jenn)
  • Matt Paul - 2005 Canada Cup of Curling participant
  • Michael Raby - former World Deaf Curling Champion
  • Neil Sinclair - 2007 Canada Games silver medalist
  • Robyn Mattie - 2003 Canadian Junior Runner-up
  • Emma Miskew - Four time provincial bantam champion; 2006 Canada Games gold medalist; 2010 Canadian Junior Champion; 2013, 2014 and 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion; 2017 World Champion (third for Rachel Homan)
  • Alison Kreviazuk, 2013 and 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion (second for Rachel Homan)
  • Lisa Weagle, 2013, 2014 and 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion; 2017 World Champion (lead for Rachel Homan)

Source: 2006-07 Ottawa Curling Club Directory. See also Hall of Fame

Famous past members

  • Sir Sanford Fleming, inventor of standard time[6]
  • Alexander Mackenzie, former Prime Minister of Canada[6]
  • John Morris & Brent Laing, 1998 & 1999 World Junior Champions[7]
  • Brad Gushue - Alternate for John Morris at the 1998 World Junior Championships (Member in name only)[7]
  • Melanie Robillard - curled with Jenn Hanna in 2000 and as part of the German National Team with Andrea Schöpp won the 2008 European Mixed Championships Kitzbühel, Austria, won the 2009 Women European Championships Aberdeen, Scotland, participated with the German National Team that finished 6th in the Women Curling event at the Olympics in Vancouver and was part of the German Women National Curling Team that won the Women World Curling Championships Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada[8]
  • Markku Uusipaavalniemi - skip of the 2006 Olympic silver medalist Finnish team
  • Hugh Millikin - skip of the Australian national team
  • Roy Ananny - Canadian Football League player[9]


The Ottawa and Rideau Curling Clubs used to host the John Shea Insurance Canada Cup Qualifier. In 2003, both clubs hosted the 2003 Canadian Junior Curling Championships. The club also hosted the 2006 and 2007 Canadian Blind Curling Championships.

Provincial champions

YearEventSkipThirdSecondLeadRecord at NationalsRecord at Worlds
1972Women's JuniorsJudy JamiesonDebbie GrantLynn BrittDenise Allan?-
1972British ConsolsEldon CoombeKeith ForguesJim PatrickBarry Provost4th (6-4)N/A
1979Men's MastersTed RootRalph SmithBob MartinElwyn MacDonaldN/AN/A
1985Intermediate Men'sRuss TaylorBruce LonsberyAl ReedJack CasserlyN/AN/A
1990Men's MastersKen HartRoy JamesCec MorrisRae BrownN/AN/A
1993Silver TankardBrad Shinn
Ian MacAulay
John Theriault
Bill Gamble
Dave Korim
Richard Groulx
Geoff Colley
Barry Conrad
1993ChallengeTerry ClarkJack CasserlyWayne LennonIan MacAulayN/AN/A
1995Men's ColtsKen CampbellJohn GalliganJames SutherlandSteve O'BrienN/AN/A
1997Men's MastersRod MathesonJack RossBob McKenzieGord CummingsN/AN/A
1997Senior MixedPaul EngelbrechtBonnie MathesonRod MathesonDarlene EngelrechtN/AN/A
1997Men's JuniorsJohn MorrisCraig SavillMatt St. LouisMark Homan2nd (10-6)
1998Women's JuniorsJenn HannaAmanda VanderspankJulie ColquhounStephanie Hanna2nd (10-3)-
1998Men's JuniorsJohn MorrisCraig SavillAndy OrmsbyBrent Laing1st (12-3)1st (11-0)
1999Women's TrophyLaurie ShieldsBarb WheatleyAndrea LeganchukSandra RibeyN/AN/A
1999Men's JuniorsJohn MorrisCraig SavillJason YoungBrent Laing1st (11-4)1st (10-1)
2000Senior MixedReg PlasterDonna LamoureuxRandy GarlandDianne SullivanN/AN/A
2002Women's TrophyEveline ShawLaurie ShieldsAndrea LeganchukSue KollarN/AN/A
2002Women's TankardEveline Shaw
Joyce Potter
Laurie Shields
Muriel Potter
Margaret Pross
Janelle Sadler
Sue Kollar
Faye Linseman
2003Senior MixedRandy GarlandEveline ShawRoger ShawMargaret ProssN/AN/A
2003Senior Women'sJoyce PotterMuriel PotterJanelle SadlerFaye Linseman3rd (9-3)-
2005Men's MastersRod MathesonEldon CoombeRon BrownGeorges Bourgon3rd (5-3)N/A
2005Scott Tournament of HeartsJenn HannaPascale LetendreDawn AskinStephanie Hanna2nd (11-6)-
2009Women's JuniorsRachel HomanEmma MiskewAlison KreviazukLynn Kreviazuk2nd (10-3)-
2010Women's JuniorsRachel HomanEmma MiskewLaura CrockerLynn Kreviazuk1st (13-0)2nd (9-2)
2011Men's JuniorsMathew CammScott HowardDavid MathersAndrew Hamilton2nd (12-4)-
2011Scotties Tournament of HeartsRachel HomanEmma MiskewAlison KreviazukLisa Weagle4th (9-5)-
2011Men's MastersLayne NobleRick BachandRandy GarlandCal Hegge3rd (6-2)N/A
2012Men's SeniorsBrian LewisJeff McCradySteve DotyGraham Sinclair3rd (8-4)-
2012Men's Grand MastersRod MathesonEldon CoombeJamie AngusJohn Lockett
2013Scotties Tournament of HeartsRachel HomanEmma MiskewAlison KreviazukLisa Weagle1st (12-1)*3rd (9-4)
2014Tim Hortons ColtsKevin RathwellTerry ScharfGraham RathwellIan Rathwell
2016Scotties Tournament of HeartsJenn HannaBrit O'NeillStephanie HannaKaren Sagle6th (6-5)-
2017Scotties Tournament of HeartsRachel HomanEmma MiskewJoanne CourtneyLisa Weagle1st (12-2)1st (13-0)
2017Men's ColtsSebastien RobillardRyan McCradyBowie Abbis-MillsAndrew Denny-Petch

* As Scotties champions, the Homan rink represented Canada at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, without having to play in the women's provincials.


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