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‘Curlers expect 100 per cent’: Ice techs play key role in setting stage at Scotties

‘Curlers expect 100 per cent’: Ice techs play key role in setting stage at Scotties
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Dave Merklinger has made a career out of flipping hockey rinks into curling arenas.

His professional ice making gig takes him around the world, setting the stage for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Tim Hortons Brier, world curling championships and Olympic Games.

But the job holds more pressure than you might think.

“If the ice goes a little south or something, ice conditions change, there’s only one person to blame and that’s me,” Merklinger said.

Merklinger is the chief ice technician (CIT) for the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw. It’s his 18th time as part of the Scotties ice crew, his 17th as the Scotties CIT and his second in the Friendly City.

All four sheets of ice are in at Mosaic Place for the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw.

“It was successful the last time we were here,” Merklinger said. “The second time around it will actually hopefully be easier.”
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