Mobile exhibit trailer at the Brier

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame will be bringing our mobile exhibit trailer to the Montana’s Brier from March 1-10.

Each day of the men’s national curling championship you can find our 53-foot trailer in the Ag Ex Building adjacent to the Brandt Centre. On the opening weekend, the trailer will be open from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Once the Brier moves to three draws per day on Sunday, the trailer will be open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday. During the final three days of the event, the trailer will open 90 minutes before the first draw of the day and close 30 minutes after the late draw has started.

We are excited to welcome students from numerous schools who will tour the trailer during the weekday mornings of the Brier.

The mobile travelling exhibit was created in 2016 in conjunction with the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary celebrations. It is unique among Halls of Fame in Canada and features stories and artifacts that span the SSHF collection. Hockey and football jerseys on display from as far back as the 1930s, a 100-year-old Olympic gold medal, vintage curling sweaters, and much more are on display inside the trailer.

Please see the map below to find the location of the trailer in the Ag Ex building north of the Brandt Centre.

Brier Tankard trophy on display at Hall of Fame

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame will be the temporary home for the Brier Tankard trophy for the next two months ahead of the 2024 Montana’s Brier men’s national curling championship being held in Regina.

Thanks to Curling Canada and Curl Sask., the Hall of Fame is displaying the Tankard trophy when it isn’t otherwise making a public appearance around the province. One of the most enduring and iconic trophies in Canadian sport, the Tankard will be making appearances at a number of events and venues before the Brier begins on March 1.

Handcrafted in England in 1927, the Tankard trophy features a heart-shaped metal plaque with the names of each of the winning foursomes since it was first awarded. The original Brier sponsor was the Macdonald tobacco company. Macdonald made a “Brier” pipe tobacco that contained a heart-shaped silver plug that was inserted with a purple plastic heart. That heart motif was the inspiration for the purple heart patches the competing teams receive as provincial champions and the silver hearts applied to the Tankard for each winning rink.

The original Brier Tankard trophy was awarded from 1927 until 1979 when it was retired once Labbatt Brewing Company took over as the title sponsor and created a golden stein for the winners. When their sponsorship ended in 2001, the original Brier Tankard trophy was restored and reinstated as the trophy. The Labatts Brier winners from 1980-2000 may not have received the Tankard trophy, but their names have all been engraved on the trophy retroactively.

While title sponsors have changed in the 21st century – Nokia (2001-04), Tim Hortons (2005-23), and now Montana’s (2024) – the original trophy has endured as the grandest prize in Canadian men’s curling.