The PEI Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

The PEI Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

Peter Gallant - Curling
Inducted on November 25, 2022

Peter started curling at the Charlottetown Curling Club in 1971 while attending Birchwood Junior High.

He won his first PEI men’s championship in 1982 playing second with the Peter Jenkins rink.

His next provincial men’s championship came 9 years later in 1991 with the Robert Campbell rink as the third. Mark O’Rourke and Mark Butler rounded out that team on the front end and that line up went on to win it every second year for the rest of that decade. At the 1995 Brier in Halifax he was the top third for the week.

He won the provincials again in 2001 as part of the Peter MacDonald rink and skipped his own team to the title in 2007 and 2008, finishing with a grand total of nine provincial men’s championships. His final game at the Brier in 2008 was his 100th Brier game against none other than Brad Gushue. Despite dropping that one in an extra end, 100 Brier games is a feat accomplished by few and a special accomplishment to end his Brier career.

He also had a very successful mixed career, winning the provincial championship four times. His first being in 1982 with the Bill Merklinger rink when they finished third at the Canadian championship.

He went on to win the provincial championship as skip in 1986, 1987 and 1991. In 1987, the team rounded out by Kathie Gallant, Phil Gorveatt and Simone Mackenzie went on to win the Canadian Mixed Championship in front of the home crowd in Summerside, finishing the week with an 11-1 record, and with Peter winning all star skip. This would be the first Canadian mixed Championship for a team east of Ontario.

In 2010 he won the provincial men’s senior championship as part of the Rod MacDonald rink. At the Canadian Senior Championship that year he was the second team all star third.

On top of an impressive playing career, he also has become a highly sought after and decorated coach. In 2009 he coached his son Brett’s team when they won the provincial junior men’s championship here in PEI. That year they won PEI’s first Canadian junior men’s title since 1976, and only second overall. The team would go on to win the Silver medal at the world junior championship in Vancouver.

In 2010 he coached them once again to a provincial junior championship, falling just short of the medals at the national championship that year in fourth place.

Two years later he coached his son Christopher Gallant’s team to a provincial junior championship in 2012.

He coached team Suzanne Birt to provincial women’s championships here on PEI in 2013 and 2015.

He also coached team Nova Scotia’s Heather Smith rink at the 2014 Canadian women’s championship.

He coached Mike Gaudet’s team PEI at the Brier in 2012 and coached Brad Gushue, with Brett, at the Brier in 2013, 2014. He also coached team Gushue at the Olympic pre-trials in 2013.

In 2017, he coached Tyler Smith to another provincial junior championship.

In the winter of 2016, he joined team Eun Jung Kim out of South Korea. Going over to coach full time for months at times, he coached this team to Pacific Asia championships in 2016 and 2017 and the Korean championship in those same years. The team earned the right to represent Korea at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, where he coached them to the silver medal. This would be Korea’s first ever Olympic curling medal, which they won in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.

For a period of time in the 2018-19 season he coached team Tirinzoni out of Switzerland.

Later in 2019 he started working with the Korean men’s national team and their mixed doubles team. He coached the men to a Pacific Asia championship that year. This earned them the right to compete at the 2020 world championship in Scotland, but it was unfortunately canceled due to the pandemic.

Starting at the world championship in 2021, he teamed up with Team Kim once again for another Olympic run. They earned the right to represent Korea once again, and he coached them at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.

In the Fall of 2020 he started working with Curl PEI as the high performance director, most recently working with developing our Canada Games teams as they prepare to represent the province in Summerside and Montague this winter.

Inducted by Christopher Gallant, November 25 2022