Born Hazen Gilbert Pond on Christmas Day in 1909, “Ducky” as he is better known, came to Prince Albert from New Brunswick as a young man and for more than 50 years has been closely associated with the Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club.
Ducky began curling in 1949 and while with the Wendell Howard rink they captured many local and district bonspiels. It wasn’t until Ducky competed in the senior division, however, that he gained national attention as he skipped provincial championship teams in 1966 and ’67.
In his first trip to the nationals, held in Winnipeg in 1966, Ducky and his rink of third Dale Yoos, second Bert Bolger and lead Ian Gray, finished out of the playoffs with a 6‑4 record. The following year in Montreal, with Gray the only returning member of the rink along with Abe Bray as second and Rue1 Reed as lead, the Saskatchewan representatives were in a position to make the playoffs before losing both of its final games to once again finish with a 6‑4 mark.
While curling was the focus of the winter months for Ducky, he has also been an active member of the Prince Albert Golf Club since 1950.
A long‑time community supporter, Ducky has been a member of the Rotary Club since 1966 as well as a life member with the Masonic Lodge and Wa Wa Temple Shrine Club.
Already a member of the New Brunswick Hall of Fame for his contributions to five straight eastern champions rugby teams in the late 1920s, the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame is proud to include Ducky on its honour roll in the athlete’s category.
Inducted into the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.