Did you Know?
|2014 will be the 21st annual OVCA Junior Superspiel. Year one the Champions won $1,000, now they get $4,000.|
|12 men's and 4 women's teams played in our event its first year.|
|2006 Canadian Brier Champ and World Silver Medalist, Jean-Michel Ménard, played in the SuperSpiel in 1995 and won the consolation event.|
|Four World Junior Women’s Champions have played in our event: Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland (1999), Matilda Mattsson, Sweden (2000), Suzanne Gaudet, Canada (2001), Tania Grivel, Switzerland (2005) and Hannah Fleming (2012).|
|Four World Junior Men’s Champs have played in our event: Rolph Stoëckli, Switzerland (1997), John Morris, Canada (1998 & 1999), Brad Gushue, Canada (2001), Chris Plys, USA (2008). Ottawa’s John Morris and Craig Savill are two time World Junior Champions. They won the SuperSpiel in 1997. Since moving up with the big guys they have each won Canadian and World Championships, Savill with Glenn Howard in 2007 and 2012 and Morris with Kevin Martin in 2008. Morris recently won Olympic Gold in 2010. They played in the SuperSpiel for 5 consecutive years, 1994 -1998!|
|2006 Olympic Gold Medallist Brad Gushue played in the Superspiel in 1999, qualifying and then losing to NB's Tom Girvan.|
|Ottawa’s Jenn Hanna, who was Canadian Jr. runner-up in 1998 as well as Canadian Ladies runner-up in 2005, won the SuperSpiel in 1998. She played in this event for 7 consecutive years from 1994 to 2000!|
|Marie France Larouche, Canadian Junior Champion in 1999 and Canadian Ladies runner-up in 2004 played in this event 5 times from 1994 to1997 and in 1999.|
|Tyler Morgan, Jamie Farnell and Matt Broder are the only three time winners in SuperSpiel history: Morgan in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Farnell and Broder in 2000, 2001 and 2002.|
|Women's teams won the SuperSpiel 4 times in the 13 years it was an integrated event. Dominique Lascelles in 1994, Jenn Hanna in 1998, Laura Payne in 2004 and Rachel Homan in 2006, the last year the event was integrated. All are OVCA teams. Rachel Homan and her third Emma Miskew, played in the SuperSpiel a record nine times, won in 2006 and again in 2009, their final year as juniors. They went on to win the Canadian Junior Championship and a World Silver medal in 2009.|
|Canadian Champion Vic Peters' son Daley played in our event in 2001 and 2004.|
|World Champion Ed Werenich's sons, Ryan and Darren, both played in 1994 and 1995 and Ryan continued to play in 1996 and 1997.|
|World and Olympic Champion Russ Howard’s son Steve played in our event in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Glenn Howard's son Scott played in 2008.|
|Rick Lang's daughter Sarah played in our event in 2008, Rick was the team coach.|
|The “Ménard curling factory” from next door Gatineau in La Belle Province, has put teams in our event for 11 out of our first 15 years of existence!! Nicholas played in 1994, 1996 and 1997, Canadian Brier Champ Jean-Michel played in 1995, Martin played in 1997, 1999 and 2001. Catherine played in 2000 and 2002. Phillippe played in 2002,2003, 2005 and 2006. Merci and congratulations to coach/father Robert Ménard!|
- In the early 90's, the Ottawa region was fortunate to have a number of strong and enthusiastic junior curling programs underway at various clubs throughout the Valley. Organizers of these programs agreed there was a need for something to give these up-and-coming junior teams the opportunity to prepare for higher levels of competitive play.
Earle Morris was the driving force behind the concept of organizing a junior cash spiel that would improve the level of junior curling in the Valley while appealing to teams all over Eastern Canada. He and Bob Hanna approached the Ottawa Valley Curling Association (OVCA) for financial support and the OVCA Junior Superspiel was born. Since its inception in 1994, the Superspiel has continued to grow in size and stature to become a truly international bonspiel. Teams from all across Canada and from as far away as Switzerland, Sweden, and the USA have traveled to Ottawa to participate in this event.
