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Twenty-three years after he was first admitted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame, Terry Braunstein is once again being inducted. And this time, he’s bringing along his brother.

Braunstein’s 1965 team from the Granite — which went 8-1 to win the provincial men’s championship and 9-1 to win the Brier before losing to American Bud Somerville in the world championship final — was announced as one of the Hall’s honourees for 2013 at a media conference last week.

Braunstein, third Don Duguid and lead Ray Turnbull have all been inducted previously, but the team’s second, Ron Braunstein, will enter the Hall for the first time.

"That’s very important," said Braunstein, a River Heights resident. "He was a very important part of our team, and with the fact that Donnie and Ray and I were already inducted, I was really pleased and he was extremely excited when he found out.

"The fact that my brother is in probably makes it as thrilling for me as it was the first time."

Braunstein said he still remembers the Brier vividly, especially beating the host team from Saskatchewan early in the week and the final game against B.C.

"We took a big lead (in the final)," he said. "Just having the lead made a huge difference."

As it turned out, the 1965 Brier was the last time the foursome curled together. Ron, who was finishing medical school, didn’t join the team in Scotland for the Scotch Cup (world championship) and later moved to B.C.

The team members still take plenty of ribbing for being the first Canadian team to lose a world championship after six straight victories from the event’s inception in 1959.

The loss to the U.S. did earn the team some ink in Sports Illustrated, and Braunstein is happy to take credit for curling’s eventual inclusion in the Winter Olympics.

Also being inducted in the team category is Barry Fry’s 1973 national mixed championship rink out of the Maple Leaf Curling Club, which included third Peggy Casselman, second Stephen Decter and lead Susan Lynch. The team went 9-1 at the nationals against a field that included longtime CBC hockey commentator Bob Cole as the skip of the Newfoundland team.

The 1932 Canadian championship team of skip Jimmy Congalton, third Howard Wood Sr., second Bill Noble and lead Harry Mawhinney from the Strathcona Curling Club is being inducted in the veteran team category. In the veteran curler category, Ness and Cliff Wise, who enjoyed success from the 1920s through the 1960s, are being inducted. And Paul Pelletier, a former Manitoba Curling Association president and honorary life member of the Fort Rouge Curling Club, will be inducted as a builder.

The induction dinner will be held on May 5 at Canad Inns Polo Park.

avi.saper@canstarnews.com

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