Curling trio in hall of fame
By Con Griwkowsky, QMI AGENCY
EDMONTON - In their own way, they made a huge statement.
Marv Wirth, Ken McLean and Millard Evans were all inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame Wednesday.
The trio of local curlers, who had moderate success at the men’s level, finally found their stride at the senior men’s level.
In winning three world championships at the senior level, this trio emphasized the point that curling is a team game.
While most of the attention in curling is paid to the skip, the three men stuck together, winning their three titles with three different skips.
A former skip, Wirth played third. McLean threw second rocks and Evans played lead.
They started out winning the 2005 Canadian title with Les Rogers skipping the team, following up with the 2006 world senior men’s title.
Then in 2007, the trio won their second Canadian title with Pat Ryan at skip. They followed that up with a win at the 2008 world championship.
They made it three titles with their third skip, Mark Johnson, in 2010, then followed up with their third world championship title in 2011.
Evans lives in Edmonton, while Wirth and McLean both live in Sherwood Park.
Also inducted into the Hall of Fame was Victoria’s Pat Sanders, who won one women’s world championship and a pair of world senior women’s championships.