About Prairie Ice
James Gordon, Prairie Ice’s founder, started his career at his hometown club in Dalmeny, SK in 2005 at the young age of 15. The Dalmeny Curling Club is a 4 sheet sand base rink in a small town about 20 minutes northwest of Saskatoon, SK.
In 2010, James volunteered his time for the 2010 World Women’s curling championship in Swift Current, SK so that he could learn more about the art of ice making in hopes that he can bring that knowledge into the club ice. In 2012, James again volunteered to help at the 2012 Brier which was hosted near his hometown in Saskatoon, SK.
Not wanting to stop there, James started to look at the next event to volunteer at. Knowing it would be a hard process to be chosen for such a big event, James signed up to be a volunteer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. After a long 8 month selection process, James was chosen to be the only Canadian volunteer on the curling ice crew. In Sochi, head ice technicians Hans Wuthrich, Eric Montford, and Mark Callan provided a great amount of knowledge about making quality curling ice.
The selection to be a volunteer at the Sochi Olympics created a lot of local news buzz in Saskatchewan, and through that the board members at the curling club in Alameda, SK found James as they were planning their 64-team bonspiel that required 5 sheets of arena ice. Going in with his knowledge from the 3 arena events he volunteered at, and recently purchased Icemaster scraper, he provided them with exactly what club was looking for.
With Alameda being close to the city of Estevan, SK, there were a few curlers at the Alameda event that were extremely pleased with the ice quality and were quick to ask the board of directors in Estevan to hire James to be their new head ice technician starting in the 2015-2016 curling season.