P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum inductee profile
Sports Editor’s Note: Following is the fifth in a series profiling this year’s six inductees into the P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum. The induction ceremony will take place at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside on Monday, Oct. 21.
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Daniel (Dan) Lindsay O’Rourke
Daniel Lindsay O’Rourke began a career of more than three decades of successful curling by capturing the P.E.I. men’s championship in 1950.
O’Rourke played second stone for the Heath Saunders-skipped rink that also included third stone Doug Saunders and lead Dave MacLeod.
O’Rourke’s contributions to the sport also extended to the board room, as he was very involved on the administrative side for a number of years as well.
O’Rourke will be inducted into the P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum under both the “Curler” and “Builder” categories at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside on Monday, Oct. 21.
O’Rourke was runner-up to the Alan Smith team in the P.E.I. men’s curling championship in 1968, skipping his team of third stone Bill Acorn, second stone Mel White and lead Fred Brown.
O’Rourke won his first of three P.E.I. senior men’s championships in 1970, playing lead for Dr. Wen Macdonald, with John Squarebriggs at third stone and Doug George at second stone.
In 1971, the same team again won the P.E.I. senior men’s title. They went on to win the Canadian senior men’s curling championship in Halifax, N.S. – the first-ever national title for a Prince Edward Island team at a Canadian curling championship.
O’Rourke won his last provincial senior men’s championship in 1973 with the same team as 1970 and 1971.
In 1976, O’Rourke skipped his own team and was runner-up to Macdonald’s rink in the P.E.I. senior championship. His teammates were third stone Jim Cameron, second stone Aurel Morais and lead Jack Brown.
In 1962, O’Rourke won the Royal Canadian Legion provincial curling championship. His teammates included third stone Paul O’Rourke, second stone Dr. Temple Hooper and lead Clifford Campbell.
The same team won the Legion championship again in 1964.
O’Rourke won the Charlottetown Curling Club men’s championship in 1953, playing third stone for skip W.R. MacNeil.
In 1967, he won the Charlottetown Curling Club mixed title, skipping his team of third stone Jennie Boomhower, second stone Paul O’Rourke and lead Charlotte O’Rourke.
O’Rourke was also involved with the administrative side of the game. He was elected as vice-president of the P.E.I. Curling Association in 1965-66, served as president in 1966-67 and past president in 1967-68.
At the club level, he was on the board of directors of the Charlottetown Curling Club in 1951 to 53, and held the position of treasurer. He was vice-president of the club in 1962-63, and president in 1963-64.
O’Rourke was on the nominating committee of the Charlottetown Curling Club in 1966 and 1967. He was again appointed to the board of directors in 1972, serving for three years as chairman of property and treasurer.
On the national scene, O’Rourke was vice-chairman of the 1964 Charlottetown Brier committee. He also chaired the finance committee for the host committee responsible for the 1982 Canadian senior men’s curling championship in Charlottetown.
O’Rourke was elected to the Prince Edward Island Sports Hall of Fame in 1972 as a member of the Wen Macdonald team, winners of the 1971 Canadian senior men’s curling championship.