Time to curl: New club brings popular sport to Missoula

By Charles Pulliam
Published: Saturday, December 25, 2010

Hang up the skates, they ruin the ice anyway.

Grab a broom and slip on a Teflon slipper instead – it’ll help you scoot around on the ice.

Now, just slide a 42-pound round, granite stone down the ice, aiming to land it right on the “button” or bull’s-eye.

“Simple,” said Dr. Peter Hicks, a Missoula chiropractor who doubles as a curling instructor and competitor in town. “Who’s up first?”

Hicks was teaching anyone who wanted to try their hand at curling, the rather strange, shuffleboard-like sport commonly described as “quirky.”

Hicks recently founded the Missoula Curling Club and was offering a Learn to Curl event at Glacier Ice Rink last week for about two dozen newcomers. Now more than 100 first-timers have tried their hand at curling since Thanksgiving thanks to Hicks and other area curlers trying to promote the sport in Missoula.

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