"Schenectady Curling Club, NY- The 1995 Dykes Medal entry Utica No. 1, consisted of Stan Storms (skip), Bob Burchesky, Dick Blanchard, and Clarck Moore. Not only did the Utica Curling Club rink win the Dykes Medal, they also scored a rare 8-ender. Only one member of that famous team survives today. At ninety years old Bob Burchesky, now living in Washinton, PA with his wife Anne, has retold that eight-ender story several times, it goes something like this;
"They had the hammer coming home. We had seven stones in the house with one of my stones as a front guard. When the opposing skip threw his last rock trying to outdraw the 7-ender, I saw that it was curling too much, so I ran up just as their stone hit my guard. I swept the guard hard all the way into the house to score the 8-ender. Later, inside the warm room, the other skips wife kicked me in the shin and she said "why did you do that to my husband!"
This 8-ender took place fifty-three years ago, three years before the USCA was founded (1958). The American Curling Foundation & Museum was recently contacted to see if it was in the record book for eight enders. It was not. The Foundations Member Service Director, Beverly Schroeder, sent out four patches and wrote;
"...Congratulations to the Stan Storms rink on their accomplishment... a copy of the new article and information will be registered at the American Curling Foundation & Museum..."
An effort is currently underway to locate family members of this team so the eight-ender patches can be put into their hands. This weekend Bob will be presented his Eight-End Award by his wife Anne,son Stephen, daughten in-law Bonnie and grandchildren Micheal & Natalie" -unknown 2008