AT the height of its glory, on its 100th anniversary in 1988, the historic MCA Bonspiel attracted 1,270 teams to cement its claim to the title of world’s largest bonspiel.
Two decades later, as the Manitoba Curling Association gets set to unveil a drastically overhauled and shortened 121st event after years of declining entries, the number of teams has fallen to fewer than 420.
WHILE all of Canada and most of the rest of the hockey world will be riveted on Ottawa for the World Junior Hockey Championship starting Dec. 26, Manitoba's Kirby Law will be donning a Canadian uniform in comparative obscurity in Switzerland.
The world juniors -- this year featuring Winnipeg goaltender Chet Pickard and the best young prospects from across the planet -- have become perhaps the single biggest hockey event on the global stage.
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