This edition of the famed curling partnership playing in junior women's
The Burtnyk-Ryan combination still delivers heavy knockout power on the curling ice. These are giant names on the Manitoba curling scene, however, this week it’s the next generation making a mark at the Canola provincial junior championships in Winnipeg.
Laura Burtnyk, seeded third, has skipped her Assiniboine Memorial team — including third Hailey Ryan — to a 2-0 start after two days at the junior women’s event.
The junior women’s and men’s championships, being played concurrently at the St. Vital and Pembina clubs, wrap up Friday.
Burtnyk, 21, is the daughter of legendary skip, Kerry Burtnyk, a five-time provincial champion, two-time Brier winner and the 1995 world champion. Ryan, 20, is the daughter of Jeff Ryan, a two-time Manitoba champion who tossed third stones for Burtnyk at the ’95 and 2001 Briers and the ’95 worlds in Brandon.
Indeed, the names go well together, then and now.
"It feels pretty awesome, actually," said Laura Monday afternoon, after guiding her team to an 8-2 victory over Dauphin’s Emma Jensen at St. Vital. "It’d be nice to hang that same provincial banner up in the same club (Assiniboine Memorial) that our dads did. It’s definitely motivation behind things for us.