Gervais, Hector – 1991

Gervais, Hector – 1991

Hector Gervais

Curling Athlete, Edmonton

Inducted in 1991


Hector Gervais began to make a name for himself in the late 1950's. As skip, he won six Northern Alberta Curling Association Bonspiels including a three time winning streak. In 1961 at the age of 27, he became the youngest skip to win a Brier and earned a shot at the world title. At the 1961 Scotch Cup in Scotland, his rink finished with a 2-2 record, tied with Scotland, and the U.S.A., making it the first time a tie-breaker was needed at a world curling event. He beat both teams in the playoffs to win the World Curling Championship. He won his second Brier in 1974 and went to the Silver Broom World Championships. Hector Gervais is credited with revolutionizing the game of curling in the 1960's with corner guards, placing guards in front of the rings and drawing around the rocks for protection.