In just their first season together this rink from the Port Arthur Curling Club rose fast and furiously to become the best junior curlers in the country. Declared runners-up in a tie at the Northwestern Ontario playdowns, their perfect record at the Northern's, culminated in an 8-2 victory in the finals against the Jakomait Rink of Sault Ste.Marie.
At the Canadian Junior Championships in Edmonton, the rink placed second in round-robin play, advancing to the finals where they faced the Ryan Fry Rink of Manitoba. With their trademark coolness and steady shot making, the team took a 3-2 lead in the 5th end with a draw to the rings to score two. Adding four points in the 9th end, they sealed Manitoba's fate, emerging as Canadian Junior champions in the 8-3 final.
Representing Canada at the World Junior Championships in Red Deer later that year, the team put in some great efforts, including an unforgettable nail-biting 8-7 victory against Norway by stealing 2 points in the last end to advance to the semifinals. Emerging from the highly competitive event with an impressive fourth place finish, the team represented their club, hometown and nation with distinction.
Left to right: Jeff Currie (skip), Greg Given (third), Don Main (coach),
Andrew Mikkelsen (second), Tyler Oinonen (lead).
Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 28, 2002