On April 11, 2013, the famed eccentric ice technician known in Canada for his trademark pink cowboy hat, passed away at age 77. He reinvented icemaking with techniques that made the game more consistent for curlers, and thus more entertaining to play and watch.
For those of you that may not know, curling ice is not flat like an ice skating surface. Little droplets of water are sprinkled onto the ice, and this is what allows the curling rocks to "curl" as they travel down the sheet. Depending how the ice is pebbled and prepared, the rocks may curl a lot, or run fairly straight. So in some sense, I would say, curlers are only as good as their ice. Shorty experimented with water types, scraping and temperature among other things to produce the best ice for curlers.
One of our members mentioned that Shorty has said regarding pebbling the ice "If you don't get wet, you're doing it wrong." I've pebbled only a handful of times, but if that's the case, then I must be an exceptional pebbler!
See you on the ice!