If you're ever with a bunch of older curlers, say over 40, and if they're from west of Thunder Bay, just mention the name Merv Bodnarchuk and let the stories begin.
Merv has big dreams and he wanted to take curling to big places. Let's just sum up by saying he fell short—like, not over the hogline short.
When you get together a bunch of elite curlers, especially ones who competed in the Alberta and British Columbia bonspiel circuit in the 1990s, the Merv Bodnarchuk stories come out. Curlers then one-up each other with their best Merv stories. Some of the stories are too far-fetched to be believed, until someone verifies and vouches for them.
If you have a good Merv story, send it here. We will publish the best ones. We promise anonymity.
You can email us firstname.lastname@example.org
We know that there are a lot of great Merv stories out there.
The reason why Merv was on our mind was because of this column in Outside magazine. (Isn't it ironic that a magazine about outdoors pursuits has a column about an indoor sport like curling?).
Here's a link to the column. http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/sports/The-Coldest-Stone-Curlings-Most-Infamous-Madman.html
The column references the infamous longform piece by Guy Lawson that came out in 1999. It's a great piece of writing. http://longform.org/stories/merv-curls-lead
When you have some time, pour yourself some brandy, sit back and relax and read the stories about Merv's reign. Reminisce about Merv and send you're best Merv story to us. We know you have a good one. Bonus points if it involves a parking lot dustup.