For many up and coming junior men’s and women’s teams across the Ottawa region, the chance to participate in a qualifying event that earns them the right to compete against the world’s best, is an opportunity to be seized. Each year, the SuperSpiel hosts a qualifying event for OVCA teams. Since 2007, when we established separate Men's and Women's championships, local men’s and women’s teams have fiercely competed for the three spots available to each into the main event. Interestingly enough, the winner of the 2003 SuperSpiel, Mike McLean and Laura Payne, winner in 2004, were both OVCA teams that earned their right to participate in this event through the qualifier.
2009 marked the 16th year that the SuperSpiel has provided a showcase for some of the best junior curling teams in the world. The women's winner, Ottawa’s Rachel Homan went on to win the Canadian title and silver at the World’s. This past year's Women's winner, the Hannah Fleming Team went on to win the 2012 World Juniors.
From the outset, the SuperSpiel has proved a stepping stone for many of these highly skilled teams in their quest for national and possibly, world titles. During the last ten years, eight teams that competed in this event went on to win nine World Junior Championships!
In addition, several Canadian Junior Champions, U.S National Junior Champions and numerous provincial championship teams have come to the SuperSpiel over the years to test their skills against the world's best. The excellent competition and camaraderie demonstrated by these young athletes each year sends everyone home a winner.
Each year interest in the SuperSpiel grows among teams across Canada, the United States and Europe. Although the event can now accommodate 32 teams, the demand remains unsatisfied. The growth in interest and the calibre of the teams bodes well for junior curling and for those that enjoy watching this wonderful game for years to come.
Past Champions - Seperate Events
|Year||Men's Champion||Club||City||Women's Champion||Club||City|
|2015||Bruce Mouat||Edinburgh, SCO||Lauren Horton||Almonte CC||Almonte, ON|
|2014||Korey Dropkin||Four Seasons CC||Blaine, MN, USA||Lauren Horton||Almonte CC||Almonte, ON|
|2013||Rene Comeau||Capital WC||Fredericton, NB||Kendall Haymes||Listowel CC||Listowel, ON|
|2012||Stuart Thompson||Mayflower CC||Halifax, NS||Selena Kaatz||St. Vital CC||Winnipeg, MB|
|2011||Brennan Wark||Port Arthur CC||Thunder Bay, ON||Hannah Fleming||Lockerbie Ice Rink||Lockerbie, SCO|
|2010||Joey Witherspoon||Fort Rouge CC||Winnipeg, MB||Lauren Gray||Lockerbie Ice Rink||Lockerbie, SCO|
|2009||Connor Duhaime||Weston G&CC||Toronto, ON||Rachel Homan||Ottawa CC||Ottawa, ON|
|2008||Travis Fanset||St. Thomas CC||St. Thomas, ON||Kaitlyn Lawes||Pembina CC||Winnipeg, MB|
|2007||Manuel Ruch||CC Uzwil||Uzwil, SUI||Marlene Albrecht||CC Zurich||Zurich, SUI|
Past Champions - Combined Event
|2006||Rachel Homan||Ottawa CC||Ottawa, ON|
|2005||Dan Sherarrd||Riverside CC||Rothesay, NB|
|2004||Laura Payne||Prescott CC||Prescott, ON|
|2003||Mike McLean||Ottawa CC||Ottawa, ON|
|2002||Chris Ciasnocha||Rideau CC||Ottawa, ON|
|2001||Tyler Morgan||Burlington CC||Burlington, ON|
|2000||Tyler Morgan||Burlington CC||Burlington, ON|
|1999||Jason Young||Lindsay CC||Lindsay, ON|
|1998||Jenn Hanna||Ottawa CC||Ottawa, ON|
|1997||John Morris||Ottawa CC||Ottawa, ON|
|1996||Greg Balsdon||St. Catharine's G&CC||St. Catharine's, ON|
|1995||Christien Viens||CC de la Vallée||Amqui, QC|
|1994||Dominique Lascelles||Hawkesbury CC||Hawkesbury, ON|
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