History of the ECC

  • Evergreen Curling Club was the first of the “second wave” curling clubs formed in the excitement surrounding the 2002 Olympics. In January of 2002 Doug Schaak and Cheryl Doucette met to discuss the formation of a curling club in the Portland/Vancouver area. The first question they asked was, How do Read More
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History of Curling in Portland

  • Curling first came to the Portland, OR area in the winter of 1847 when the HMS Modeste, an 18 gun British warship, spent a few months frozen in on the Columbia river near Ft. Vancouver. Four officers from the Modeste bested four locals from the Hudson Bay company in a 3 game series on the frozen river on January 26, Read More
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 Curling first came to the Portland, OR area in the winter of 1847 when the HMS Modeste, an 18 gun British warship, spent a few months frozen in on the Columbia river near Ft. Vancouver. Four officers from the Modeste bested four locals from the Hudson Bay company in a 3 game series on the frozen river on January 26, 1847. They used locally found stones and a makeshift rink only 22 yards in length. During the after-match partying they cordially instituted the Vancouver Curling Club, the fate of which remains a mystery today.


More than 110 years later, in September of 1962, Harold Mahnke, a retired school teacher from Superior, WI, re-introduced the ancient sport to Portland by holding a series of curling exhibition matches at Lloyd Center Ice Rink near downtown Portland. Mahnke then established the Portland Curling Club which hosted games on rented ice at the Silver Skate Ice Rink in Portland for 20 years until the demise of Silver Skate in 1983.


Nearly 20 years later, in 2002, Doug Schaak, a newly arrived English Professor with roots in curling dating back to his childhood in Rolette, ND teamed up with Cheryl Doucette and an enthusiastic group of volunteers to form the Evergreen Curling Club. They rented ice at Mt. View Ice Arena in Vancouver, WA and eventually at Lloyd Center to provide leagues, bonspiels and other events in the Portland area for 10 years through the Spring of 2012. Highlights of this period included Rose Bonspiels attracting curlers from across the USA and Canada, an exhibition match with the 2006 Olympic Bronze Medal team, and a 2007 re-enactment of the 1847 HMS Modeste Match with curlers in full period costume.

Our Affiliations

  • MoPac is one of ten regions in the United States and represents: Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Utah. MoPac has 17 member clubs and hosts the playdowns for the United States Curling Association, USCA.
  • The United States Curling Association (USCA), doing business as USA Curling, is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of curling. The association is headquartered in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  
  • The World Curling Federation represents curling internationally and facilitates the growth of the sport through a network of Member Associations / Federations. It is the world governing body of the Olympic Winter Sport of Curling and the Paralympic Winter Sport of Wheelchair Curling.
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