At the Tim Hortons Brier, big names like Brad Gushue, Brad Jacobs, and Reid Carruthers have made fans impressed by their shot making abilities so far this week.
However, much of those shots would not be possible if it weren’t for the work of the ice maintenance crew at this year’s Brier.
Chief Ice Maker Jamie Bourassa says there’s a lot of work that goes behind making perfect ice.
“We have to keep track of air temperature, humidity, outside air, the ice temperature, we have to control that with the compressors in the back, so we monitor it constantly.”
Bourassa says curlers have been open with the ice making crew if they have questions or concerns.
“Normally, what happens is we try to give them a product that we know they like, and try to keep it consistent throughout the event,” Bourassa says. “If there’s issues, we talk to the players quite a bit, so if there’s an issue on a sheet, they’re getting to the point now where they’re good, they’ll come tell us there’s a problem so we can fix it instead of just complaining about it.”
The Tim Hortons Brier concludes on Sunday.