Al Hackner Athlete
Allan A. "Al" Hackner, (born 1954) nicknamed "the Iceman" is a Canadian Hall of Fame curler from Thunder Bay, Ontario. He was born and raised in Nipigon, Ontario. He is a two-time Brier and World Champion skip. He is of Ojibwa descent and is a member of the Red Rock Indian Band. Hackner has skipped the Northern Ontario team in 9 Briers (1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1995 and 2001). He won the Brier in 1982 and again in 1985. In 1982, he defeated Brent Giles of British Columbia to win his first Brier. In 1985, he defeated Pat Ryan of Alberta to win his second Brier. To tie the game with last rock in the 10th end Hackner had to make a near impossible double-take out, coming around a guard to hit two stones some 8 feet apart, which would later go down in curling infamy as the "Al Hackner double". Hackner's team then stole a single point in the extra end for the win. In addition to playing for Northern Ontario, Hackner also represented Alberta at the 1972 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, playing second for Darrel Sutton.