Curler Thomas Scoffin punches ticket for Alberta championship

Early next month Whitehorse curler Thomas Scoffin will be packing his brushes and heading to his first men’s provincial championship.

Early next month Whitehorse curler Thomas Scoffin will be packing his brushes and heading to his first men’s provincial championship.

Scoffin and his rink went undefeated at the Northern Alberta Men’s Curling Championship in Thistle, Alta., Jan. 19-22.

The team, which includes third Tristan Steinke, second Jason Ginter and lead Brett Winfield, will be one of three to represent northern Alberta at the provincials in Westlock, Feb. 8-12.

“We’re feeling really good,” said Scoffin. “Obviously, things went our way this weekend. We’re pretty close to playing at our A game — a little more work and we’ll be right there, where we need to be for provincials.”

Team Scoffin won four straight games in the A division, twice beating other teams from the Saville Sports Centre in Edmonton where Scoffin attends the University of Alberta.

The Scoffin rink won 6-2 over Colin Huber’s team from Vermilion, 9-3 over Glen Hansen’s team from Edmonton, 7-6 over Warren Cross’ team from Edmonton, and 7-4 over Matt Brown’s team from Two Hills.

In their win over Cross — their closest of the weekend — Team Scoffin went up 7-4 by the end of the eighth and held off Cross as his scored singles in the last two ends.

“That was an open end and we just needed to make a rock go away, and we did that,” said Scoffin.

“It was a pretty straightforward win when it came down to it, but it was a close game throughout.”

The northern playdown was Scoffin’s first since winning his first World Curling Tour title at the Dawson Creek Cash Spiel in B.C., at the end of November. Team Scoffin took the title with a win over Cross in the final.

Though next month will be Scoffin’s first time at the Alberta men’s championship, it won’t be his first provincial playdown. The 22-year-old won Alberta’s junior title in 2013 and went on to take silver at the junior nationals.

Scoffin, who led Canada to a bronze medal in curling at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, is in his fifth year of study at the University of Alberta.

Last season Scoffin and Jason Ginter won silver on the University of Alberta Golden Bears senior curling team at the 2016 CIS/Curling Canada University Championships. The previous year they won eight straight to claim the national CIS title.

Contact Tom Patrick at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

During our recent conversation, John Nicholson showed me snapshots of his time working on the Yukon riverboats 70 years ago. (Michael Gates)
History Hunter: Yukon man relives the riverboat days after seven decades

John Nicholson took summer work on Yukon steamers in the 1950s

Whitehorse City Hall at its Steele Street entrance. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Change of plans approved for city hall

Project would see 1966 city hall demolished

A city map shows the property at 107 Range Road. The zoning is now in place for developers to proceed with plans for a Dairy Queen drive-thru. If plans proceed on schedule the new restaurant is anticipated to open in October. (Cyrstal Schick/Yukon News)
October opening eyed for Dairy Queen

Will depend on everything going according to plan

NDP candidate Annie Blake, left, and Liberal incumbent Pauline Frost. (Submitted photos)
Official recount confirms tie vote in Vuntut Gwitchin riding

Both candidates Pauline Frost and Annie Blake are still standing with 78 votes each

Artist’s rendering of a Dairy Queen drive-thru. At its April 13 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved a zoning change to allow a drive-thru at 107 Range Road. Developers sought the change to build a Dairy Queen there. (Submitted)
Drive-thru approved by Whitehorse city council at 107 Range Road

Rezoning could pave the way for a Dairy Queen

Joel Krahn/ Hikers traverse the Chilkoot Trail in September 2015. Alaska side.
The Canadian side of the Chilkoot Trail will open for summer

The Canadian side of the Chilkoot Trail will open for summer Parks… Continue reading

Letters to the editor.
Today’s mailbox: Hands of Hope, the quilt of poppies

Toilets are important Ed. note: Hands of Hope is a Whitehorse-based non-profit… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
City news, briefly

A look at city council matters for the week of April 12

École Whitehorse Elementary Grade 7 students Yumi Traynor and Oscar Wolosewich participated in the Civix Student Vote in Whitehorse on April 12. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Yukon Student Vote chooses Yukon Party government; NDP take popular vote

The initiative is organized by national non-profit CIVIX

Yvonne Clarke is the newly elected Yukon Party MLA for Porter Creek Centre. (Submitted/Yukon Party)
Yvonne Clarke elected as first Filipina MLA in the Yukon Legislative Assembly

Clarke beat incumbent Liberal Paolo Gallina in Porter Creek Centre

Emily Tredger at NDP election night headquarters after winning the Whitehorse Centre riding. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Emily Tredger takes Whitehorse Centre for NDP

MLA-elect ready to get to work in new role

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Two new cases of COVID-19 variant identified in territory

“If variants were to get out of control in the Yukon, the impact could be serious.”

Today’s Mailbox: Rent freezes and the youth vote

Dear Editor, I read the article regarding the recommendations by the Yukon… Continue reading

Most Read