A living legend in the curling world and his son who is part of one of the best teams in Canada will make a special appearance at the East St. Paul Curling Club.
Former Brier, World and Olympic champion curler Kevin Martin, along with his son Karrick, will be the guest speakers at the inaugural Leonard Baranyk Sr. Memorial Curling Banquet at the club on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. The two will also be giving instructional on-ice clinics to interested pupils on Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. and on Nov. 2 at both 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Kevin, now an analyst for Rogers Sportsnet and NBC Sports, won four Brier titles, a world title in 2008 and a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest curlers of all-time. Karrick is a former Canadian university champion and is already a two-time Brier finalist throwing lead stones for Brendan Bottcher’s rink out of Edmonton.
East St. Paul CC board member Barry Gorlick told The Selkirk Journal that Baranyk, the former chairman of Pratts Wholesale Ltd. who passed away in Jan. 2018, was a former member of the Rossmere Curling Club in Winnipeg. The club approached the Baranyk family with the idea of a banquet in his memory. The family said yes.
The clinics will be open to curlers of all skill levels.
“Participants in the clinics are going to be taught by two of the absolute best and in the case of Kevin, one of the best ever,” Gorlick said. “So it’s all knitted together in a pretty neat weekend for our club.”
He added that the curling club took a chance in reaching out to the Martins, but was glad that it did.
“At the board level, we thought to ourselves we’ve never tested the expression, ‘Go big or go home.’ So we thought we’d give it a try,” Gorlick said. “A phone call was made; a voice mail message was left. Literally within 10 minutes, Kevin was on the phone.”
Kevin told the board that his schedule only permitted him to take part in only three or four such events all year, but with both him and Karrick open on the first weekend of November, both accepted the club’s invitation. The two also plan on visiting a pair of local schools on Nov. 1.
Registration for any one of the clinics costs $50 per person and tickets to the banquet cost $75, but a combination banquet/clinic ticket will cost only $100. To purchase tickets, contact Gorlick at 204-688-4257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.