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Team Jacobs, former Premier honoured by City (4 photos)

Thursday, October 03, 2013   by: Darren Taylor

It came as no surprise that Sault Ste. Marie’s own Team Jacobs was a 2013 nominee for induction into Sault Ste. Marie’s Walk of Fame.

The local curling heroes (pictured, from left to right, skip Brad Jacobs, third Ryan Fry, second E.J. Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden) were officially inducted at a ceremony at the Essar Centre Thursday.

The team received plaques and posed for photographs beside the granite maple leaf stone which bears their team name outside the arena’s north entrance.

The team has thrilled curling fans locally and nationally.

The team won the Northern Ontario Provincial Championships consecutively from 2010 to 2013, the 2013 Tim Horton’s Brier as the first Northern Ontario team to take the Canadian Men’s Curling Champion title since 1985, and represented Canada at the Ford World Curling Championships, bringing home the silver medal.

Skip Brad Jacobs, speaking to an audience gathered at the Essar Centre Thursday, said: “This is a great honour to be included with amazing people who have done amazing things for our community.”

Speaking to, Jacobs said: “We’re still very young and to be nominated for the Walk of Fame at such a young age is a great honour, and hopefully we haven’t peaked yet.”

“Hopefully we’ve got a lot more in us and a lot more to contribute, not only through winning at curling but to the community in general, to our sport, and to whatever foundations call upon us to contribute.”

Also inducted into the Walk of Fame at Thursday’s ceremony was the late Sir William Hearst.

Born in Bruce County in 1864, Hearst moved to Sault Ste. Marie to practice law in 1888.

Hearst was elected as Sault Ste. Marie’s Conservative MPP in 1908 and was appointed Minister of Lands, Forests and Mines three years later.

As Minister, Hearst helped both Algoma Steel and St. Mary’s Paper to grow.

After becoming a cabinet member, the township of Grant, Ontario was renamed Hearst.

Hearst succeeded James Whitney as Premier of Ontario when Whitney died in 1914, becoming the first Northern Ontarian to become Premier.

He served as Premier from 1914 to 1919 and guided Ontario through World War I and, in 1917, passed legislation which permitted women to vote in provincial elections. 

His government was defeated in the 1919 provincial election.

Hearst was later knighted by King George V.

He died in 1941.

Sault Ste. Marie lawyer Matthew Shoemaker accepted the plaque in honour of Hearst at Thursday’s ceremony.

Shoemaker told his personal interest in law and local history prompted him to nominate Hearst for posthumous induction into the Walk of Fame.          

City Councillors Steve Butland, Susan Myers and Frank Fata were on hand to represent the City of Sault Ste. Marie Thursday, along with Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Association Manager Tasha Varpio.

The Walk of Fame awards are presented each year after nominations for induction are reviewed and chosen by a committee.

Those honoured are people who have been born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie or who have lived in the community for part of their lifetime, and who have made significant contributions at the local, national or international level through athletics, arts and entertainment, education, humanitarianism, medicine, science and technology, business or industry.

There have been 34 inductees since the Walk of Fame was established by the City of Sault Ste. Marie in 2006. 


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horseguy001 10/3/2013 5:22:25 PM Report

Who cares about curling anyway? And where do they get off calling themselves athletes?
baroil98 10/3/2013 5:24:57 PM Report

Not sure if you follow curling but the accused user is not included in the picture and never played in the teams run for the give credit to these guys bc they deserve it
sportsfan17 10/3/2013 5:53:03 PM Report

Or maybe it's hard work and perseverance? Just because you've probably spent the majority of your life sitting on your fat butt doesn't meant that anyone who is in shape has cheated to get there.

Kudos to Team Jacobs and a nice piece of history there recognizing Mr. Hearst!
Johnedater 10/3/2013 6:15:43 PM Report

There is always someone that just has to spoil a very nice story. You might want to ask how much these guys train for curling and come back and tell me they are not athletes.....give your head a shake. I would say the majority of Saultites are proud of these boys and they did a lot for your city. The steroid user is not in the pic, did not play and is from Sudbury not here.
Johnedater 10/3/2013 6:47:33 PM Report

all members were tested....sheesh!
Sam C 10/3/2013 8:29:32 PM Report

horseguy and verado... Those guy are "muscley" because they work out like any other elite athlete.

I'll bet they'd welcome you coming to the gym with them and having a go at their workout routine.
soowat 10/3/2013 9:22:54 PM Report


First I would suggest that you try curling. You wouldn't need much exposure before you would realize the difficulty in excelling at this sport.

Second: Your name suggests that you have an equine love affair going on in your life which has made you into a person whose personality most resembles the north end of a horse heading south
sinikka 10/3/2013 9:33:06 PM Report

I have no interest in curling either. That said it is impressive when a fellow citizen becomes the very best in their field worldwide. And as fellow saultites this is a time to applaud the efforts and accomplishments of these local athletes. To those who throw the rocks we salute you.
Figgy12 10/4/2013 11:34:42 PM Report

Dear Verado,

Keep hiding behind your keyboard. I gaurantee you are either a 300 lbs red head or a 100 lbs scronny little punk. Just because these ATHELETE'S have made there way and your stuck in your mom's basement gives you no reason to start beaking. I happen to know personally how hard these gentlemen train and they do it quite rigorously. On top of that constant testing for illegal substances. If they were doing anything illegal it would show up in these tests. The accused never curled a rock for team Jacobs. So Mr. Verado get your god damn facts straight before you try bringing successful people down to your negative level... thanks tho bud
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