Peters rink honoured

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

The team once known as the "Red Hot Chili Peters" was announced as one of six inductees into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame yesterday.

The 1992-93 foursome skipped by Vic Peters, with third Dan Carey, second Chris Neufeld and lead Don Rudd, won the 1992 Brier and had their shot at a second straight Brier ruined by a well-chronicled fiasco.

"I figured you've got to do more than we did because we didn't win the worlds," said Peters, who missed the press conference because he was at a conflicting meeting. "But we had a pretty good run in '93 and could have won if it hadn't been for that big kerfuffle. But you sure appreciate getting recognized."

Like Randy Dutiaume this year, that squad had instant chemistry.

"The highlight, of course, had to be winning the Canadian championship in virtually our first year together as a team," Rudd said. "We got along well on and off the ice, and our families got along well. You need that chemistry. You can put the best four curlers in the world together but if you don't get along, you're not going to do anything.

"This is an honour that will be cherished for a long time."

The other inductees were: curlers Iris Armstrong, Elaine Jones and Gary Ross, builder Zivan Saper and veteran curler E.J. (Mac) Rochon (posthumously).

"It's a very big thrill and it's wonderful to be a part of it," said Jones, whose highlight was winning the 1980 Canadian Mixed crown as lead for Jim Dunstone. "To join this select group is simply awesome."

The highlight for Ross was finally winning a national title when he took the 2001 senior men's championship.

"It's quite an honour," said Ross, who had lost 10 previous finals. "It caught me completely by surprise."

Armstrong helped Cathy Pidzarko win the 1978 Canadian women's crown.

"I can't believe she beat me in," joked Doug Armstrong, speaking on behalf of his vacationing mom. "It is a great honour for my mother and she really appreciates getting in."

Although Saper is most well-known for chairing the successful 2003 world curling championship in Winnipeg, he has been heavily involved in the administrations of both the Manitoba and Canadian Curling Associations.

"This is one of the proudest days of my life," he said. "If there is one thing that stands out and one that was probably the most time-consuming and most rewarding was the chairmanship of the 2003 Ford worlds."

The official inductions will be made at the annual Curling Hall of Fame Dinner, to be held at Canad Inns-Polo Park on May 1.


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