Greg Ewasko might be an skilled on curling bubble life by the point he is carried out tending Calgary’s ice.

The icemaker from Oakbank, Man., will spend 52 days making ice for 4 Curling Canada occasions at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre.

Add in time he is spending to remodel a hockey rink right into a curling venue earlier than the Feb. 19 begin of the Scotties Event of Hearts, that is 63 straight days on the highway.

Curling Canada is holding the nationwide girls’s, males’s and blended doubles championships, and males’s world championship in a managed, spectator-free atmosphere at one website with the intention to have a curling season and keep away from unfold of the COVID-19 virus.

Ewasko is accustomed to managing ice in a number of occasions in a single season, however by no means multi function enviornment.

“Often by now I’ve 5 occasions beneath my belt and it is form of let’s roll into the following one,” he advised The Canadian Press.

“The nerves are there. Simply getting it carried out and ensuring we are able to get all of it carried out. It is good that nerves are there. It means I am right here for the best causes.

“It is essential to Curling Canada and clearly to the athletes to get this off and working.”

The Event of Hearts Feb. 19-28 might be adopted by the Tim Hortons Brier March 5-14, the Residence {Hardware} Canadian blended doubles curling championship March 18-25, and the BKT OK Tire males’s world championship April 2-11.

Ewasko, 44, says he’ll head residence to Manitoba to spend time together with his spouse and two teenage sons after the boys’s world championship, nevertheless it appears he cannot get sufficient of curling ice.

He intends to return to Calgary to assist out with a pair of Grand Slams scheduled for the spring.

Ewasko’s spouse Monique underwent radiation therapy in October for a recurring most cancers.

“We discovered some excellent news that the radiation did begin to break up the three most cancers cells or spots that had been beginning to develop once more,” Ewasko stated.

“”Everyone’s OK. If we’d have gotten the reverse information I would not have been right here.”

Curling ice requires fixed monitoring and upkeep to maintain curlers completely satisfied and produce crowd-pleasing pictures.

No spectators within the constructing altering the indoor local weather takes a variable out of the icemaking equation.

“There’s not going to be any form of warmth load from 5 thousand folks being in there,” he stated. “Controlling the constructing goes to be manner simpler.”

However there would be the additional job of sanitizing each rock deal with earlier than every draw, which is 64 rocks if all 4 sheets are in use.

Ewasko and his crew are required to be masked and distanced from one another on the job.

Because the curlers will do, ice crew members needed to have a detrimental COVID-19 check taken inside 72 hours of departing for Calgary, and produce one other upon arrival.

“I had had two folks again out as a result of they did not assume after our staff assembly that we had every week and a half in the past, that sporting masks and being a part of the entire bubble was not going to be proper for them,” Ewasko stated.

“It was just a little little bit of a scramble there final week. Needed to fill yet one more spot.”

There’s the spectre of extra scrambling, ought to somebody check optimistic for the virus and be compelled to isolate.

“I’ve a couple of backup plans in place simply in case one thing out of the traditional occurs,” Ewasko stated. “You’d name that standard now.”

The Markin MacPhail Centre isn’t any stranger to elite curling. It was the positioning of the 2015 Continental Cup of Curling, pitting Canadians in opposition to Europeans in a Ryder-Cup model of competitors.

An icemaker’s nirvana is producing constant ice situations day in and time out so the curlers will try tough pictures with confidence.

Ewasko desires to hold predictable ice by way of to males’s world championship ultimate April 11.

“There’s just a little little bit of stress,” he admitted. “Most likely the largest worry that I’ve is I am unable to make it the identical for the 4 occasions. I will not sleep till I accomplish it.

“That is my greatest fear, that the ice floor and the occasions are going to be completely different. I do not need that. I need them to be as good as doable.”


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