About Police Curling
Where rank doesn't matter, only good times with great friends do!
The history of police curling dates back to 1955 when the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police first formed the Canadian Police Curling Association for the purpose of encouraging fellowship and liaison among Canadian police officers as well as promoting the game of curling in Canada. The first "National Police Bonspiel" was organized and held at the Granite Curling Club in Winnipeg on March 12th, 1956.
At that time, it was a one day, four event bonspiel. There were sixteen rinks allowed, one representing each of the provinces as we do today, plus four other teams representing four of the major police forces in Canada, the RCMP, the OPP, the CPR Police and the CNR Police.
Between 1956 and 1971 the annual bonspiel was held in various cities across Canada. It was sponsored by the Chiefs of Police Association, but most of the expenses were paid by the curlers themselves. Due to the costs involved, not all of the provinces or police forces always sent a rink to the bonspiel and local area rinks were substituted to make up the full complement of 16 rinks. Nevertheless, the event proved to be very popular in the police community and the original purpose for which it was organized was achieved. The event became more competitive each year and play-offs to get into the bonspiel generated much more liaison and friendly rivalry among the police forces and police officers.
In March 1972, with the support of a major sponsor, the first truly Canadian Police Curling Championship was held at the Thistle Curling Club in Hamilton, Ontario. The Brier format of a round robin competition was adopted and teams from all of the Provinces and the Yukon-Northwest Territories were present
I hope this message finds everyone in good health and eager to get back to a normalized way of life. Unfortunately the 2020 edition of the Canadian Championship that was slated to be played in Toronto was cancelled and Team Mitchell was unable to showcase their talent and proudly represent Northern Ontario. After a forced two year delay in the 2020/21 Canadian Police Curling Championships due to Covid 19 we will be hitting the ice!! On November 19-21, we will once again renew friendships, camaraderie and be treated to some great curling at the Curl Sudbury facility as we declare a 2022 NOPCA Provincial Champion. Tom Leonard and his staff have been working with our association in order to provide a great championship! The successful team will then go on to represent the NOCPA at the Canadian Police Curling Championship being hosted by Joe Taplin in Halifax NS, April 2nd to April 9th in hopes of dethroning the reining Canadian Champs Dale Hockley and crew from B.C.
Lets have a great championship and I wish all the teams the best of luck in the hopes of bringing the Moose to Halifax.
Good Luck and Great Curling,