Back after heart attack

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

DAUPHIN -- It was just last January that Bob Boughey suffered a mild heart attack.

But here he is in the Safeway Championship competing against the best men's teams in the province. At second for Fort Rouge's Ron Westcott no less.

"I went to the Reh-Fit Centre and there were six weeks where you shouldn't be doing anything (following minor surgery)," Boughey explained yesterday. "Then they got me into a program, I took a couple of stress tests and I asked (the doctor), 'Can I start curling again?' and he said, 'Go ahead.'"

Boughey, 60, actually played his last five club games last winter. But sweeping can be hard on the heart.

"I'm a little tired after the MCA (bonspiel)," he admitted. "It was a grind. That 14 games was tough on both lead Don (Shiach) and I."

The attack came out of the blue.

"It was a little bit of a surprise," Boughey said. "I was preparing for the MCA spiel and the next thing I know, I wake up with chest pains and I was, 'Wait a minute, what the hell is happening?'"

FIVE BANANAS: Valour Road's third-seeded Randy Dutiaume surrendered a five-ender to Thompson's Rae Hainstock but bounced back to record a 12-7 victory.

"Those (damn) miners from Thompson, they scared the (crap) out of me," Dutiaume joked afterwards. "They gave us one of those ends where they just kept wiggling one here and wiggling one there ... I thought I made not a bad shot with the hit and roll but he made an absolute pistol cross-the-house double. I was like, 'Oh man.' What a lowly feeling that is when you give up five bananas."

But that served to relieve the pressure for him.

"We came back and scored a three, which was more important for the team's psyche than anything," Dutiaume said. "I knew we were going to get some points but the boys were a little down after that but that's what happens when you give up five. We'll try not to make that mistake again."

GREATER EXPECTATIONS: Beausejour's Reid Carruthers also opened with a 7-3 win over Arborg's Wes Jonasson.

"Obviously, we were a little nervous heading into this first one," Carruthers said. "We have a little bit of expectations this year as the sixth seed. But we've got a good team, we've been playing lots this year. To get the first win obviously feels good. We played a pretty good team so, it was good to start off with a good game."

NOISY MEMORY: Assiniboine Memorial skip Kerry Burtnyk competed at the 1985 provincials here.

"I remember staying in the Kings Hotel downtown and our rooms were right above where the bands played so, we didn't get a lot of sleep that weekend.," he recalled. "But this is a great place to have an event like this. There's a lot of good fans in the area who are coming out to support it now that they have this great facility here."

UKE BATTLE: Valour Road's former champion Mark Lukowich scored three in the 10th end to defeat Dauphin's Peter Prokopowich 6-4 in what was known as "the Battle of the Ukrainians."

NOTE: Tickets for the 2008 Tim Hortons Brier go on sale today at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster. The Brier will be played at the MTS Centre March 8-16, 2008.


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