Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame


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1977 Morrie Thompson Team

Curling (1996)

Canadian Senior Men's Curling Champions


The Morrie Thompson team from Saskatoon Nutana won the Canadian senior men's curling championships at Winnipeg, tying for first place in the round-robin standings and then beating Don Killips of Ontario 7-5, in a sudden death playoff.

Three of the members, Morrie, Bert and Mac, had sampled success as a senior's team in 1975 when they won the Saskatchewan championship and then finished second in the Canadian finals at Calgary.

In 1977, they won a zone playoff against Bob Linton, 10-7, to qualify for the provincial finals and then during an eight-rink playoff at Nipawin, they beat John Keller of Regina twice on the final day to win the championship.

In the Canadian playoffs at Winnipeg, they split their first four games, then won six in a row to get a three-way share of first place and won on the last draw for a record of nine wins and two losses. In the playoff against Alberta, they won, 7-5, with Morrie making seven doubles. Morrie was selected all-star skip and Archie was selected all-star second. The victory by the Thompson team was Saskatchewan's second in the history of the Canadian seniors championship, following in the tradition that Don Wilson's Saskatoon team had set in 1968.

Mac McKee ** (lead), Archie Bartley ** (second), Bert Harbottle (third), Morrie Thompson** (skip)

** Deceased