Crokicurl, the sport-like game where crokinole and curling collide, is now being played in multiple cities across Canada.
The game has players competing using crokinole rules, but using curling stones in lieu of wooden discs and competing on a large scale playing surface made of ice. Players still need to aim for the 20 hole and hit competing players pieces, but now they will be doing this by hurling curling stones across a sheet of ice, with wooden posts blocking shots instead of pegs.
The hybrid game originated in Winnipeg in 2017 when a team of architects built the first crokicurl board at the iconic Forks river site.
While the game was the brainchild of the architects at Winnipeg-based Public City Architecture firm and the first rink was built in Winnipeg, Crokicurl has been picked up in other Canadian municipalities. The Acadia Community Association in Calgary found their inspiration from the Winnipeg game, building a crokicurl rink further West.
As a testament to the popularity of both sports, a story about the Winnipeg invention was one of the most popular posts the Calgary based community association had in 2017:
Last year, when the Winnipeg [crokicurl] article came out, I had put it on our community Facebook page… and the engagement on that post alone pretty much outweighs what we [usually] do in the whole entire year.”
While the game has no confirmed place in the 2018 winter olympics, a possible bid by Calgary to host the 2026 Winter Games could raise the hopes of potential crokicurl medalists.
As a disclaimer, I have taken guests to the Calgary crokicurling site. The game is every bit as amazing as you could possibly hope it would be.