Cold rink, warm days, hot plays: Firefighters curl

It could have been colder inside the rink at the Hay River Club this weekend than it was outside, but that’s only because the weather was uncharacteristically warm.

Inside, the Hay River firefighters accompanied by members of fire departments across the North to heat up the rink for the annual Firefighters Curling Championships from Jan. 6 to 8. 

For one weekend, firefighters across the North were able to engage in some friendly camaraderie with a little less adrenaline attached.  

The territorials brought in teams from Inuvik, Fort Simpson and Fort Smith to join the two from Hay River. On Sunday, HRFD1 consisting of Dustin Smith, Brent Medernach, Kyle Wright and Wyatt Scheller took the championship title and earned the chance to attend the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championships in Truro, Nova Scotia, this year.

HRFD1 sailed straight through the round robin games with no losses and with a final win of 11:7 over Fort Simpson.

HRFD2 was not so lucky, racking in all losses until their final game against Inuvik, just eking by with a winning score of 7:6.

Only by coincidence were these teams bated against each other in finals: HRFD1 and Fort Simpson, with no losses and HRFD 2 and Inuvik with no wins.

Jason Panter of Fort Smith won the Les MacPhee Most Sportsmanly Award for sportsmanship on and off the ice. HRFD1 is now underway with preparations to attend the championships in Truro.