Small-city Canada deserves Brier

Newfoundland skip Brad Gushue would like to see a Brier in his hometown of St. John's. (CODIE...

Newfoundland skip Brad Gushue would like to see a Brier in his hometown of St. John's. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:20 PM ET

Welcome to Smallville.

The small city Brier is back.

It’s been a while since Briers have been to places like Fredericton, Sault Ste. Marie, Red Deer, Brandon, Kelowna, Chicoutimi, Sudbury ...

After a 17-year run in mostly NHL-sized buildings or minimum 9,100-seat arenas, the 85th edition of the annual celebration of Canadiana has returned to a smaller sized building in a smaller sized community for the first time since it was last here in 1996.

It has inspired hope for Brad Gushue that he could one day play in a Brier at home in St. John’s, Newfoundland. And there’s a contingent from The Rock here to tell you it’s Lord Thunderin’ time to have a Brier four and a half time zones from here.

The Tim Hortons Brier opened here Saturday in the 5,795 seat Interior Savings Centre in 98,754 population Kamloops because this city was prepared to do whatever had to be done to make it work.


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