When Al Hackner joined his world championship third Rick Lang, and long-time curlers Al Laine and Brian Adams Sr. to compete in the Senior Men's curling division, they became a force to be reckoned with. Their solid play in the zone and district playdowns saw them advance to the provincial championships where they went undefeated in round-robin action. Defeating defending champion Al Harnden of Sault Ste. Marie, they claimed the Northern Ontario title and earned a trip to the 2006 Canadian Senior Curling Championships.
The 12-team national event featured a solid line-up of curlers, including World and Canadian champions, and at the end of round robin action four teams were tied with 8 and 3 records. A draw to the button in an extra-end semi-final saw the Hackner rink defeat Saskatchewan 6-5, earning a spot in the final against defending champion Les Rogers from Alberta. Up 6-3 with three ends to go, some smart play-making by the Thunder Bay rink resulted in a 7-4 final and the 2006 Canadian Senior Curling Championship title for Northern Ontario.
Representing Canada at the 2007 World Senior Curling Championships in Edmonton, the team advanced to the final where they faced the Keith Prentice rink from Scotland. In true curling drama, it all came down to the last shot of the final end, with the Scottish skip squeezing his shot by two high guards before slowly coming to rest on the button, just barely denying Team Canada the steal and the win in a hard-fought 6-5 final. This exceptional curling team will go down in the record books as the first rink from northwestern Ontario to claim a Canadian Senior Men's curling title and a World Senior Curling silver medal.
Left to right: Al Hackner (skip), Rick Lang (third), Al Laine (second), Brian Adams Sr. (lead).
Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 30th, 2006