From Our Editors
Brooms in hand, the sweepers take their positions on the ice. They lean down, touch their bristles to frost, and await the signal to begin their work. They’re not there for some strange cleaning ritual; rather, they’re there as escorts, ready to guide their gigantic stone passenger safely—and accurately—to its intended target. Scenes like this happen every day at Jasper Place Curling Club. There, curlers of all experience levels engage the sport through doubles matches and competitive league play. Experienced sweepers delight in the consistent, fast ice surface. After honing a few tosses on the practice ice, they often take to the curling sheet for games played in accordance with the Canadian Curling Association rulebook, which outlaws the use of vacuums. After rousing matches, players frequently retire to the club’s amply stocked bar to watch their fellow curlers or take in some highlights on the two big-screen televisions.