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TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

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Yesterday, Edmonton's Kevin Park made it to the Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary as a Manitoban curling for Jeff Stoughton.

And Randy Ferbey figures it's time the Canadian Curling Association put in a rule to prevent it from happening again.

Anybody who watched the final on Shaw cable saw Park was the key to Stoughton winning his seventh trip to the Brier. Park shot the lights out.

The player who hasn't had a sniff at the Brier since he last made an appearance back in 1995, partially because of the domination of Ferbey and Kevin Martin who have each won five of the last 10 provincial titles, was outstanding.

And while there are plenty of people in Manitoba, once the epicenter of curling in this country, who cringe at the concept of needing to rent an Albertan to get one of their teams to the Brier, it was either going to be Park or Edmonton's Don Walchuk, who was curling for Kerry Burtnyk in the Manitoba final, who were going to make it happen.

Ferbey, a former teammate of both was watching the telecast and cringing with every shot his friend Park and his best friend Walchuk made.

"I'm happy that Kevin is going to the Brier," said Ferbey. "But I think it's wrong. Everybody in the sport knows what a curling traditionalist I am. The Brier is about province versus province. I don't have a problem with players like Ryan Fry who moved from Manitoba to Newfoundland to play for Brad Gushue. He actually moved there. But Park and Walchuk didn't really move there. I think you'll find that if you're Park (today) you'll find him in Edmonton.

"I think it hurts curling to allow these guys to play in the provincial playdowns and represent another province at the Brier. It cost a Manitoba curler a chance to be in the Brier. I think what Jon Mead did was the right thing to do. He joined Wayne Middaugh's team but wouldn't play in the Ontario playoffs with Middaugh's. He said no, that he couldn't because he's from Manitoba."

Both Fry and Mead are former Stoughton thirds. Mead actually worked the Shaw telecast of the final as a colour commentator but did not make mention of the situation, although he was effusive in his praise for Park's play.

"I think you have to live there and spend money there," said Ferbey, who says he has no problem with teams made up of different players from different provinces playing the tour events together and gathering points toward making the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings in December hoping to be in the Olympics.

"My whole team could join the Whitehorse Curling Club and represent the Territories in the Brier every year."

What makes Ferbey's comments interesting is this is the ultimate case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Ferbey was involved in one of the most bizarre situations in the history of the sport when between runs winning the Brier with Pat Ryan and with his current team, he was a rental player himself.

Does the name Merv Bodnarchuk ring a bell?

"Bodnarchuk was trying to put together a super team and play lead. He was willing to pay three good curlers and have them carry him on to the Brier," admits Ferbey.

"He ended up in jail, but at the time he paid all the bills. We lived great," he said of making $30,000 expense free.

"We all knew something was not right but it was an adventure. Pat Ryan was the skip, Ed Lukowich was the third and I was the second. Bodnarchuk was curling out of B.C. and we had to have a B.C. residence to be eligible for the Brier.

"We curled once a week at Bodnarchuk's club in Vancouver. We had an apartment near the airport. Ed and I flew back from Alberta, arriving Monday, curling Tuesday and flying out Wednesday.

"The whole thing actually went to court. It wasn't well perceived nor accepted by the curlers in B.C. We lost the semifinals to get to the Brier."

Ferbey says he was guilty.

"I was wrong. I did it and it was something I shouldn't have done. The Canadian Curling Association should have stepped in then. If somebody made me president of the CCA I'd step in and do it now."


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