Jennifer Jones • Cindy Maddock • Peter Nicholls • Jill Officer
Houck 1987 Team • Tanasichuk 1977 Team
Jennifer Jones is one of Manitoba’s most accomplished curlers. At the time of her individual induction into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame, she had won six national Scotties championship – a record still shared with second Jill Officer and Nova Scotia skip Colleen Jones.
Her remarkable career continued and in 2021, skipping Team Manitoba, she curled in her 16th national Scotties, having appeared as Team Manitoba, Team Canada and as a Wild Card entry.
Going into the 2021 national championship, she held or shared a number of other all-time records including: 9 final game appearances (shared with Jill Officer), 33 playoff game appearances, and 21 playoff game wins (shared with Jill Officer). In 2021, she set a new record at the national Scotties: 159 wins became the all-time record. The same number added to the record she already held for most wins by a skip.
In provincial women’s competition, she has won eight championships to go along with three Manitoba Junior Women’s titles. In 1993, she won a junior championship playing third for Jill Staub – the other ten Manitoba championships were all as skip.
After winning the 1993 and 1994 Manitoba junior titles, she won the Canadian Junior Women’s Championship in 1994. Format for advancing to the Worlds changed that year and Team Jones played as Team Canada in 1995. Seeded into the playoff semi-finals, they lost and missed their opportunity to attend the World Juniors.
In six World Women’s Championships, she won world titles in 2008 and 2018. She reached the pinnacle in 2014 when her team went undefeated to win the Olympic Gold Medal in Sochi, Russia.
Across her career (to 2021), Jennifer Jones has compiled a remarkable win-loss record of 367 wins & 108 losses in provincial/national/international play: Manitoba Junior (28-8), Manitoba Women (106-29), Canadian Women (159-53), World Women & Olympics (74-18).
She has been named the all-star skip six times at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts ( 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018)
Her competitive career has expanded to include Mixed Doubles in which she has competed in 4 Canadian Championships and one Trials event.
None of the above speaks to accomplishments on the World Curling Tour and the Grand Slam Series.
Team Jennifer Jones, in 2015, was inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame in recognition of the 2014 Olympic Gold Medal win.
That 2014 team was named the Manitoba Sportswriters & Sportscasters Team of the Year in 2014. Four previous Jones teams (2005, 2008, 2010, 2013) had also been named Manitoba Team of the Year.
Cindy Maddock has an impressive resume of curling leadership which includes club leadership, championship event leadership, provincial leadership, and national leadership.
She was Vice President and President of the Morden Ladies Curling Club in the late 1980’s. She was involved with the host committees for a Labatt Tankard, a Safeway Select, a Provincial Masters and a Manitoba Scotties between 1988 and 2003.
From the late ‘90’s as an MLCA district chair, she became a regional director of the amalgamated MCA in 2000 and then served for a decade as regional director, management committee member, and ultimately Vice President and President in 2009 and 2010.
Not content to rest there, Cindy was elected to the Board of Governors of Curling Canada and went on to serve a five year term – continuing Manitoba’s tradition of providing leadership at the national level. In each year of her national term, Cindy served as member or chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. She served on numerous other committees and was a member of a Constitution Review Committee which contributed to a significant re-write of the Curling Canada By-Laws in 2017.
In 2012, Cindy Maddock was made an Honourary Life Member of CurlManitoba.
Jill Officer, for most of the 25 years between 1993 and 2018, was a key to the success of the Jennifer Jones teams. She was the reliable second thrower, acknowledged as one of the exceptional sweepers of her time, on all but one of the Jennifer Jones-skipped championship teams.
Jill was at second for the Team Jones junior championships in 1993 and 1994 and joined the women’s team for the 2004 season. They had a 6W – 2L provincial Scott record that year and won their first provincial women’s title in 2005. From 2005 to the end of the 2018 Jones teams, with Jill Officer at second, won eight Manitoba titles, six Canadian and two World championships, and one Olympic Gold Medal.
Along with team records and records shared with her skip at the national Scotties, Jill Officer holds four all-time records: 12 appearances, 165 games played at second, 128 wins and 21 playoff wins at second are all position records. As of 2020, she was #3 on the national Scotties all-time wins list and #4 on the all-time games played list for all positions.
She was named all-star second at the Canadian Women’s Championship seven times (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018)
With Team Jones, Jill Officer won 15 Grand Slam events. In 2017, they won the Masters, the National and the Players Championship.
In her time away from Team Jones in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Jill Officer won a pair of Manitoba mixed titles playing third; in 1996 with Chad McMullan and in 2004 with Terry McNamee.
She stepped-away from competitive curling following the 2018 World Championship win but played occasionally the next couple of seasons, notably as alternate for Team Carey at the 2019 Worlds and as lead for Team Jones in winning the inaugural Curling World Cup Grand Final, her last major championship win.
With Team Jones, she was inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame in recognition of the 2014 Olympic Gold Medal win.
Peter Nicholls made his first provincial appearance in 1977. That year he reached the junior semifinals with Jeff Tipping and and a year later they reached the junior final.
At the time of induction, in total, Peter had made 38 provincial appearance with 24 of them in the men’s championship. As of 2020, he had made six more appearances: the 2019 men’s and senior men’s, the 2019 mixed, and the 2020 master’s – his first provincial at that level.
Along with that 1978 junior final, he has been the provincial finalist twice at the men’s level and three more times, including the 2017 & 2018 seniors.
That makes a total of ten provincial finals – because Peter Nicholls has also won four Manitoba championships.
He was third for Dave Smith when they won Manitoba’s Labatt Tankard and then had a 9W – 2L record at the 1994 Brier before losing a semifinal to Russ Howard.
He was at second for Dean Dunstone when they won the Manitoba Mixed in 2017 and with it the right to compete in the Canadian Mixed in Swan River.
AND he was at second for Randy Neufeld when they won the 2015 & 2016 Manitoba Seniors. That team captured the 2015 Canadian Senior title, the 2016 Canadian Silver Medal and the 2016 World Seniors Silver Medal.
Tanasichuk – 1977 TEAM Canadian Champions
The 1977 Canadian Mixed Champions from Civic Caledonian included Hal and Rose Tanasichuk, Jim Kirkness and Debbie Orr (Jones-Walker).The team made only two appearances in the Manitoba Mixed as a team – they won one and compiled an over all 11W – 4L record in the Manitoba championships. In winning the 1977 Canadian Mixed, their record was 11 wins and a single loss…..an impressive 22W – 5L record in Manitoba and Canadian play.
Debbie Jones-Walker was inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame in 2010 and Hal Tanasichuk was honoured in 2006, both as individuals.
The 1987 Canadian Senior Men’s Champions from Elmwood included skip Norm Houck, with Henry Kroeger, Sam Doherty, and Doug McCartney. The team appeared together in three Strathcona Senior Championships and posted a record of 18 wins and 4 losses in winning back to back titles in 1986 and 1987. AND they won the Canadian title in their second try.
Norm Houck had been a Strathcona club member and Manitoba Men`s champion in earlier times so it was fitting that a Strathcona champion would be the first to win the Strathcona Seniors in the first year of that sponsorship.
Norm Houck and Henry Kroeger are already twice Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame inductees. In 2007 their 1990-91 Senior Champion team was inducted. In 1990 Houck was honoured for individual accomplishments AND in 2003 Kroeger was likewise honoured.
Houck – 1987 TEAM Canadian Champions