By advancing to the Viterra Championship final game, Mike McEwen and his team will play in their fourth consecutive Manitoba final game. McEwen joins Bruce Hudson as the only skip to play in four finals in a row. Hudson won the British Consols in 1964 and 1967 and lost the final in 1965 to Terry Braunstein and again in 1966 to Hersh Lerner.
The key difference between Team McEwen and Hudson is that McEwen played with the same line-ups in the consecutive run while Hudson did not – giving BJ Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, and Denni Neufeld an equal share of the Manitoba curling history spotlight.
McEwen had previously played in three in a row from 2010 to 2012 but missed the final when Jeff Stoughton played Sean Grassie in the 2013 final in Neepawa. The Team McEwen appearance in this year’s final makes seven finals in eight years.
Despite playing in a remarkable seven finals in the nine years from 2006 to 2014, Jeff Stoughton only played three in a row once (2009, 2010, 2011) matching Kerry Burtnyk, who played in (but lost) three consecutive finals from 1997 to 1999.
Ken Watson also played in three finals in a row. He won the final in 1942 & 1943 and lost the final in 1941. Watson also won the final in 1949 and 1936 and lost the final in 1947,1945, and 1939.