Vic Peters

Victor Alvin "Vic" Peters (March 24,[1] 1955 – March 27, 2016) was a Canadian curler who was a three-time Manitoba curling champion, and one-time national champion as winner of the 1992 Labatt Brier.

Vic Peters
Born(1955-03-24)March 24, 1955
DiedMarch 27, 2016(2016-03-27) (aged 61)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Career
Brier appearances3 (1992, 1993, 1997)
Top CTRS ranking19th (2003–04)

Peters was once considered a member of Manitoba's "Big Three", which consisted of himself, Kerry Burtnyk and Jeff Stoughton.[2][3] These teams dominated curling in Canada and the world during the 1990s, winning four Labatt Briers and two world championships. Peters was noted for his tuck delivery alongside Burtnyk and Stoughton.[4]

Career

Peters won his first and only national championship on his first visit to the Brier in 1992. This earned him a trip to the World Curling Championships in Germany where his team finished third. Peters team won the national championship under the traditional curling rules, but in Europe they played under the 4-rock free guard zone rule. As the Peters team (and many Canadian curlers) had not adapted to this new rule, they struggled in the World Championships. He returned to the Brier again the next year in 1993 but did not reach the final.

Peters team won the Safeway Select again returning to the 1997 Brier, where they had a successful week topping off the round robin as the leader, and reached the final to face Kevin Martin where they lost 10–8 in a thrilling final. Peters won the Ross Harstone Trophy in 1997 as the curler with who best represents sportsmanship, observance of the rules, exemplary conduct and curling ability.[5]

This was Peters' last visit to the Brier. He went on to curl with his son Daley Peters and later in the senior division.[6] He won the 2008 Manitoba Senior Curling Championships with Chris Neufeld and played in the Canadian Senior Curling Championships but did not win.

Peters again qualified for the Safeway Championship in 2011, this time skipping but throwing third stones while son Daley threw fourth. Peters surprised many by being one of four teams to qualify for the championship round, but they would lose in the 3 vs 4 game to Mike McEwen in an extra end. Peters was named as an all-star for the tournament in the third position.[7]

Peters played his entire career with fellow hometown curler Chris Neufeld.

Personal

Vic's son Daley was back to back Manitoba junior champion in 2004 and 2005.[8] Vic's daughter Liz Fyfe is also a curler and won the 2008 Canadian Junior Curling Championships as a second on the Kaitlyn Lawes team.[9] She would also make three Hearts appearances in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Death

Peters was diagnosed with cancer in his lymph nodes, also known as lymphoma in 2011. He had a node removed 30 years earlier before noticing the cancer again in his fifties.[10] After the diagnosis Peters underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments over the following years. He died of the cancer on March 27, 2016 at the age of 61 and three days after his birthday.[11]

Grand Slam Record

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
Canadian Open QF SF Q QF DNP
Masters QF F Q Q QF
The National QF SF QF Q DNP
Players' Championships F QF DNP DNP DNP

References

  1. http://www.obitsforlife.com/obituary/1297238/Peters-Victor.php
  2. Paul Wiecek (December 18, 2010). "Cold day in Hades when Peters out". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
  3. "Manitoba Curling's 'Big Three' Join Forces". The Curler. July 7, 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
  4. Paul Wiecek (March 7, 2016). "Team of 'tuckers'". Winnipeg Free Press.
  5. http://soudogcurling.tripod.com/Brier/brierawards.txt
  6. Peters labouring for Select berth. CANOE – SLAM! (January 22, 2006).
  7. Paul Wiecek (February 13, 2011). "Gridiron greats meet granite". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved February 13, 2011.
  8. Peters repeats as Junior Men's Champion Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Curl Manitoba (January 10, 2005).
  9. Manitoba junior women's curling champs Archived November 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Canada.com (February 10, 2008).
  10. Paul Wiecek (February 9, 2012). "He's a miracle man". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  11. Paul Wiecek (March 28, 2016). "Curling champ Peters dies of cancer". Winnipeg Free Press.
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