Hanna's able to keep head in game despite accident

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

Talk about toughness. They don't have an award for the player with the most grit at the Canada Cup East, but if they did, Jenn Hanna would get it hands down.

The Ottawa skip was injured before her first game of the tournament on Thursday when, while walking downtown on Bank St., she was hit in the head by an icicle that fell from a building.

"They had to glue my head back together," said Hanna, who was taken to the Ottawa Hospital's Civic campus, for repairs to a two-inch gash on her scalp.

"It was kind of scary, actually. I was all alone and there was blood all over the place," she said. "I didn't want to pass out in the middle of the street."

Luckily, her father's workplace is located a few blocks from where the accident took place, so she managed to make her way there.

"My dad's usually a pretty calm guy, so I knew something was wrong when I took my hand away from (the wound) and he said, 'Oh, Jeezuz.' "

Hanna had headaches after the accident, and a doctor told her parents to wake her every few hours during the night.

Despite all this, she played her first game of the tournament later that afternoon and beat Kathy Brown of Sutton.

"I played pretty well, actually," she said. "I'm not sure why because I was thinking more about the pain than focusing on my shots."

Hanna eliminated clubmate Cheryl McBain, but was bounced from the competition last night, losing a C-side final to Marie-France Larouche of Quebec City.

LOCAL FLAVOUR: Aylmer resident Jean-Michel Menard was the second local skip to qualify for today's championship round (the other was Rideau's Anne Merklinger on the women's side) by cruising to an 8-3 win last night over Wayne Middaugh in a B-side semi. Menard, who works in human resources at a pulp mill in Gatineau, and teammates Francois Roberge, Eric Sylvain and Maxime Elmaleh will be looking to win the Quebec championship in Grand-Mere, Feb. 7-13. "The more we play, the more we're gaining confidence," said Menard. "We're not going to beat these guys all the time, but at least we know we can stay with these teams for the whole game." Middaugh rebounded from the loss, stealing the eighth and ninth ends during a 9-7 win over Heath McCormick of Brigdon to qualify for today's quarter-finals.

HOG LINES: Guy Hemmings was eliminated from the competition yesterday, losing a C-side match to Wayne Tuck of London. Tuck advanced to a C final against the men's No. 1 seed Glenn Howard ... Sherry Middaugh, the women's top seed, and Jo-Ann Rizzo both advanced to the championship round with B-side final wins. Middaugh downed Faye White of Alberta. Rizzo beat Nova Scotia's Heather Smith-Dacey, wife of Brier champ Mark Dacey ... At the Canada Cup West in Edmonton, championship-round qualifiers from the A side were Randy Ferbey, Jamie King, Cathy (Borst) King and Stefanie Miller. Former Ottawa resident John Morris, now living in Calgary, was in a B-side final against Mark Johnson last night.


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