1928 & 1929 Gordan Hudson Curling Team Rosters:
Bill Grant (Lead),Gordon Hudson (Skip), Ron Singbush (Second), Don Rollo (Third).
Former two-time Manitoba curling champion Bruce Hudson says, from his admittedly biased perspective, his father's 1928 and 1929 Canadian champion curling teams may have been the best in Manitoba curling history.
"It is impossible to compare teams from different eras," Bruce Hudson suggests seriously. "The sport of curling is so different now. Ice conditions are so different and the ability to read ice was a much greater factor then."
However, as in any sport, it is fair to speculate that the great players of one era would have been equally accomplished in later eras. Under different playing conditions with different understanding of their sport and with modern training techniques who knows how the Hudson teams would rank today with Burtnyk and Stoughton.
The Gordon Hudson teams were the first to win back-to-back Canadian Brier titles, a feat that was not accomplished again until 1957 and 1958. Don Duguid's 1970-71 team is the only Manitoban among seven other teams which have won back-to-back titles in the over 80 years of Canadian championship play.
Hudson's teammates in 1928 were Sam Penwarden, Ron Singbush, and Bill Grant. In 1929, Don Rollo replaced Penwarden.
The 1928 team won the MCA Bonspiel Grand Aggregate and were undefeated in the provincial British Consols Championship. At the Dominion Championship in Toronto, the Hudson team was 7-2 and tied for first with two other teams. They won a pair of play-off games to finish 9-2 overall and win the Brier.
Returning in 1929, the Hudson foursome won the Kiewel Event in the MCA Bonspiel to advance to the provincials. Again they were undefeated, this time beating a Saskatchewan team to advance to the Brier in Toronto. With an undefeated 9-0 record, there was no need for playoff games and the Winnipeg team had their second consecutive Dominion Curling title.
The Hudson team was inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame in 1998.