The World Curling Federation is inducting its first full curling team to the World Curling Hall of Fame on Saturday in Lethbridge, Alberta.
The recipients of this honour will be 1959, 1960 and 1962 Scotch Cup winners, Team Richardson of Regina.
The Richardson team’s first world champions was made up of Ernie and brother Garnet (known universally as Sam) and their cousins Arnold and Wes Richardson. In 1963 Ernie, Garnet and Arnold won the Scotch Cup a fourth time, with Mel Parry, who replaced Wes who had been struggling with injury at the time.
As well as their on-ice achievements, this team played a significant part in taking the Scotch Cup from its two-nation beginnings “Canada and Scotland” to the global spectacle curling is today, with 56 Member Associations in the World Curling Federation, taking part in various international competitions, camps and courses across the globe.
“We were thrilled to get the call from the World Curling Federation and to hear that my teammates would be joining me in the World Curling Hall of Fame,” said Ernie Richardson. “We were always big believers in the value of teamwork, and we couldn’t be more thankful that the selection committee gave us the privilege of being the first team ever named to the World Curling Hall of Fame.”
“Our years together as a team produced so many wonderful memories, and I know Sam and Wes would feel just the same as I do at this truly amazing honour,” added Arnold Richardson. “Being part of the development of the World Curling Championship, and being able to do it with my family, was a thrilling experience, and we are grateful that the World Curling Hall of Fame has given us this recognition.”