Greetings and Happy Holidays!

December 11, 2017 Craig Bancroft

Now that the weather has turned to seasonal, we are able to make the ice to the standards that make the game fun and enjoyable, with a 3 and 1/2 foot curl and normal tee weight time around 24.5 seconds.

It is important to remember that the amount of curl can vary with the amount of rotation that you put on the rock.  You would normally like 3-4 full rotations in the life of  the shot.

The Ice Team is focused on maintaining the curl and the speed consistently for each draw.  We are relying on you, the players, to focus on the mechanics of your delivery.

Along with yours truly, here is your BGCC Ice Team for the 2017-18 season:

Sil Perusini is in his 10th season with my Ice Crew.  Many of you might remember Sil from working across the street with the golf in the starter shack.  Sil will be taking care of Sunday morning ice along with Monday and Wednesday nights, and filling in where needed.

Ron Volterman is on our ice team for the first time.  Ron comes from Hamilton Vic Curling Club with 6 years of ice making experience and he just received his level 2 ice tech certification.  Ron will be working mainly Thursday nights.

Also joining our team this year is Peter Corner.  He is a past Brier and World Champion and is coming back into the ice making industry after a several year absence.  Peter will working scattered shifts as we integrate him into the team.

Anthony Kuznik, who spent 7 years on the BGCC Ice Team, became the Head Ice Tech at Dundas Granite this past off-season.  Anthony will still be working here on the occasional weekend.

Good Luck and Good Curling!

Craig Bancroft
Head Ice Tech

About the Author

Craig Bancroft

Prior to moving to Canada and obtaining his first OCA certification, Craig was an ice tech and curling coach in Wisconsin. He successfully coached a junior women's team to the National Championship title and instilled a life long love of the sport in the kids. Several went on to high competition levels, including National Championships, World Championships and one was a member of the US Olympic team in Vancouver 2010. He has continued his professional development through obtaining his OCA Level 2 and his WCF Ice Technician certification. He has been actively involved on the Ice Crews of marquis events, including the 2014 Continental Cup in Las Vegas, several US National Championships, the 2009 US Olympic Qualifiers, along with the 2007 Brier in Hamilton and the 2006 Scotties in London. Craig is entering his 10th year as the Head Ice Tech at BGCC and often says that he is living the ice tech's dream.

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