Prince Edward Island skip Eddie MacKenzie shouts instructions at his team as they play Newfoundland and Labrador at the London Brier in 2011. (Reuters)
Eddie “Spuds” MacKenzie made his Brier debut in 1994 in Red Deer.
“Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!” they chanted there that year.
“Eddie Lukowich of Calgary was representing Alberta and regularly had the crowd chanting ‘Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!’” We had a running joke within our team and I’d routinely acknowledge the crowd even though they weren’t actually cheering for our teams shots,” said MacKenzie, who played third for Mike Guadet’s 2-9 Prince Edward Island team that year.
“We had an average age of 21 that year and it was obviously thrilling to be there. Despite our record, we were competitive in all games.”
That was not the case the next time he made it to a Brier in 2011 in London, Ont.
“Our on-ice performance was less than ideal,” he said of finishing last with a 1-10 record and getting out-scored 100-32.
MacKenzie endeared himself to a lot of fans at that Brier with his honesty.
“We’re not only curling on the wrong side of the inch, we’re on the wr