Where does Gushue go from here?

Robin Short
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Will be interesting to see if changes are looming on Brad Gushue's curling team following what would be best described as a disastrous Tim Horton's Brier. The Gushue group of Ryan Fry, Geoff Walker and Adam Casey had a so-so season on the World Curling Tour, but nothing compared to the Brier debacle. Gushue still has the drive to win a Canadian championship and grab a spot in the next Olympic Trials, but what about the other three? There were some rumblings big Steve Gould, an all-world lead from Winnipeg, might be hooking up with Gushue after he was dumped by Jeff Stoughton, but Gould indicated in the Winnipeg Sun this week he's not crazy about all the travel such a move would entail ... Say one thing for the Herder: the old hockey tournament can still bring 'em in. The first couple of games for the provincial senior hockey championship at Mile One aren't quite sold out, but there's been a good dent in ticket sales so far. If there's a sell-out, I owe Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador president Jack Lee dinner at The Keg ...

Rumour around Mile One Centre Friday night: a new scoreclock is on the way ... Speaking of curling, it was quite a year in the Cunningham household. Jessica curled on Erica Trickett's team at the M&M Meat Shops junior nationals in Napanee, Ont., Jennifer was on Heather Strong's foursome at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Red Deer, Alta., and now parents Cathy and Geoff Cunningham are off to the national seniors which open Paddy's Day in Abbottsford, B.C. Not certain if there are records kept on these sorts of things, but this would have to be one for the books ...

Heard Brian Burke's latest tirade towards the media earlier this week, calling out a Toronto morning talkie for his "ignorant" and "gutless' question. The big offence? The talk radio host wondered aloud if Burke was concerned he would be fired. There are some within the Toronto media who are hard after Burke, but many more who are fans of the Maple Leafs' general manager. I still don't know how Burke wriggled off the hook for his signing of Phil Kessel, a move that cost him, it turns out, Tyler Seguin and top prospect, Dougie Hamilton. Imagine, Seguin for Kessel. And he wonders why folks are asking why he isn't following Ron Wilson out the door? ...

IceCaps fans and fans of the Herder. Let's just say white collar and blue collar crowds ... Lots of hockey going on this weekend in Gander, at the ever-popular Cy Hoskins tournament. Know there won't be a few beers consumed in the Airport Town this weekend ... Given the overwhelming popularity of the men's (women, too, for that matter) hockey tournament at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, it's inconceivable to think there may not be NHLers skating in the 2014 Sochi Games in Russia ...

Don't be surprised if St. John's IceCaps coach Keith McCambridge isn't courted by an NHL team or two over the summer, especially if the IceCaps make a playoff run this spring. Or, at the very least, he's summoned to Winnipeg next season to work as an assistant coach. A number of current NHL head coaches, with AHL coaching experience, have worked as NHL assistants as well, among them John Tortorella, Kirk Muller, Paul McLean, Todd McLellan, Mike Yeo, Dave Tippett, Jack Capuano and Winnipeg's Claude Noel ... The Hershey Bears' Garrett Mitchell, a Regina, Sask. native, was a big Garth Murray fan when the IceCaps' forward was playing junior for the Regina Pats. He wore No. 10 in Regina because of Murray, and like the veteran St. John's forward, Mitchell went on to captain the Pats ...

Robin Short is The Telegram`s Sports Editor. He can be reached by email rshort@thetelegram.com


Organizations: Tim Horton's, IceCaps, Winnipeg Sun Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador NHL Maple Leafs Airport Town

Geographic location: Winnipeg, Toronto, Napanee Red Deer Abbottsford St. John's Regina Gander Vancouver Russia Sask.

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  • joan
    March 11, 2012 - 01:44

    Wow David does not like Brad. Hubris? Really? Has anyone read the other media stories? Hard to be egotistical when everyone has you labelled as an underdog, and can't even take the time to get the names of your team members correct. Brad and his team did their best. It is not easy living on the rock and travelling long days at great expense to represent Newfoundland and Labrador. Ryan Fry left Winnipeg about 5 years ago to make St. John's his home. This year 2 young men made huge sacrifices to move to St. John's and play with Brad and Ryan. Did the people of St. John's support them? I read nothing but criticism of Brad and how he manages his team, yet I do not see any other team close on his tail threatening his success. Yes Jamie has left the team to lead a curling free life, as has Mark Nichols. That dream team is done. Time to move forward. Common NL and Labrador. Stand up and support team Gushue. Or get out there and show how much better you can do the job. I say : Brad, Ryan, Adam and Geoff THANK YOU for doing your best! Stick together. Learn from this year. Sure "failure" at the Brier hurts. Show these media bozos and fair weather supporters they are sooooo wrong. Come back next season even stronger.

    • David
      March 12, 2012 - 16:39

      "....I read nothing but criticism of Brad and how he manages his team....." Yes....that is odd.

  • David
    March 10, 2012 - 12:47

    Gushue can apply to the Guiness Book of world records for "Athlete With the Most Things Named After Him". Or he can go on a 'nostalgia tour' of Newfoundland schools with his gold medal, and tsalk about the pitfalls of immense hubris. Danny? Where'd you go, Danny?